posted on August 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

thunder pants

the clouds turn into tortured beasts writhing in some roman game

out of a blue sky suddenly pours rain

like a grey cloak trailing behind it

lightning cracks like whipping the storm before it

frazzled droplets of rain suspended in the dizzying air

flash thru the sunlight a shoal of points of light

the barbarous beasts in the sky mutate above you

a 2 headed bear snorts in chained pained silence

the clouds twist into improbable shapes

its an improbable uni-verse

the sky is advertising the future now

the weather reforms itself into scalded luxury as in salmon pink

my stomach sinks to behold this wonder

but i cannot tell you why

sometimes the magnitude of these things

maybe its just nothing

nothing and everything seem so close these days

that is a temporary perspective

all i got some clever words i found outside

i’d present them as my own some other time

i guess the storm blew them in

i guess its easier that way

21 Responses to “distant storm”

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    captain mission | 15 August 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    ha! the wind blew the words away, just took em as they left your mouth, drove em down the street and what was said was lost but it was such a great little moment and they were only words.
    awesome cloud activity today, hail the clouds!

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    DavidP | 16 August 2010 at 12:08 am #

    yeah, some funny weather Bondi way today, a bit like 4 seasons in 1 day
    i was going to go for a walk in the middle of the day and then a swim
    next thing i know a huge bank of dark clouds roll in and cover up the sunny blue sky day n looking very ominous
    more bark than bite though, only threw down a few drops for a few minutes
    so my plan was back on n it was great to get out in the late winter sun
    go for a brisk walk along the coast then dive into that ocean at Bronte
    i really enjoyed it and felt so invigorated and happy
    its great to be alive, what a wonder it is, how lucky am I

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 16 August 2010 at 12:29 am #

    watching the skies change before your very eyes is simply amazing. nature has a way of painting brilliance out of vast emptyness. behold the imagery of transformation as the heavens turn from peace to violence in a matter of minutes, seconds. this reinforces the fact that we are so minute in the grand picture. we are just witnesses to the spectacular.

    As Always,
    Darrin K.

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    nylon burning | 16 August 2010 at 12:35 am #

    “I hate and I love: How can I do it, you ask?
    I don’t know, but it’s killing me.”

    steve lindsay and i cant wait to get the painting…
    im thinkin gold leafish for the frame ….

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    Freddie | 16 August 2010 at 2:14 am #

    Awesome storm!
    Hoping for a little storm action soon here too.

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    andy | 16 August 2010 at 3:13 am #

    bigger n’ badderer than any of us…..
    ‘know yer place’ she says…

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    Patrick in Stockholm | 16 August 2010 at 3:46 am #

    Hi Steve, Nice site, good words. How many daughters you got these days? Me just the one, but she’s a miracle. Saw your oldest perform some songs when their Mom turned 50. It was magic.
    Big hug,

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    veleska1970 | 16 August 2010 at 6:35 am #

    i love thunderstorms at night. even more when i can curl up on the couch with a good book.

    just wanted to say thanks to you and the rest of the band~~i was having a particularly crappy couple of days last week and whenever that happens i always find solace in the church’s music, especially in “myrrh”. for me that is the ultimate “chill-out” song. no one else can coax me out of gloom like that.

    thank you thank you thank you.

    lotza love…..

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    hippy | 16 August 2010 at 6:36 am #

    Factoid: Ayahuasca is also known as “the vine of DEATH.” Sounds like fun.

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    cazziem | 16 August 2010 at 7:09 am #

    After yesterday’s Saturday night by the sea and my comment, all I can say is WOW!! I’m so envious of you experiencing this. I am so in love with storms and would like to believe that it our world’s way purging the toxins from itself, and the air ALWAYS smells so much cleaner after a storm. Nature’s orchestra at it’s best!

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    edd | 16 August 2010 at 7:54 am #

    I went outside to have a smoke at 3am…I was hoping to see a shooting star….and don’t ya know…the universe gave me what I wanted!!!!

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    princey | 16 August 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Hiya sk, sounds familiar, it’s been dark’n’stormy like that for the past week or so here in Melby and freeeezing cold, I think its going to continue into September so bring your thermals when you get down here (can’t wait!!)
    Have a lovely day,

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    Karen | 16 August 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Yes it pissed down here as well yesterday arvo .. haha @ thunderpants good to see you have a sense of hunour.

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    Donna | 16 August 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    I like your description of the storm clouds…huge, violent, threatening like beasts. Nice!!

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    hellbound heart | 16 August 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    some of the most awesome marvellous scary things that i have seen outside my front door have been storms, especially summer storms……we have some absolute doozies up around here sometimes…….but ah, the blessed cool that comes with them after a blindingly hot day is like ambrosia…..the perfume that comes off an approaching storm after a hot dusty day, man, if you could bottle it you’d make a fortune…i’ve never smelled anything like it……

    love always…..

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    lily was here | 16 August 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    the answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. we can feel it but we cannot see it

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    Wilfred Paradise | 16 August 2010 at 10:01 pm #


    You typed that in all of 3 minutes, I can tell, you can do it in your sleep.

    Come on, man, what’s really going on? Behind the curtains? You know that’s what we want (and need). Also, we want (and need) new music and videos.

    All best – ah, ah, come on, come on, om, om – Wilfred P

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    Andmoreagain | 17 August 2010 at 1:12 am #

    Was swimming in the lake after doing a yogurt class (my first) and I sez to myself. I’m a little like Kilbey ovah heah. On the other side of the world there’s always a connection in my own fevered imagination at least. Jesus, thevlast track on yer solo album just veered into Lou Reed on my iPod. Are you and Lou trying to send me a message? Ok, now the radio I had on in the background has gone from Neil Young to Midnight Oil. Canada, Australia weird.

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      Delicious & Nutritious | 18 August 2010 at 8:17 am #

      Yogurt class…i wanna go eat and learn how to have fun with yogurt classes too, please Mummy can I? I wanna go jump in a big pool of yogurt and have all sorts of fun with Daddee and Mummy by diving into yogurt. Good creamy yogurt….mmmmm mmmmm goooood!

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    Cosmos | 18 August 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Gotta love storms, I know I do 🙂

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