posted on October 3, 2006 at 8:57 pm

o prima vera !
italian suns burn hazy over me
wandering in these woods
for a thousand years
stumbling thru the warmth
the lovely girls and good companions
drink food laughter
wine and brown flesh
the clear rivers and their grumbling stones
sweet creatures lap from its waters
we paint our faces with masques
in the haze of an eternal morning
making simple music in the open air
we live at the centre of the world
at the centre of time
our rough bread and our virgin olive oil
our strength and our youth
our victories
the deep earth yields up her bounty gladly
the rain falls in gentle downpours
birdsong in the forests
harmony , melody
call and response
fruit ripens on the tree and vine
men and women slip off together
the sun moves into midday
and shadows vanish
children dive in the river
blue kingfishers and skylarks
at dusk eventually
after the long afternoon
the sun appears red and huge in the sky
a crescent moon shortly follows
a tiny star at its southern point
under trees we prepare long tables
we sit and talk and drink and eat into the night
the night mingles in the wine
which becomes dark and sweet and strong
hands take your hand
leading you into the darkness
lips whisper at your ear
fingertips find you tenderly
in the warm black spaces
and you find your way home
while the spirits of the trees guard your bower
and the spirits of the night walk abroad
and in the black-blue sky
shooting stars arc across its dark face
music seeping from far away
celebration of springtime
this blessed planet
this holy night
this memory of joy

41 Responses to “soy nepenthe latte”

  1. avatar
    Renee | 3 October 2006 at 9:46 pm #

    Hmmm, where is everybody?

    i wanted to tell you i laughed hysterically over yesterday’s blog
    it’s so funny the way you describe your kids!!

    beautiful post today

  2. avatar
    mattdavison | 3 October 2006 at 10:15 pm #

    Thats the stuff sk. Thats what I come to hear..The poetic verse, the language of the soul.. That is what makes you unique, the rest just(whatever!!)…… You have the gift of prose..You have light and dark mixed and pollinated by the hearts of the hungry, and the mind of Druids, Kings, and Maya’n Gods.. from years past, Bi-gone era’s and tales beside the fire..
    More More..More

    Matt D

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    Marc and Laura | 3 October 2006 at 10:49 pm #


    Steve, I’d like to congratulate you on being the inspiration for my first daughter’s middle name. My wife and I admire you and your music to such an extent that we thought it would be great to pay you tribute. Besides, Lilah Kilbey just plain sounds good. Lilah was born just days ago, and pictures can be seen here:

    Thanks for all the great music and more over the years.

    All the best,
    Philly, PA

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 October 2006 at 11:03 pm #

    Wow – Were is this place and do I need to pay to get in?

    Thanks for that moment of serenity in an otherwise hectic day.


  5. avatar
    veleska1970 | 3 October 2006 at 11:52 pm #

    a wonderful, peaceful ending for a crazy day. we know we can trust you to smooth out the day’s rough edges!!

    lotza love….

  6. avatar
    OHHHYEAH! | 4 October 2006 at 12:04 am #

    Down at woolly’s.. It ain’t so nice caus I IN DA ISLE NINE
    making Tins of baked beans my shrine.
    I CRUISE da dispach area like George Michael in Hyde Park,
    looking for the woman of my dreams…
    My favorite Clark..Shazza crew member of the month..
    Beautiful and slim, as she scans Oxy action Bam.
    with Tim tams in her hair..
    The packers out back think I am slack caus, I stare all day at Shazza.
    Thinking of a place where we can go to togther.. mabee a whip over to Coles for a look at the specials..
    We could take our coupons,and litter them on the floor like petals…..
    Until then the PA blares Dutchee P down to Isle three….

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    ambnt1 | 4 October 2006 at 12:06 am #


    This one made me feel real warm and fuzzy all over. Such a radical departure from your last few ominous/shadowy descriptions of a threatening and scary Earth! Well i guess that’s the old yin and yang of life. You should’ve titled it “Happy Blog (to You)!”


    n.p. Steve Roach, “Proof Positive”

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    $kareoke&lightfoot$ | 4 October 2006 at 1:44 am #

    is this where we live???

  9. avatar
    mike a | 4 October 2006 at 2:19 am #

    I can imagine it like it was all really happening.

  10. avatar
    mandn | 4 October 2006 at 2:56 am #

    Orpheus spins us lush and fragrant visions this day.
    have we been here before?

    yes, we have. I have, you have.

    until the next time.


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 4:19 am #

    dear sk
    been missing you
    but still sending
    lots of good vibes
    hope your finger’s
    healing well
    wish j and i
    could check out
    your aussie shows
    we’d let
    our american
    spill all over
    the place
    for better
    or for worse ๐Ÿ˜‰
    lots of love

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 4:48 am #

    yu can taste the oak
    and what ardent bouquet
    my friends we can share
    cause we done shared all of mine
    I wish I could rub your words
    onto delicate appreciating skin

    I cant believe I just typed that
    but geez its that good..
    thirsty and Needy greeny now..

    cheers sk

    jaime r…

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 5:13 am #


    Mio caro amico
    La tua dolcezza si fa dolorosa, come fulmine
    cosi’la tua voce mi conquista,
    profondi e soavi silenzi.

    E’l’autunno,la stagione in vista
    Vedi la’tutto non muore.
    Amico mio,
    ogni morte ha la sua rinascita.


  14. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 4 October 2006 at 5:13 am #

    @#$%&! beautiful bay bee!!!
    Ne iko

  15. avatar
    fergal | 4 October 2006 at 5:31 am #

    now & forever good sk!

  16. avatar
    one rigid finger typist | 4 October 2006 at 5:31 am #

    good work sk,
    nice to let your fingers do the talking hey…mouths are distortion filters.

  17. avatar
    ben | 4 October 2006 at 5:37 am #

    i need less the other an little time to experiance all that in an instant..took me pretty close tho. 10 years since i saw the ocean where i grew up, that last visit saw some strange lights inthe sky. Im crampin up just thinkin of all im missin. readin the sea wolf by jack london,used ta dig back when, not feelin it know but still get in that freedom feel that comes with the big lakes, oceans, seas..well i guess i jus dont like comin back here typin lika comp hussee in the great midwest sameness.

  18. avatar
    Fireseed | 4 October 2006 at 6:17 am #

    hi steve

    lovely words and lovely blog, mate…

    just listened to your interview with tony dushane of pirate cat radio from a couple of months back – really enjoyable and inspiring stuff!

    fellow bloggers, the link’s here if you haven’t heard it:

    love to all


  19. avatar
    captainmission | 4 October 2006 at 6:24 am #

    back from my surf, was reading along to your beautiful words, with the waterboys playing an intrumental tune called ‘even the trees are dancing’ and it just all fitted perfectly, serendippity do dah….

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 7:32 am #

    I will cherish and seek this place, and possibly one distant day I will find myself there. Thankyou for all the gifts you’ve sent.

    c escherbach

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 8:02 am #

    bellisimo bloggarama a la toscana
    la luna รจ luminosa
    molto amore

  22. avatar
    don joe | 4 October 2006 at 9:02 am #


    Beautiful wordscape. Beautiful essence to the mind, creates a film full of depth, life and vitality. It oozes out of you like you have given it no thought and streams to my conscious like mercury searing with pleasure the concepts you convey.


    don joe

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    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 10:04 am #

    mmmmmm, what a sweet way to celebrate springtime. Eat, drink, be merry, and mucha amore….the Italians definitely have the right idea!.

    Love you and your words always,

  24. avatar
    lorrain | 4 October 2006 at 11:22 am #

    Dear Steve,

    i happened to drink soy milk last saturday, for the first time, at respites from dusty work under the roof n deluge… i felt like lucky jack aubrey in the h.m.s surprise. And yes it felt good and natural, has the power to soundchase away sorrow, like it did for Helen… must read the book one day…

    your visions of arcadia gave me reminiscence of scottish poets, i know well. ร” to walk in prairies spring, hugging trees in the windy air.

    keep on spreading the spiRitual sails across the web, to all of us nature lovers !

  25. avatar
    Rehan | 4 October 2006 at 11:43 am #

    Yeah… you took me there!

  26. avatar
    fantasticandy | 4 October 2006 at 12:03 pm #

    oh– if only!

  27. avatar
    restaurant mark | 4 October 2006 at 12:08 pm #

    well that was just lovely…

  28. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 4 October 2006 at 12:56 pm #

    La Dolce Vita!

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 1:14 pm #

    thank you from vacation, you olde time bieng , you/….

  30. avatar
    John Garratt | 4 October 2006 at 1:29 pm #


    Thank you for the link.


    Can we all picnic with you some day?


  31. avatar
    CSTCoach | 4 October 2006 at 1:55 pm #

    That was a sketch right out of my vision of Sardinia, with coarse bread and harsh rustic wine, olives and strong cheeses, and a caressing breeze off a translucent sea.

    Don’t forget about my plans for a rehab centre on Sardinia for my overworked friends. A place of books and fine food, of swimming naked caressed by the velvet sea, of gentle herb and drink. You’re in, druid, should you feel the need.


  32. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 4 October 2006 at 2:42 pm #

    People still believing in love…


  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 3:12 pm #

    very seductive

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 4:09 pm #

    Finger, heal thyself!

    I always enjoy your blog, and now I will enjoy your show in Eumundi this Friday. It’s been 20 years since I’ve seen the band (used to be a permanent fixture at the Brisbane shows in the early ’80s).

    I have no idea what to expect, but I can’t wait to experience your music live again.


  35. avatar
    JJ | 4 October 2006 at 4:39 pm #

    I always escaped to the forest near our house when I was a kid, where I would climb trees and imagine things. I’m still escaping to forests and rivers – this planet, it’s all wonderful, isn’t it? The destroyers want it too.

    Was in Italy for just two days, but it was fantastic – Lecco, at the foot of the Alps.

    Excellent blogge; paints such a vivid scene.


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    leelinau | 4 October 2006 at 7:20 pm #


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    gareth,notts | 4 October 2006 at 7:48 pm #

    after a 14 hour day at work,to read this blog was just the perfect start to a relaxing evening……well,whats left of it!powerful stuff indeed!thanx

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    eek | 4 October 2006 at 8:49 pm #


  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 October 2006 at 10:19 pm #

    the erotic blog?

  40. avatar
    sue cee | 5 October 2006 at 7:01 am #

    beautiful like a botticelli painting

  41. avatar
    syrinx | 6 October 2006 at 8:20 am #

    This blog was too delicious.

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