posted on April 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

glittering gossamer dewdrop pearls spun on a spidery web

sea sunken forest with mermanned trees

the fluke of bluest whale ingrained in sand

the ferny tendrils of the currents

the singing fish the diving birds

the monsters that come up to heaving surface roaring for air

down the black maw of rain

the prophet of the storm dressed in grey

the sky guardian who burns in other heavens

why i claim all forest as my owl

from deepest cleft valley between vulcanic suns

and what is moon but the twisted giantess who bore us all here

out distanced mother who reigns on high

your miracle of night as we disappear

in shadow of forest i glide in coral shell glade

in shores of pine i shining in pale gold metallic leaf

armour from arc where famine holds sway

in forest of white diamond orbs who lay opal eggs

and fronds tickle nymphs frozen in cavort

transporting elsewhere perhaps where the going is good

they have come undone in statue formed shadowy sequences

all oaks spring and hurled from the earth by the sling of a god

a mightier titan oh you could never imagine

shifting the stars and burning his hands

swallowing great darknesses so that all must see

in deepest of forests i pray to this god

who is the god of all other gods that have ever exist

who is the king of the kings of the kings of all men

who are the masters of forests not brutes dripping blood

in oceans great palms i entrust my prayers to the priests

ceremony of turquoise fired snake charming unto itself

i know how it is done the flames find no foot hold in me

the worms of foetid cave find my one iota blade most decisive

i ruin these rascals on beds of bonfire nights

on beaches of green blackness on sand of pure white

i scream and invoke and dance in the damned dunes

then plunge back into the rolling forest all moving in moonlight

surging and pummelling the strangers of your yore

incessant magnificent drenched in sacred rains

the ruins of an alien time before love or hate

return to the grove like folds in her hillsides then son

and let the wind tell them youre gone…..

 

 

18 Responses to “the forest”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 April 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Debunked depictions of contrasted beauty and theory! Gorgeous combination of words!

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    Kohl Ette | 20 April 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    OCEAN IN EAR:
    Sleepy state.
    Sounds like soft staticky
    chanting emanating from my bag.
    I put my ear to the sack.
    It sounds silent.
    Perhaps the music is
    pouring forth in a drawer?
    I run my ear over the chest.
    Nothing.
    But still the stifled orchestra
    tickles my ear drums
    from somewhere.
    The pod in the dock
    is turned right down.
    The lap top is off
    but on and on it teases.
    It can’t be found.
    I can hear my heart pound
    but it isn’t that.
    Perhaps it was a music box
    I thought stopped
    restarting in a forgotten spot
    or gripe water down a pipe
    or fleet stream.
    I hear a distant flock in song.
    Still, I’m wrong.
    Sinews of sound trail
    off into the wild blue.
    Perhaps it was someone outside
    the window in reserve in shadow
    or perhaps it was … ?

  3. avatar
    andy | 21 April 2013 at 2:37 am #

    mesmerising.

  4. avatar
    KevinN | 21 April 2013 at 7:50 am #

    I received You are Everything by post about one week ago. This is the album I have been really waiting for. I stopped listening to songs already posted or previewed on youtube or other sites. I wanted to experience the album as freshly as possible. I started to think about how hard it is for new music to impress me these days, about how few albums I have listened to in the last several years really stayed with me. I feel there are two main criteria for me now that make an album great. First, if I know it is an album I will listen to for years, something I will always go back to, and re-visit. KK1 is such an album. KK2 is not. Second, are there songs on the album so good, so strong, so impressive, that I want to share with friends. If I make a mix cd for a friend, and I really want to put just the best stuff, will any of these songs be included. Again, KK1 is such an album (Maybe Soon, Friends are Gone, Another Place, few others..). So after loving KK1, being somewhat disapointed with KK2, where would KK3 fit in? Well, I would say after many listens now, it is the best KK yet. The overall sound is just gorgeous. The songs are so strong. So many songs feel so personal, and I feel an intense connection with the music and words. So many highlights. Knowing You are in This World is just brilliant. So much anguish, yet hope, pain and empathy.
    Lorelei – hmmm…Slowdive are calling, and they want their song back 🙂 That song could easily be on a Slowdive album. I FInd, the one song that sounds like it would fit perfectly on the KK1. By now, the only song that has not totally won me over is All the World. Maybe because I just want to hear Brother Moon Sister Sun. Huge credit, and big thanks to you and Martin for creating such a special, gorgeous collection of songs that bring such joy to this humble listener. Classic album! KevinN

  5. avatar
    Chris | 21 April 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Classic sk poetry…baroque and rococo imagery…lush psychedelic celebration of the spiritual creation…a roller coaster ride through the fecund forest of sk’s imagination…I look forward to Steve’s next poetic-form novel….what a trip that would be!

  6. avatar
    Chris | 21 April 2013 at 10:49 am #

    ‘down the black maw of rain’…..simple but brilliant….why can’t lines like that just jump into MY head?!

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    davem | 21 April 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Much like Kevin I’ve avoided listening to any of KK3 until getting my mucky paws on the real thing. Firstly, the package itself is fab: double CD, signed print, postcards and a sticker – really, really nice work.
    I was out most of yesterday so only have it on it’s second spin, but loving it already. Beautiful melodies, great production and some lovely vocals as always.
    Faves so far – I Wouldn’t Know, Lorelei, Brother Moon Sister Sun – but I’ll need a couple of weeks with it at least yet.

  8. avatar
    Chris | 22 April 2013 at 12:44 am #

    ….poets wrench meaning from the universe….

  9. avatar
    Trevor \|/ | 22 April 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Yet to order KK3 but soon will. Absolutely love the accompanying video clips. Any chance the music clips for this, and previous KK, will be put on DVD? The images work so well with the music and I’m sick of paying YouTube & my ISP for download time everytime I log on to see these! Much rather pay you guys (SK & MK) for it!

    Trevor \|/

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 April 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Sad for chrissie

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    Steven Krut | 23 April 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Wow! That was a good one. The images you conjure in my mind… Still greatly enjoying YAE as well. And I liked that Brother Moon, Sister Sun video. I think I might make one for that song as well. I have a different idea for it.

    Hey, Steve, you enjoy discovering new music, right? I’ve recently discovered this band, Electric Guest, who makes me think of you. They don’t sound like you per se, but they are on fire with melodic inventiveness, which is a quality I associate with you. They have this song called Holes which sounds (sort of) like an attempt to accomplish something similar to what you attempted with My Abstract Model: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAFbSWtNnbM

    I recommend checking out Electric Guest’s other songs as well. I think they’re really smart pop song writers.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 April 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    This is a classic, the best since Shot Silk, but it only gets 13 comments

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    Kohl Ette | 23 April 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Yep very sad about Chrissy

  14. avatar
    Polaris | 24 April 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Delicious nature, myth & celestial things – your last lines always stop time – thanx to you, SK!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 April 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Lovely post sk, nice to be drawn away to another time and place.
    Very sad about Chrissie A. Was very lucky to have met her at her book signing. She was so nice and complemented me on my perfume. She was a strong, beautiful lady. Know she is in a better place.
    Hope u are enjoying this beautiful autumn weather while it lasts.
    Have a good weekend.
    P&L
    Therese

  16. avatar
    hellbound heart | 28 April 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    oh man oh man this is beautiful….
    <3<3


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