posted on August 27, 2007 at 4:25 am

spring has sprung
rah rah rah
the bugs go mad
the icebergs pool still cold though
the sun shines
the palm trees baybee
the pacific turns aquamarina
the wavelets rolling in
the tourists arrive by the bucketload
the time zips past
the children come out
the children dressed in uniforms
the schools divulge the children
the olde domino players appear out the back
this morning at the pavillion
as i counted to a million
i caught my breath
then let it go
as a shapless bird so free
it cruised on past the bibliotech
deserted gloomy discoteques
and then it dived like lead into the sea
weekend shoppers still swarm to the games
they burn their bridges and they fan the flames
alone in the crowds forgetting their names
they fade on the way to the exit
who uprooted the no through road sign on the corner?
and who noticed the stars
and heard the shiver of the dawn
and who was there
apart from you
who apart from you
you are apart there
in pieces
at the edge of the park lie beautiful houses
inside them its already dark
inside them every sound is drowned in luxury
inside them spring reigns and rains
garden over groan
swimming pool and deck chairs
statues of dionysus and apollo
i am spring spitting flowers
i am total
i am an afternoon in the sun
under a tree
life will be renewed
we must go on

49 Responses to “beaucoups of printemps”

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    Leelinau | 27 August 2007 at 4:47 am #


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    craig1.618 | 27 August 2007 at 4:57 am #

    sun shine down
    spirit come round
    in all these things
    is where i’m found

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 5:25 am #

    you’ve received some of the weather I expedited weeks ago….

    i would introduce you to a brilliant sydney architect who’s last name is Polish…he designed a children’s school there and donated the in-situ friezes. he would be a serious companion for you…if he hadn’t passed yet. He’s simply a beautiful human being.

    when you place the puzzle, you’ll fall to pieces to know what looks like a lie is the truth.


    I like your, that’s the female version. ^journal

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 5:35 am #

    right on……

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    andmoreagain | 27 August 2007 at 5:36 am #

    It’s beginning to change seasons here too. Feels like fall’s coming early this year. Been shut in most of the day just cleaning and surfing my life away. Thanks for the poetry Stephen. And I really enjoyed listening to your first solo album as I did so (that a friend picked up for me on vinyl).
    See ya,

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 5:55 am #

    Yes!…It’s so gorgeously warm up here,as well!..even my gardenia has decided to flower early..sounds great at the pool SK!..where do people “live” if they don’t have a verandah?..enjoying the spring vibe on mine,all day today!…have a spectacular day,Mr. Kilbey!…xxxxx love,as always,gen x

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    Thelonious | 27 August 2007 at 6:54 am #

    Bloody hell Kilbey I wish I had your life sometimes as I sit here in my western sydney office observing the drone of the fckn lifeless space thinking however that I was once warned to be careful of what you wish for as you might actually get it & that indeed is what happened to me. How many more years of this shit? Oh to be down at the beach with you Mr Kilbey. We could have a right old chat..

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    spring sun*showers | 27 August 2007 at 6:55 am #


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    fantasticandy | 27 August 2007 at 9:50 am #

    ooooh! steve…..
    you clever-clogs wordsmith you.
    there’s always a dichotomy of meaning in your prose.
    absoulte bucketloads of joy to all you feinds out there!
    thanks for the well-wishes,
    i love this little community,
    i think if i get the chance i’ll give yer all a little mention in the CD booklet!
    cheers all!
    andy L.

    p.s. dave’n dave, ‘peter and his pets’ really kicked ass didn’t they!!!

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    fantasticandy | 27 August 2007 at 9:55 am #

    oh…..lest i forget,
    davem…chrissy says you have a ‘nice smiley face’
    whatever that means?
    love you more,
    andy L.

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 10:35 am #

    Though it won’t be visible everywhere*, there will be a lunar eclipse tomorrow, followed in a fortnight, by a solar eclipse. Astrologers find that during such alignments, people are more inclined to experience moments of powerful prescience or feelings of ‘deja vu.’ Some mystics even claim to make journeys between worlds so far apart that they could never, otherwise, be bridged. Just in time for this latest season of peculiar possibility, astronomers are announcing a discovery. An intergalactic gap. A huge hole in the universe, one billion light years wide. How odd that nobody has noticed it before.

    *The eclipse takes place between 7.53 and 13.21 (Universal Time) on TUESDAY. It is not visible from anywhere in Europe or Africa. The whole eclipse can be seen from Eastern Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) New Zealand, Polynesia, and the West coast of USA and Canada). For the rest of the USA, Canada and South America, it is visible at moonset. For the rest of Australia, India, Japan, China and Eastern Asia, it is visible at moonrise.
    For a visibility map go to:
    For your exact local moonrise and moonset times, visit:

    from jonathan cainer’s website

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 10:42 am #

    Life seems happy where you are sk, you’re a lucky fella.
    luv Amanda

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 12:16 pm #

    Ooooooh it’s quiet here tonight! That’s what we diehards are here for I suppose!
    Love Princie

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    Isolde | 27 August 2007 at 12:23 pm #

    Printemps de Princetemps

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    Princie!…fancy a drink,and a spot to eat…at the TTB bar,at the end of the universe?…we could stay and watch the metamorphosis for a while!..*’s gotta be my favourite things…love,gen x

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    davem | 27 August 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    I admire your relative freedom.
    I’m trying to enjoy our “summer” as much as possible, as you said it’s your turn soon.
    At least I’ll have Painkiller to cheer me up through winter………..

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    davem | 27 August 2007 at 12:27 pm #

    Oh, and yes Perrett and co were in fine form AndyL. It was nice to meet your lovely wife – I am a smiley person!! Take care all.

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 12:46 pm #

    Princie…we could probably use the satellite craft n pick up the US n Euro contingents then get the Oz assortments ,and turn it into an SK pre birthday party!…cyberspace is gonna fall off it’s face,when we all sing Happy Birthday to YOU SK!!!I believe that a birthday should go for at least 5-6 months of each calendar year..!with the other 7-6 months set aside for each to their own’s favourite fancy!… xxxgeneveveveveveveievex

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    verdelay | 27 August 2007 at 12:51 pm #

    It is raining and grim. Old Father Sky has a hangover.

    ‘Seph arrives back from her tour of the Underworld and chucks her suitcase on the bed.

    Without a word she flings it open and proceeds to unpack the contents, randomly casting her things around our bedroom.

    Bones, ash, coins from a dragon’s lair, the rot of death and ages. Our room becomes a charnel house.

    Souvenirs she grins.

    How I missed her.

    Soon enough we’re lying all over each other like fox cubs in our bordello den. Beyond, out in the world, the sun has cracked a smile. Flowers have spurted from all the detritus of death she brought home, and the room begins to breathe. Green tendrils curl through the empty sockets of skulls. Songbirds come in through the window and start bulding nests in the ribcages and spent artillery shells. Explosions of fuschia, violetine, and scarlet bloom in every corner.

    I ask her about the winter just passed.

    Don’t ask she replies Just hold… me

    So I just hold her, and we watch in silence as our room transforms into a summer glade before our very eyes.

    Before too long ‘Seph is asleep, purring like a milkwhite kitten.

    I am alive in one of her dreams.

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    lily was here | 27 August 2007 at 2:03 pm #

    merci monsieur, it sure is tres wonderful to read the pages from your sketchbook & take a stroll with you!

    So … the universe is a vinyl record.

    Sue x

    ps Onya Andy! thats ozspeak for “way to go mate”. Points off for getting to see the Only ones 🙂

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    andmoreagain | 27 August 2007 at 2:21 pm #

    Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is?
    My dear departed Dad used to say that every spring. Thought it was the funniest thing outside of a Peter Sellers movie. Kinda stupid I know but… reminds me of him.

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    knot | 27 August 2007 at 2:25 pm #

    here it is the nemesis of spring
    all dying in the west
    slow palm trees drop fronds
    sister drops calls

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    dean9000 | 27 August 2007 at 3:47 pm #

    Sweet post!!! Like looking through a window onto a spring meadow…. Can’t say I am seeing the same thing where I am though….

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    the party | 27 August 2007 at 4:03 pm #

    dunc…A peter Sellers man…would tell ya bout the “birdie num nums”..Is that who it is?was that Peter Sellers?He came to an oversensitive womanand pointed to the J with the shovel???and pointed vigorously on the table ,and said “TALK..TALK..TALK”…there’s a bit o info fer yer!.was the Party,the movie?that one has been playing,in my mind with me for as long as I can was a guide to a painting of great significance,about this time 3 yrs past..funny…I actually were about to ask about The party,seeming we’re in good company..was going to ask if any one could tell me who wrote the score,and when was the movie was first played in cinema?……/a not dim receiver at all really…sheeeeeesh! p.s. howz about this astrological/astronomical phenomenon…now that’s a buzz!

  25. avatar
    mandn | 27 August 2007 at 7:39 pm #

    let the Bacchanalia commence Orpheus


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    John | 27 August 2007 at 9:08 pm #

    I was at an air show on Saturday. There were amazing barnstormers performing great feats of aviation, flipping their flimsy, plastic looking planes into all sorts of contortions, climbing to the edge of clouds, twisting and writhing, turning, tumbling, then plummeting to the ground in death defying drops, pulling it out at that last moment only to rise again and perform yet another intricate display of aerial acrobatics.

    The crowd “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” as they watched in an amazed stupor at the sheer skill and mastery of the pilots. But then, as plane after plane rose to perform even more magnificient feats and stunts, the crowd’s interest began to wane and their attention started to drift. No longer in awe of the individual brilliance of each performance, the spectacularness of it all began to blur together. Anyway, if you’ve seen one triple-loop you’ve seen them all, right? Planes stopping mid-air, flying upside down, wing-walkers doing their deadly dance became ho-hum, almost commonplace and I heard one man tell his children, “You know, they need less barnstorming and more jets!” My oldest daughter turned to me with shrugged shoulders and a perplexed look as if to say “Do they not realize what they are seeing?!”

    It made me think about the amazing creative feats that Kilbey performs each day in this blog, on top of everything else he does. I hope I never let the grandeur of each entry get lost in the shuffle.

    On Sunday we were treated to his blog ‘Don’t Mention It’. I “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” and am still gazing, looking up at it’s wonder.


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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    Good Morning Mr.Kilbey!…hope the sun is smiling on you today!..Tis very “Springly”here again,now…,as always,gen x

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 11:41 pm #

    life sucks, i cant take it anymore

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2007 at 11:54 pm #

    “I like your, that’s the female version. ^journal “

    what the f kind of statement is that, “Art”?

    sexism rears it’s ugly head again

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 12:20 am #

    Quiet riot?..or Twisted Sister?

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 12:39 am #

    John, you left me in a state of angst…yesterday a hot air balloon full of people fell afire like a meteor from the sky…

    I love a great aifcraft, a kilbeykraft U2stratigazer at the edge of the atmosphere- too high to see the gender and hear Twisted Riots. It’s peaceful here, the music is the only one saying anything as the fiends listen intently at the TTB space bar.

    Art, not Crash…love the movie.

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 1:08 am #

    you remind me of some one i never knew

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 1:25 am #

    Hi sk, that warm, Spring weather you’ve been writing about is even here in Melby today, but of course it’s forcast for clouds and rain tonight, so no view of the beautiful lunar eclipse tonight…Damn it, i hate this city sometimes!!!!
    Have a loverly day today.

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    Faye | 28 August 2007 at 1:48 am #

    just unimaginably,and incredibly magical,this spring thing!..have a lovely day SK!. xo

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    JONNY HOLLYWOOD | 28 August 2007 at 2:40 am #

    looks like i will be under a blood red moon…
    Jonny Moondog

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    JJ | 28 August 2007 at 2:51 am #

    Was almost thinking I was the one in Bondi, from reading this. Funny how words can take the mind right into the scene.

    Autumn is coming soon here in N. Hemispherical L’America, summer is (hopefully) breathing it’s last, gasping….how I love the Autumn, forever Autumn.

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 3:37 am #

    Beautiful one, per{ unusually} usual .You are so very gifted,at so many never cease to amaze and dazzle me with your light..

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    andmoreagain | 28 August 2007 at 3:55 am #

    The Party, I’m not sure what the heck you’re talking about with the pointing and the shovelling and the J? But I haven’t seen the Party in a long time. Anyway, the Party came out in 1968, music by Henry Mancini naturally, as he provided the Pink Panther theme as well. I’m kinda excited about this lunar eclipse too. Although it peaks at 3 in the friggin’ morning out here. Maybe, I’ll visit it in my dreams. Apropo as I’m reading Neil (Sandman) Gaiman’s latest right now.

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 5:02 am #

    Mr K.

    I have my shiny shoes and my jacket on in my muggy office. I can’t make my way to the seaside, but you can, so I shall be roundly disappointed if you are not down at the beach with your entourage.

    It is 28 degrees in Sydney today for heaven’s sake!


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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 6:22 am #

    i loved yesterday’s blog and i love this one…take words and sculpt them into waves and mountains and stars…beautiful…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

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    Kaos | 28 August 2007 at 6:51 am #

    We must go on
    Indeed life goes on. whatever happens, time won’t stop for anyone

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 7:35 am #

    spring,fair,is in the air…only to be eclipsed by the man in the moon…peace to you SK…/GBX

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    MATTDAVISON | 28 August 2007 at 7:50 am #

    The Hendiady’s of spring
    The mews drenched in summer

    the man and the strumming spiccato
    winter bees leave hedonic hives,
    for green spaces…

    falcons and hawks rise over the

    greyness gives way to grenadine

    the convalent stars

    the coves and the creeks
    the doors open after months forced
    The lithium haze over soon to be parched cities,

    Orpiment sun
    over the galze of summers nubile daughter.

    real Pitty I don’t feel as good as my poetry, IN A FAR FROM SPRINGY NZ

    fUC ET!

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 7:59 am #

    9:41am . it does,but dont let it get the better of you. okay?

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 8:05 am #

    Hey Matt, what’s happened to sk’s video of the solo gigs in NZ last month?????
    Love Princey

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 8:36 am #

    That’s beautiful SK..soon, spring will turn into summer…love and peace x

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    Luciano | 28 August 2007 at 12:53 pm #

    Hi Steve. I´m from Brazil and I listen Church since the 80´s. My first contact with your music was 1989 when 5 songs appears on a surf movie (that I don´t remember the name, I think was “Australian Surf”) that a friend borrowed to me. Ops, the credits didn´t shows the name of the band! What Now? 5 years after, you see, I took 5 years (don´t forget, I live in Brazil, and was living the 80´s) to discover the name of the band! I saw you excellent record “Heyday” in a import music store of a big city 600 km north of my little town (called Curitiba), I see it on a shelf and bought without listen it, my god, I discver gold, I listen at home, and realise that it´s the band of that suf movie!!! It was one of the best things that happened in my life. I discover you, thanks God. I Listen Church since that day, until present days, and don´t pretend stop ever. It´s my favorite band, with no doubt. My dream is see you, come to Brazil, come to Curitiba or Florianopolis, I´d like see you live on stage, performing a show that lives on my mind constantly. I know all your songs. I pray to you never give up, never stop play. I enjoy very very much the 2 acoustic records of 2004 and 2007, as well all work since 2002. Church is amazing, is fantastic, is marvelous, is wonderful, is one of the best things of the world, besides surf and sex. Large life for the band and the crew! Mu favorite album is “SEANCE” that have my 2 favorite songs: “it´s no reason” and “why wonder why”. The album “HEYDAY” comes second, with 5 spectacular songs: “myhrr”, “tantalized”, “as you will”, “columbus” and “night of light”, presents on that surf movie that I wrote above.About your recent work, the most beautiful song in my opinion is “Afetr Everithing”, for me a classic Church work, a definitive sample of the Church style. Well, I said much, my best regards and I wait you in Brazil, don´t forget to come to Brazil. And sorry for my poor english. Thank you! Luciano Ghisi – Tubarao/SC – BRAZIL –

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    just spectacular SK…you make me smile so much,when I read your are such a divine thing…they should bottle your exhaled breath,and place it in the it would be too priceless to sell…/GJ x

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    Anonymous | 28 August 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    Luciano…I know what you mean…when you have a Church song in your head,somehow you feel it in your touches you..and you simply want more,more,more…I’d fly my crotchety,splintered broomstick to Pluto,to see a live Church gig…/CW

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