Published in Overland Issue 227 Winter 2017 Uncategorized The Apology Day breakfast Ali Cobby Eckermann my mother did not grow up with her mother I did not grow up with mine my son did not grow up with me how does one define the jigsaw when the pieces are misshapen by the constant hands of others? the gift of life is maternity and the removal of this is a reparation that has no price the picture is askew in the portrait you offer and rejection is the new graffiti to rewrite the script you offer breakfast and forget I found my mother and rebirthed my son Together we are the Banquet Read the rest of Overland 227 If you enjoyed this poem, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Ali Cobby Eckermann Ali Cobby Eckermann is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Inside My Mother (Giramondo Publishing, 2015) and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry (Ilura Press, 2013). More by Ali Cobby Eckermann 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 27 January 2023 Cartoons In attacking us, they bring us together Sam Wallman 'What these bosses don't understand is that in attacking us, they bring us together.' (Paddy Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Svitzer Rally November 2022) First published in Overland Issue 228 24 January 202325 January 2023 Aotearoa / New Zealand The end of the politics of care Giovanni Tiso The daily spectacle of televised briefings was not unique to New Zealand, and it may simply be the case that Ardern thrived when given the opportunity to speak to the public directly—in other words, that she was better than others at it. Alternatively, we could say that her rhetoric found in the pandemic the ground on which to turn into concrete action. Either way, the benefits we derived in terms of lives saved from the remarkable extension of that social license are literally incalculable.