posted on March 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

                           the white afternoon blurs

cant find a beginning

i guess i’ll start here

the white afternoon and its blur

a silence of winds and faint bird sounds

the trees move according to their branches and leaves

scarlet sits here quietly eating apricots and sometimes sighing

with her huge blue eyes she regards the bleak afternoon

eventually she says nice day today dad isnt it?

coloured prayer flags flutter n flap next door at the nepalese place

city enveloped in a cloud

weird crimson moon comes out of nowhere

the girls and friends come home

run round the house stamping and yelling out

giggling squabbling chattering full on

the windows rattle and bang

i have misplaced my superpowers today

some mirrors are kind but not many

white screen sears my eyes as i type

coloured lights hanging red and yellow

black kitten purrs on my chair

the ending remains elusive

so i might as well stop there





35 Responses to “mention”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Nice day for a new kitten? 🙂

  2. avatar
    Lisa | 14 March 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    A nice sliver of life at chez Kilbey

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    . | 14 March 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    i had this dream where i was stung in my left eye
    i closed it immediately to lessen the pain
    i looked at myself in reflection standing in front of a tall building
    my face looked like it was melting on the left side
    as i squinted harder, it all seemed to go back to normal
    then i saw all sorts of boats stacked on dry land
    it was like a maritime ghost town, only memories left
    a group of kids were on a school field trip or something
    it was a sunny day with not too many clouds in the sky
    some of my family were there, but they ignored me
    i walked away up the hill and the road curved
    a cat outside my bedroom window defended its’ territory

  4. avatar
    meg manestar | 14 March 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    you tied that bow up very nicely.

  5. avatar
    Freddie | 14 March 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Oh those long slow days when nothing seems be happening. Scarlet has the right idea though. If you force a day to be a good day it has little choice to be otherwise. :^)

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 March 2011 at 11:30 pm #


    Take inventory of the ‘giggling squabbling chattering’. Your truly home – Dad, when all those around you make you feel a little weary. And though, the music universe – fans and the like, require your services. Your girls need you now more than ever, more than anytime in their lives. And you are there for them. You are truly a hero, and even though many on this site would marvel at an image of you ‘cloaked within a mask, tights, and a cape’. I know your a hero because your a parent. And they are the true heroes, idols, role-models…for all the youth today. I try my best everyday, they’re are many villains around us all. We are here to protect, educate, and nurture…these are our greatest strengths.

    Darrin K.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    I’m your big fun

  8. avatar
    Giuseppe | 14 March 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    I’m your big fun

  9. avatar
    Tom D | 15 March 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Nice vignette. Sounds like my Sunday…. Daughter and friends running through the house doing girl stuff, needing Dad a bit less and less, while the black cat (I have one too, “Hokus”) needs me more and more.
    Have really enjoyed the blogs lately, both the return to poetic form and the ones where you see yourself the way Church fans see you (best band in the world). Thanks again for a great tour!

  10. avatar
    Lara | 15 March 2011 at 1:29 am #

    Misplaced your superpowers? Relax, Mr. Prospero. You don’t always need Ariel to astonish.

  11. avatar
    Wallace | 15 March 2011 at 2:00 am #

    some thing’s are better left unfinished. you seem attuned to moving elements and people within your social sphere. the words provide comfort to my hectic start of a week. cheers.

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    Cecilia | 15 March 2011 at 3:24 am #

    coloured lights hanging red and yellow
    black kitten purrs on my chair
    the ending remains elusive
    so i might as well stop there

    luces de colores cuelgan rojo y amarillo
    un gatito negro ronronea sobre mi silla
    el fin se mantiene esquivado
    asi es mejor terminar ahi\

    ps: I had to look up “purr”

  13. avatar
    andy | 15 March 2011 at 3:34 am #

    although quite brief,
    an affecting blog.
    i actually ‘felt’ your superpowers at work here more than i have for a while.
    ordinaryness is sometimes best.

  14. avatar | 15 March 2011 at 4:05 am #

    I would say you are blessed to be able to “work” at home with a cat and a small child next to you; just looking out the window. The 8-5 office grind; and then another evening job on top of that is dragging me down down down. The only thing that drives me onward is the money it brings me; but satisfaction…absolutely none. I must wait until late at night after the second job before I get the satisfaction of my cat on my lap. And the children have long since flown the nest; all the laughter and arguments of children just memories of a distant past now. Count your blessings on this white afternoon Steve, for you have many.

    And a very seductive photo I might add.

  15. avatar
    Jason (jmb066) | 15 March 2011 at 5:12 am #

    Short and Sweet Steve
    enjoy the day.
    that bright white light
    still some snow here
    and when it reflects wow!!
    Spring coming for us
    Winter for you
    Are you ready for the April show?
    I wish I could be there,
    If there were ever a reason to go to Aussie thats it.
    Maybe next time
    hope there is a DVD.

    How about some updates ti inspire your post:

    Premium Time Being?
    David Neil?
    Isi 2?
    Down To The Cardboard?
    New Church album?
    Remasters-Gold, Sometime,Persia, Remote, Sing Songs?

    I picked up Starfish and Priest on the tour, ordered the rest when they were released.

    Man your busy,

    Hope all is well.


  16. avatar
    Ellen | 15 March 2011 at 6:48 am #

    I have a black cat, too. She loves to cuddle. Hope your little kitten is a “lap” cat who likes to snuggle.

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    matthew | 15 March 2011 at 8:06 am #


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    cazziem | 15 March 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Have to admit I avoid mirrors myself as I’m much happier feeling 27 than looking at the nearly 47 I am haha!

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    lisa k | 15 March 2011 at 8:52 am #

    I love today’s photo. Very dreamy. And I love the view of a moment in your world. I think the ‘real’ moments that we get to share with our kids are the most amazing.

  20. avatar
    Shaman Ron | 15 March 2011 at 9:28 am #


    Your words put me in reflection…

    I sit in my silent abode
    never had children
    its just me and my pet snake in her cage
    the room is full of plants and trees
    statues and artifacts fill the other spots
    my altar next to me lights up as my connection
    computer is boring nowadays.

    I wonder what it would have been like to have children?

    Peace my friend,
    Shaman Ron

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 15 March 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      Your very insightful, that alone would be a great parenting tool. To share your wisdom and beliefs with your kids, in itself, is a gift that so few can truly say they’ve done. If there is still time on your life’s calendar… I say do it Shaman Ron.

      Darrin K.

  21. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 15 March 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Have faith in the black kitten. It will be more loyal than some of your two-legged friends SK.

  22. avatar
    mattyc | 15 March 2011 at 10:38 am #

    some day in the far future you will hear the echoes of your children “giggling, squabbling, chattering” and you will smile, and your heart will ache

  23. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 15 March 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Depression is sinking in once again 🙁

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    queenhatshepsut | 15 March 2011 at 11:51 am #

    “black kitten purrs on my chair”

    This is one of those blogs where I really felt I was there, with you. Does the kitten have a name? Did you mention it already? I always wondered why you weren’t surrounded by animals – you, the great lover of all creatures!! I just put my 16 year old grey kitty to sleep last week and my heart still hurts. Animals truly do give you the most unconditional love – yes, even cats. Her littermate/sister is sleeping on my bed now and we are enjoying a lazy afternoon ourselves. Days that go nowhere are sometimes the best.
    Denise xxoo

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      Cocoamo | 17 March 2011 at 2:54 am #

      Denise… my heart goes out to you on the loss of your kitty. Our society does not provide the support network when we lose one of our furry friends that it does when a person dies. We’re expected to go to work the next day as if nothing has happened, “have a good cry and get over it”. That kitty may have loved you more than any person does, and I can feel your deep sense of loss. I still tear up thinking about some of my pets, gone long ago.

      Your friend in Pennsylvania
      (Now in Cocoa Beach)

  25. avatar
    Once | 15 March 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Hmm. If I could mention…..?

    Posted this link on Facebook, cuz I felt like hearin’ it a couple times over…yeah, I’m a little selfish that way –

    Got this comment from my (20-something)artist friend in L.A. –

    “His voice is like soft blanket wrapped round cold arms. Arms being, like, ears in this case ♥.”

    Found your superpowers.

  26. avatar
    Karen | 15 March 2011 at 3:55 pm #


    by 23 I had 3 children bit young yeah
    but now my youngest is 23

    time where did it go?

    I agree with Andy
    was nearly there could hear that kitten purring

    & scarlet munching on the apricots

  27. avatar
    sarah | 15 March 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    superpowers and laundry socks are the worst. they always go missing and leave you mismatched.

  28. avatar
    jaded | 15 March 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    this Japan thing
    this Libya thing
    this Christchurch thing
    this Queensland thing
    this Carbon thing
    this Al Qaeda thing

    thank god for this Church thing

    • avatar
      Jonny Hollywood | 17 March 2011 at 6:09 am #

      thank the Gods for the church band…

  29. avatar
    veleska1970 | 15 March 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    nice and dreamy.

  30. avatar
    bionicanna | 16 March 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    in awe of that photo

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