posted on November 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

crumble down

pluperfect for you

the island nights

some force picks us up

some thing takes root

some spirit comes thru

we crash on this side of universe #23

wrecked in a flowerbed rolling over in poppies

hurt in every feeling there was

a little evening music pumps my jumper

i release the weeks surrounding me

and i plummet down in time burning air live

i drive in my gold flash i fishtail through a bend

i end up sending a tender legal friend a good mend

the music we make compensates me sates me uncomplicates me

the music we make slakes me shakes me almost mistakes me

the music we make forsakes me bakes me rakes me over shoals

i sit down in front of a screen

the sea appears a sailing ship

a cargo of spices

the prince of this realm in his educated sphere

the merchants dressed in their satin n tat

the colliers who mine deep in the earth

the prisoners who groaning beyond all these walls

the silence of midnight amongst  the graves

the future of silence when everything stops

the  end of the sounds the end of the noise

i’m under this tree i’m under this branch

i wait in this room its all white n controlled

waiting n waiting inside all the words

my hotel is a spartan affair

i post you a postcard that never arrives

i pop on a stamp a picture of queen

i lie by the pool with sun on my arm

i hide in the gloom of arbours n fog

i walk through your dream incessantly smug

mid tempo

the strings pull me to extremes

i find purchase in your sky

i climb on backs of clouds

i reach up for a place

give me what i need then give me what i want

a cottage by the rolling ocean the grass grow lush

a magic been

a golden goose

a giantess on the loose

or no use

no excuse

22 Responses to “hesperides”

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    hellbound heart | 19 November 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    i dunno if you’d like walking through my dreams sometimes….

    love always…….

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    princey | 19 November 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    This one sucked me right in sk, but then, the dreaded giantess appeared!

    Lovely pic of u btw 🙂

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    Anonymous | 19 November 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    SK10 – can’t wait for the Church double album, hopefully 2011, you got to capture it when it’s happening, now’s the time. all best, Wilfred P

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    Lyndall | 19 November 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Steve – as usual, could kiss every WORD… ha ha my computer screen has lipstick prints all over – it’s wierd what they cover afterwards… had better get out the spray and wipe… Although it has only been a short time since discovering your site, I would like you to know that once again your writings have become an important part of my life. I want to congratulate you and all the wonderful people who contribute …. I found this site when I was needing “something” and I am well and truly fulfilled and forever amazed by your genius! The Church/music have always been important to me and to my vision / creation of art… “Thank you” doesn’t quite cut it. Blah, blah, blah… Hope to see you in Canberra…. Love and blessings L x

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 20 November 2010 at 12:39 am #


      I so agree with you, i paint only when i am listening to ‘the church’, the different moods i am in- or searching for, are dictated by their extensive catalog. And if i am frozen…the greatest album in the FRIGGIN HISTORY OF ALL MUSIC, Priest=Aura, puts me on course no matter the distraction.

      Love your contributions to this electric universe.

      Darrin K.

      Also- all you lucky residents down under, with the opportunity to see ‘the church’ over the next month…BUY UP THOSE TICKEST-ALL I WANNA READ FROM SK IS THE AMAZING FULL HOUSES AT EACH VENUE…(that was me yelling at you over there…from over here-Chicago).

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        Lyndall | 20 November 2010 at 6:57 pm #

        Darrin K.

        That’s so cool! We seem to be on the same page as I also draw creative inspiration from the music… From “Of Skins and Heart” – the 1st LP I bought with my own money – so from 1981-ish to now – the music/lyrics speak to me. Like you I also scan the catalogue to depict the mood / state of mind or creative expression I am after… Really lovely to create to. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ALL…FEEL THE MUSIC AND GET CREATING! L x

        P.S. Too – I still find treasures within the music!

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 21 November 2010 at 1:45 am #

          I find new chord progressions that i may have missed in all my years of listening. I then have to keep going over that same part of a certain song with a big smile on my face and my mind saying “oh you clever blokes !!! “. They NEVER seem to amaze me. Peter, MWP, and of course-SK.

          Darrin K.

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    Lyndall | 19 November 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    P.S Funny, I was just joking with friends yesterday about the weeds in my garden – saying that just like Jack, I am growing my own beanstalk… All getting out of hand… the hideous 10 year drought has finally broken and the weeds are loving it! L x

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    . | 19 November 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    i’ve been there before…somewhere between the ancient anthropological dig on kobol and riding on the pegasus sky trains in the mountain cities of the upper atmospheres, compelling, telling the story of whisper societies that once flourished and, like all, suddenly disappeared…never fear steve’s prose, a conduit to something else, something less, something more, what to find, what’s in store, always a mystery, always a hidden door…

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    Freddie | 19 November 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    Good morning/night!
    Next time I catch you in my dream,
    I’ll be sure to say hi.
    Still checking the mail
    for the postcard that never arrives.

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    Lara | 19 November 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    Good stuff.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 20 November 2010 at 12:46 am #

    Sounds like your right on course captain. Now stir that ship straight on course. The classic-epic-Church creation is within your grasp, we are all hovering by the energy you and the boys emit-so guide us home.

    Johnny H….
    Its all yours my friend, check your email for a message from me before Sunday morning. We will exchange info – and the book will be mailed to you with some classic…self taken pics of ‘the church’ during their 2009 tour. Talk soon brother and have a great weekend…ALL OF YOU !!!!!

    Darrin K.

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    Kristine | 20 November 2010 at 3:53 am #

    Your prose is just as timeless as your music. I loved this.

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    bionicanna | 20 November 2010 at 4:51 am #

    yes, you were in my dream, sitting across a restaurant table. a friend of mine pulled up a chair and said something funny about the situation that i couldn’t hear, but i pretended to get the joke so she wouldn’t repeat it in your earshot. you told me to look at the menu and said something else before getting up to leave, though i couldn’t hear the last part.

    and then in a room full of people talking and laughing, i see you through the doorway, sitting alone at the end of a sofa, lost in your own world. i couldn’t stop myself from walking in, but just kept on walking back out, knowing that i didn’t belong there. that’s usually how i feel about hitting the “submit comment” button.

    the bittersweet entries from the last couple of days were almost too much to bear, though it’s wonderful how soaking in the details from the past, even an imaginary one, opens up the senses to the present. hawaii is such a haunted paradise, always demanding something in return for its beauty.

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    Jasperina | 20 November 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Hunky dory was there somehow in that there prose… Imagining myself in a flippety floppity hat, the giantess walking barefoot scrunching through the roses never minding the thorns.

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    sarah | 20 November 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    now thats an exquisite love poem. stunning. i love every part of it…
    favorite lines are…” hurt in every feeling there was”. wow, that just knocks my socks off.
    i mean who can’t relate to that!

    and second favorite line is…”give me what i need then give me what i want”.
    that nails it on so many different levels. what is also interesting about that line is that one can almost hear an entire conversation wrapped around that line alone.

    its pretty neat how you can do that with words. excellent poetry.
    i only recently got turned onto your work. found your old blog last week. i am really enjoying your work!

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    neptune | 20 November 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    wellllll now that you mention it — I did have a dream w/you in it.

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    Linjo | 20 November 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Our past life flashes before us when we have time, confronting to be sure. Glad you have your love of the arts to immerse yourself in Steve and people are still loving your creations! Right now I am listening to Arcade Fire, The Suburbs, wow, so wonderful! x

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    onticsofton | 20 November 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    You are making headway. You have a name for this Phantastic simulacrum that shuns the light of day :Universe #23

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    lily was here | 20 November 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Pluperfect – i like that strange word
    ps a message in a bottle arrived instead –
    the faded recycle label said “where’s you bin?”

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    Karen | 20 November 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    hurt in every feeling there was

    a little evening music pumps my jumper

    I like that
    need to check the latest & catch up..

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