posted on January 2, 2008 at 2:32 am

lily of the valley
dressed in alpine green
with her tiny hands
with her innocent eyes
with her trusting heart
a child star
a ray of hope
milking her little cow
sleeping in her snow white sheets
wandering in the sleeping forest
her quickening dreams of a golden saviour
her candle lit room
her childhood ever present
no lord
let no harm pass her way
let no swarthy stranger disturb this idyll
let no wolf see her bathe in the crystal streams
alas
oh smooth tongued villain
oh cruel and evil fate
oh nothing good can last forever
a snake in eden
a shark in paradise
a wasp amongst flowers
here he comes
here comes the start of the end
threading these mountain paths
coming to the valley at last
by a fortuitous route
through the hardest winters
through the blasted summers
through thorn and bramble and rambling rose
inexorably moving towards little lily
who knows nothing of the city and its duplicities
who knows nothing of men and their dark needs
who knows nothing of soot and grime and filth
and the sweet flowers floated through the air
in the shimmering springtime
in the laziness of perfection
in the drone of the bee
while the green leaves sprouted and thickened
catching the light that poured on down
underground the elves worked in their cool caverns
forging rings and swords for the heroes to come
black crow sits amongst the branches
singing a lonely song
and with certain eyes
you can see everything engaged in a slow exchange
you can see the spirits of the trees
but the stranger comes regardless
he has no eyes for the flowers or the skies
and his face is grim
he hefts a killing axe
and he hews at the trees in his way
and he kills the creatures he finds
and he has no love for life
as she sits in her garden feeding the birds
he has already entered her valley
and approaches her
endlessly

31 Responses to “lily of the valley”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2008 at 3:16 am #

    Lovely vision to begin
    scarily apprehensive to end

    Lady Di

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    Altres | 2 January 2008 at 3:35 am #

    Yeah, I worry about my daughters too. For gods sake, I remember my thoughts at that age. Best of luck, i’ll be there, too, soon.

    Brian

  3. avatar
    Altres | 2 January 2008 at 3:38 am #

    Wonderul imagery by the way. Quite beautifully and poetically rendered. 😀

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    the dean | 2 January 2008 at 3:39 am #

    sadly true, we are both the lily and the axe without being aware of which.

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    princey | 2 January 2008 at 3:43 am #

    Oooh, I love this one sk, wish life was that simple, but there’s always an evil twist to ruin everything isn’t there.
    (Lily of the valley scented candles are one my fav’s btw!)
    Love Amanda
    P.S. Is there any news about Painkiller??? It’s 2008, I can’t wait another year sk!!!

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    lily was here | 2 January 2008 at 4:02 am #

    Gulp! Beauty and terror.

    Does he know she has a black belt in love?

    love
    me
    xxx x

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    markobears | 2 January 2008 at 5:30 am #

    good girls like bad boys

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    linjo | 2 January 2008 at 7:47 am #

    Goodbye blue sky, goodbye

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    Ethereal Butterfly | 2 January 2008 at 8:32 am #

    Oh my God! It’s the story of my life! I wonder if she falls in love with a benevolent guardian angel ? – (who unfortunately lives interstate), which causes the both the end of her marriage & in her sharing her precious boys with the evil serpent…… armed & protected with more love than she has ever known in her life she escapes thru the eye of the storm & sails her boat …………….
    We’re all sold the fairytale life script, but if it doesn’t work out then you just have to re-write it yourself – this is my view from the top of my mast………..

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2008 at 9:10 am #

    and thats why my kids are never ever to be let out of the house…lets pretend we are in the garden of eden for a while longer

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2008 at 9:13 am #

    Reads like an Angela Carter allegory- thankyou for the fearless and beautiful writing, now and always.

    c escherbach canada

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    Anonymous | 2 January 2008 at 10:20 am #

    so acording to the counter thing you only missed bloggin on 10 days out of 2007.impressive…

    robert

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    isolde | 2 January 2008 at 11:10 am #

    lets hope lily has fortitude in her valley

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    melissa | 2 January 2008 at 11:45 am #

    oh, how I’ve missed reading your blog! Beautiful.. in a menacing kind of way.

    Looking forward to catching up on previous posts when I get home from a brief holiday in glamorous Syd 🙂

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    fantasticandy | 2 January 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    lilly will be okay!
    the new aussie government will ‘filter’ the bad guy out of the story.
    everything will have a happy ending from now on!
    luv,
    andy L,

  16. avatar
    Leelinau | 2 January 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    ^_^

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 January 2008 at 2:55 pm #

    Please save our heroine!

  18. avatar
    restaurant mark | 2 January 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    hey steve…been out of town working since the day after christmas…was only back for new years. leaving again now…tried to post the last couple of days…computer or the site not having any of it.

    hope ya had a happy new year everyone. whoever came up with the happy new year saying…did they expect you to be happy the whole year or just that one night…the party??? cause a whole year of happy…that would be happy overload for my brain…would feel a little weird i think…

    take care everyone…be back this weekend

    mark

  19. avatar
    Cee | 2 January 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    static in the flow

  20. avatar
    Cee | 2 January 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    Oh, and Lily is packing a 45, so no worries.

  21. avatar
    CresceNet | 2 January 2008 at 7:12 pm #

    Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é http://www.provedorcrescenet.com . Um abraço.

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    Brien Comerford | 2 January 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    Sk adroitly mixes elements of grandeur, tension, pastoral imagery and festering suspense in a wonderfully executed and very ominous blog. A portentious and grave aura at the conclusion.

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    veleska1970 | 2 January 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    this one is chock-full of metaphors. so many different interpretations, and very masterfully created as only steve can dish up.

    beautiful.

    have a good day, steve.

    lotza love…..

  24. avatar
    syrinx | 2 January 2008 at 8:10 pm #

    Gorgeous offering. I think the child vision in her is stronger than all of them that would try to take it away.

  25. avatar
    davem | 2 January 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    Crikey…sorry for the carnage all.
    It’s the shock of being back on the hamster wheel.

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    princey | 2 January 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    Hi sk, I love this so much, I’ve read it over and over, I never get enough of your writing sometimes. Remember that idea you had about the “audio blog”, what’s happened to that??
    Anyway, have a beautiful day.
    Love Amanda

    P.S. Hey Brien C, did you hear about your veggo hero MACCA having heart surgery? Hope he’s ok.

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 3 January 2008 at 1:36 am #

    Amanda:

    I know Nothing about MACCA’s heart surgery. I hope he’s ok tooooo! Even SK admits that MACCA is an astounding bass player!

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 January 2008 at 1:57 am #

    This really is a truly vivid piece of heartstopping writing only surpassed by the haunting sounds of ALL I KNOW playing through my speakers.

  29. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 3 January 2008 at 2:34 am #

    MACCA, HEATHER AND WEED !

    THREE MONTHS AGO MACCA HAD AN ANGIOPLASTY FOR HIS HEART. HEATHER MILLS WAS DRIVING HIM NUTS BY TELLING THE PRESS THAT HE ALWAYS SMOKES WEED ! HE’s SMOKED IT FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS AND IT WAS GREAT FOR CURTAILING HIS STRESS. THE COMBINATION OF THE DIVORSE MESS WITH HEATHER MILLS AND BEING COMPELLED TO LAY-OFF THE WEED WAS TOO MUCH FOR HIS STRESS MANAGEMENT TO ENDURE. HENCE THE HEART PROCEDURE. MACCA’S NOW FINE ENJOYING HIS WEED AND GETTING LIBERATED FROM MS.MILLS! NEVER TELL AN ENLIGHTENED AND TALENTED ROCK STAR TO STOP SMOKING WEED> DEEP INSIDE MACCA IS STILL A FLOWER-CHILD STONER. LISTEN TO GET BACK.

  30. avatar
    lily | 3 January 2008 at 6:14 am #

    I might be a bit biased, but I’m fond of characters with the name lily. 🙂

  31. avatar
    linjo | 3 January 2008 at 7:19 am #

    books on philosophy combined with Entertainment tonight! go Brien C. Have ordered ultc on net


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