Published in Overland Issue 243 Winter 2021 · Teaser / Poetry The saltpan Yasmin Smith I am grilling the gills of mackerel where their bodies line up like salt-dipped lungs. I am licking salty plum fingers under the mangrove roots of shallow reef and mud. When the coral cleanses itself the colour of coconut flesh covers the coastal strike from eye to eye, and sulphurous feet remap the home of my grandmother’s mother. Winter has come as pink and cyan sitting at borders with one another. Yellow-crested cockatoos peak perched at the top of the pine, spitting splinters of cone on our skulls and the tidal moon stays cold, at midnight. In the fire pit we cling to cockleshells and hymns, brew bitter tealeaf in liquorice coal. The after-thought of sweet potato skins unfurling beneath our fingertips. Inside the canopy where my sister sleeps under mosquito gauze, I too, look for you, where once I found the pit of a peach in the papasan shaped like a wentletrap. I return your body in August, sweet melon, pale iris tapioca, harpoon. You sleep in the vacant undertow with scalloped eyes and catfish hues. I split the skin underfoot on shucks of oyster shell, breathe in the rim of the saltpan, and wash my feet in early prayer. Read the rest of Overland 243 If you enjoyed this piece, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four brilliant issues for a year Yasmin Smith Yasmin Smith is a poet of South Sea Islander, Kabi Kabi, and English heritage who was short-listed for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2020. She has worked as a black&write! editor in Meanjin. She currently works for University of Queensland Press (UQP) and lives on Turrbal and Jagera Country. More by Yasmin Smith › 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 3 November 20233 November 2023 · Poetry our neighbours poem Ender Başkan our neighbours face appears above the fence – hello. our neighbours have a chat with us. our neighbours learn our names. our neighbours become our friends. our neighbours landlord thinks the market is ripe. our neighbours are told to leave. our neighbours try to buy their house at an exorbitant price to keep their kids in the school zone. our neighbours are denied. First published in Overland Issue 228 25 October 202325 October 2023 · Poetry The inhabitants Elif Sezen I died today, among many others, my grandpa died too, and our neighbours, / my best friend, the one with braided hair yes, and our sweet sweet doctors, / our motherly nurses... We heard a blast, then a whoosh of some kind, / and all gone.