posted on April 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

glade within the grove

one day we will walk in the murmuring countryside

where the saints are buried in flower fields in crimson poppy

some blushing ravishing morning

crushing velvet blue sky holds us down

air we fly away

the forest is so cool on these warm days

its voices sing you to the iron grey lake

its voices suspended  in  birdsong and  talking reeds

the drumming wing the rustle of rushes

oh everything is as it should be then

the gentle musical brooks the sleeping snake

raspberries and blackberries in the thorns

wren cowled in twig and straw

crow black against blue sky

some music starts up from long ago

an impossible l’age d’or

nature pulling all the strings

rhapsody of deepest springtime

each silver inch of it is of the very strictest beauty

yes everything unbearably holy

unquenchably sacred

unendingly gorgeous

this day must one day come while we are here

and we will live


really live

17 Responses to “arbours sweet and cool”

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    Linjo | 28 April 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Some people just seem to go forth in life with simple satisfaction. I think therein lies the depression for us that live in the magic of youth, music and passion. I am all alone in my little world tonight of alcohol (sorry Steve) and memories, some so exciting! I am listening to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and playing Funeral for a Friend over and over!Linda xxx

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    Meg Manestar | 28 April 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Sounds like heaven

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    colette | 28 April 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Wordsworth Little Flower Breaker Morant Dennis Hopper Shelleys Robert Smith Moses Jochebed Christine McVie Lady of Shalott Tennyson Adam and Eve Jesus and Maries Brontes Poe Apollo Klimt Mother Nature Freddie Mercury Adonis Aphrodite Buddha Brothers Sister Us Them

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    colette | 28 April 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Sisters even

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    Ingrid | 28 April 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Absolutely stunning, sublime. Love all of it, and especially the ending, “and we will live and really live”. Magnificant stuff SK, and photo is really cool too!

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    Ingrid | 28 April 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    I mean “magnificent”.

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    DavidP | 28 April 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    i find awareness walks in nature are like what you describe here
    but youve got to be in the here and now (as you hint at i think), attentive solely on the step of the instance to properly notice and get in tune with the rich beauty all around which is “unquenchably sacred” and yes “unendingly gorgeous” but the wandering chattering mind will try to take us out of the moment so we just keep being alert to that and bringing ourselves back to here and now, feeling yourself conscious in the present moment, alert to all your five senses and who it is that observes them…
    when i get that right i feel truly fully alive and at peace, as a universal beat of life

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    Chris | 29 April 2012 at 12:41 am #

    ‘anhiliating all that’s made to a green thought in a green shade’…nuther gem mate.

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    david | 29 April 2012 at 12:51 am #

    …..where the saints are buried in flower fields in crimson poppy….

    a good friend of ours has just passed ..he was the kind of guy who took the big risk for all of us …in this fucked up bubble ..every two weeks ..clockwork The Medicine Man has passed …im staring at the last jazz he handed me …my kidney hurts .. and i think ive got a headache..

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    Once | 29 April 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I am crying right now.


    Most beautiful thing I’ve ever read/experienced.

    Lord, that woman is gonna be lucky.

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      Once | 29 April 2012 at 8:34 am #

      ((recovering self)) This is seriously the best poem you’ve ever written.

      IT. IS. PERFECT.

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        Once | 29 April 2012 at 8:48 am #

        OMG, I just shared it on FB and I am crying AGAIN!!

        Obviously, some vital vein in my being has been tapped by this…

        I’ve never read anything that has slaughtered me such (in a good way)…



        My hero.

        I love you, Steven.


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    Anonymous | 29 April 2012 at 8:40 am #


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      Cocoamo | 29 April 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      Well, after some of these comments, mine will seem a bit anticlimatic.

      But, just wanted to mention that your writing brings me such peace and solace from the hectic pace of life.

      You may not have thought of yourself as a purveyor of peace and serenity, eh?

      Haven’t mentioned for a while how glad I am that you are on this earth.

      Your Friend in Pennsylvania
      (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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    Chris | 7 May 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. ~Novalis

    Thanks for the regular doses of healing, Steve.

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    Ana | 29 May 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    watched this 2 weeks ago and it was AMAZING, my first proper west end show, and its not going to be my last, astbluoely LOVED IT , wish i could have seen it with idina mazel, and chenowerth, but the cast were awesome

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