Published in Overland Issue 223 Winter 2016 · Uncategorized Cautionary tales Philip Hammial Is this page scribble-ready? Possibly, but how the word? That match, I watched it sitting on my hands. So sad how they stumbled, were trampled. Meanwhile Putti pull aside the curtains & there: the Poet presented to the people! Fifty plus for that turpitude, fifty more if scant can clad! Can you believe that harem’s ripple? If you’re looking for Jesus you’d best start with Jumper’s Coke & listen carefully to Mutt’s palaver. If you want you can have my scare. For size there’s a pinch. We could spend the day rowing. I’d rather count pebbles, sort them as to colour & shape. My days of riding shotgun for nannies are over. Who should we say Hello to? Who Goodbye? Don’t late please. There’s a huge lock on this forest. We’ll need at least an hour to pick it. The gamekeeper arrives at eight. He’s never late. Sung out of wedlock: I’ll go for that. Prayed over by proper citizens, that too. Of course I’d like to have a kingdom to call my very own. What would you call it? Rogue-on-Rye. Three guesses who left the chamber pot (full) on the stove – Girl Guides to the rescue. The apparatus of matriculation is too arduous for my taste (haste makes waste). Not only did Cinderella leave us her slipper she left instructions of what not to do with it: (1) don’t ejaculate into it. (2) don’t try to imagine what it’s like to pussy-foot. Those dancing pimps how many were there, six or seven? Seven. What’s-his-name – Marat – that guy who invented the bathtub, he forgot to cross the t in tub. Scribble ready? Yes, but how the word? As to prayer, crawling? Curtains aside by Putti? Pulpit-speak, a message for the people? Come a cropper he’ll be torn apart. Read the rest of Overland 223 – If you liked this article, please subscribe or donate. Philip Hammial Philip Hammial has had twenty-eight poetry collections published. More by Philip Hammial 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.