posted on April 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm

spirit photograph

in the afternoon of the tea garden

the royal blue skies above the towns and villages

the water bearer describes an unbearable arc in the eastern sky

between whispering pine and silent ash

a forest full of  loveliest creatures

fawn faun for nevermore

a pale woman in a carriage

a little crimson man on her lap

oh her hounds are laying low

an hour elapses

hazy distant sun is disappearing

morning suddenly so old

afternoon already mocking its promises

the water in the river is cold

no one could survive in there  that long

manikin in doldrums

the voices of the drowned entangled in the reeds

royal swan arrives

and spring unfolded like a pageant

thieves in their dens full of honour

the mercenaries who linger to strip the dead

vanishing pointlessly like the violet evening

daughters of avalon

the nephilim come masked as mere men

the future drifts in like fog on a still lake

take what you want no one is watching

black cat that sat on the path

my ladys mirror buckles under her beauty

her eyes an elusive blue

her memory of me long ago worn away

a starlike grace impossible to fight

someone should consult the native guide

the road has just ended in this field of flowers

my judgement may be wrong thats all

perhaps its all still left to come

a merchant of darkness

purveyor of doom

the poor widow waiting patiently outside in the rain

the graveyards yawned and in the earth their residents churned

my hands stained in paintings of martyrs

st steven pierced by nasty arrows

bleeding wine and crying elysian tears

neither cross nor hook nor strangling knot

moment of clarity comes and goes

hidden justice in the wild

a child by the wayside fading

no spell of yours will bind his soul to this plane

unfortunate mother of orphan

even farther than before

snorting beasts decked out in wars finery

we have been crushed by our own weight

the angel epsilon opposing the dragon set

but neither can win

good evil

evil good

no immaculate conception

could have conceived of someone like you

one day it may be easier

one day the fish will be catching us

i hurt inside someone elses pain

lay down your weariness lay down your cares

there is no way to get back home

something changed when you werent alone

the long night of sideshow magic throws strange shadows

a world returned to dark ages

the men in the taverns drunken and stupidly arguing

the laws turn away from the poor and infirm

the women in the asylum have escaped with the answer

the crooked beak of your italian spur

the fractured glass of the boys skull

maybe we underestimated the enemy

perhaps we trusted fickle friends

the evidence of my god behind this plague is compelling

i wonder why i see you when i die

and i wish for nothing

i can trust





27 Responses to “faint impression”

  1. Kraig
    Kraig | 30 April 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Excellent! Weird how you mentioned “Immaculate Conception”! That’s the name of The Church where my wife and I were married on 3-5-11. You hit it on the nub again Mr. Kilbey! May i call you Steve, you never have told me if i could. May the road of poems lead you into the otherworldly, or world otherly than ours? Pass on through, we miss you. The Cosmos is waiting in vain because of you…it’s true.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 30 April 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      That is so great. To find love in the insanity that is today’s life. So huge of a congratulations goes out to you and your beloved. We have a church of the same name here in the Chicagoland area. If you were just married here, near my home, and I was not an invite…oh im so pissed … ha ha
      Super Congrats my friend Kraig to a long life of happiness, health, and unconditional love.

      Darrin K.

      How in the hell did we not find each other at the Park West still amazes me.

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      stealth blue | 1 May 2011 at 1:43 pm #

      Hey Kraig,

      Congratulations on your recent wedding/marriage!! Great news!! All the very best to you both, brother! CHEERS!

      😉 Ben V.

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      hellbound heart | 1 May 2011 at 5:03 pm #

      congrats, kraig! 🙂

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 3 May 2011 at 6:46 pm #

      Thanks Everybody…your so kind! I wasn’t trying to brag, just that Steve’s words caught me at the time, i wasn’t expecting “Congrats” from everyone! Too Cool! You guys are awesome, as are anyone that is a fan of Steve n The Church! Thxs a Million!

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    BLUE | 30 April 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    23 thousand poundS OF pluto AND NEON plucked from an angel’s Harp. AEROSOLIZED OF COURSE. ON the start of a global tour. DAY-Glo-water surrounding OZ. The Pacific is gone. West coast hit hard. Kawabata’s nitemare realized. We underestimated their DEEP HATE AND irrational omnicidal THUMBdriveS. THEY ARE BUSYBEESKNEES. THERE IS MUCH WORK TO DO. 2020. That is the date the cull IS TO BE complete. Down to 500 million to keep the all mod con infrastructure flowing for the blueblooded beasts. WHEN I DREAM AT NIGHT, I CAN SEE THEIR TEETH.

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      anon | 2 May 2011 at 3:51 pm #

      ever heard the one that says the royals are shape shifting alien reptiles masquerading as human who drink sacrifical human blood and that Diana was going to expose it so then they orchestrated her death?
      haarp, chem-trails, economic slavery, debt based economy, maritime law, the obama deception, the big four families that control most of the worlds wealth: rothchilds, warburgs, jp morgans, rockefellers. the 3 sovereign city states: vatican, washington dc, london. bilderburgers. codex alimentaris – banning herbal remedies and classifying vitamins as drugs, outlawing any beneficial strong but safe doses. the withholding of cancer cures, depopulation programs: aids, sars, swine flu, wars, genocide
      martial law, anti-terrorism laws, the u.n., world health org, nato, eu & its euro, the nth american alliance & its amero, asia pacific alliance all heading to the illuminati goal of one world government, the list of conspiracy theories goes on n on n on…..
      ze zeitgeist ov ze times
      i dunno if any of it holds grains of truth
      dont necessarily believe what you think i guess is the lesson
      when what you think has been shaped by what is potentially just propaganda

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 30 April 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    That was amazing !!! I have re-read this entry 5 times already and plan on printing it so it is always at hand. Super fuckn brilliant !!!

    “Her memory of me long ago worn away”

    Darrin K.

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    erosoplier | 30 April 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    Years ago I told my then partner how much I liked the Church, and soon after, while talking on the phone to my best friend interstate, who was the one who turned me on to the Church, my then partner informed me that she had slept with Steve Kilbey at a party in Canberra one time.

    I was so impressed by this, telling my friend about it on the phone, that my girlfriend then was forced to confess that she had made it all up, and that she hadn’t ever slept with that Kilbey guy after all.

    That’s the kind of power you have, Steve – girls make up lies about you, and boys aren’t even bothered by the prospect that you have previously slept with their current girlfriend.

    You’s a champion!

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    Ryan | 1 May 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Beautifully written.

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    plumlady | 1 May 2011 at 1:27 am #

    “a pale woman in a carriage, a little crimson man on her lap”; I thought perhaps you were speaking of Duchess Kate and her new husband in his crimson Capt’ Crunch outfit in their carriage…..

    May Day’s almost upon us…..yeah yeah, the First of May, outdoor f**king begins today…..well not in the Midwest; it’s still chilly and rainy here. Seems like winter will never end.

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    Once | 1 May 2011 at 1:33 am #


    This brought me to tears
    Quickly staunched
    Because it’s Saturday
    Caturday, says Noel,
    As he greets me and purrs
    The tabbies are excited
    There are spring bunnies outside
    And I’m up early
    No headache, no nausea, no fog, no regret
    I’ve rediscovered the music channel on cable
    918, they play Milkyway and Reptile
    And Destination from time to time
    “Adult Alternative”, and I remind myself
    I am an adult
    I have an alternative
    In this life, just one of many
    Because I’ve been here before
    I’ve been victim and savior
    I’ve been Nazi and Jew
    I’ve been everyone and everything
    And 3D is an illusion
    It’s all we can perceive
    It’s a dance of the subatomic
    And the transference of energy
    Temporary and infinite
    And me, I thought I had the power
    To change the plan of the God-Force
    I heard music that wasn’t there
    Polarized, reversed, ego-self
    The plague of humankind
    Not our fault and it never was
    Frequencies reaching for higher vibration
    The waves coming closer
    Until they are a straight line
    Flatline, love, Oneness
    In the moment, in the life, in the universe
    Nothing to blame, and nothing to claim
    It’s already there.

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      thetimebeing | 1 May 2011 at 7:06 am #

      i enjoyed this donna!

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 May 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      I really enjoyed this as I do all your contributions. You sound in control and I know ur back at work now. I hope all is ok with you and I celebrate each day alongside you, halfway across the country. Stay strong- you know where to find me, and I still have not got ur response on the music I sent ur way. I hope ur enjoying it as I type along here.

      Darrin K.

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        Once | 1 May 2011 at 5:59 pm #

        Hey, thanks you guys!

        Daz, I know, I have a lot to catch up on suddenly. My brain has now “thawed out”, and it’s kind of like when you let the housework go for too long, and suddenly you realize that the place looks like Beirut and you go, “Shit. Where the hell have I BEEN???” and you don’t even know where to start!

        It’s awesome, though – funny to think I ever considered myself “bored”! There’s just SO MUCH to experience! Will write soon! Luv ya, mate!

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      DavidP | 1 May 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      I like that too Donna.

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    Tanya | 1 May 2011 at 2:37 am #

    Another mesmerizing escape from the stultifying parts of life. I often visualize my physicality in the worlds you describe. You’d be canonized for selling entry tickets to those other places. Hmmm, why couldn’t you be the next James Cameron or something? Oh, wait too commercial, not your style, thank God.

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    Mr. Argent | 1 May 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Frack mate, the aether probe is in full effect.

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    Linjo | 1 May 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Very dark and mysterious on this black wet morning. I am reading a book about Joan of Arc. Donna I can relate. Rediscovery, no regrets. Every day is better than the last. x

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    belfrank | 1 May 2011 at 9:40 am #

    You really moved me with this. Your most powerful blog in aeons.
    I hope life takes you closer to the enlightenment and peace you are seeking more each day.
    Love on you and all the Bondi Ks.

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    isolde | 1 May 2011 at 9:54 am #

    I love this one
    thank you
    isolde x x x

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    Karen | 1 May 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    & wow @ donna’s poem you did good girl xxx

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    stealth blue | 1 May 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Hi Steve!

    That was loverly. 😉 Hope all is well with you and the family.

    Ben V.

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    hellbound heart | 1 May 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    beautiful and dreamy….
    feels like it’s going to be cold tonight…

    love always….

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    Cocoamo | 1 May 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Very nice turn of a phrase, indeed. Lovely, lovely. Hope the road does end in a field of flowers.

    Your friend in Pennsylvania
    (Still in Cocoa Beach)

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    bionicanna | 2 May 2011 at 12:08 pm #


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    Anonymous | 3 May 2011 at 12:40 am #

    missed reading these while away and now like in a candy shop – eyes sparkling – thoughts swirling – which way to reach?

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