posted on January 15, 2007 at 8:04 pm

lovely spirit
now i ask you
how long?
sea shell eyes
and pearly hair
your lagoon
fills with the incessant tide
a child went missing long ago
where is she?
“she lies at the bottom of my pool
but she is not dead
she dreams of whales and
great leathery green turtles
and sea serpents coil about her
in the cold dark depths”
lovely spirit
give this child up to the open sky
show us mortals your mercy
“but never i say!
the child is at lovely peace
and she wanders a greater world
eels light her way
and flying fish and salmon eyes”
we who keep the vigil on these forsaken shores
we who toil on the mountainous ocean
and dredge its depths
we who sing the elegy
we ask you one more time
give us back the child
” no no no
oh you should see her
her sandy hair waving in the water
her hands weave to and fro
her little toes are nibbled by tiny fishes
and her coronet is of coral
as the light makes its long way down
where shipwrecks snore
and the sharks impatiently swim
where un-named things are
silent green cold things
mouth that drinks rivers dry
black eyes shining in the blackness
a thing that feeds on giant squid and killer whales
down there
where you never thought
and now the child
keeps the monster pleasant company
whose heart
your mournful song
can never reach”

47 Responses to “undine”

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    craig1.618 | 15 January 2007 at 8:47 pm #

    reminds me of your words…

    “where oblivion is beckoning
    where leviathon is reckoning”

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    persephone2u | 15 January 2007 at 8:54 pm #

    Absolutely fucking gorgeous. As always.

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    valerie | 15 January 2007 at 9:00 pm #


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    Anonymous | 15 January 2007 at 9:22 pm #

    lovely fairy tale for a dreary, cold, icy afternoon. thanks.

    lotza love….

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    mattdavison | 15 January 2007 at 9:32 pm #

    Where the sharks dream in the waves……

    Sk you travel the oceans like timeless serge, moving amongst the ridges and troughs, like the cool current that steems from Finland to the equator..from Alaska to New Zeelund..

    say hi to Atlanis and Nuptune’s Mermaids for us would you pass them .


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    Anonymous | 15 January 2007 at 9:36 pm #

    The hippy alternative to Hans Christian Anderson.


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    Anonymous | 15 January 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    Stunning and gorgeous as usual. How do you do it??? I can barely write in my blog once a month these days and it’s just drivel. Then again, I’m not SK. 🙂

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    stealthblue | 15 January 2007 at 10:19 pm #


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    Anonymous | 15 January 2007 at 10:27 pm #

    She is Neptune’s daughter now.

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    Anonymous | 15 January 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    Are you composing an opera SK?

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    Anonymous | 15 January 2007 at 10:50 pm #

    Don’t worry SK. I’m sure the twillies will be back soon. Said a little prayer for you. It might help.
    Your description of Scarlet gyrating with pipe was priceless. She’s a real character.

    I can relate to the nosiy neighbour problem. I think some of your yobbos friends are living in the block next to me. Their balcony faces my bedroom window. They’re always out there talking loudly and laughing, sometimes till 6 or 7 am. The worst offender is a girl with a screeching voice that pierces the night, like fingernails down a blackboard, amplified. I yell at them to shutup and they laugh at me. I can’t find out who their agents are. Earplugs are a nightly ritual for me but they don’t help much.

    Sydney these days seems to be full of rude inconsiderate selfish people. You only have to catch public transport to see that first hand. Makes me want to pack up and move down the south coast to save what’s left of my sanity.

    Definitely write to the agents and complain about the yobbos. Might need to do it more than once. Keep copies and records of all communications. Good luck.

    Peace to you
    Lady Di

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    damien | 15 January 2007 at 11:13 pm #

    Some lovely imagery in this one, Steve. I particularly like the “snoring shipwrecks” and the idea of a rivermouth actually drinking the river.

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    CSTCoach | 15 January 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    Back from the west coast and catching up…


    Wow. My heart goes out to you and your family. I lost my dad to cancer in 2005. I’m familiar with the endless rounds of appointments and treatments, surgeries, and I was by my dad’s side night and day through that horrible last week in the hospital. It really grinds you down, the accumulated weight of it all. Please don’t give up. For what its worth, I’m sure all of us on the blog are sending our prayers/thoughts/whatever your way. I sincerely hope that things get better. Thank you for sharing your message with us all. It has meaning.

    I don’t know if movement or exercise would do anything to improve your condition, but if you think that it might, my coach has developed resources for joint health and mobility and another specifically designed to kick up the body’s immune response, I’d be honored to purchase and send them to you and to offer any other help that my background may contribute. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you want to give it a try.

    Take care.


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    Anonymous | 15 January 2007 at 11:20 pm #

    Hope all the argy bargyness has gone. Nothing to do with the upcoming concerts I hope.
    Breathe deeply.

    Bet the twillies are still talking about their time in Oz over C’mas & New Year (especially celeb spotting at Bondi). Sure it won’t be long till you have more special time with them. You’re a very lucky man sk, having such a lovely family, I would say you are truly blessed.

    Have a nice day,

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    Daberhasher | 15 January 2007 at 11:55 pm #

    beautiful and terrifying, just like the ocean itself…
    many times as i sit on my board waiting for a set, i imagine a line going straight from me all the way across the North Atlantic to Europe, and all the creatures, known and unknown, that the line might bisect… and then a seal will pop it’s head out of the sea and scare the daylights outta me… ah well, now i’ve got another tale to entertain myself with as i bob in the waves, thanks Cap’n… here’s hoping you’re mind is as calm as the Sargasso Sea…


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    rehan | 16 January 2007 at 12:16 am #

    That was breathtakingly beautiful!
    Love, Rehan

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    12str | 16 January 2007 at 12:52 am #

    the sound of waves down on the beach…still so close but out of reach….it´s so hard to remember how it used to be..and in your old room , the scent of your perfume leaves a shadow from the past…it´s so hard to remember the early days of september and the summer sun was suddenly gone.

    the sound of waves down on the beach……

    youre the best sk!!!!!

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    Anonymous | 16 January 2007 at 1:00 am #

    I love your imagery Steve

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    JJ | 16 January 2007 at 1:50 am #

    This brings a smile to my weary travelling eyes. I’ve been away at work in San Carlos, Mexico, a small scenic seaside town on the Sea of Cortez. Seven days now, and I watched a gorgeous and sublime sunset through the peaks at waterside hotel, fading light glimmering on the bay, but missing home and hearth…..and I read this beautiful piece by The Time Being.

    The Sea is strange and beautiful, is it not? What lies beneath in it’s ancient depths….what secrets are kept?

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    Fawn | 16 January 2007 at 1:59 am #

    Beautiful, so Neptunian! Can you put music to this one? I’ve been reading your blog for a bit now and thought it was about time I joined in.
    I’ve never met you but did serve you in the little old Adyar bookshop over 20 years ago and I still remember what you bought – a hard cover Jung’s Man and his Symbols and a Kandinsky post card. I met my soul mate in the shop that particular day too 29th August 1985 so it was pretty special. He was Steve C. also a brilliant creative genius – poet, writer, painter and born on 13th September (spooky). Unfortunately he lived out the darker side of the creative genius archetype and died young. Your creativity has always inspired me.

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    Anonymous | 16 January 2007 at 2:21 am #

    Beautiful poem steve. Makes me less frightened. Makes me think we go to better places.
    Galveston TX

  22. avatar
    mike a | 16 January 2007 at 2:49 am #

    Good one sk!!

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    Melquiades | 16 January 2007 at 4:28 am #


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    ...being here, doing this... | 16 January 2007 at 5:07 am #

    “lovely spirit
    now i ask you
    how long?
    sea shell eyes
    and pearly hair
    your lagoon
    fills with the incessant tide
    a child went missing long ago
    where is she?”

    a seventy something year old lady who taught me as a child remembered the other day the words of a friend of mine

    the words were spoken over 30 years ago, but it is the thing she most remembers about this friend…

    the teacher once asked her class of young children…”what do you think a soul is?”

    my friend raised his hand immediately, and replied…”why miss, that’s easy! it’s my really me!”

    Q how long?

    A how long does it take to find your “really you”? just drop everything else, and see!

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    Belfrank | 16 January 2007 at 5:40 am #

    love the creative originals SK – that’s why I subscribe 🙂


  26. avatar
    lily | 16 January 2007 at 6:37 am #

    Beautiful blogge today, SK. I’m glad it’s some of your gorgeous prose on my b-day. =)

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    fantasticandy | 16 January 2007 at 7:41 am #

    i don’t honestly think i have ever read anything more beautiful or moving in my life. you,steven are a wordsmith of the finest order. tell me, how does such a sensitive and empathic soul survive in this dog eat dog world?
    deeply touched, andy L.

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    verdelay | 16 January 2007 at 7:54 am #

    I think it was Satre who said that it was indeed a fortunate thing that the sea is opaque, for if you could see into it, deep down into it, the sight would drive a man into the arms of madness.

    (one presumes a woman would have no problems, as you’ve outlined here)

  29. avatar
    kat | 16 January 2007 at 8:15 am #

    …. stellar !


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    Samosanx | 16 January 2007 at 9:52 am #


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    Anonymous | 16 January 2007 at 9:59 am #

    That’s why I love you sk, who else could write like this, NO ONE!

    Just heard the new song on myspacce ‘In The Afternoon”, wow it (and the rest) sound fantastic!


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    isolde | 16 January 2007 at 10:17 am #

    undine swims up when its dark and gazes upon the velvety softness of the night sky she hears your song she told me the last time i sailed past and we agreed its only your voice that makes up for the lost knights your serenade soothes our souls souvenirs from loving mortals sweeping back and forth in the sea foam

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    Anonymous | 16 January 2007 at 12:02 pm #

    happy birthday, lily!! may all your wishes come true.


  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 January 2007 at 12:54 pm #

    Beautiful SK…

    I believe we all have a
    ”Soul Mate”

    If you find him/her keep them close, always…


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    (('{~_~}')) | 16 January 2007 at 1:04 pm #

    Beautiful blog today Steve! You seem to write with such ease. I’d love to see you write a book of prose complimented with your illustrations.

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    restaurant mark | 16 January 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    man, that was really nice…good for a rainy morning
    take care

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    (('{~_~}')) | 16 January 2007 at 1:37 pm #

    Beautiful Ryan, you have me teary, I am so touched by your kind offer of help! What a dear man you are, the very same one that was giving SK tips on how to seek sweet revenge on his awful neighbours.

    I know the pain you went through with your father; I lived the exact same thing with my mother and her breast cancer. She was a very dear Italian woman who only lived for her children and grandchildren. I spent a week by her bedside until she drew her last breath. The poor woman would shower in the dark so she would not see the tumors that were taking over her body.

    I am willing to try anything at the moment, thank you, as traditional means such as chemo and radiotherapy are not an option for me. It’s been a case of cut it out, and now let’s monitor you. The resources you mention on joint health, mobility and on the body’s immune response sound very appealing. I, like SK also suffer from dreaded back pain so the resources would be doubly good. I had a look at your website (nice photo of you and SK btw) and will contact you that way.

    A huge hug to you
    Love ((‘{~_~}’))

  38. avatar
    Daniel 30, 11 | 16 January 2007 at 2:06 pm #

    Where did you find those words? Wish I could go there.

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    (('{~_~}')) | 16 January 2007 at 2:21 pm #

    Restaurant mark, I wish it was raining here! It’s after 1am and I can’t sleep as it’s just too damn hot! In Australia we are going through a major drought, water feels scarcer than gold! I’m using grey water from my washing machine and shower to water my garden. Today we had no electricity for a few hours due to bushfires having burnt a main power line between Victoria and NSW. The power blackout left 200,0000 homes without electricity and threw Melbourne’s public transport system and road network into chaos. Apparently there were people stuck in lifts all over the city. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day! Can someone please do a rain dance?

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    (('{~_~}')) | 16 January 2007 at 2:42 pm #

    I just noticed that Zoe is both at No 3 and at No 28 on the Noise competition chart due to different works of art.

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    CSTCoach | 16 January 2007 at 3:01 pm #


    Please do email me via the website and I’ll have that stuff shipped off to you asap. I can definitely help with back pain and things of that nature. You’ll feel like a kid again 🙂 I’m sorry I’m so far away, as an in-person training session would really get things moving for you. Should the chance to go to australia arise, I’ll let ya know. In the meantime, I should be able to help a bit via video. We’ll do our best.

    “the very same one that was giving SK tips on how to seek sweet revenge on his awful neighbours”

    Aww, that was mostly tongue in cheek. There’s nothing worse than feeling helpless. As a writer i find it blows off steam to indulge the imagination a bit, even to ridiculous lengths. But it should also serve as a warning (as my experiences in Japan taught me) that launching a war of attrition can so easily become an obsession. Best thing was to suck up the costs and move to someplace better.

    Take care of yourself. We’ll talk more by email.


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    CSTCoach | 16 January 2007 at 3:06 pm #


    Just received the email notice that El Momento II is now available for order. Placing mine now 🙂


    Congrats on the success of your play! That’s great news!

    Is that true you’re working on a book? I hope so. I really enjoy your writing.

    Some really great stuff on the blog the past few days. A nice treat to return to after several days on the west coast perfecting sambo leg on leg attack strategies. Played some ULTC for Coach Sonnon (of the videos), he really liked it. Still on a mission to namedrop the choich whenever possible. Finishing edits of the big magazine feature of my northern expedition, so far a gratuitous choich reference has slipped past the censors… 😉


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    davem | 16 January 2007 at 8:32 pm #

    I’m a bit fearful of anything slithery such as eels and serpents. As I was reading the blog the computer lead touched my leg and I jumped a mile. The imagery must be good.
    Getting set to order El Mo 2 now!!
    Love you more,

    Dave M

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    davem | 16 January 2007 at 8:35 pm #

    Your paintings on the front cover of El Mo 2 look fab Steve.

  45. avatar
    syrinx | 17 January 2007 at 3:48 am #

    Oh this was just ~enchanting~ dreamstuff.

    Brain now full of lovely lowercase em’s.


  46. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 17 January 2007 at 12:13 pm #

    “the very same one that was giving SK tips on how to seek sweet revenge on his awful neighbours”

    Aww, that was mostly tongue in cheek.

    Yeah, I know Ryan!

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    Anonymous | 25 January 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    Thankyou for the wonderful experience at Redhill. (We loved the rain and we loved the longer show thanks to the tech problems.)
    We closed our eyes and hugged and listened to your beautiful poetry and music.
    Love from Doug & Maya

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