Published in Overland Issue 220 Spring 2015 · Uncategorized The linden tree John Tranter I gobbled a round of caerphilly, then Theophily called to me, under the linden tree. Conservatism? Let me count the ways: Morning suits, grey ties, greys in every accoutrement, grey imagery shoaling and fluttering down on me lost in the grey-green park, under a tree perhaps, taking the cool morning air as I lie naked on the grass, bum bare to the gaze of the policeman, a rare infinity of arguments circulating deep within me as the dictates of Theosophy suddenly seem unfair – am I changing my stance, under the linden tree? The work is easy, though the days are tough. Pray awhile, then that’s enough. Sit with me under the forgiving linden tree and just be. ‘The linden tree’ began as a draft using the end-words of ‘Anti-Romantic’ by Marie Ponsot John Tranter John Tranter is an Australian poet, publisher and editor. More by John Tranter › 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 First published in Overland Issue 228 30 November 202330 November 2023 · Urbanism The Plains exposes the psychic terrain of Victoria’s highways Fred Pryce The Plains charts the psychic terrain of the freeway in miniature, peeling back the lid of the private vehicle to expose just one of the millions of dramas taking place in simultaneity, severed from one another yet still part of the same city-wide traffic ballet. First published in Overland Issue 228 29 November 202329 November 2023 · Housing Conflicts of classes and interests: why it’s vital for renters to organise — and tell our stories Jordie van den Berg Some of the stories that have already been shared on shitrentals.org show not only the horrible state of Australia’s housing landscape, with hundreds of images uploaded showing mould in its various stages of progression, caved-in ceilings and electrical work that could only be the product of a drunk landlord — but also the more insidious nature of the real estate industry.