posted on January 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm

there is an avalanche
all the books are opened
all the words coming off the page
the spells unloosed
” it is the raising of the complete man in a vertical straight line
any other operation is black magic”

prospero solemnly intones:
in the poisoned robes of Form
i have wandered this island
performed works of divination
commanding live spirit from dead matter
i freed monsters from trees
i pulled seraphs from thin air
i make the birds sing my songs
i make the flowers grow in gods name
i cause the moon to appear in my glass
i scry for angels in the dark summer afternoons
i imbibe the drink of the cactus
it sure tastes strangely sweet as it goes down inside
the cactus sends a spirit to meet me
a spirit in my chambers
mescalito all in green-o
mescalito moving and changing
mescalito with the dry laugh
he holds out his hand to shake
prospero pulls back his hand covered in tiny spines
more dry laughter
the spines are gone
prosperos small tanned hands healed
look at your hands!
now bleeding stigmata
crimson gore in my palms
hole right thru my hands
o mescalito
i’ll give you one-o
green grows old san pedro sings mescalito
am i the fucking nazz? wails prospero
dont nail me up you bastards sings mescalito
oooh thats gotta hurt! says a voice in the future
bang bang bang go the romans
oh fuck oh god whimpers jesus/ prospero /shakespeare
why cant i feel it ? sings mescalito
is it just a lie?
jim morrison goes wand’rin’ round his neighbourhood
liberating cacti in mescalitos name
jesus awoke before dawn
intones prospero dressed in black
he leans into the microphone
as the organ swirls in rococo arabesques behind him
then an interruption
yes, miranda?
father….i want to……
yes …..what is it, my childe…?
father….i want to….leave ….all this…
the audience suck in their breath
voice from another room : what about jesus…?
mescalito grooves to abraxas
i feel just like jesus son he sings
meanwhile in jerusalem, cal
they bang up olde jimbo on a cross
and hes screaming n writhing in his leather
no no no hes singing
bowie playing judas in the crowd says
you couldnt believe you were in this song
marc bolan playing lazarus says
i danced myself out of the tomb
prospero suddenly comes back to his chambers
its late afternoon
on his island in the mediterranean sea
this man has studied nature
and moves in its grooves obtaining results
that seem miraculous to you common era men
prospero looks around for mescalito
but cactus man has gone from this plane
ariel the spirit arrives
why hast thou not delivered that which thou hast promised?
prospero spins round angrily
how dare you speak that way to your lord?
ha! the sprite whirls flaming in the air
even prospero only catches glimpses of her
as she really is
a pale lithe naked winged creature
emitting light and dazzling flashes
why hast thou not delivered that which thou hast promised?
the magician
a performer
high wire days
long way down
summon houdini
summon anubis
summon yourself
prospero breathes in deep
ok ariel he says
theres just one more thing i want you to do….

21 Responses to “go prospero”

  1. avatar
    princey | 8 January 2009 at 12:02 am #

    He’s got it all, but still wants more….oh Prospero!

    (Have u made everyone vanish today, magicman?)

  2. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 8 January 2009 at 12:08 am #

    magic magic magic!
    love always….

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2009 at 2:24 am #

    Dear Poet, today you have exceeded beyond a level I even thought possible from most who share your realm of mastery. You truly are an anomaly, never ever stop writing!

    Is it wrong to understand, the fear that dwells inside a man…

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2009 at 2:44 am #

    Hi Steve,
    this isn`t topical.
    Just a short note to say Happy new year.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2009 at 5:18 am #

    jimbo as jesus…yeah!

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2009 at 6:13 am #

    I am the one more thing

  7. avatar
    fantasticandy | 8 January 2009 at 8:10 am #

    hey steve,
    your version of ariel seems a bit like disney’s tinkerbell!

    nice one to wake-up to this morning.

  8. avatar
    fantasticandy | 8 January 2009 at 8:48 am #

    jeez stevo!
    i gotta pimp yer OWN stuff for ya,
    on yer OWN blog!!!!!
    go there and buy people!
    SK ‘n MWP there now,
    church soon……..

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2009 at 10:40 am #

    and bless you all .what a buzzz, 🙂 xo

  10. avatar
    Freddie | 8 January 2009 at 11:31 am #

    I sense un-sureness among my fellow readers
    as to how to interpret this one.
    I too am confused.
    Are you quite mad? 🙂
    But seriously it is fun reading; what a trip!

    Andy, thanks for the info. 🙂

  11. avatar
    Kookaburra | 8 January 2009 at 11:39 am #

    Kinda Kow’s a Korvette Krazy Kilbey,yeeez,n its goodnight from me,;) xo .

  12. avatar
    catchow | 8 January 2009 at 11:45 am #

    a bad trip for prospero the magician…
    a modern style for shakespeare’s
    masterpiece,that’s fine!

  13. avatar
    davem | 8 January 2009 at 11:58 am #

    Great stuff SK.
    Tht’s what I was hinting at y’day Andy after reading Stefans post. Don’t think SK is available there ’til next month though or did I misread? I’ve had a stomach bug and haven’t eaten for 3 days…bit spacey.

  14. avatar
    davem | 8 January 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    Freddie – I think many of us still bears the scars of A’level English Literature and hours of effing Chaucer, Willie et al. One whiff of The Tempest and I’m back in a college lecture 27 years ago dreaming of girls and humming The Unguarded Moment!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 January 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    now, i feel had. already owned the shriek book. panicked, purchased the hardback to get the church soundtrack. of course, a few days later, it becomes available thru heyday records for $12.


  16. avatar
    matthew | 8 January 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    davem – “One whiff of The Tempest and I’m back in a college lecture 27 years ago dreaming of girls and humming The Unguarded Moment!” haha, that was very funny mate.

  17. avatar
    veleska1970 | 8 January 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    sorry i haven’t been around this past week~~haven’t had time to comment~~but i just wanted to say that the readin’s been good!!

    lotza love…..

  18. avatar
    CSTCoach | 8 January 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    myth interpenetrates myth, time and space and distance melt away, and we lose track of which is which. memories in future tense? a tangled veil of the past?

    the tempest always been my absolute favourite among willie’s plays. just as the odyssey will always be the world’s greatest traveler’s tale.

    was that the miranda in anna miranda, killa?!?

  19. avatar
    davem | 8 January 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    News posted on Hotel Womb that Shriek is available from Heyday. I’ve just ordered mine.

  20. avatar
    steve kilbey | 8 January 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    hi con
    you remind me of film

  21. avatar
    Martin | 8 January 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    So good!

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