posted on July 14, 2008 at 9:49 pm

oh ho
my my my
i went to the pool
freezing freezing
i tell you that you swim that first lap very politely
head out of the water n everything
you feel all the breath squeezed out of you
you lungs can only seem to pant
your body feels shocked
the cold water feels like pain
it hurts, baby, it hurts
hurts so good
by the time you done one lap
the pains turned into a dull numbness
a numbness that almost feels warm
like youre immersed in very hot water
you can start to breathe now
and you can immerse yer face in the water
i do ten laps of breast stroke (im good at breast-stroking!)
and then i do 5 of backstroke and 5 of freestyle
by the time i get out my body is thoroughly confused
i head to the sauna on numb and wobbly legs
ah…theres no one in there
i sit back on my perch and silently admire the ocean
i get into lotus and start to meditate
a very loud trebly and phlegmy voice pierces my reverie
one of the olde “diggers” that is a permanent fixture at the pool
theres about 10 of these guys in their seventies
they swim n play cards regardless of the weather
theyre permanently tanned n weather beaten
and everything they say is liberally sprinkled with the word ‘fucken”
i see nirvana disappear in my rearview mirror
i know this guy doesnt really like me but i’m the only one there
he’s one of those blokes who talks at you
he doesnt care if youre interested or not…
he adds
his voice is five times louder than it needs to be
a foghorn of a voice penetrating yer mind with its abrasiveness
i get up and leave the sauna
hes still going as i close the door
i walk home quite high on my endorphins
you dont reckon them lil painkilling doo dahs come out like crazy
when youve immersed yerself in water thats only 14 FUCKEN DEGREES?
i feel very rubbery
a good rubbery
i feel flexible and healthy
i pound down the pavements
aware of my feet propelling me along
aware of all the sinews and gristle n cartilage
and all the muscles pushing me thither
i listen to an admixture from my ipod
gimme shelter by the stones
some underground lovers
some other stuff
when i get home
i bounce up the stairs
nk greets me at the door
very worried
um scarlet got at your painting she says
oh no
i feel icy feelings of rage destroying my bonhomie
no no not my painting…
i run to my room
shes taken some turquoise paint
and smeared it all over the face and body of a painting
a painting i’m doing for a friend
a painting i’d been carefully n lovingly working on
now schmeared in thick turquoise gouache
all over the pink pastel skin
i do a little dance in my rage
and i liberally sprinkle my exclamations with the word FUCKEN
the people all disappear outta the house to get away from the madman
as they drive off im still FUCKEN FUCKEN FUCKEN away
eventually i start trying to work on it
i dab at the paint with wet tissues trying to take the worst away
shes slapped it on thick too
( as well as eating half a tube herself apparently)
i knew it was coming
only the day before i’d run into my studio
and found her poised before my painting with a roller
shes been fascinated watching me work
and i know she wants to have a go
so it wasnt totally outta the blue…(bad choice of words…)
but….FUCKEN HELLL!!!!!
anyway after about twenty minutes
im left with large pale blue stains and the pastel all funny
i start the laborious process of trying to cover the paint with pastel
then fixing it
and going over it again n again
after a couple of hours work
the guy in the painting looks like he just came from the panel beaters
with white crusty bits where hes been fixed up
i aint been game to get to the next stage yet
so i dunno if i can totally fix it up….
bloody bastard kids……!@!!!! (sorry joycie)
of course i still love lil scarlet n all
but christ…
my anger exhausts me
i just sit there for a cuppla hours recuperating
it turns into a nice day
i go out on the balc n pump painkiller
and do a long long yoga session
oh my olde carcass is getting flexible
i start off with the dog pose
stretching my calves n hamstrings
my head hanging down free
i move between upward n downward dog
for a while
rolling my toes
strengthening my core
getting my feet flat
i move on into the standing poses
stretching my arms n back out
paiunkiller sounds good blasting into the open air
the sun is warming but not burning
i start to feel good
the yoga sends more endorphins into my system
i feel like ive had a shot of some delicious opiate..
i stand in garudasana my favourite position
the eagle pose
my shoulders open out
my legs fill with blood and get a good flush of it
then i get into the tree pose
i hold each pose for about a minute
twice to each side
then the standing poses like
the triangle
the warrior
the blah blah blah
finally i finish with the seated twists
twisting my stomach right around
forcing blood through my organs
maintaining flexibility of spine
painkiller pumps on in the bright air
i do a shoulderstand to end it
then shivasana
the corpses pose
let that good yoga sink in
i tell ya fiendss for fifty four
i feel FUCKEN good
in the night i go up to jlks place
now as youve probably noticed
the esoteric music club is up n running
everyweek a new song
not all of em featuring moi
but many or most will
we’ve already recorded a whole bunch
i leaked zoo 42 out early to davey duchow
so thats what that is…
now we’re trying the donation system here
you can get em for free but we’d appreciate a donation
if you dont donate
the emc will eventually fold due to lack of funds
if you like the tracks please give generously
this is our living
we’re not breadheads
but we have bills to pay and stuff
so if ya dont pay
the thing will eventually go away
and like all paypal transactions
its better to give ten bucks (say) in one hit
than 1 dollar over 10 hits
(due to the way their commission works)
if you want a new track from us each week please donate..
then jlk n i worked on another gb3 track
which ended up splendidly
the words and melodies came easy
we banged it all down in a cuppla hours
jlk’ll do some homework
and then we’re 2 tracks down and ready for more
come home in time to read to the doodles
(we’re on the second book…the subtle knife
its almost as good as narnia!)
then finally
all the bloody kids asleep at last
nk n i let down our hair
and enjoy whats left of the evening
in the honour of eros
the wee god of lurve….
oh yeah
right on
another crazy FUCKEN day in the life of …….
(drum roll!)
the time being

38 Responses to “tuesday weld”

  1. avatar
    craig1.618 | 14 July 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    just finished my laps

    waters about 80 F here though

    back later for my elliptical

    but now off to the organic foods shop

    loada kids coming to visit tomorrow

    staying for a week

    i’ll make sure and lock my studio door

    thats for sure

  2. avatar
    ^jax | 14 July 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    your the best, makin it work..
    swimmin, artin,paintin,singin and lovin.. it is the mental-physical workaround and its great when it all comes together. umm I like the quote of George Herms, Art=God=Love

  3. avatar
    THE VEGETALISTA! | 15 July 2008 at 12:05 am #


  4. avatar
    Richard | 15 July 2008 at 12:09 am #

    maybe you’d see a change of attitude from the old curmudgeon if you told him that you wrote ‘my birthday the moon festival’ – I understand it gets quite a hammering on the jukebox at the Bondi RSL

  5. avatar
    kat | 15 July 2008 at 12:13 am #

    ah, kat’s been listening alright.. 🙂 i get some things no one else seems to…

    sk, i am sorry about your painting. not sure if it’s salvageable or not?

    swimming sounds nice. i’d luv to go jump in the ocean right now.

    i went in the back yard with puffer and had a go at the swing set earlier. two trampolines on either side of me, but the last time i tried that, i felt like i was beaten up in an alley the next day. i am going to jump, tho, this week. my family friends who graciously let me stay in this xtra house are gone for two weeks.

    think i will ;]=~~ then write later on.

    happy munday eve, or whatever it FUCKEN is!


  6. avatar
    lily was here | 15 July 2008 at 12:31 am #

    Scarlet’s a chip off the old block dont you think?
    I felt sorry for nk when she had to tell you but Im sorry your loving work’s been ruined.

    ps Gordon Ramsay swims at Bondi? 🙂 I can never swim in water that cold or I pass out – rare allergy, so swimming alone’s out of the question and i used to love being in the water alone. Gimme Shelter’s one of my wake-up tracks. No neighbours to educate but it freaks the wildlife out. They much prefer the ambient stuff. I opened my trilogy at long last, not going to view that movie till Ive finished all of the books.

    More EMC and Zoo music = bliss
    xxx xxx

  7. avatar
    lily was here | 15 July 2008 at 12:32 am #

    Yeah Kat, Vegetalista sounds nice! I got it.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 July 2008 at 12:50 am #

    Hi Steve,

    It all started with fucken, and ended with fucken – you gotta smile…the circle is complete!


    Jon from Geelong

  9. avatar
    kat | 15 July 2008 at 1:05 am #

    yeah, lily! wink ;]

    uh i hate to bring up this tripe but i just read where “brangelina” named her twins knox leone & vivienne marcheline. please give me a break. i no care but the names are outlandish..

    i patiently wait on heydey. no worries, plenty of new tunes to tide me over…

  10. avatar
    captain mission | 15 July 2008 at 1:55 am #

    more pullman, you guys are in for a treat 🙂
    its one of those books that you just want to keep going on forever. i used to love doing all the voices.
    i read the books years ago and always thought you would have made a fantastic Asriel. Shame they stuffed the movie up.

  11. avatar
    steve kilbey | 15 July 2008 at 2:14 am #

    yes mission
    lord asriel…oh its me its me
    and evie as lyra
    and you as the king of the gyptians john farr
    and nk as mrs coulter
    and paul lightfoot as iorek byrnison king of the talking polar bears and….. ah… i FUCKEN FORGOT….

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 July 2008 at 4:19 am #

    the music makes me sick

  13. avatar
    knot | 15 July 2008 at 4:49 am #

    I am sorry to hear of your turquoise painting. Although turquoise is one of my favorite colors these days. Once I hated blue, every shade of blue.

    Thank you to Lily & Gen X who said kind things about my mommy being ill. I sort of had the Marquis de Sade of mommys, yet she was the only one I am ever going to get so…

    I was always fond of the witches in the Subtle Knife. Good reading. And now on to some of my fine port.

    Port, starboard port thank you Steven for writing and telling your stories.

  14. avatar
    limebeaver | 15 July 2008 at 5:30 am #

    hahahahahaha, nice one Steve re; being a @unt…
    i guess utilising the vernacular of todays blog you could take the TISM line: ” I might be a @unt, but i’m not a fucking @unt”…

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 July 2008 at 5:48 am #

    haha,so,no fucking huh?

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 July 2008 at 6:11 am #

    oh limebeaver!we should ask his wife about the “f$!^ing part!haha!didnt ya read?

  17. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 15 July 2008 at 6:40 am #

    i’m about to go and work my mind and body for a while before i get tea organised..can’t wait to get my hands on painkiller…have been listening to lots of different music today cleaning out my kitchen cupboards…trying to fit three cubic metres of tupperware into two and a half cubic metres of space…lou reed ‘transformer’ featured largely today…listened to this quite a bit when i was small, my brother played it lots…ahhhh…
    hey babe, take a walk on the wild side…no wonder i’m so FUCKEN bent…

  18. avatar
    Gen | 15 July 2008 at 6:57 am #

    hello knot…youre so welcome.strength n love to you…n HH?hello you ,hope youre doing well to,as with the lot of anticipating that im allowed to be polite n give regards to and light,as always,gen . x

  19. avatar
    Gen | 15 July 2008 at 9:37 am #

    p.s. the new music sounds absolutely smashingly gorgeous steven.xo 🙂

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 July 2008 at 10:26 am #

    I used to have an Australian girlfriend – she even WROTE the word as ‘fucken’…

  21. avatar
    fantasticandy | 15 July 2008 at 10:44 am #

    EMC….sure ain’t square!

    off to a nice start…….

  22. avatar
    Leelinau | 15 July 2008 at 11:47 am #

    Veddy good book yah


  23. avatar
    Leelinau | 15 July 2008 at 11:48 am #

    What would your daemon be?



  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 July 2008 at 1:13 pm #

    Hey dickball who had an Australian girlfriend who “even WROTE” fucken, oh shock, burn the witches, what did she think she was doing. Didn’t you write it too, dickball, (and so did SK write it, dickball). No wonder she dumped you, dickball, smart woman, sexist dickball, no match. Self righteous “she even WROTE the word as fucken” dickball, predictable, next time you want to come to Australia, fucking swim and you truly will be a self-righteous superior being.
    Isn’t Australian language glorious, marvellously coloquial.
    Good to hear SK keeping fit, oh no, he even WROTE fucken, burn the witch, rape the whore….

  25. avatar
    a cultural imperialist (apparaently) | 15 July 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    Oh dear, we are annoyed. So sorry. But why did you assume I was criticising her spelling? Seeing the word FUCKEN today merely brought back some memories, all of which were good, none of which were bad or judgemental. An observation is not a criticism. You’re Australian, you’re a citizen of the best FUCKEN country in the world: why so defensive?

  26. avatar
    Swampmeister | 15 July 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Some would call me sacrilegious, but I thought the Sisters of Mercy’s cover of Gimme Shelter kicked (only cos its the word of the day) FUCKEN ARSE!

  27. avatar
    CSTCoach | 15 July 2008 at 1:56 pm #

    LOL @ “im good at breast-stroking!”

    well, you get good at anything if you put in enough practice… 😉

  28. avatar
    fuckfuckfuckenfuck! | 15 July 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    This is what we want – more fucken swearing!

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 July 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    Anon. 11.13
    you’re the psycho who accuses SK of fucking up the life of a blind girl, etc, aren’t you? I know you said we shouldn’t rise to the fuckwit’s bait, Steve, but it’s hard not to sometimes. Please go away psycho, no-one wants you here. Away, lackwit.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 July 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    dear very stupid anon,….incase you havent been following closely…the blind girl’s life hasnt been as fucked up as youd like to your eyes!smell the coffee!smell the roses!get yerself a painkiller n see,

  31. avatar
    davem | 15 July 2008 at 6:43 pm #

    I’ve subbed to emc but it’ll be a challenge for me.
    It took me bloody years to accept cd’s….still prefer vinyl.
    I don’t have an i-pod…when I’m on the pc the music comes from my hi-fi not the bloomin’ computer. I can’t download or burn or any of that stuff. I still like having the artwork etc.
    But I guess emc means I finally have to come into the 21st century or miss out. Perhaps it’s time I ditched my tank-tops too. But the paisley shirts are fucken staying!!!

  32. avatar
    mandn | 15 July 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    ah I’ve been away too long Orpheus…

    started the yoga myself a few months back.
    pilates on top of that. Didn’t last long with that one.
    nice but not for me, yet.

    my little deck garden is in full swing. pulling all kinds
    of tomatoes and peppers and squash out of it.
    soon, your least favorite, eggplant.

    all’s well on this end of the world, well as along as I
    don’t think about how our lovely little government is ruining everything. everything OTHER than that
    is just peachy!


  33. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 15 July 2008 at 11:52 pm #

    I can’t download music on my impotent computer. This will be a problem. Technlogy is advancing too quickly and that’s why we’re becoming dehumanized ! Glory to the luddites !

  34. avatar
    veleska1970 | 15 July 2008 at 11:55 pm #

    i just don’t know HOW you stand that cold water. brrrr!!!!

    “all the bloody kids asleep at last
    nk n i let down our hair
    and enjoy whats left of the evening”
    hahaha~~every parent’s joyful little annoyance. all of us in that job can definitely relate. 😉 but sometimes unfortunately you’re too tired to do anything when you finally get them to zonk out. 🙁

    lotza love….

  35. avatar
    veleska1970 | 15 July 2008 at 11:56 pm #

    to davem~~paisley forever, yes. as well as vinyl.


  36. avatar
    princey | 16 July 2008 at 12:06 am #

    You’re dangling that carrot again!
    Where is PAINKILLER?!!!

  37. avatar
    Melquiades | 16 July 2008 at 2:41 am #

    That abrasive character at the pool sounds like Gerty took a few moves from him, eh? ha.

  38. avatar
    verdelay | 16 July 2008 at 10:10 am #

    ..and harry flowers as third polar bear.

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