posted on October 21, 2007 at 3:47 am

earth is just warming up
and up
and up
first the equator
the tropics
darwin boiled over
down to sydney
then south south
away from the heat
away from the fucking searing blasting boiling sun
no respite
gippsland in victoria fries
melbourne a cinder
over the sea
but no respite
we weep for hobart blackened treeless dry and burnt
now we australians
we who are left
and the south americans
among them several magic realists
some new zealanders
we are antarcticans
3rd generation
ice men
but ice melting even here
glaciers flowing
the great shelves crashing in green warmer water
the mountains are re exposed
birds nesting
goats let loose
in summer
the young people walk in the mountains
many go missing
what strange menace lurks there
we who thought this place previously uninhabited
let me tell you how wrong we were
they were there
under the ice
we have seen their cities
at first only ruins we thought
weve seen their lights under ice
and now the ice is melting
their cities deep in the thawing ice
as the mercury moves up the glass
like a snake slithering up a tree
oh yes there are antarctic snakes now
and wolves too
set loose from a menagerie
other beasts unidentifiable
boss that was a dragon said a thai man
could they have unleashed these
those in the under-ice city
the long summer comes
warmer and warmer
coming in from all sides of the sky
warmer and warmer
bunyips have appeared in the lake
they have taken several divers
jim who has koori blood identified them
life appears where it has no where else to go
but even the monsters
even the ones underground in the ice
all of them
all of us
all of it

37 Responses to “the antarcticans”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 5:35 am #

    anony-omynous.can i share your umbrella?…..xxA

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    bugger i was nearly first comment! | 21 October 2007 at 5:38 am #

    part 2 of this story pls 🙂

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    a Mayan prophecy | 21 October 2007 at 7:10 am #

    *not too long now*

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    the first stage of renewal | 21 October 2007 at 7:15 am #

    euthanaise the burger-meisters.More Amazons please?Stop building war machines!all eyes and ears and hands to the earth!

  5. avatar
    avid reader | 21 October 2007 at 7:26 am #

    I like where this is going

    not where we’re going

    but, like cats, possibly unfortunately, the human race always lands on its feet

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    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 7:32 am #

    maybe middle earth is not so close to the middle anymore?..its been thawed,and raped,and pilfered,and scorched by greed,and the arrogance,and ignorance of we who give ourselves a pat on the back by praising a good with”that was very humane”{yeeez?its a worry!who’s got their blinkers on?truly…there are a myriad of creatures which have inhabited the polar regions,that are still as yet unexposed..apparently they find one new creature per year in these areas..and ,of course,that would be,in my opinion,where the most of the dragonbreed would have come from.if you look at it in the way of nature{ie. in the appropriate season,we always have an abundance of foods which are beneficial to our needs{citrus in winter/potassium rich ones in winter,coz it helps with rehydration}..of course a cold blooded reptile with fin like wings,an incredible rudder,and the fire in the furnace,is definitely a beast of the poles..everything is all so logical,i believe…our answers are all right here,but we all get so caught up with the superfluous details,that we really cant see the forest…til its gone!…mind you,Steve…a beautiful piece of writing,no matter how ominous..when Atlantis went under…i can guess where you were…have a beautiful night,and dont forget the sunscreen…love to you,as always,gen xxxxx x

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    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 7:36 am #

    ooops!…that should read”potassium rich foods in SUMMER!….musta been a solar flare! 😉 love,gen xxxxx x

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    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 8:01 am #

    Now that’s a scary thought, “must, will, burn”. Remember that night you where in Melby last year sk when the whole city was smothered in smoke? Oooh, reminds me of that night.
    7 days to go!
    Love Amanda

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 8:03 am #

    P.S. I saw today the Divinyls/Church tix are $87.00! I better take out a loan.

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    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 9:56 am #


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    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 10:01 am #

    It takes a lot of my energy and attention to read anfd take this stuff in sometimes..pheww…don’t know what it must be like to acrually write the stuff SK, and on a Sunday, my day od partial rest !!..thanks..pls keep it up…
    ////////////I need a good lie down now…cheers

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 10:33 am #

    Yes anon@7.56pm, Divinyls/Church, The Forum Melb. and somewhere in Syd, Dec 15th, $87 bucks…be there or be square!

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    Faye | 21 October 2007 at 10:49 am #

    its a bit scarey and precariously on the knife edgeSK!.I think the festival and the forum gig could be on the cards.where is the Vegan Day,and what date is the Divynils/church gig?a girl’s got to have a plan!..and have no fear about our world coming to an end.Metamorphosis is continual.have faith. peace n love . xo

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    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 11:44 am #

    …well talking about things heating up, i had the in-laws at my place for the weekend…were times when i could definitely feel the thermomemter going up…ahh but it’s all peace and tranqulity here again…
    never mind what lies under the polar ice caps, what will come to light when we explore the deepest depths of the sea…the mind can wonder…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  15. avatar
    NickF | 21 October 2007 at 11:50 am #

    the Divinyls…… a seriously uninmportant band . who wants to watch a sagging ass 50 yr old redhead shake it . I wouldnt pay 50 cents….

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    paul footlights | 21 October 2007 at 12:02 pm #

    I don’t believe the melting ice caps in Antarctica will alter the sea level whatsover. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the rest about our planet’s destruction, but the melting ice won’t raise the sea level. And I have a simple test to prove this which you can try, so you believe me. Fill a glass with water to the absolute brim. Then, gently drop a cube of ice into the full glass of water. Try not to – but it’s almost impossible – to spill any of the water from the glass as you gently drop the ice cube into the glass, but if you do spill a bit, wipe it up to dry immediately. As the ice floats and begins to melt, I guarantee you, not a drop of water will overflow from the glass as the ice melts back to water. And by scale, adding a cube of ice to the volume of water in the glass was significant in comparison to an island or continent of ice melting into a massive deep ocean. It’s the same principle, and that’s why the oceans won’t drown us due to melting ice.

  17. avatar
    craig1.618 | 21 October 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    i know mankind has significantly contributed to the warming of this planet

    but i also believe what folks like wilcock and hoagland suggest…..nasa’s biggest secret…..


    it’s not just us…’s everywhere

    it’s the cycle

    as far as we all must burn……true but only by a conscious energy as in a SOMVARTA event

    you know……..”fire at the end of an age”

    the one that transmutes it/us all……and

    also the idea of AGARTHA and SHAMBALLAH seem intriguing especially if planet’s are spherical torus’s as some suggest

    and once again….as you well know…’re entitled to believe or not believe anything you want and i/they could be completely wrong about this all 🙂

    (now back to our regular programming)

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    Mate. The solution is simple. Just move the planet over to the left a bit.

  19. avatar
    JJ | 21 October 2007 at 2:51 pm #

    Here in Atlanta, 4 million people are about to run out of water – it’s almost all gone in this “100-year drought” of biblical proportions. The parched landscape sighs sadly for rain – but none comes. On the teevee, weather forecasters are calling it “the desert southeast.” Going from bad to worse.

    Preparing a ship to Antartica, or perhaps northern Canada, Wooden Ships, eating purple berries…..cities below the blue ice; love that image, the new Atlantis, but harboring enlightened cultures or…..dark, malevolent forces?

    Stephen Hawking said recently we need to begin establishing space colonies.

  20. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 October 2007 at 4:02 pm #

    the end is near….

  21. avatar
    fantasticandy | 21 October 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    burn baby burn!
    it’s inevitable.
    andy L.

    p.s. i wish you were there too vel!
    you could have taken some good shots of me trying to play my electric sitar!

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    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 21 October 2007 at 5:52 pm #

    have you all seen those new/old species eye let be found, meye Lord wants you humans to really see what lurks beneath me depths…
    Ne ik’O’

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    Brien Comerford | 21 October 2007 at 7:03 pm #

    The cruel and inhumane beef, pork, poultry, lamb and fishing industries cause more global warming and pollution than all the pernicious emissions released by planes, trains, automobiles and boats. Vegetarians reduce cruelty to animals, global warming and a plethora of environmental crises. Vegetarians are trying to save the planet even fat and gluttonous one’s like i !!

    Steve Kilbey and Christina Amphlett. Two great lead vocalists! SK is much more consistent. It shall be a momentous concert.

  24. avatar
    steve kilbey | 21 October 2007 at 9:10 pm #

    maybe it is time for a break

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 9:24 pm #

    Steve, You deserve a break. Take a couple of weeks off – oh hell take a month, you deserve it.

    I will miss you, but I’ll be here when you return.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 9:58 pm #

    A WHOLE MONTH? :-/):-)

  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 October 2007 at 10:06 pm #

    “maybe it is time for a break”
    yes, you deserve one.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 October 2007 at 10:36 pm #

    Oh no, I’ll miss you too sk 🙁
    But you have to do what’s best for YOU.
    Have a beautiful day/week then and enjoy your time away from us.
    Love & kisses to you,
    Hope to see you on Sunday on that magnificent stage at wvd and hopefully the taxi driver won’t lose his way this time! i miss you already!

  29. avatar
    the dean | 21 October 2007 at 11:07 pm #

    A little bit to real for me.

  30. avatar
    Peter Podcast | 21 October 2007 at 11:08 pm #

    Paul Footlights
    You icecube is 100 per cent accurate for floating sea ice but bares no relevence for the billions of tonnes of land ice in Antartica and Greenland.
    Sorry but that will drown a lot of cities.

  31. avatar
    mattdavison | 21 October 2007 at 11:24 pm #

    Bloody Nora!!!

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 October 2007 at 12:42 am #

    Why don’t you have a break until November? Then the post September crash will be over and this season should be firmly established.

    I’d say you have enough annual leave accrued for that….if not I can always arrange ‘special leave’ for you.

    Everyone needs a holiday.

    I’ll see you at the Excelsior in any case.


  33. avatar
    gregra&gar | 22 October 2007 at 1:34 am #

    That inevitable “splash over” you wiped up at the beginning of your experiment IS the rise in the ocean. Once the ice has displaced the amount of water equal to the volume of ice below the surface you get back on track. The tip of the iceberg is relative to the expansion of water volume when frozen so when it melts it contracts to thawed water equivalence. The percentage of ice volume under the water is the volume added to the overall ocean when the glaciers break off into bergs or you spill out of a previously full glass with your cube/berg.

  34. avatar
    Matt Davyddson | 22 October 2007 at 2:00 am #

    water is denser than ice

  35. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 22 October 2007 at 2:02 am #

    Correct JJ Said :

    I just saw a report on NBC World News about the water crises in Atlanta, Athens and other parts of the Southeast. Just hours ago a horrific deadly forest fire hit Malibu California and has destroyed countless houses and properties and wildlife havens. The USA is swirling in grievous disarray and tragedy. Ominous, portentious and perilous times.

    I wish I could get away and see SK at the Cruelty Free Fesival and then over to London to see Jeff Beck at Scott’s Jazz club in London in late November. I’m a dreamer trying to preempt nightmares.

  36. avatar
    Melissa | 22 October 2007 at 6:41 am #

    thanks anon @ 8.33 pm 😀 I WILL be there .. WOOOO! Very happy today!

  37. avatar
    Altres | 25 October 2007 at 10:31 am #

    wonderful and jaw droppingly possible


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