posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm


all gold i touch turns to me

technique is nothing

magic is everything

the weather speaks to my bones

plummeting free and quite the slipper

sun shines from holes in the volcanic black rock

what could he grasp at now, old faust ?

from undersea springs a devil

ugly and stinking of brimstone

what have you got left to sell?

i have only my life left to sell

i’ll take it! i’ll take it…!

the penguins dive deep under the floes

smooth rubbery killer whales in red water

the endless sea snake wrapped the ship in darkness

i panic in a cabin somewhere

i have speared something too big to pull in

leviathan writhes on my fucking hook in the blackness man

i have reached into void and i have found something elusive there

something unexpected like the rain

an idea is fixed in head

a dream solidified in dripping fresh matter

this is then your life 

pale fresh bled dawn

feel sick in the crashing light

the ocean swirls around thick black green

dolphinfish appear bearing mer-people

the beaked ships cut through the seas

and a new crete is on the horizon again



37 Responses to “midas well jump”

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 23 April 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Great imagery music set to words ….again !!!

    The picture…those socks???? Really ???? Yikes !!!!!

    Fashion Police have found their criminal, its been SK all this time !!!!

    Those socks have got to go !!!! Please !!! We were ‘no-shows’ with a set of boots like that !!!!


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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 23 April 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    We ‘wear’ ‘no-shows’….(hell – I need to learn to spell)


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      Anonymous | 24 April 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      Lets not start Socksgate here – i remember Shortsgate from the US tour awhile back!

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      Anonymous | 24 April 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      Daz, you do need to learn how to spell, mate! I don’t know how Kohl-ette has resisted telling you there’s an ‘e’ before the ‘s’ in ‘heroes’!

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 24 April 2012 at 9:38 pm #

        That was explained years ago Anon…I recived an acceptance letter when I was 18 years old ,almost 30 years ago, and in the letter the magazine that published 2 different poems that I had sent them accidentally grouped the poetry together (brokentoysandheros) and mispelled the titles of the poems. I actually thought the title was sort of funny and before I could respond they printed a publication with the errors. Unfortunately, many errors by many aspiring poets were in this publication. So that explains (expained) that.

        I am born and raised in Chicago and I am fully aware that a ‘hero’ is another name for a deli sandwich besides other definitions.

        Peace -Anon and carefully the waters you tread as you delve in with no name. Sharks have circled these waters for years waiting to strike at the first smell or hint of ridicule from those lurking outside the perimeter. I will accept yours as humor since I am saddened that you apparently aspire to either shop or be employed at Kohls Department Stores….I am more of a Target man myself on a Walmart budget as of late, kids are so flipping expensive.


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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 24 April 2012 at 9:49 pm #

          …..and I was also poking fun at myself for the mispelling and have worn socks as such, so it was all in good natured fun. I am only adding this so this DOESN’T turn into a needless exchange of comments. Steve looks just fine in everything he wears, wish he’d model that ‘Peace’ shirt I mailed him some weeks back. I thought he would have enjoyed that shirt, but that’s what happens when you buy stuff for others, you never are quite sure if you got it right. Well, at least (or I hope) the girls liked theirs and they sized out accordingly.


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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 25 April 2012 at 6:34 am #

          Oh…wait…are u referring to Colette correcting me ??? possibly ??? , if so , she did long long time ago as a joke and we shared a laugh. Colette always adds something great to this blog for so long, she is community family. Wonderful Person !!! Great Writer !!!


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          Anonymous | 25 April 2012 at 8:41 am #

          Outstanding response, that man – i am buked most finely, yessir! Cheers, daz! : )

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        colette | 24 April 2012 at 11:24 pm #

        It depends whether you want to create a long sounding anglicised o or short greco o which given the context could be more authentic. I’m very laissez faire these days if i feel like it. Love poetic license, creativity in spelling all for it… I may even have made some ‘mistakes’ myself. Thanks for blowing my cover by the way you tactful person. Not that I give anymore, feeling rather mellow yellow 🙂

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          colette | 25 April 2012 at 3:03 am #

          btw, my fb name is Kohl Ette. Not bringing up any old antipathy re hyphens just if you genuinely would like to be a friend (not treat me as a side show freak) and are interested in my writing that is how you will find me. I have a few notes which you may or may not find interesting. Oh and many posts for the lateral thinkers. Intellectual connections may not be immediately apparent.

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            colette | 25 April 2012 at 8:15 am #

            Sorry sk for the inter commenting which annoys you. Would just like to say thanks to Daz. Appreciate it. Yes, did I correct you? Must have been a long time ago. Since had experiences which puts that stuff in perspective. I remember correcting sk about a hyphen which he took with humility from the upstart I was/ am. I know I said I don’t give, but maybe I do a bit. Guess what I conclude? I’m sensitive. Sorry if that gets anyone’s back up. You can’t win with names. Americans make fun of it, Germans do too. My intent was to choose a substance of earthen depth. Taureans are earthy and ethereal. Yes, I probably have about as many quizzical responses to my new name as old but at least I chose this one. Thanks for your good spirited sense of humour Daz. When I referred to Cretins I might even have been including myself.

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            thetimebeing | 25 April 2012 at 8:56 am #


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    colette | 23 April 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    May the red sea part and your cabin fever subside. Is it too much to expect Crete to be cretin free? (Actually the fever sounds quite exciting)….

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    andy | 23 April 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    you could write one hell of a sea shanty!

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    Ingrid | 23 April 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Hey SK, what a beautiful retreat this is!!! Love it, not to mention the image and what a great title too.


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    Richie a Fiend | 23 April 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Careful, Midas can be a nice old man…with an evil touch…..Nice work SK

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    . | 24 April 2012 at 12:24 am #

    keep on dreaming in that golden sky
    your treasure awaits you, don’t try
    to wake up now, it’s not your time
    stay forever if only for a moment, cry
    your tears and ride them as a raft into the night
    pegasus battles a cyclops with the argo in plain sight

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    david | 24 April 2012 at 1:38 am #

    i could swear these words were moving

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    Cee | 24 April 2012 at 2:51 am #

    from undersea springs a devil
    de bajo del mar aparece un diable
    ugly and stinking of brimstone
    feo y apestando de azufre
    what have you got left to sell?
    que te queda para vender?
    i have only my life left to sell
    solo tengo mi vida para vender
    i’ll take it! i’ll take it…!
    me lo llevo! me lo llevo…!

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    jjo | 24 April 2012 at 3:20 am #

    Hello Steve. Pls take care and enjoy life as much as you can. You articulate fear,longing and the romance of the musky past better than anyone. That i’ve spoken to recently. Looking forward to seeing the Church in MOJO. The wheels are in motion etc.. You and Pete,Marty,Tim and dearly remembered Richard are without doubt national treasures.

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    Patricia | 24 April 2012 at 3:25 am #

    I never get tired of your words . Thank you

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    hippy | 24 April 2012 at 3:26 am #

    If every other song you wrote turned to literal gold (besides UTMW), you’d have to build your own private Fort Knox to keep it all locked up safe. Imagine, even a song like “Maybe These Boys” turning magically into a gold bar! Heh heh…

    PS: You are the KING of PUNS (and they’re usually good ones)!!

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    jjo | 24 April 2012 at 3:58 am #

    Hi Steve , pls take care and enjoy life as much as you can. You articulate life , longing and the musky romance of the past better than anyone. That i’ve spoken to recently. Looking forward to seeing you and Pete,Marty,Tim and dearly remembered Richard in MOJO. The wheels are in motion.. Hats off to a national treasure.

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    Steven Krut | 24 April 2012 at 4:51 am #

    I have the impression that you’ve moved out of your tree house and now live in a rugged cave on a rocky shore. Apparently you’ve shacked up with some beautiful sea nymph. Way to go!

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    Jonny Hollywood | 24 April 2012 at 5:15 am #

    I have only my life left to sell 🙂

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    Lara | 24 April 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Nice! Mark that one for the anthology of gemstones.

    Love them gold pants, too, but how did your shirt escape the alchemical change?

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    Stewart | 24 April 2012 at 8:11 am #

    That’s good magic.

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    Chris | 24 April 2012 at 9:06 am #

    ‘…for a mess of pottage.’ O how often have I seen and done that…but not any more. Nice one…again.

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    Xine | 24 April 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Great photo!

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    Peter D | 24 April 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    I bought a print, and framed it in gold that just happened to be laying around, and renamed it The Mona Electra:

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    Boriah | 25 April 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Might as well jump, go ahead and jump!!!

    Brilliant title your last one!


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    Anonymous | 25 April 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Ere Kilbey i heard you doing impressions of morrissey & murphy after a manchester gig in 1990 & it was fucking funny – which indie bedwetters do you enjoy ripping the piss out of these days?

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    hellbound heart | 25 April 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    keep it coming, sire…..

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    Once | 30 April 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I can’t not laugh hysterically at the VH reference…I can’t…I can’t…not be killed humor-wise by the juxtaposition of them and you…

    OMG!!! PMSL!!!

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    Heather Daydream | 5 May 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    lovely it all is

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    Chris | 20 May 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    One of the greatest gifts and insights for me in recent times has been the embracing of godly anger…anger against injustice…anger against exploitation…anger with willful ignorance…anger about blatant corruption where you shouldn’t expect it…anger at the rich nation’s greed and stupidity and them thinking we are stupid and blind….anger enuff to wanna go in and overturn a few tables…what will the cost be?

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