posted on January 30, 2016 at 10:29 pm
ocelot with the lot

whole lotta ocelot 

another warm storm crackling with thunderbolt and flash

cheated of their minutes the hours all escape out into the rain

poor old heart skipping beats and black blood coagulates somewhere

the sap of a tree slowly smoking in the charcoal disc like moon

between shudders the old place emits its many spirits into the night

a damage done by cosmic rays peeling off the human veneer

a painting of life that never moves

the people come and go come and go

a sunken floor and cushions and some dressed up little monkey

endlessly repeating the syllable om the traffic distantly murmurs

summer summer summer summer

saturday night squashed into a series of ones and zeros

information being processed in the darkness of mind

long spooky seconds that suddenly snap or burst

a rapid lifetime compressed into gods one endless moment

in the tepid soft rain a whispering bird

`baby baby baby baby she seems to sing so tenderly

in the leaves outside this window the rustling feels in time

delicious breeze that comes running across the wavelets like a dancer

carrying news from oh so far away and long ago

oh and when the stars pop out i remember some music and a room i had forgotten

my father so young young young

hes all dressed up to go somewhere to go somewhere

i wonder if he sees the ghosts that all swarm around him

all during the war but now the wars like a dream to him

and europe awakens to a fragile pink dawn

and sydney sinks deeper and harder into its ever resilient night

the cheap blinds go click clack click clack in the lovely breezes

down by the motel seaside the palms and pines twist and gyrate

i embrace this coastal life like an addict taking everything he could find

a lagoon rippling in the shadow of the clouds and i’m crying all the time

theres a house being built down by the shore

being built but after fifty years still no one has moved in there

i imagine walking through its skeletal beams in the torchlight

through a mist my mother was calling me in for my dinner

but i was lingering with the other children

all afraid of missing out on a nocturne adventure

but that is not now and even i know that

now is quiet now is restful

now is stray droplets hitting the rusted bars

i am reminded of an under water orchestra playing fathoms down

so so far away

and the music they play summons back another humid story

the crescent of violins representing the present

the descent of the piano black notes stained slightly white

and the fog muted trumpet calling me faintly away










40 Responses to “quicken the dead”

  1. avatar
    Chris | 30 January 2016 at 11:04 pm #

    ‘in the tepid soft rain a whispering bird’…a gem like that once a week is sufficient for me to persevere….

  2. Pictish
    Pictish | 30 January 2016 at 11:40 pm #

    Wistful vibe. This one is very nice! You and sir ocelot should collaborate more.

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    monica | 31 January 2016 at 1:50 am #

    love this and the photo.

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    Dr. Chandy | 31 January 2016 at 7:44 am #

    As is often the case, much of what you have written here would make for great lyrics!

  5. kevinbreton
    kevinbreton | 31 January 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Surreal and oceanic. Traces of Avalon. Mistifully beautiful. Warm sea breezes. Seagulls sway and you prose at points from the viewpoint of innocent childhood. The voice of your parents calling you home like trelane in that episode if he wasn’t such a bad kid! Oh sweet childhood parents those double sided characters. I don’t wanna go home mom! But it’s there to provide a comic revelry throughout adult life. I never wanna grow up to the point Mr K where I look up stocks instead of your beautiful lyric and that of all surrealists who send a pretty thought aloft into the world!

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    Cath | 31 January 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    earths orchestra
    does indeed fathom
    the depths that become
    the humans game enough to enter
    much more have they to play
    to build the terrain of tomorrows
    and spark the light of day <3 xxxxx

    What would you have the orchestra play Steve? wish I had the waves a wee walk away, I have a creek.

    The earth was our first music teacher

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    andy | 31 January 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    lovely killer!
    made my day,
    thanks for sharing.

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    Ingrid | 1 February 2016 at 11:18 am #

    Lovely – a beautiful calm haven. Reading your poetry is much like taking a dip in the ocean or drifting off into a beautiful daydream, evoking a nostalgic trip to earlier and better times!

  9. etta
    etta | 2 February 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    Thanks Babe. May be irrelevant but thought you said Herefordshire. Took advice and had a soy and some vit d, listened to a cd and felt less seedy as they said. Hippy as a peg in swell! 🙂

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      thetimebeing | 3 February 2016 at 8:53 am #

      thank you for restraint in answering colette.
      ladies i have serious health issues going on and i want that to be the end of the arguments
      lest we return to the bitchy days of yore
      thank you

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        Cath | 4 February 2016 at 9:16 am #

        Healing blessings Steve…where ever for whatever needed xx

  10. etta
    etta | 3 February 2016 at 9:33 am #

    No prob dear hart. I am feeling afloat… strangely dont njoy Straya day much. Could be a reason? Feel well please! Another lovely day where i be. The ‘weather’ comes and goes. Wish you could join me but in lieu i just dunked self in fresh morning sea, hugged a lump of warm sand and drank up sun, then walked with breeze. Good therapy! 🙂

  11. etta
    etta | 3 February 2016 at 9:35 am #

    P.s. Etta is the name thanks again in anticipation x

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    kell | 3 February 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Water Temple ~

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    Jacqui | 4 February 2016 at 8:15 am #

    Ok…just to clarify , I’m not a bitch , it’s taken me a long time to be able to converse with Steve Kilby … Didn’t have all this tech all them years ago ! . Finally I can ,, receiving comments totally pissed me off to be honest ,.. You obviously have a pest Follower Steve , sorry , but I say it as it is , when people interfere with my life I find it very hard to keep quiet , no disrespect meant , but Im a firm believer don’t dish out what you can’t receive , you mention you respect etta for holding back ??? Listened to you’re album white magic ,, really cool , , especially . You are everything , had a great night , as always with the church , looking forward to priest aura coming out on vinyl !! Hope ur health improves ,, jacq

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    Jacqui | 4 February 2016 at 8:32 am #

    Sorry if I mention ‘the church ‘ it’s just what I say , Tim says .. It’s not the church !! I say well , Steve Kilby is ‘ the church ‘ please don’t forget ur roots ,, been a long day at work ,,, by the way , I gotta tell you , I’m hypnotised by Jack Frost ,, thought that I was over you , so bloody cool ,, rip grant xxx

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    Jacqui | 4 February 2016 at 8:37 am #

    Keep forgetting your E ,, apologies x

  16. etta
    etta | 4 February 2016 at 9:58 am #

    😀 How is the gothic novel going sk or was that just an idea? … Possibly more of a comic epic? 😀 Love you, friend, innit together frou fick n fin as friends do. Obviously, and not wanting to be presumptuous. I love your sense of humour. Ultimately, a belly up laugh!

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    andy | 5 February 2016 at 10:28 am #

    church uk summer 2016?
    steve ‘n I will be there and somehow we’ll get carl there too, crusade is his fave album of all time!
    fuck knows how but we’ll do it!
    even jim also….full dudes reunion…….
    kilbey and co build bridges…….totally stoked!
    let’s all LIVE!
    much love,

  18. kevinbreton
    kevinbreton | 5 February 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    hey Mr Kilbey I’m wondering how your sound evolved through your time as a musician. my all time favorite moment of your music is probably the introduction to “You Took” or that autumnal part of the tear it all away video where the little angel falls. brings a tear to your eye really. I’m using gain, reverb, chorus and echo on my stratocaster. i really like say the edge’s sound or Peter Koppes and Martys and also that cool dude with the glasses from the flock of seagulls. I know a ton of music theory but i like when the guitar just wails with the whammy bar on high notes. but I’m steve vai. I’m trying to build these drums from Kraftwerk circa 1975. kind of like metallic air puffs i would describe them as. with this kind of seagull guitar. kind of like puff puff and then cackle thunderstorm or somethin….. in the decrepit mind of a lost musician : ) God Bless ya ~ Kev

  19. kevinbreton
    kevinbreton | 6 February 2016 at 4:44 am #

    Thanks a ton Mr K! I can’t wait to hear more Church live!!! Please come again to pittsburgh . My regret was not paying an extra hundred to meet you all. Like what’s a hundred bucks seriously…. It was funny as I was leaving to go home near the end of your new set over the summer you were singing “and you leave like a fool”. It was really cool. I don’t mess with tarot cards really but I’ve seen that one with the fool and he looks like a really cool dude and he’s got his little dog. And I also really like that fool on the hill video with McCartney. I heard that was filmed near nice France. It is a really beautiful video and song with that round and round and round flute thing going on. So in short. Come back to Pittsburgh on your next USA tour!!!

  20. kevinbreton
    kevinbreton | 6 February 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Hey Mr K. Wow. That’s near Philadelphia. I don’t mind hiking across Pennsylvania. My sister is in nyc. She’s a fan too. She was with me when you played at Rex theatre in pittsburgh in I think 2011. I was telling her to call out your old tunes like bel air lol. I didn’t know you guys played certain sets like you did with the blurred crusade. We were calling out all your old tunes and you go ” next time someone requests a tune you can be sure we won’t play it”. That was pretty funny. If you play at sellersville I’ll definitely be there. I met a guy Frederick at your show in Pgh over the summer who came from Montreal. Man that’s a hike! Let us all know when you’re back on the road and what set you’re doing too cause that crusade album is great. The levels were just right so my ears were ringing with just the right buzz

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    Jacqui | 7 February 2016 at 11:52 am #

    A song for ‘ Etta’. .. Girl on the phone ” ,, the jam ! Type in and listen babe ,,, a little song for you x

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    Jacqui | 7 February 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    Don’t dunk to deep hunny , sea not always forgiving x

  23. etta
    etta | 7 February 2016 at 8:26 pm #


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