posted on May 10, 2010 at 1:14 am

you think you dont remember but you remember
we 2 in a million
oh we died and died and died
your breath spearman fresh
your limbs oiled and coiled
your weakness on display like bait
luring out those cowards whom you lay in the dust
fragrant flames burning in your tent
tiny altar to your mother the nymph
your horses snort
your golden arc
your kissing lips
moon on your fingernails
night soothes your glowing temper
yes drown in drink
go down in your amphorae
some woman screams somewhere in the camp
you spit and you frown
glory doesnt feel so fucking glorious
your planets trine in the skies
but youre never going home
z comes to you in a dream
he is huge
he thunders in your head
he roars in your sleeping ears
he flashes before you
handsome powerful arrogant careless
one word he says
a startled awakening
where are we ? you ask
the sea still at our backs
the beaked ships heaved up on the beach
the star of arcturus blazes on
seabirds squabble in the darkness
men singing shouting laughing groaning
coldness of desolate dawn as eos roams the reddening vault
more wine for breakfast
you pick scabs of blood from your long blond hair
the trojan sun has rendered you dark
you appear like a god in negative
ignore the chafe of the armour
ignore the smell of deadmen and donkey piss
ignore the blisters
ignore the bruises and cuts
ignore the idiots in charge of this fiasco
ignore your old father waiting at home who’ll never see you again
ignore the auspices
ignore the omens
ignore the sybil with her writhing tongue
dont ignore me
today may be the day
and even as i wait for you down here
i fade away
i fade away

20 Responses to “arrow”

  1. avatar
    JJ | 10 May 2010 at 2:13 am #

    Achilles perhaps? Feeling the Ionian Blues again. The reality of it, whether Trojans or Persians to face in the morning, must have been overwhelming. How could one sleep the night before these scenes unfolded?

    You write as if you lived it, in another life, another time. Time traveller.

    By the way – thanks for playing Ionian Blues at Center Stage; one of my absolute favourites in it's dreamy wonder. I almost heard it at the Enmore, but it was abandoned after a false start. My ears were fulfilled, albeit minus PK's lustrous electric guitar lines. No matter – acoustic was electric in and of itself.


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    subcultureofone | 10 May 2010 at 2:24 am #

    not fade away

  3. avatar
    evilren | 10 May 2010 at 3:11 am #

    really enjoyed this–such vivid imagery, an epic
    tale to tell. peace Steve.


  4. avatar
    Freddie | 10 May 2010 at 4:33 am #

    Wow again…I love it when you do this. :^)

  5. avatar
    princey | 10 May 2010 at 4:35 am #

    Wow, another case of speechlessness caused by the one'n'onlyness…..more pleez:)
    love Amanda

  6. avatar
    verdelay | 10 May 2010 at 6:59 am #

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  7. avatar
    Georgia | 10 May 2010 at 7:09 am #

    I imagine it is Achilles as well-the hint-his mother, a nymph, a story told by a modern day Homer….then makes sense….when they first told the stories, they sung them….and the songs were passed down….

    These are the heros of my heritage and the first stories I was ever told as a child. When I was in High School, someone asked if the ancients were my religion (Greek was as foreign as could be when/where I grew up) I remember chiding them for their stupidity, but how was I to know, they were right?

  8. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 10 May 2010 at 10:09 am #

    ….cyberspace must've swallowed up my comment during the weekend….
    night soothes my glowing temper indeed…..

    love always…..

  9. avatar
    Richard | 10 May 2010 at 11:14 am #

    could just about be about Gallipoli

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 May 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Let her run away
    Let her run, let her run away
    She can't hurt you now, can't hurt you now

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 May 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    let us have the new myth,..hang on…"Erskine!…dont you dare pull a rabbit out of there"!
    im back…gads its like havin children..anyways…. ah yes the new myth…cough it up

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 May 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    my uncle rich got dealt the dead mans hand on wednesday last…67..not em out and on his way ..alot of his days were dark ..sing em a song..say em a something..i grieve at night when no ones awake….


  13. avatar
    Ryan | 10 May 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    really enjoyed the last few blogs. beautiful writing vividly imagined

  14. avatar
    Melquiades | 10 May 2010 at 4:20 pm #


  15. avatar
    knot | 10 May 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    the sun was shining when your wife left you.

  16. avatar
    steve kilbey | 10 May 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    vale uncle rich rip

    verdelay : thats fucking brilliant

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 May 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Kilbey what's your favorite U2 song?

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  18. avatar
    Jemali Jalali | 11 May 2010 at 4:22 am #

    Some of your best….Time to go deeper

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 May 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    i think you need a short break

  20. avatar
    eternallylit | 11 May 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    yeah – ignore all that does and doesn't for it was only they who said it was so
    listening breathing waiting …

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