posted on December 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm


in immediate swing the consul large

the man in charge

enduring the hewn muscled cliff

a bronze age tin

the cruellest clown in eiderdown cloud

beasts snort fogbound

nervous master without a rein

negotiate a mist in vein

the sea swells within its shell

the air comes crashing out of sky

birds fall screaming upon spears

gabriel grapples with some fabled horror

in the pit of earths stomach is a hole

and it has been mind of all anger

and the steam of souls rises

the wicked ones effulgence

the tricky devils cloak of us

everything is going backwards we never reach the end

you haunt my reveries before we meet

in a city full of strangers nobody knows why

tree of good and evil fruit

eat of its rotten sweetnesses

it was destined to be

after romas christ and rodins jehovah

after the flood of blood and the trail of tears

unquestioningly we idiots serve these fat kings

riding their pigs in avenues of mud in ostentatious rags

his majesty hog and his wife queen jackal

and his excellency dog

and his eminence worm

and his high judge buzzard

and his bishop of crack

a hundred miles galilee shines in diamond distance

i offer you solace i travel alone

and morning is upon us with all of its flaws

nothing i say ever makes sense until ten years hence

as if i had had answered questions still yet unasked

as if i had glimpsed emperor money unmasked




21 Responses to “thanatos arrives”

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    Kohl Ette | 11 December 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Reminded of ‘the reins around a horse’s throat turn into a lake’ … love those lines. Apart from that, all I can say is, abounding! a stream replete with free trout!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 December 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Simply Brilliant Stuff !!!

    …its a pleasure to start off a day with the
    writings from our devoted sage. Hope all is
    shimmering up amongst the tree tops.


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    Chris | 11 December 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Interestingly…and somewhat frustratingly…life is lived forwards and understood backwards, as you point out sk….

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      Anonymous | 12 December 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Like to say Life is not understood at all.

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    Chris | 12 December 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Nuther great one….vibrant, incisive, insightful….has all the swirl and sturm und drang of Revelation….some intense spiritual reveries can only ever be described poetically

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 December 2012 at 3:44 am #

    Fading Away…

    …the murmurs were first to go.
    those eavesdropped conversations –
    moving here and there within another
    …crowded room.
    And soon, I lost all discussions…
    fading from across a crowded table-
    as loud and boisterous as a grand wedding day.
    Away, gone into drowning background noises…
    as if waterfalls beckoned necklaces of silk.
    This plays upon, only, the smallest part…
    so just sit , nod and smile for thee.
    Blank look, blank mind, blanketed cares…
    The lost patron, the translator…
    questions all which isn’t spoken, some words
    unable to be confidently said…
    Does it all have more meaning than its point ?
    Or , are we left to simply proceed onward – unnoticed…
    drifting, fading from here to the aways…


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      bigbopper | 12 December 2012 at 2:46 pm #

      Hello Daz, unless you are the poet Wm H. Roetzheim you really should give credit to your poem. Without giving credit to the author it falsely gives the impression that the words are yours which I know you do not mean to do. All the best to you and happy holidays. bigbop

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 December 2012 at 2:10 pm #

        thank u BB…
        I just purchased a new laptop and received it today and im not havn a good go with it…i am stuck in limbo trying to figure out windows 8…i know exactly who i was quoting…thank u…i also sent a reply to my own comment with another poem and its LOST…working on this comp, which is a nice new samsung laptop…is a great pain in the arse…everything i hav cut and pasted …has disappeared…i think i lost credit card account info along the way…aaarrgghh…this is frustrating…thanks for the holiday wishes…right bach at u and b safe and well…sorry for the mess…i dont know how this is going to look after its posted either…technology can make u pull ur hair out…when i get this squared away…i will write a special poem just for u …thanx again and wish me luck…windows 8 , after using a mac and a pc running vista…is a totally foreign language to me…


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    hippy | 12 December 2012 at 4:04 am #

    That would have made an awesome Bauhaus song

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      michael | 12 December 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      it was one of the skids better tunes

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      Anonymous | 13 December 2012 at 8:33 pm #

      Steve used to do a killer impression of Murphy!

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    matthew | 12 December 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Loved that, evoked deep things thank you.

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    Kohl Ette | 12 December 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    That was all I could say above. These words are not of me but through me –


    Once you knew the love of your life.
    Did the murmuring stop or did you not heed it?
    Became distracted by something more brazen.
    Amazing someone could be so amazed to be led into a maze.
    Only they know the way,
    so are you destined to be tethered the rest of your days?
    We can rationalise as self sacrifice
    and hope for a place in heaven
    or deny expedient cynicism cushioning life’s pain.
    It’s only human.
    From a balcony, you are not condescended to.
    I pray for a plait as long as Rapunzel’s
    or that you make a ladder to escape from snakes.
    Rapunzel would not tether you to her.
    She would let you sever if you so sought.
    For the love of your life would not ever really desert you.
    Happy for what you prefer to do
    so you can be seven again
    with whom wherever and when you choose
    to find heaven or heaven on earth

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    Anonymous | 12 December 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    In my dream you werent travelling alone, you left with another and decided not to sit awhile.
    Thought I would let you know, male standing in queue with me at ‘DOG’ on Sunday singing yours and the churches praises. he stated he was not familiar with your music. But stated how good it was etc etc etc.
    As I looked around the grounds, appears good day had by all. Despite your set not being long enough. Should have cut DEVO’s and given you guys more time. More pleasantries to the ears.

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    michael | 12 December 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    went to sirromet winery to see church et al with one of my oldest friends, known him since we were kids…seen literally 100 or more gigs with him over the years, we’re now in our early 40’s but he never “really got the church”,,,conversion completed was his pick of the day (and mine of course) we both loved Simple Minds in our early teens before they started singing from cliff tops with silly mullets, was great to hear some of those early tunes again from them, but then they stared with the la la la’s and we love you all and we remembered why we went off them. Yes Mr K some of us do appreciate the bands on-going growth, integrity and maturity..some might say like a fine wine!! you keep going from strength to strength and it’s quite remarkable.

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      Admin | 13 December 2012 at 11:43 am #

      then thank you michael. that is all i could hope for….

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    brian raine | 12 December 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    who land rules? molanrouge..

    fat pigs get fatter
    rich men of suckle
    sent into the battle i
    they see the inner self
    they say they want peace

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    Chris | 12 December 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Hear me, O Death, whose empire unconfin’d
    extends to mortal tribes of ev’ry kind.
    On thee, the portion of our time depends,
    whose absence lengthens life, whose presence ends.

    from Hymn to Thanatos

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    galamor the wizard | 13 December 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Great gig in the ‘Gong.
    You certainly levitated at least twice – once in Sealine and secondly in Block. Some bloke in the line up for drinks after was moaning about Unguarded Moment not being played. Where to start?????

    And didn’t the supports show up the main act?!

    What was Simple Minds thinking when they finished with Gloria and left the stage to the strains of Bryan Ferry’s Let’s Stick Together?

    I saw Mark Motherbaugh checking out the Church too which I thought was only right.

    Any musical interplay with the bands or was it every band for themselves?

  14. Kraig
    Kraig | 13 December 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Great Blog Today my man! 10 more days until the Apocalypse, according to the Mayans, 12-21-12, so it seems? Which tunes are you gonna play that day/night when Armageddon hits!!?? Who or and Where Will You be with? We’re throwing an Apocalypse Party, making preprations, playlists, predictions, etc, just wanna know what you think Steve or fans of The Time Being? Plenty of Church and other non-related artists or songs I’m sure…?

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