Published in Overland Issue 218 Autumn 2015 · Uncategorized Hyper-reactive: first place, Judith Wright Poetry Prize Melody Paloma rip through traffic lights in Brunswick to the sound of night lions sugar strings – teeth to tongue dust and dog hair and onion skin on the tiles on the soles of your feet reward yourself with a ciggie put a pillow in the backseat and sleep the whole drive down wait for you to say ‘everything went gold’ stay under water with fat cheeks herd up the sandflies in wet togs wildlife needling tyres / clouds like dirty cotton balls stay in bed until it feels uncomfortable let a leaf uncurl in the afternoon shortly before inviting the breeze in the duplicity of a cliff face think about running in circles while you speak long grass the colour of margarine race leaves in a creek (ticks on a snake head) forget and almost run a hand through your hair * barrelled yeast on the morning walk factory clamour megaphone rows across the yarra in Kempsey i ate molasses and held a hailstone the size of my face like watching fiction with your eyes closed heat in the dark traverse the mattress climb up on the roof for a view of the car park hose down the bricks so you can sleep (orchestrate the springs) take a trip down a clipped up coastline set a reminder for the absence of straight lines keep trying to wake up early restless headland maybe twenty whales * write an obituary for birthdays remember the weight of bodies restraint in the am agree on a need for skin an image of mum mincing across the party that house with the first dead bunny boredom in a nail quick kick feet together like sticks oscillate between brainwaves sand dirtier than imagined get your ten buck’s worth rain above dirt before it steeps the smell of wet heat tight rubber band around your skull / lions lions crying in Brunswick eyes shut under sheets (basically) he smelt distinctly of laundry powder zigzag screen with a thumb print one thing leads to another until it doesn’t active now Melody Paloma Melody Paloma is a poet and researcher based in Naarm. She is a MFA candidate at UNSW and the author of Some Days (SOd, 2018) and In Some Ways Dingo (Rabbit, 2017). More by Melody Paloma Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 June 20232 June 2023 · Friday Poetry Three Chaingrass poems Catherine Vidler Three visual poems from Catherine Vidler's Chaingrass series. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 June 20231 June 2023 · Politics Turning peaceful protesters into criminals—again Evan Smith So the Summary Offences (Obstruction of Public Places) Bill 2023 has been passed by South Australia’s Legislative Assembly and will become law. Fifteen hours of debate in the upper house, led by the Greens and SA Best, could not overturn the bill that was reportedly rushed through the lower house in just twenty-two minutes a fortnight ago.