posted on February 6, 2008 at 8:43 pm

damned witch !
damned bird !
damned magic !
damned rain !
damned villagers !
mutter mutter curse and splutter
come here then girl ….
stop making all that damned noise !
crow flies to my shoulder
she sits pecking the nits out of my hair and beard
ah thats good make yourself useful
dont peck so hard you stupid thing…
oh i am sorry crow my beautiful girl
oh yes
soon my girl
something nice for us to eat
and a warm dry place
oh we are so old so old drenched and cold
by my magical art i start a small fire
crow flies away into the nighty night
shes going hunting
her huge wings blot out the stars
many lives ago maybe crow was human woman
many lives ago maybe i was hawk or falcon
i sit and poke my flaming little fire
burn burn die and return
crackle branches crackle leaves
spark and dark spark and dark
oh i will love to see the faces in the villages
when i raise the sun in the middle of the night
when i call it back from yesterday
and crops fail
and children sicken
hopping toads
crawling snake
choking smoke
dying ache
beelzebub and arioch
mandenezzar and horribus
wicked worms undoing us
oh i need a spell
oh i need to gather myself
oh i need some things
crow where are you ?
where do you fly?
thunder rumbles
bats against the purple sky
my crow amongst the bats
the sky filled with dark things
flying goblins
i spit
crow crow
i cannot read your thoughts tonight
my fire dies
my hope is gone
then crow appears
bedraggled and small
i take her in under my robe
move out of forest then
find witchy witch
steal her magic
eat her hare
over hill and dale
over field and road
tramping trudging so begrudging
blackbird against my chest softly pecks
my wand of jet
the blackest stick
my black magic stick
i have charged thee
spit and spunk and poison and blood
fire and earth and water have cleansed thee
unburnt you emerge from hells flames
full of satans revengeful scorn
black wand
black bird
black heart
black sky
i will drown the world in black
black angel inside my crow
black trees and black death
my wand glows ever so faintly
pale blue in the darkness
it twitches and jumps
eager eager nasty stick
do your dirty wishes
you spiteful rod
evil jet
left handed magic
the wrong path
oh i’ll show ’em
master of birds
a murder of crows
roasted witch
crooked cooked bitch
burny itch
deep ditch
stumble fumble trip and bumble
evil upheaval biting little weevils
oh we’ll make ’em sweat mrs crow
oh we’ll blast ’em dead mr wand
ah the moony moon comes sailing up
away clouds!
let her shine
let wand drink deep of moons power
let the night fill him with malice
let everything good be cancelled out!

27 Responses to “fast and easy: terrain”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2008 at 9:38 pm #

    Reminiscent of Ladyhawke. Okay different bird but just as enchanting.

  2. avatar
    princey | 6 February 2008 at 10:41 pm #

    Don’t let the witch burn, you’ll regret it!!!
    Maybe you need to pull out your magic crystal and charge up that wand?
    (You’re sounding a little evil these days sk!!)

  3. avatar
    fantasticandy | 6 February 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    left = sinister
    i, am left handed
    no suprise eh?

  4. avatar
    matt davison | 6 February 2008 at 11:47 pm #

    following on from the dissullusionist)) i take it…….fuc thats the right spelling isn’t it.

    SK “publish..publish” asap!!

    Ummm’ What the heck is going on with “painkiller” she asks.. I say the mangy panther ate it… It must be hidden in the spotlight somewhere!!!

  5. avatar
    JJ | 7 February 2008 at 2:06 am #

    Dark story, TB, seems to capture the hidden malevolent urges of homo sapiens, the jet wand waving, black Raven, night filled with malice….it’s all dark sometimes isn’t it?

    Trying to follow your shadow, your shade through this amazing little story. The dark forest – a favourite paradigm for me, a place I seek out frequently. Looking forward to tomorrow’s chapter.

    But – did you really eat the hare? Surprised me.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2008 at 2:14 am #

    where there is light,there is dark…there cannot be one,without the other…tiz the way and the nature of,magic and the beasts.

  7. avatar
    syrinx | 7 February 2008 at 3:03 am #

    I’m spellbound.


  8. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 7 February 2008 at 3:08 am #

    Andy. MACCA is also a southpaw=left-handed. One of music’s greatest bass players.

    Poe and Empedocles are clashing inside SK’s magical organ of cognition.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2008 at 3:15 am #

    Never start my day without your beautiful word imagery.
    Every day is a gem.
    But the last few days especially.
    Brilliant reading Steve.
    Thank you.

    Tampa, Fl

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2008 at 3:17 am #

    stone the crows!

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2008 at 4:02 am #

    beautiful dark stuff. burn me in it.


  12. avatar
    princey | 7 February 2008 at 4:39 am #

    Hey sk, just a question…what’s happening with your magical solo album, can you wave that wand and make it appear???? Are you still coming Feb 24th? (I know there’s no point asking, you never answer my questions HINT HINT!)

  13. avatar
    eek | 7 February 2008 at 6:59 am #

    damned witch !
    damned bird !
    damned magic !
    damned rain !
    damned villagers !
    mutter mutter curse and splutter

    Yeah, I’ve had days like that.

    Luckily for everyone else I don’t have any magical powers though. I’d be a mightly destructive magician sometimes if I did.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2008 at 7:15 am #

    OMG,that is sk!you just keep getting better and better,dont you. 😀 x

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2008 at 7:36 am #

    Grazie di tutto!
    Stefania (Italy)

  16. avatar
    necked | 7 February 2008 at 8:15 am #

    bye bye to the giggling guru maharishi mahesh yogi – introduced TM to the world.

    welcome to the year of the rat

    mr poe

  17. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 7 February 2008 at 11:01 am #

    nice and dark, steve…keep it coming…
    love always

  18. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 7 February 2008 at 11:35 am #

    Yeah I like dark too, love this imagery…………………………….it’s in all of us, our ‘shadow selves’. Very ‘crafty’ SK!

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    good night witch .good night magician.beautiful blog today SK. xox

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 February 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    so has nk ever slept with and ex-lover after being with you?

  21. avatar
    heather | 7 February 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    could this be church-in-the studio muse v ttb muse?

    ah! fire and brimstone!!!


  22. avatar
    restaurant mark | 7 February 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    hello steve, everyone
    beautiful and dark today…love it.
    sorry for my extended absence…had computer issues for a couple of days and then out of town for work the last week almost. so i’ll make a bunch of quick references to the last few blogs. glad the church record is sounding good so far…imagine that…real surprise there! ; ) hope you’ve recovered from yours and nk’s all nighter…gotta love those…especially once you have kids around. i didn’t know pot made people bad in bed either? good thing my wife doesn’t know that…oh wait…she smokes on occasion too. the dmt sounds fun…i have a cd of space time continuum (san fran ambient musician) with terrence mckenna doing spoken word over the whole thing…most of it about his experiences with dmt and all of the aliens he was seeing. he was a strange little fella…follower of timothy leary, i believe. always wanted to try it though.
    and to brien comerford…so sorry for your loss man. take care of yourself.
    and speaking of bass playing as you were brien. colin greenwood’s bass playing on the new radiohead cd is just beautiful and cool. he doesn’t get mentioned enough for his playing, i think. know you said ya don’t listen to them anymore, but you should give in rainbows a listen…1 and 2…great songs there in my opinion. my second favorite band…that’s still together anyway. gee wonder what my 1st favorite band is…huh???
    have a clue…anyone…

    yeah…i’m rambling today…haven’t got to write in a while…give me a break…please?

    take care


  23. avatar
    Cee | 7 February 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    I’m casting my circle of protection around me and holding my stones tight to me.

  24. avatar
    davem | 7 February 2008 at 7:25 pm #


  25. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 7 February 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    Restaurant Mark:

    Thank you. I have deep respect for Radiohead. They merit respect. The bass, guitar and atmospherics are refined. Yorke sounds like an angel venting out his demons. In Rainbows, Hail To The Thief, OK Computer and the Bends are stellar. But they are too overly nihilistic. Too unsttling for fragile me. Nigel Godrich is their key to the Hall of Fame.

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