Published in Overland Issue 224 Spring 2016 · Uncategorized Holiday pattern Michael Farrell I drive the boat to the shack and do nothing like knitting a Hole in the buffet table and other Tasks that need mismanaging I wake up five hours later for a tootle to find Icecream in the fishtank and the phone ringing it’s a Mobile but i prefer not to be too intimate with Objects that last less than a teatowel there might be an Earthquake says an automated Voice. later the clock will fall into the stew and die There: see what i mean? friends are driving up on Saturday in their stillwagon which is what I call a ute with dogs in the back I’m a quite successful tv Writer. ivy has encroached the patio in the Water i like to think i’m a river sponge or a security Gate from a submerged city That would once have never let anything without Feet through. when my friends arrive I’ll want to read, but for now the books are piled on the Sand, in a little borderland between Eel and snake country. by the fire I try to invent postcolonial Chess, but the fire’s no help, for all the grapes and olive Pits i throw it. i nearly caught a Bat in my teeth earlier not for trying. I let the sound of the Crickets in, and with some rubberbands and Bamboo, i make a chocolate Frog racetrack. the slowest I encourage by biting bits off to make Them lighter, or tape cocktail australian Flags to their backs, to give them flight and Pride. when i wake with my head on the finish Line, i have a vision of cockroaches marching towards my open Mouth. i bare my teeth hoping to seem an unwelcome peg Bucket Michael Farrell Originally from Bombala, NSW, Michael Farrell is a Melbourne-based poet, with a collage practice which can be seen on instagram @limechax. Googlecholia is out now from Giramondo. More by Michael Farrell › 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 4 December 20234 December 2023 · Climate politics Where is the Australian climate movement’s solidarity with Palestine? Alex Kelly Let this be a line in the sand. Let us learn our history. Let us listen to liberation movements around the world. Conflicts for land and water will shape the decades to come. Showing up for each other and building power to demand justice is our only hope for a humane future. First published in Overland Issue 228 1 December 20231 December 2023 · History ‘We’re doing everything but treaty’: Law reform and sovereign refusal in the colonial debtscape Maria Giannacopoulos I coined the concept of the colonial debtscape while working to understand the relation between debt and sovereignty in the wake of the 2007 Global Financial crisis. Despite the referendum held in Greece in 2015 where the people voted against austerity, austerity as punishment, was imposed anyway. As this was a colonising move, that is, the imposition of an external and foreign law on local populations against their will, it was to Aboriginal scholars here that I turned to begin to put the pieces together.