Published in Overland Issue 221 Summer 2015 · Uncategorized breakfast at the end of a financial year Joanne Burns bodies become corpses at the whim of a machine gun rising up from carthaginian waves no more suntans or lotophagi breakfasts by the sea houellebecq you warned us but who is so cognisant when a holiday is urgent like a first or last resort v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n wimbledon is second best squawks of cockatoo hijack talk of those treasonable tweets tennis brats make threats parents slurp back ego shakes as children morph to instant geniuses or genii on rapid break-the-fast tv coffee brews avocado smash and feta bites into the burnished toast the acropolis in the distance stoic and forlorn syntagma spreads like vertigo-a-go -go; here comes cautionary ritsos as he drags his bags of stones, scratching like the claws of tiny owls along the ground will those sydney lentil counters graduate to quinoa numerology dukka delphics million dollar bedsits or simply chocolate frogs just mind the gap between the trireme and the pier dock no ATMs ahoy fate curves like a recycled frisbee in search of destiny — Joanne Burns Joanne Burns is a Sydney poet. Her most recent book is brush (Giramondo Publishing 2014). She has been a teacher of English and creative writing and has been performing her work since the 1970s. More by Joanne Burns › 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 8 December 2023 · Fiction Fiction | The Victims Emma Jayne Willson Every morning I checked the Director’s calendar to ensure there were no meeting clashes, no opportunity for her polished façade to slip. Once I’d made the mistake of booking two meetings without leaving ten minutes between them, thus forcing her to run across the sprawling campus. She arrived late for her meeting with the Provost, […] First published in Overland Issue 228 7 December 20238 December 2023 · Food Righteous appetites: the dilemmas of the ethical omnivore’s diet Jaimee Edwards The pastoral is our setting for the good life that puts the 'ethical' in 'ethical sausage'. The websites for small-scale farms and ethical meat butchers around the world look like brochures for retirement living. Together, the happy animals, their conscientious handlers, and ceremonial butchers form a picture of aligned values.