posted on June 26, 2007 at 2:52 am

cold rain numbs me
i no longer care if im wet
hurrying down this coldmorning street
puddles ripple with sizzling drops
phone call waking me up from wherever i was
someone talking at the other end….where was that?
and then im out the door
and on my way
a bus goes by
full of people crammed in
their breath steaming the windows
branches have fallen down during the night
a bat hangs electrocuted on the wires
i see my car
damn !
i cant believe it
a flat tyre
oh no
not now
not today
present continuous tense
this cant be happening
let it be a memory
but oh no
im standing here right now
its raining
the flat tyre
cars zoom pass throwing up water
i open up the boot and look for the jack
everything in rusty disrepair
im struggling with the wheel
a car pulls over
a man offers me a lift
where to i say
wherever youre going he says and smiles
he must know who i am i think
hop in he say
i cant place that accent….american or maybe not
i jump in
its a bmw alright
we drive off
my car sitting there useless
theres a woman in the back seat
good morning she says
hello i say
nice car i venture
isnt it he says
hes young and looks like a soap opera star
she is the female equivalent from what i saw
through the rains blur
in the darkness of the morning
i feel suddenly sleepy relaxed
the car purrs through the traffic
the music is making me sleepy
the music playing in the car
some kinda new age world music thing
where am i going ? i hear myself ask
as if from a distance
we want to have a chat with you she says from the back
the driver laughs and concurs
a little chat
is this about my blog? i say dreamily
this elicits more laughter from him
well i thought maybe you could tell me he says
have i been drugged? i struggle to say
again soft laughter from the driver
something like that

i awake in darkness in a stuffy room
my head pounds
my eyes feel full of sand
im in a dentist chair
powerless to move
the man n woman sit patiently on either side
armed with syringes and electrodes
just smiling
suddenly with a superhuman burst of xi energy
i break free of my bonds
and burst out of the chair
they pull out revolvers and shoot
but im either lucky or stupid
cos they cant seem to hit me
i knock them out
and round up the whole gang
a whole international gang of interpol wanted villains
i commandeer a helicopter and fly back to bondi
i jump out over the sea
and i ride a dolphin in
i am decorated by the mare of bondi
the right honourable gg chestnut
the delightful star of bronte
inlaid with enamel
at last after much blue cheer
i return to the scene of my car
where a grateful citizen has changed the wheel
a street procession cheers
children offer me flowers
today will be declared a holiday all over the world
i will be paid a million bucks a retelling of my heroic story
i will be so rich and comfortable
i will be immune to winter in artificially warm n lit greenhouse
i will lie in bed in the morning and laugh to myself
i will dream of the sun
i will go into its light

59 Responses to “panther in winter”

  1. avatar
    Leelinau | 26 June 2007 at 4:03 am #


  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 4:10 am #

    Your entry into next year’s short film festival.
    Make it happen.

    Dutch Pierre

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 4:14 am #

    Hi, Nice stuff. I found a cool news widget for our blogs at Now I can show the latest news on my blog. Worked like a breeze.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 4:15 am #

    can i play the dolphin? xo

  5. avatar
    Imber | 26 June 2007 at 4:18 am #

    Wicked blog today, SK!

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 4:29 am #

    man!i think you NEED a massage!…..must be something in the stars or the air..i had some pretty amazing adventures in my apparent “sleep”{?} as well…love,as always …genx am having a tribute to chocolate covered {dried} blueberries ,so i am the chocolate goddess today..yummo! xxxxxxx

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 4:35 am #

    i keep dreaming about Sahid from Lost.
    we foil terrorist attacks, well he does the foiling and i watch his back.
    in last night’s dream he’d had his hair straightened.
    i’ve really got a thing for his character


  8. avatar
    daniel12 | 26 June 2007 at 4:55 am #

    All arize for the right honourable


  9. avatar
    mattdavison | 26 June 2007 at 5:14 am #

    I got a flat tyre today aswell, made the 306, swerve like a panthers

    To all the commenters yest,
    Do you really think Iam arrogant
    OR Am I just saying something similar to our muse’s comments & prose about straights!! vrs Bohem…..Or Am I just not famous enough yet???

    Or Am I just secretly worth a bit of a rev-up. Hey I already got a botched up cerebrum out there making fun of me by using a down syndrom actor as a funny joke aimed at me…

    I am a dolphin, people…

    I will take on sharks

    But NEVER Crustations

    Scrapes…cause bleeding and attract

    Guess What!!!! Dur Dum


    Dan 12.. come on mate is that the right response

    I think it’s fair

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 5:37 am #

    get changed again, SUPERMAN!…ID tells meself that…xo

  11. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 26 June 2007 at 5:39 am #

    Reminds me of ‘DangerMouse’…

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 5:42 am #


    what goes around comes around i guess.
    i remember you referring to an anon as an “emoitionless retard”.
    maybe you hurt someones feelings.


  13. avatar
    Sweatywheels | 26 June 2007 at 5:50 am #

    Its such a shudder moving from the SKilbey Blog for that brief moment, back to organising my tax returns for the mortgage heartbroker. Thump! Where was I again. Off Bondi drowning in a mortgage.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 5:57 am #

    Go Matty D!!!


  15. avatar
    Thelonious | 26 June 2007 at 6:28 am #

    sleep dust

  16. avatar
    eek | 26 June 2007 at 6:32 am #

    That was great fun Steve! Pretty good for a mangy panther. 😉

    I did have visions of the dental torture scene from Marathon Man there for a few moments though. The first time I saw that movie I had an appointment at the dentist the next morning for some fillings. Because I really hate novocain I had decided to go without, but that dental bit freaked me out so much I couldn’t do it that time. Definately NOT a good movie to watch before going to the dentist. 🙂

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 7:30 am #

    never had a flat tyre, touch wood..flat battery, yes…didn’t have such a climactic ending, though…local grease monkey came and put a new battery in…when i was learning to drive i stacked my mum’s car four times…amazing she ever let me drive it again…
    somebody asked me why i thought your muse was female…just a gut thing i think…being female, i know that we can create but we can be very fickle and likely to turn dark without warning…
    -The Hellbound Heart

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 7:47 am #

    na….til the bovine returneth

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 7:57 am #

    Nice MacGuyvering there killah
    cant let em zap ur fillins without a fight..
    Gotta love it, especially when I feel like Im going slow in a fast pace dream and all of the sudden the bed i realize im in starts to fly off into the Technicolor dawn.. eluding all those troublemakers below…. later gators..

    jaime r……..

  20. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 June 2007 at 9:03 am #

    and to think it all started in suth a mundane fashion!

    it’s blue cheer time in blighty.
    andy L.

  21. avatar
    heather o'rourke | 26 June 2007 at 9:09 am #



  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 10:22 am #

    into the light…
    and then i’ll be under the sunlight too
    with you
    you are an black opium poppy
    the magic flower
    i’m numbed by it’s beauty
    knowing i should go
    but cannot move my steps
    totally useless
    cause you are everywhere
    surroundding me
    watching me
    and i’m coming
    and i’m leaving
    coming for darkness
    leaving for darkness

  23. avatar
    kat | 26 June 2007 at 10:24 am #

    the decorated mr. k!?

  24. avatar
    mattdavison | 26 June 2007 at 10:31 am #

    PS* I must say after the second read……..

    That might just be one of your Best!



    (I feel that my spelling is getting better))) Don’t you thiank.

  25. avatar
    Mave | 26 June 2007 at 10:56 am #

    Love it!

    BTW, have you been watching “Life on Mars” SK?

    Sunday nights, ABC, 8.30pm.

    Worth a similar smile as today’s bloggy.


  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 11:01 am #

    i am one of the most patient and understanding people in the universe{my nearest and dearest will vouch for that}… funny,i cannot understand,why they havent paid you a couple of million for your story already.must look into that . anyway…if i had that kinda currency,id pay you,and leave you a tip,as well….love genx xxxx

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 11:12 am #

    It’s simple my sweet sk, you need a change of scenery , need I say more!!
    Loves ya always,

  28. avatar
    boggy | 26 June 2007 at 11:47 am #

    yeah, dude, u need to get out more.

  29. avatar
    dear watson | 26 June 2007 at 11:59 am #

    boggy must be the Muse of Blogging

    and male at that

  30. avatar
    malcolm toft | 26 June 2007 at 12:13 pm #


    I recommend breadmaking.


  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 12:23 pm #

    hey kat; yeah! decorated mr k .. yeah (venerated, combombulated, under rated, over rated, x rated…oh dear)

    now to avoid catfusion i will call meslef kitty…ok by you?
    are you Kat from Sydney Surry Hills Collins Street…in which case…giday!

    nice one nevets

  32. avatar
    Rodrigo | 26 June 2007 at 12:24 pm #

    Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

  33. avatar
    public savant | 26 June 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    Man, you have got to hire Pan’s Labyrinth.

  34. avatar
    dumb ass | 26 June 2007 at 1:32 pm #

    ‘Hollywood’ in Winter, not fuckin ‘Panther’…

  35. avatar
    Cee | 26 June 2007 at 2:09 pm #

    I’ll have what he’s having…

  36. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 26 June 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    I wish you would have triumphantly gotten an ocean ride from a shark to vindicate these maligned creatures. Due to the Movie Jaws and other fiction, millions of innocent sharks have been massacred and mutilated. Millions have their fins painfully severed and then they are tossed back into the sea to perish. This is done to placate the palates of elite human diners who consume shark fin soup. As for the blog it was great. Steve Kilbey deserves some vainglory. Most overlooked rock and roll singer in the world. Better than all the rest.

  37. avatar
    Oh aye lad | 26 June 2007 at 4:05 pm #

    When Steve said he was the best songwriter in the world, hell, he was right, I sez.

  38. avatar
    THE HURTING | 26 June 2007 at 6:27 pm #

    me wood like to commission you for me and me lady’s portrait in ‘a’ pear tree, seriously me will pay you whatever it takes…
    The Jesus & Mary Chain

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 6:55 pm #

    I used to feel sorry for Matty D, but he really does open himself up to that stuff.

  40. avatar
    davem | 26 June 2007 at 7:21 pm #

    Whilst I would have given you a lift home, I wouldn’t have tied to you to my Dentists chair. Not only would that be a nasty thing to do to my hero, my Dentist might bar me from her practice. Believe you me finding a Dentist in England is a devil of a job.
    Love you more Mr Kilbey sir.


  41. avatar
    davem | 26 June 2007 at 7:28 pm #

    Lots of references to Life on Mars lately. Has it recently started in Oz?
    I enjoyed the first series but got bored during the second, only watching the first and last episodes.
    Like many things it was a nice little idea, over exploited in pursuit of ££££££££’s. Shame.
    I’ve also seen references to other British telly (Extra’s/Little Britain)…I heartily endorse The Mighty Boosh, Peep Show (Mitchell & Webb). Both, in my juvenile opinion, very funny. Get hold of ’em if you can. Sorry – that was nowt to do with the blog but still worth seeking those two out.

  42. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 June 2007 at 8:38 pm #

    i agree with davem,
    the boosh rule!
    very surreal,
    very silly,
    very, very, very funny.
    g’night all,
    andy L.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2007 at 8:41 pm #

    incredibly sane..this is not “madness”….YESxo immerse yourself in these waters….a promise….sounds a bit wild,dont it….trust it,its been a long time coming.and a lot of courage to get HERE….xo venus di fly trap

  44. avatar
    John Garratt | 26 June 2007 at 9:06 pm #

    Oh, man. What a day. I’m ready to go chuck a William.

    John Garratt

  45. avatar
    cita | 26 June 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    I dream of the sun.
    Sydney without sun is a drag.
    Liked the escapist adventure in today’s verse.

  46. avatar
    Tim | 27 June 2007 at 1:34 am #

    poor matt d

  47. avatar
    tim | 27 June 2007 at 1:43 am #

    read the comments first…

    ttb?…were they coronation street type soap stars or hollywood soap stars?..cause there’s is a big difference if ya think about it.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 June 2007 at 2:05 am #

    you know the comments have been pretty lame lately
    geez friendss sk gives us this thing, this blog everyday
    and the comments are usually not worthy. not funny nor profound nor informative mostly just oh we love you sk
    or little pissing matches
    between commenters
    be witty or at least intelligent or hey heres an idea friends next time you comment have a point

  49. avatar
    Matt Davyddson | 27 June 2007 at 2:17 am #

    You had me completey taken in as you rode away in the guy’s bmw and that woman in the back. Excellent!

    Oh, how long has it taken most of you on here to FINALLY realise what a fucking self righteous idiot the other Matt D is. Having never ever met him, it’s easy to figure he thinks his shit is chocolate. I like chocolate though.


  50. avatar
    THE SENSELESS HAPPY | 27 June 2007 at 2:18 am #

    HEY SK!!

  51. avatar
    melquiades | 27 June 2007 at 2:48 am #

    Matty D, you’re a funny guy!
    [cue the pistol whip by Pesci]

  52. avatar
    melquiades | 27 June 2007 at 3:03 am #

    to the anon twit @ 12:05 aka Cro-magnon man. why don’t you reveal yourself if you’re so bold? People lacking intelligence often make sweeping generalizations when all they really are looking for is attention, due to their own ineptness at functioning as a higher primate, which you obviously are not. Go rain on someone else’s parade.

  53. avatar
    THE SENSELESS HAPPY | 27 June 2007 at 3:09 am #

    OH YEH!!.
    WAY TO GO GUYS!!!!!

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 June 2007 at 3:19 am #

    Welcome Bloggers & Anons to . . .

    (drum roll please)


    A NO holes barred rocking rollicking
    down and dirty scratch and gouge
    blouse wearing rub-a-dub-dub splash
    in a steaming hot mud pool near you.

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 June 2007 at 4:42 am #

    like ol’ sys-ephus…
    rollin’ me stone up the pennine.

    only to fall down the other side.

    as the door mouse said…

    “twinkle, twinkle little bat. How i wonder where your at/”


  56. avatar
    sue | 27 June 2007 at 5:23 am #


  57. avatar
    don't read my words i am naked and ashamed, said didn't say, say it anyway | 27 June 2007 at 5:37 am #

    i am here

    and i open

    and i regret my words

    but why?

    was it the samething?

    was it different?

    i did not give all

    i hold back

    just a little

    no, no, no, no, no… don’t

    read this…

    this is not for you…

    don’t you see

    it’s not you,

    it’s me…

    it’s for me.


    look into the garden,

    yes, the garden, look and you willl see

    the history

    i have collected for you,

    it is there

    a small token,

    a painting, or a poem from an anonymous poet

    as it always has been,

    don’t you see?

    it is me, my voice, the only voice

    how it

    prefers to be,

    selfish, starfish,

    a sullin lover,

    a bastard self who can love

    only itself,

    as if

    there were no one else,

    to be

    jealous god, can’t you

    see, your either

    14k gold


    a pile

    of dog shit

    and then,


    all the same

    it is



    is me

    and it is neither

    and it is

    everyone of



    there is

    no difference






    you see?

  58. avatar
    Symon | 27 June 2007 at 6:07 am #

    Fuck Steve…for the 1st half of your little blog I actually thought that you had been in that position !!…shows where my head is at the moment. Must be all the wet stuff coming outta the sky in Melby…what is it again???…rain or something like that.

    It wasn’t till you got to the helicopter bit that I knew you weren’t telling the troof… can’t fly a helicopter (can you ???) LOL

  59. avatar
    steve kilbey | 27 June 2007 at 6:32 am #

    yes i can

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