posted on September 23, 2008 at 8:26 pm

inside is nothing
outside is nothing
some kinda seamless trick
life..well what do you know
its got us all reeling
even the smart guys like you
they warned me
they all warned me
you warned me
you all warned me
should do that
shouldn’t do that
but i’m beyond all that
you have no idea
the sky is the limit
i ride along in vans with the players
i go backstage and sit in the empty quiet green room
i see the hydraulics that animate the shows
i look in mirrors where the famous faces have all fled
the mirror is blank
the lights in the rooms flicker ever so slightly
we have our modest lunch
some soup and bread
albert drinks some green wine
rama has a little sleep
neum and i go out the back
where the alibi river flows
through marshes and factories
eventually emptying into the thankless sea
neums practicing his lines and fiddling with his strings
he idly smokes and thinks out loud
a dreamy stream of conscienceless inklings
yeah i remember so n so he says
exhaling like a lazy gryphon in the sun
yeah he was at that show we did in the park
lovely guy lovely guy…what was ‘is name again…
oh i remember ….no no…it wasnt that…
but anyway (neum went on) oh thats right..
this theatre he went to….
whole place was run by ghosts..ha ha..
no i didnt believe ‘im neither…you wait n see ‘e said
you’ll bloody laugh on the otherside of yer face then…
neum scratched his blonde/grey head and stubbed out his smoke
you know what laddie…..?
he leant in close
i could smell his aromatic menthol and camphor lilt
this is the place
right here..?
tonight !
but theres no one here…yet…
oh yes said neum …theyre here
as the afternoon grew longer and the air grew colder
i began to see
neum touched my arm once gently
as we were unfurling the screen
and he beckoned me to look…look there
and…yes….i could see
at one moment a shadow
an indentation …like a damaged mirror
like everything around it became slightly bent
like a disturbance in the surface of reality
but then as i watched
for the briefest flash
there stood a woman dressed in dark clothes
i could see every detail of her face and hair
well i’ll be …neum muttered in the darkness
of the orchestra pit
where we were working
and i tried to stifle a shiver
the air smelt momentarily of ammonia and it was gone
rama appeared at our sides
no need for unease , gentlemen he said
in his usual business as usual fashion
just carry on preparing the show…

34 Responses to “haunter”

  1. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 23 September 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    suddenly……??? and then what happens, uncle steve?
    love always….

    c’mon, thomas, i can seeee youuuu out there in cyberspace somewhere!!! come out come out where ever you are!!

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    fantasticandy | 23 September 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    your’e one of the reasons i visit this thing…..

    i haven’t commented here for a couple of days because this column has been innundated with pointless bilge.
    i’ll be accused of being a pious, pompous oaf for saying this….but so what?
    come on people……

    p.s. hey, mark…..good shot!

  3. avatar
    princey | 23 September 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    I’m imagining the song MATS as the soundtrack to this story….please continue (uncle steve??????NQR!!!)
    Love Amanda

  4. avatar
    MEM | 23 September 2008 at 10:56 pm #







    no, definitely not!


  5. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 23 September 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    yesterday was blown way out of proportion, once again i apologize to thomas thomsen of denmark, no need for us fiends to be so mean…
    Jonny Moondog Smythe

  6. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 23 September 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    Hey Everyone,
    the only one who should be upset or mad at SJK wood be me period the end for having to wait and wait here in my dark room all these years…
    Sit Down Jonny

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2008 at 1:30 am #

    my my,heyday,…’s’better to burn out,than to fade away, .mr young.x:)

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2008 at 1:43 am #

    still no painkiller in north carolina……….brutality


  9. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 24 September 2008 at 2:24 am #

    Hey Andy:

    Welcome back my friend to the show that never ends. In England the Harry Potter author just donated one million pounds to Gordy Brown’s waning Labour hopes. In America the insightful media actually fear that race may be an issue in the upcoming Presidential election. At the United Nations the Iranian President called Israel a stinking corpse. South African(Aids Is Not A Virus) President resigned. Israel has new female Prime Minister. In Glenview Painkiller resonates with booming bass and feline Tommy wags his tail. Yes will tour without the ailing Jon Anderson and he is very miffed. The Time Being ANONS are actually cyberspace recruiters for pill-dispensing Psychiatrists.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2008 at 3:07 am #

    Every now and then we all need a little ATTENTION, no? Some more than others, some more often than others etc etc…..I know I need it myself from time to time. It’s not a crime or a sin, it’s just the way we are.

    SK, I looked through the archives yesterday and noted that in the past you have compiled some great lists and have been inclined to wax lyrical on some topics that have come up through blogs.

    Would it be too forward of me to make a suggestion?

    Can I ask you what the best moments of your life have been?



  11. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 24 September 2008 at 3:41 am #

    now that’s a great suggestion B. Bon, I better be one of those moments esskay, lol…

  12. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 24 September 2008 at 3:44 am #

    haunted when the minutes drag…
    Sit Down Jonny

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2008 at 4:56 am #

    Please ,, continue.

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 September 2008 at 8:52 am #

    great suggestion, b.bon!! that would be a wonderful read.

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 24 September 2008 at 8:55 am #

    to thomas: i don’t think steve was talking to you~~he was talking to the idiot anon who keeps hounding this blog. THAT’S who the “mr. wag” is.

    please reconsider leaving.

  16. avatar
    lily was here | 24 September 2008 at 8:58 am #

    SUDDENLY … the static on the huge screen flickered and adjusted itself,the beat of a guitar and drums & the sound of radiotronics began filling the room, louder and louder, closely followed by an ethereal voice chanting "I am, I am, I am" ..

    Hey, you know there's often a sense of middle-earth in your landscapes,you know what i mean? Do continue.


    ps b.bon, a package is travelling to you from a friend, via me .. hope you havent moved.

  17. avatar
    isolde | 24 September 2008 at 10:10 am #

    ooh b.bon lucky you, must be fan mail and gifts from admirers !!

    indirectly addressing all readers, now lest we forget its the first rule of commenting you must never ever think the blog or the comments are about you, cos if you do you are on the slippery slope to er thinking its about you, and even if its about you its not you yourself its the character you are here ok, like we are being written and our author is going to donate pots no potters of money from sales of this blog to a political party so keep it together ok you are not really real i am not really real and don’t ask me who i am on here if you meet me ok

  18. avatar
    persephone2u | 24 September 2008 at 10:11 am #

    And suddenly…suddenly what? You woke up in the wood between the worlds? You saw men drunk on oblique shadows inflamed by an orchestra eternal whose distant echoes could be heard along the river oblivion? You found yourself eating a tasty nut cutlet in the cafe that has the dream flowers outside it? We, your humble readers, doth ask you to continue.

  19. avatar
    maymi's small-man complex | 24 September 2008 at 10:48 am #

    Wot, no dogshit jokes?

  20. avatar
    spooker | 24 September 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    Steve, tell us about the ghosts in your old studio!

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    Yeah, Hunters and Collectors were a great band.

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    Seriously, who is this Maymi guy anyway? He sure gets a lot of press around here.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2008 at 1:13 pm #

    I dunno, some golfer, I think…

  24. avatar
    is he in the dandy warhols? | 24 September 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    NO! Don’t ask who Maymi is, he’ll be on here ranting for 8 paragraphs and offering to meet you at a record shop to kick your ass for the fundamental failure of not knowing just who the hell he is!

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 September 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    So, the Aussie dog and the fake Buddhist meet at the water fountain, right and…

  26. avatar
    ho-hum | 24 September 2008 at 2:32 pm #

    Steve, I guess you’ll be turning the anon.s off anytime now, so I’ll say thanks while i can.
    Nice ‘fans’ you’ve got on here…

  27. avatar
    ... | 24 September 2008 at 2:47 pm #


  28. avatar
    Cee | 24 September 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    you start dating a mermaid.

  29. avatar
    restaurant mark | 24 September 2008 at 6:01 pm #

    nice one today steve. i wonder how much time overall you’ve spent writing this blog…daily, for what three years? thanks man.

    take care everyone

    ps-thanks for the congrats davem and andy

  30. avatar
    steve kilbey | 24 September 2008 at 8:11 pm #

    hey wag
    arent you sposed to write something funny..occasionally…?

  31. avatar
    davem | 24 September 2008 at 8:49 pm #

    Esskay – your comments thingy is playing up.
    Loved todays….the way you move from the surreal and haunting to the crushingly mundane is amazing.
    There’ll never be another quite like you.

  32. avatar
    John in Austin, Texas | 24 September 2008 at 11:59 pm #


  33. avatar
    ross b | 25 September 2008 at 12:36 pm #

    where the alibi river flows
    through marshes and factories
    eventually emptying into the thankless sea

    Great lines Steve.

    Brien, you have a cat named 'Tommy'?? I've been minding a cat named 'Tommy' who recently died in my care ! Old age & renal failure were the culprits, it was sad nonetheless.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2008 at 6:48 pm #

    n sometimes, ive forget my mind…but if you stand back in that place again,youre definitely bound to remember.:)x

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