posted on December 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm

adore way

i believe in a god

he does lovely things so calmly

creative and brilliantly handsome

music drifts from his flute

the pelican arrives by the sea

the sea is full of sand

the lagoon is dark at dusk

the first star twinkles in its strange depths

mermaids sing out on the islands between the heads

the lord carrying his surfboard to the shore

perfectly muscled blesses the water

dolphins ride thru the waves to meet him


vishnu in bondi

jesus is a carpenter working on that block of flats

he hammers away at the joins and the studs

my birthday soon he thinks

the jacaranda tree strains towards the lord

mithras himself a waiter at the italian place on ray st

he’s such a god no one can deny

the pelican just sits there waiting for something

i go down the pavilion and and have juice

the sky is quite green reflecting the nature of jealously

restless red blood pounds my temple

i throw aside the veil of civilization as i descend to the seas bed

down down down i go

my breath bursts in my bubble

the air sobs for release

at last i rise to find a fine mist on the sea

all the people are gone

how long was i down in that water i say to no one

the pelican on the shore twitches a little maybe its asleep

the clouds are rolling in alright like regulation grey blankets

the rooftops the chimneys the swaying hibiscus

the oozing nectar from the flowers stamen

the drone of bee

the swarm of zephyr

the night comes down gently

krsna strolls out from an indian restaurant

its that kind of night

magic yes ordinary yes enchanted yes everyday yes

the quiet house

the slightly rattled windows

the blinds sway n click in the breeze

the ringing in my ears

the pelican decides to leave

no one notices him climb into that grey warm air

its nearly christmas isnt it?

30 Responses to “pelican”

  1. avatar
    hellbound heart | 23 December 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    i love the fragrances of summer nights…..frangipani and next door’s jasmine and my herb plants being caressed by the rain……
    love always…..

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    pernath | 23 December 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    SK, just listened to the David Neil songs available. I think for the tenth time in a row. No idea, but this is *exactly* what I need right now, with “this” being something kinda chrisbellish, bigstarrey, wide-eyed, kilbonic and rocking. david neil actually missed his life as well as i missed the seventies…so we’re in this together. thank you again, this immediately clicked with me BIG STAR TIME!
    love and merry christmas

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    Karen | 23 December 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    I liked that
    isnt jesus a pisces though
    like the way you see
    not everyone notices
    merry x mas

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    Richard | 23 December 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    I’ve decided to start believing in Santa Claus again.

    the last of my family’s believers, my daughter, stopped believing in him 4 years ago

    I helped

    she’d lost a tooth

    just before bed she was laughingly reminding me that the Tooth Fairy was coming


    thinking she was now ‘over’ the whole easter bunny, santa, tooth fairy thing

    I bring that whole easter bunny, santa, tooth fairy thing crashing down

    by saying to her:

    “why don’t I just give you the two bucks now?”

    and in her face I see eight years of fervent belief

    melt into a teary, betrayed, mess

    she’s since told me that she’d started having her doubts well before I annihilated the tooth fairy

    I’m sure she’d been looking at it the way I did at her age

    “why NOT believe in santa clause?”

    “seriously, what’s the downside?”

    “what do I gain by over-analysing the mounting evidence?”

    “apart from a reason to get less presents?”

    well fuck it

    I’m going to turn the tables

    and start believing in santa again

    just gotta find a few weeks to write the list of things I’d ask for if I believed they could actually happen

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    DavidP | 23 December 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    I really like this one Steve
    a consistent theme throughout
    and a nice theme at that
    sometimes I wonder if spiritual beings are around like that
    paying a visit, seeing whats going on
    that pelican reminds me of that 1970’s Australian movie called Storm Boy
    the boy had a friend pelican with a funny name, Mr ?
    god, the lord, jesus, vishnu, mithras, krsna
    quite a cast of characters
    what a day it would be to see all of them around Bondi
    Peace and tidings of comfort and joy to you Steve and to all ttb-ers
    Mr. P

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      DavidP | 23 December 2010 at 10:32 pm #

      the random quote I just saw to the right of your blog goes quite well with todays blog, a bit uncanny
      “when the lower earnestly seeks the higher, the higher promptly allows itself to be found.” – Vernon Howard

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      Starflower | 26 December 2010 at 6:45 pm #

      Hi Mr.P, in the 1976 SA film Storm Boy after a pelican mother is shot, Storm Boy rescues three chicks, he names them Mr Proud, Mr Ponder and Mr Percival and nurses them back to health. One of Australia’s most loved feathered film stars died at Adelaide Zoo in September 2009. Whenever I see a pelican I somehow always think of Mr Percival.
      Good Tidings,

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        DavidP | 26 December 2010 at 7:31 pm #

        hello Starflower
        I knew of Mr Percival but didn’t realise there was another two.
        I suppose I only remembered the one because I share the same last name
        although in truth I can see how the other two are within me as well.
        Mr Percival.

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    cymbal | 24 December 2010 at 12:25 am #

    that’s exactly what i needed to read this morning…

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    Anonymous | 24 December 2010 at 1:01 am #

    yes, it is… Merry Christmas

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 24 December 2010 at 1:24 am #


    That was very smooth, a delight on the senses. Have a great Christmas and enjoy some quiet-except the ringing in your ears. How long does that continue after a tour…even an acoustic one? I need to get some shopping done. I enjoy Christmas morning most, that is when the smiles on my wonderful children’s faces light up the universe and for a moment…they are so less annoying…Ha ha Ha…didn’t mean that…my kids are super cool.

    Here is a bad joke:

    What did the sentry guards say to Jesus when they nailed him up on the cross…
    “there, Jesus, didn’t hurt a bit, did it?”

    Sorry if that offended anyone…

    Darrin K.

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    nylon burning | 24 December 2010 at 2:11 am #

    um… where were we if we didnt notice the pelican?…where am i?

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    eekie | 24 December 2010 at 2:18 am #

    “adore way”

    I love this. Made me happy.

    “jesus is a carpenter working on that block of flats
    he hammers away at the joins and the studs
    my birthday soon he thinks”

    I don’t think I want to know what he thinks when passover gets close…

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    Freddie | 24 December 2010 at 2:52 am #

    Yes, almost Christmas! May you have a merry one!
    From here it appears to be a quiet and peaceful day in your world.
    No-one, you noticed the pelican didn’t you. Now you have told all us.
    I do declare, a pelican has absolutely no privacy these days!
    Lovely blog again today time being.
    Hey btw, what’s ‘outside of’ the frame? ;^)

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    Donna | 24 December 2010 at 4:56 am #

    Merry Christmas! Hope the holidays leave you with a good feeling. I was wondering…do you have any favorite Christmas songs? What’s playing Chez Kilbey this time of the year?

    Have you seen “A Double Rainbow – What Does It Mean?” yet? I happened upon it just before reading your blog today. The vlogger is also commenting on nature’s wonders – but unlike yourself, he uses maybe 10 different words. It’s really funny – thought you might enjoy a good laugh!

    Peace and Love!!

    P.S. – Darrin, Ms. Plum, and Kate – hope you are all feeling well!! Happy Holidays!

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 25 December 2010 at 12:21 am #

      Thanks Donna , You Rock !!!!!

      Have a great Holiday season and may all ur wishees come true !!!

      Darrin K.

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    Lisa | 24 December 2010 at 6:17 am #

    That is just plain lovely Steve 🙂

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    cymbal | 24 December 2010 at 6:56 am #

    praise this gypsy stomp, not a tired formal affair
    prim and proper outwardly, yet a poet vagabond within
    motley of a group waiting for his soul to breathe in
    bound by the obvious, righteousness and mortal sin
    on the eve of Christmas, let the magic manifest, don’t dim
    be ye full, naïve as a wondering, wandering, wanting soul
    released into a world you and they once called their own
    surrounded by ancient spirits, both young and old
    let the music fill you up, like a tonic for the ailing
    reconstitute your likeness, stature, strong, never failing
    “don’t put the blame on me” they once sang
    a word of faith and optimism to ease the pain
    happy day of a god’s birth, therein to remain
    lost in the mist with the others searching
    for that one “fix” to make everything alright
    jolly ‘ol saint nick that’s what i really want

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    princey | 24 December 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Beautiful writing sk, u make it seem so easy 🙂

    Hope you have a relaxing and laid-back Xmas this year, enjoy your time off and hope to hear from u soon.
    love always,

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    BigSmilesKate | 24 December 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Happy Christmas Steve,

    It’s ben such a huge year for you in so many ways. I hope your Christmas is what you want it to be and that it’s spent with people you love.

    Big Smiles



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    Therese | 24 December 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Seasons Greetings sk
    or is it
    Bah Humbug!!!

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    DavidP | 24 December 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    regarding my first post on the Alexander the Great Technique blog a few days ago
    there are a couple sentences I would like to retract
    the one that wrote people off as mere gushing fans
    also the one about flogging a dead horse
    I regret that I said those things
    and would have been better if I never thought them
    sincere apologies if any offense was caused

    • avatar
      Donna | 26 December 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      DaveP, I like your responses, and the fact that you worry you may have caused offense demonstrates your sensitivity to others’ feelings. You speak your mind – but in a respectful way – and I find that very refreshing!

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    redgrevillea | 24 December 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    i feel much love in this. we all have to be thankful to be part of this wondrous creation. the energy of Bondi Beach was brimming through this piece. ‘Jesus was a carpenter’ could well have been my late-uncle (uncle via marriage) who built a block of flats for his family in Roscoe street in 1970. a dollar-blossom if ever there was one.
    Happy Christmas Steve!

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    davem | 24 December 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Merry Christmas SK.
    It’s been a tough year and I hope you find some peace, love and contentment over the “festive” period.
    It’s still a bit snowy in blighty!

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    andy | 24 December 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    ah…..pretty much what davem just said!
    much love to ya…….

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    Ingrid | 24 December 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    I love this…what it says to me is taking the time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. It’s by living in these moments, savouring and enjoying them (and not just rushing by) is what provides us with true happiness. Having an awareness of this is also a gift.

    I also especially love “adore way” in the door way!

    Happy ChristmasXXX

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    bionicanna | 25 December 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    i would imagine neptune’s shoulders to look just like that. and yes i do adore when you write about swimming and the sea.

    no sea pool for me, just the ymca that’s closed until january. i swim fastest when listening to metal on my swimman, but in a driven kind of way. listening to the church is so much more pleasant, and makes me feel like i really belong in the water.

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    sarah | 25 December 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    I love everything about this poem. especially god as a surfer in the ocean. reality as metaphor.
    I can taste the salt in the water, feel the contraction of cold in the lungs, can smell the samosas on krsna’s breath….you totally took me there. thanks.

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