Published in Overland Issue 202 Autumn 2011 Main Posts / Writing the purpling Kevin Gillam out, running to stand still, waiting for Venus – first up, letting the purpling do its work, sunshine seeping into pillow, dreams translating the warmth, slinking down, eyes along the surface, drowning in cuts of blue and silver and sunshine, bled of urgents, the purpling, keeping the words from the damp, brittle as kindling, stacked neat and ready ‘neath the galvanised tin of hope, doing the work, licking silence, drowning in horizon and soft focus, rolling meaning in the absence of a tongue, the purpling, left-hand fingers up and down the neck, mantra of memory, right hand drawing out breves for now, letting, cool torso of Salmon Gum, holding this tree, brailling its oneness, its purpling, in the park, rusted songs of swings just vacated, memories of play and flight, letting the purpling do its work Kevin Gillam Kevin Gillam is a Western Australian writer with poems published in numerous journals in Australia and overseas. More by Kevin Gillam 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 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?