posted on June 21, 2006 at 8:31 pm

the water nearby, waiting
another moses in the bullrushes
moon obscures itself
secret pieces
long years in slavery
priestess of snake cult
lions restlessly pace
a tatoo, faded to a blue blur
faltering lamplight
it all moves around again
voices in our head
language , ciphers, signals
trained in the white arts
useless attempt at definition
more and more
we will move closer
the red giants
the black dwarfs
meridian is calculated
the only and painful way
your masters chains
garden light
the early and last stars
figures repeated for our benefit
how could we get it so wrong?
the waves begin
their amplitude has been underestimated
now the truth will sink in
we are going under
and after everything
now this
have the gods noticed?
motion in temple
ganesha crying milktears
vishnu crying moontears
ra crying suntears
every god will weep
but none may stretch out their hand
conquerors conquered
its all going down to the bottom
they play the anthem one more time
our brave men and woman
solemn against the sky
more waves breaching the shore
and inland
monkeys scramble up
lizards twitch in the hazy sunlight
countryside with farms, observatories
domes, libraries, statues, fountains
wells, horses, exotic birds
something unexpected is about to occur
running out of steam
the island shifts
buildings come down
the sea opens its mouth
boats go down into green chasm
nothing left
glassy calm
strange objects float
potted plants
some ceramic retorts
things rise up
but sink back down
here she lies
deep and cold now
never far from our mind

43 Responses to “Obselon Mi-Nos”

  1. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 21 June 2006 at 9:30 pm #


  2. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 June 2006 at 10:01 pm #

    sounds like a dream……like maybe “deadman’s dream”?? (great tune, by the way!!)

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    CeciliaGin | 21 June 2006 at 10:09 pm #

    here she lies
    deep and cold now
    never far from our mind

    aqui descansa
    profunda y fria
    nunca lejos de nuestra mente

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 June 2006 at 10:13 pm #

    Cool that you comment on the comments, talk about full circle.


  5. avatar
    Paige | 22 June 2006 at 1:10 am #


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    m. | 22 June 2006 at 1:15 am #

    Brilliant Steve – takes me far, far away for the rest of the day.

    Reminds me a lot of the old ‘Earthed’ poems from 10( was it really that long ago?) years ago. – I just received my new copy a few weeks ago. The memories of Neuman and the dreambeings came flooding back.

    I suspect todays chanelling is coming from the same place.

    Folks – for more of the same brilliance get onto the friendly folks at karmic hit and take the trip whenever you need it.


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    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 2:17 am #

    Fucking around at home last night trying to pick the basics of Day5 ( hard without a 12String ) ANd realised it was very similar to More than A Feeling by Bad Company!
    Thats the great thing abt art or music – how somethin can be so like somethin else but then completely unique.
    By the way , if NK is now listenin to Powderfinger you really should get her to listen to the first Matt Finish album, Short Note too.
    John Prior’s up there with Tim as a drummer.

    Dutch Pierre

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 2:18 am #

    Big sorry – thats by Boston.

    Dutch Pierre

  9. avatar
    Joe Burns | 22 June 2006 at 2:20 am #

    ubique bibique, ad fontis ad undam?

  10. avatar
    lee | 22 June 2006 at 2:45 am #


  11. avatar
    Chump / USA | 22 June 2006 at 2:52 am #

    Nice –>
    and after everything
    now this

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 2:58 am #

    Wow!(how i wish i could write)
    Really enjoyed that!

    Bought 3 discounted on sale albums yesterday.
    Heard Gabriel(that you metioned blogs ago) by Lamb got Best Kept Secrets you were right, great song.
    Also bought WMH by the Dandys the guitar on Heavenly is very church and Mobilise by GLP(again)I love the lyrics on humankind. Speaking of GLP he’s done a great job with UMW on his new one.

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    dig | 22 June 2006 at 2:59 am #

    Wow!(how i wish i could write)
    Really enjoyed that!

    Bought 3 discounted on sale albums yesterday.
    Heard Gabriel(that you metioned blogs ago) by Lamb got Best Kept Secrets you were right, great song.
    Also bought WMH by the Dandys the guitar on Heavenly is very church and Mobilise by GLP(again)I love the lyrics on humankind. Speaking of GLP he’s done a great job with UMW on his new one.

  14. avatar
    Brad | 22 June 2006 at 3:01 am #

    Everything reduced to symbols, shapes, definitions, and listings, then compiled. Then reconceptualised. Then re-reduced. Condensed to be diluted. At any one point a random sample slice might not notice it’s current state. Can a step in no direction be the longest journey?


  15. avatar
    finn | 22 June 2006 at 3:21 am #

    Unusually apocalyptic? Or not. Well, that is some pome Steve.

  16. avatar
    Samosanx | 22 June 2006 at 3:56 am #

    Thanks for the postcard from Atlantis xxx smnx

  17. avatar
    crankjandle | 22 June 2006 at 4:29 am #

    Thats really nice Skilbey… I think you should let MWP sing that as an extra verse on two places at once.

  18. avatar
    kurtez | 22 June 2006 at 5:16 am #

    Reminded me of Earthed, too. Beautiful stuff. Talk about full circle. And remember: soN-iM no lesbO. ha!

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 9:45 am #

    thanks for beautiful blog today. I needed some nice words now, as i must endure the fact that gwBush is just one mile away from me right now here in Budapest making some silly speech. He has turned the whole city upside down, and they kicked bunch of people out of their hotel to make way for his 300plus person entourage. Not to mention all the cars that have been towed, and the fact that they closed down the airport, and the road leading to it for ONE FULL DAY! And I dont like seeing snipers on top of these lovely downtown buildings either. In all the years I have been here, I have never seen a visiting head of state received with such disdain from the local population.
    Enjoyed yesterday blog also, found lots to agree with. I still have not tried jazz ciggies. I imagine may do wonders for my mind, but I worry about the damage to the lungs. Is pot smoke more harmful than cigarette smoke? I have no idea….
    I will have some Zwack unicum for ya in Atlanta. I could try to bring real Absinthe as well, but I dont want me, and especially you to end up in any southern prisons.

    take care.

  20. avatar
    sue cee | 22 June 2006 at 9:50 am #

    Did someone mention Dead Man’s Dream?! Thats MY dream, to hear that song played live.

    Now Steve, from my better half KC
    “keep writing what you’re writing, I want my kids to read this stuff and learn from your mistakes”

    love Sue
    ps and he doesnt think Im a groupie, he
    thinks I’ve got exquisite taste in men 🙂

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 9:51 am #

    On the previous blog, the line ‘be kind to yourself’ – yeah it strikes a chord, in fact I love it. I discovered it about five years ago and I haven’t looked back. It’s undone all the nasty stuff that ‘jazz cigarette’& ‘beer o’clock’ did and a couple of other things probably related to meat and tv – icky yuk phtooie. Gotta keep yer wheel in the rail, gotta get a wind in yer sails.
    Thanks SK

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    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 9:56 am #

    Nice one sk. How anyone can think that Day 5 sounds like that stupid Boston song, has to be totally stupid, what an insult to sk and the band! (slap on the hand DP!) I remember Earthed being around about 20 years ago not 10, now thats a LONG time!!

    Keep up the beautiful poetry sk and dont pay any attention to stupid comparisons of your work.

    Love always,
    Amanda P

  23. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 22 June 2006 at 10:26 am #

    A strangely apocalyptic post today Steve. A lost civilization perhaps?

    It’s a damn shame we keep getting it wrong!

    God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was the holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives. Who will wipe this blood off us? With what water could we purify ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we need to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we not ourselves become gods simply to be worthy of it?

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  24. avatar
    god | 22 June 2006 at 11:17 am #

    Friedrich Nietzsche is dead!

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 11:20 am #

    ha ha!

  26. avatar
    m. | 22 June 2006 at 11:50 am #

    Amanda – damn – your right – earthed was 20 years ago – I’m living in denial. I remember tracking down that book from greville records originally – I was a teenager and that book and record blew my mind.

    time marches on.

    STEVE – its time for another book of prose – you have obviously got it in yer!

  27. avatar
    Daberhasher | 22 June 2006 at 12:20 pm #

    glow ball communication right here baby… rock it…


  28. avatar
    Mighty Ogbo | 22 June 2006 at 1:17 pm #

    yes please mr steve … another book of poems … and the headspace music to go with it.

    yes i was one of those who lay on my couch 20 years ago, ripped to high heaven, and played the album as i followed the poetry and imagery of Neuman and his/its adventures in sk’s warped space/time.

    Yum … i’m heading off on a road trip tomorrow for a few weeks to QLD … Earthed is in the CD collection for the car … you and me Neuman-baby!

  29. avatar
    John Garratt | 22 June 2006 at 1:28 pm #

    We’re doomed, aren’t we?


  30. avatar
    CSTCoach | 22 June 2006 at 2:32 pm #


    if we’re doomed, at least we’re doomed poetically…


  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 3:28 pm #

    Thank God there’s some illumination here these days, even when it’s about Apocalypsus or lost lovers or the Apocalypsus of long outlived lives, whatever. Daily life can reserve the greatest epiphanies, coming from the chemical rubbish inside mixed with the fast foo(lish)d smell in the streets but sometimes it makes me sick to find so much “””reality””” here. After all, we’re talking about a Writer. Thank you, Mr., for taking sweet 2759560 laps on the reverence/providence/eloquence pool.
    Besides, every Virgo is also a doctor.

  32. avatar
    Chela | 22 June 2006 at 3:49 pm #


    Ryan’s right.


  33. avatar
    verdelay | 22 June 2006 at 4:46 pm #

    Worlds collape every time we wake.

  34. avatar
    Phedra | 22 June 2006 at 5:22 pm #

    we’re doomed aren’t we?

    somewhere slow and calm
    washing struggles
    seizuring ambitions
    and tragic loves
    to clear helpless oblivion
    light preserved
    as it is dispossessed

    thank you,

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 6:42 pm #

    Has anyone seen An Inconvenient Truth, yet?
    Scared yet?

    Mot the Nod

  36. avatar
    davem | 22 June 2006 at 6:50 pm #

    I’m going into thick brummie overdrive now SK.
    Did all that just pour out of you? If I did I’m …jealous/humbled/in awe at how you jump from the righteous anger to the beauty so seamlessly/proud at all the money I’ve spent on your art over the years (I knew I had taste) or did you have it up your sleeve and it led to the LP title.
    It was cool to get home from work & see you cut into yesterdays debate. My wifey and kiddies have been saying you don’t read anything we write. They say I’m just a Kilbey obsessed stalker!!
    Crikey – what if it’s true?? 41 year old married with kids baldy englishman in Kilbey stalking trial. I have no defence. Off to look at a football web-site to try to bury the evidence.
    Love you more…i mean like….admire…respect.

  37. avatar
    Chela | 22 June 2006 at 7:02 pm #

    The NSA is on the way to confiscate your cpu, there is no escape!

    (for any of us!)


  38. avatar
    davem | 22 June 2006 at 7:18 pm #

    Thanks…I’ll blame you!!
    Kilbey? I mean he’s rubbish!!! All he does is eat honey, smoke dope & waste my time and money.
    Give the man life!!!
    Forgot to mention…I’m growing a beard (grey in places too)…wifey hasn’t spotted the Kilbey connection. She only has eyes for Marty you see, so I think I’ll get away with it.
    Sssshhhh, I’m off to the closet to gorge on that manuka manna…..
    LYM SK

  39. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 22 June 2006 at 8:35 pm #

    Steve – Not reading anything we write? But we’re so witty and brilliant and talented and funny and real and helpful and profound and beautiful – oh wait, nevermind – that’s SK’s STUFF.

    hangs head in shame…

    Ahhhh…I don’t know – ok, don’t skip this one Kilbey – MWP’s got his legions of fans, positioning themselves in front of that lovely bone structure and beaming smile…true….

    …but some of us are sweet on the velvet-voiced man with the slightly greying beard..the one who sings us stories of far away places and long lost years…yeah, sure, I’d walk a million miles for one of your smiles…; )

    xxoo keep that ego in check SK! these venues are only so big! ; )

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 9:51 pm #

    Back in the heyday I was crushing on Peter, my friends on MWP and SK. I tell ya it was tough deciding where we’d stand during the shows. MWP would let us play his guitar so we ended up drifting towards his space more often than not.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 9:56 pm #

    You are a wise old goat sk, I’ll really miss your blog come november.xxxxL

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 June 2006 at 10:02 pm #


    i’ll be in sidney next week to get my hair done. iw onder if you could recommend a good salon?


  43. avatar
    Samosanx | 23 June 2006 at 10:03 am #

    Hey sheila, I can.
    Don’t know the name but it’s in Pyrmont, right down the end, at the harbour end, (off that main roas that goes all the way from george Street) where all the squats used to be when I searched for my Felix, sleeping on a scraggy matress in a rubbish strewn room lit by a solitary candle.
    Now it is “the bourgois slums” as my friend George the taxi driver calls it.
    The dude, a young fella with eyebrows plucked to make Chapelle Corby weep, is a really really nice fella.
    And he does a great cut.

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