posted on October 17, 2007 at 5:02 am

the magic realist is on to you
his garden is livid vegetable hell
his bricks have tiny mouths that scream
his drive follows 2 paths
on empty days like this hes listening in
his fabulous tanks of hidden fish
his guestroom with the 3 way mirror
his alley barber trimming the pleasant weeds
his dominion over worms
his magisterial calculations made on the fly
on forgotten afternoons like this hes watching
his eyes seeing seeing seeing
his eyes like old coals
his fingers which transform
his chair at the laid table
his signature tune
and a blown out candle

41 Responses to “########## 2”

  1. avatar
    Peter | 17 October 2007 at 5:21 am #

    Re burly fin

    Is this the festival where you saw Khavas Jute
    with Terri & Terry
    on the Easter long weekend back in April 1971?


    Little did you know when (if) you attended in 71
    that you would in fact remain
    on a timeless trip until 2007.


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 5:59 am #


    it’s got that mimesis tone.


  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 6:01 am #

    forgotten afternoon in the warmth of the cove.leaves dance,twilight enchanted night curls at the eyed….,fly! /xxA

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 6:42 am #

    beautifully eerie…weeding through lost afternoons,it’s a kinda limbo.i have been aware of these “limbo”moments for as long as i can remember.there seem to be times,which if it weren’t for a ticking clock,couldn’t possibly be’s almost as though the time doesn’t belong in the space that it has been /was allotted.there’s a kind of excitement on the wind,but it’s not altogether a personal interpretation of feels like the earth feels as though the universe is saying “though there is stillness…remember this out-take/glitch in time,as it is formally and humanly measured..feel it,and remember it”….do you have times like that SK?…is that what you are writing about?..i have some days,where the simplest word,or functions,seem so foreign,or new to me..almost like an outer body experience..e.g. sometimes the spelling of a word like “tomato”..seems so foreign,and wrong…you know that its correct,but it just appears odd….have a gorgeous night Time Being!…peace,happiness,and love ,as always,gen xxxxx x

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 8:07 am #

    You really can’t be arsed
    a-lately, eh!

  6. avatar
    steve kilbey | 17 October 2007 at 8:13 am #

    no mate
    its rsi

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 9:09 am #


    Take a break. Have a week off. Or more, whatever ya need. Don’t suffer. I prescribe R & R and some wrist straps for you. I know the physio who did Jim Moginie’s hands if ya need to know.

    We’ll all be here when you get back.


  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 9:10 am #

    Not that I’m one to give advice…as you know.


  9. avatar
    eek | 17 October 2007 at 9:41 am #

    Take care of yourself Steve.

    Your writing is beautiful and evocative whether it’s a few lines or a whole book.

  10. avatar
    veleska1970 | 17 October 2007 at 9:59 am #

    your prose is beautiful, as always.

    i hope your rsi is better soon. i have it myself, so i know what you’re going through!! thanks for writing, despite it.

    lotza love….

  11. avatar
    Faye | 17 October 2007 at 10:05 am #

    beautiful one again Steve.Thank-you!Take care of those precious hands and arms.I am quite frayed at the ends and zapped myself,so i appreciate the magic you wove in just a few lines today,and yesterday as well. peace n love . xo

  12. avatar
    isolde | 17 October 2007 at 10:33 am #

    i thought so
    so i’ve sent you something for it
    should be there friday

  13. avatar
    sharka | 17 October 2007 at 11:14 am #

    The size has shrunk, but the performance has not!

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 11:34 am #

    beautiful SK…just ,beautiful….gbx

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 12:15 pm #

    ah, but you know you’re alive

  16. avatar
    eyes of old coals | 17 October 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    his address please?
    thanks isolde!

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 1:08 pm #

    dissolution and decay…i see the clock sagging on the wall (a-la dali) and perhaps the odd albino cockroach scuttling from under it across the pock-marked and stained wall…please don’t let him turn his sunken eyes to me…couldn’t stand to see what would be in them….
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  18. avatar
    matthew | 17 October 2007 at 1:10 pm #

    Love this new tyrn SK, please, go on.

  19. avatar
    cita | 17 October 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    Edge-I liked your thoughts on that one. The intangible edge. Yes it got me pondering all day today. Who do I know with an edge and most of all I wondered if I have any? The elusive edge. It reminded me of the detachment idea as well. I find your thoughts on these ideas fascinating. It stirs something in me. Your blog’s got loads of edge.

  20. avatar
    Candy | 17 October 2007 at 1:37 pm #

    sweet dreams …xo

  21. avatar
    lily was here | 17 October 2007 at 2:13 pm #

    Ressurrect yr other tricks &
    ruff up yr edges..we can always soak up the other enzymes here
    # I just found my hash key

    love Sue Cee
    ps Deadwood, thats pretty hardcore Steve, enough cussin’ to make even a lily blush

    yama yama HarvesTED

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    oops?a bit dark tonight SK..the lost afternoons can make one more edgey than usual..peace . x love .

  23. avatar
    Cee | 17 October 2007 at 4:31 pm #

    …oooh, it’s raining buckets out here!
    Take care of that rsi dahlink!

  24. avatar
    davem | 17 October 2007 at 4:47 pm #

    I love reading TTB every day but not at the cost of RSI. Please rest up for a couple of days?

  25. avatar
    JJ | 17 October 2007 at 5:42 pm #

    What do those ears hear? The silent screams of anguish, perhaps.

    All those thoughts expressed of your father, TB…now I understand. Mine just departed from this train, only the memories remain. I was with him. Autumn coming down, sudden sadness with the falling leaves in the leaving.

    Many TB entries to catch up on now, sorry I am not current.

  26. avatar
    fantasticandy | 17 October 2007 at 6:15 pm #

    sue….those guys in the beer ad have the most awesome haircuts!!!
    thanx for that!

  27. avatar
    the usual knottiness | 17 October 2007 at 8:34 pm #

    sounds like somebody’s familiar

    hey, wanna see a college freshman doing a U2 cover?

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 9:15 pm #

    Short,sweet and dreamy.

    i like.


  29. avatar
    steve kilbey | 17 October 2007 at 9:33 pm #

    dear isolde
    i already received yer qpf box
    many many thanks

  30. avatar
    isolde | 17 October 2007 at 10:31 pm #

    dear steve kilbey
    no worries
    this is something else tho
    relevant to todays topic

    dear eyes of old coals
    send stuff to
    c/- Karmic Hit
    PO Box 7779
    Bondi NSW 2026

  31. avatar
    steve kilbey | 17 October 2007 at 10:36 pm #

    you spoil me , childe

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi sk, I hope your hands are feeling better today, I hate to think you’re in pain because of this blog. Hopefully Isolde’s magic pack will help out.
    Take care.
    love Amanda

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 October 2007 at 11:28 pm #

    thanks for your response, isolde.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2007 at 12:45 am #

    beautiful things come in small packages…but maybe
    podcast instead? read to us instead of write once in a while?


  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2007 at 1:13 am #

    hey SK!…”Buffalo” sounds great on your myspace site..just beautiful!..Thank you for the music,and the blogge,and the arts.You are extraordinary…..xxA

  36. avatar
    eyes of old coals | 18 October 2007 at 2:41 am #

    yes, it’s great!! Buffalo, just love it!
    and its lord.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2007 at 3:36 am #

    jj, peace be with you. sorry to hear your sad news. it’s good you were there – he knows you love him.


  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2007 at 3:45 am #

    I think it would be so cool if you could do a podcast or leave some kind of audio recording for a blogge. That would be a treat! And like timf said, it would help to heal your magical hands.
    Galveston TX

  39. avatar
    nickf | 18 October 2007 at 11:06 am #


  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 18 October 2007 at 11:28 am #

    love .

  41. avatar
    lily was here | 18 October 2007 at 1:28 pm #

    andy, its my favourite ad., the music and the guy…tribal, tho’ i prefer my beer with honey
    Isolde i love u too


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