posted on December 29, 2008 at 8:09 pm

we see him now
he’s a medium man in everyway
only his eyes
only his eyes have this look
they are the colour of the sea
we see the nymph calypso
tall pale dark haired
tattooed on her skin spells and enchantments
they sit together on a little beach
she lightly strokes his back
her fingers move like electricity underskin
odysseus stifles a shudder of pleasure
for the nymph makes men forget themselves
here on her island
here in this glittering grey sea
here on this strange and random world
the sun sets but the evening is warm
the man eats cheese and bread
he drinks a deep draught of calypsos wine
her fingers and her dark wine continue to bewitch him
odysseus on the enchanted isle
calypso with her crystal rivulets and her golden loom
her seabirds and falcons
her lovely maids each a different elemental
calypso sings in her unfathomable voice
as she sings we see her songs manifest as foggy images
we smell faint aromas
we taste but distantly ambrosia
the nymph sings
of arcadia of pan of the grape
of wondrous heaven
of zeus’ love for mortal women
of the burning cold stars
of sleep
of dream
of mortal mans death
see her dressed in red
her black hair bound back
her amulets of sea silver
her anklets of jade
her ring is a golden skull with sapphire eyes
ardent and immortal witch
odysseus stares out to sea
a medium man in every way

33 Responses to “evoker”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 29 December 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    write whatever you like
    please dont argue with each other
    and ignore obvious idiocy
    big bruvver

  2. avatar
    seoigh | 29 December 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    Well, here’s to wishing that it’s easy as asking, at least.

    That was some pretty writing today time, Killer.

  3. avatar
    eek | 29 December 2008 at 9:19 pm #

    Dealing with us is a bit like dealing with kids, isn’t it? Irritating, rude, obnoxious, and occasionally even sweet, kids.

    Lovely blog today. You create such gorgeous imagery.

  4. avatar
    the dean | 29 December 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    “and none that listened has not been delighted and gone on a wiser man”

    odyssey book xii

  5. avatar
    John Garratt | 29 December 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    Someday, someone should remake the “Odyssey.” The one on TV over ten years ago was sort of crappy.

    John Garratt

  6. avatar
    CSTCoach | 29 December 2008 at 9:51 pm #


    (I haven’t forgotten about all that. Chumming the waters with current projects to interest those who can pull strings…)

    On another note, any word on the K/K project? I keep going back to the myspace page to listen to these subtle, beautiful, understated songs. Looking fwd to hearing the rest of them 🙂

  7. avatar
    steve kilbey | 29 December 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    k/k is slowly coming ryan

  8. avatar
    princey | 29 December 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    I wanna go there, you’ve described my retirement plans in a nutshell sk 🙂
    It’s so nice to have the dreamy writing of sk back.
    love Amanda

  9. avatar
    12str | 29 December 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    a fantastic way to end the evening of the day……
    thanks SK

    btw ive translated bits and pieces of “into my hands”and”tristesse” and got some ideas for “Buffalo”….man its hard… ;)where do you get it from?


  10. avatar
    Jasperina | 29 December 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    Evocative, beautiful, dreamy…making me swoon in the warmth of the morning sun and the soft, Sydney breeze. I plan to paint all day…a gentle, magical way to start the day.

  11. avatar
    markobears | 29 December 2008 at 11:30 pm #

    From whay I’ve just read in the paper, todays blog might be censored by that internet filter thingy. Seems like Australia has more right wing nuts than here.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 December 2008 at 12:56 am #

    Wishing you all the best in the new year and thank you so much for all the time you spend sharing your words, ideas, feelings, visions.

    Mike (in Canada)

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 December 2008 at 1:32 am #

    i love the word “nymph”.


  14. avatar
    heather | 30 December 2008 at 2:19 am #

    Ode to a wife?



  15. avatar
    isolde | 30 December 2008 at 2:33 am #

    My name is Calypso
    My garden overflows
    Thick and wild and hidden
    Is the sweetness there that grows
    My hair it blows long
    As I sing into the wind
    My name is Calypso
    And I have lived alone
    I live on an island
    I tell of nights
    Where I could taste the salt on his skin


  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 December 2008 at 3:40 am #

    Bloody nice words Steve, thank you.

    Sheffield Tyler

  17. avatar
    CSTCoach | 30 December 2008 at 4:02 am #

    cool, i’ll be watching for it.

    in many ways k/k seems the antithesis, or rather the complimentary opposite of, painkiller.

    where pk was a layered, multi-textured soundscape, an aural journey, the samples of k/k sound like pure, simple, heartfelt songwriting at its best.

    it speaks highly of your prolific imagination that these two diverse projects were written at the same time.

  18. avatar
    Mr. Argent | 30 December 2008 at 4:04 am #

    beautiful inventory of azure effects, sk.

    odysseus, le masseur magnifique! (he’s the medium man. snap, snap)

  19. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 30 December 2008 at 5:23 am #

    …my ‘puter’s throwing a whoopee at the moment….
    beautiful writing, to be intoxicated by another….oh boy…
    love always…

  20. avatar
    davem | 30 December 2008 at 7:38 am #

    Transporting. The essence of Kilbey.
    Thank-you BB!

  21. avatar
    fantasticandy | 30 December 2008 at 9:36 am #

    a tiny island in the med.
    that’s the place.
    calypso’s cave is accessed via a fissure in the ground.
    chrissy and i had many a laugh upon our return with tales of how i had investigated calypso’s crack.
    how about that then killer…i’m almost on topic!

  22. avatar
    steve kilbey | 30 December 2008 at 10:03 am #


  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 December 2008 at 11:08 am #

    psychedelic steve

  24. avatar
    12str | 30 December 2008 at 11:13 am #

    SK do you have a story behind “Buffalo”? at first glance it reminds me of “into my hands”
    happy new year

  25. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 30 December 2008 at 11:28 am #

    can’t wait for the kilbey/kennedy cd to come out….
    got my new i pod finally working today…downloaded painkiller onto it and took it to my local gym….beat shit out of the fucking doof doof they were playing there…thanks for making an extremely hot, sweaty and uncomfortable hour or so far more bearable, sire….

  26. avatar
    Freddie | 30 December 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Sir Steven,
    Your mastery of the written word
    is truly astounding.
    and this does not disappoint.
    It is a delight to the senses!

  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 30 December 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    beautiful. the imagery is astounding. nice one today!!

    lotza love….

  28. avatar
    John Garratt | 30 December 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    While I was away on leave, was the Disney-esque font of SK’s name on the cover of “Painkiller” discussed?

    John Garratt

  29. avatar
    fantasticandy | 30 December 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    i did mention it some time ago john…….
    so far a reply regarding this issue has not been forthcoming!

  30. avatar
    ScaughtFive | 30 December 2008 at 4:24 pm #

    It’s all well and good folks but Ody’s gotta getta on home, there’s a bad doin’s goin’ on there.

  31. avatar
    A.M. | 30 December 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    Ody is the man–a medium man maybe, but my man nonetheless.

    I enjoyed this piece. I was reading some Odysseus poems just a couple days ago, so this added bonus is quite the pleasure. One of my favorite Ody poems is “Odysseus to Telemachus” by Joseph Brodsky.

  32. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 30 December 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    i came
    i read
    i left with dream pictograms in my noggin

    what more can i ask for?


  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 January 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    And she is longing to have him for her lord…

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