posted on May 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm




































life somewhere else

priestess of mercury

underlying cause of instability

the ancients could harness the cosmic charge of union

her spirit moves towards me like smoke

illumination of hidden objects

in rapture i consider my fathers return

white light must explode from the skull

an early photograph of poet with malaria

shadow of things yet to come

a forever of pure nothingness

reality is always negotiable

his muse was a comet searing his brain

the power of the black star has increased tenfold

the scientist observes destruction

magician manipulates some dark ray

reverie of insufficient stuff

open for business as usual tomorrow




the world you will inherit is out there now

the poet leads his life in the abstract

an image is captured

48 Responses to “an index of contents”

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    andy | 13 May 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    i’m back!
    now with super-dooper fibre-optic broadband…….
    steve, youv’e written some great stuff while iv’e been in cyber-limbo,
    still digesting it all!!!
    just noticed darrin getting on his soapbox about low comment levels…
    you know he means well steve, he’s a staunch supporter of music and art that SHOULD be ‘mainstream’ and it is good that you are able to confirm
    decent reading figures.
    are you still living in that crummy apartment in ulan bator?

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      Boriah | 13 May 2011 at 6:56 pm #

      ??? It´s been a year I moved to Worcester.

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    Boriah | 13 May 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Wonder What happened with the bass you used during the GAF tour. It was beautiful, sounded so good, and it has a lot of personality. Fender is so common. Another brand may suits you better. I like to warm up playing some “Starfish” and “P=A” songs. Solid bass lines. Wonder why the guys from Bass player magazine never asked you for an interview. People use to focuse on your voice and they forget the solid bass player you are.

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      david | 15 May 2011 at 12:00 am #

      hate to say ..i think he sold it for dark reasons..?story?

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    captain mission | 13 May 2011 at 6:39 pm #


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    princey | 13 May 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Great stuff sk! You’re an effects genius as well 🙂

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    . | 13 May 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    very creative. if i could echo your lines once again…

    “illumination of hidden objects” conjures a white energy spell
    “in rapture i consider my father’s return” reminds me of my own
    “reality is always negotiable” pure & genius words from a deep well
    “life somewhere else” the place i yearn to call my own

    the photography is great.

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    Donna | 13 May 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    Hey, Steve! Nice pics!! Well, I’ve been reading…I have really enjoyed your recent poems, and love the idea of a collection. Some of the comments or dialogues would make great reading, too. Some of your readers have contributed some lovely stuff.

    Anyway, I hope you have an amazing day!! You’re always in my prayers! Ciao!

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    veleska1970 | 13 May 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    eerie yet splendid at the same time. wonderful.

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    Karen | 13 May 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    a forever of pure nothingness
    sometimes that sounds ok..

    anyway reality is always negotiable

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 13 May 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Hey, never meant to stir up anything but make an observation, and in such a short tick-tock, iv been refered as preaching from a soap box, that I have already to much to worry about, and that maybe- possibly I dabble. In abundance, oh and I may have not felt – even the least obscurity as an artist.

    Well, I am an artist who creates paintings and music bymyself, its not that I have ‘too much to worry about, I just happen to give a shitb about others and in regards to ‘soapboxing’ – fuck- half the comments that are generated and posted on this site reek of ‘grandiose’ self declaration.

    I was making an observation, i have a friend here in the states who judges his #’s and his ability to generate advertisements and his notoriety on the #’s . So Inadvertently, I made an error in the purpose and popularity in number generation. Excuse me for being human. Maybe from this point forward I will just read and wait to pounce on the next poor sucker who has an opinion and dribble, dribble off some words and phrases that would clearly show how ‘informed’ I am to these and other masses, hurrah for me. No, I can’t do shit like that cuz hate me or dislike me …im staying put. With my dribble-drabble and obviously incorrect observations. Oh…and please do tell me on what I can and cannot say, write, or think.

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      Donna | 14 May 2011 at 9:18 am #

      Hi Darren! I have to say, I’ve always admired your commitment as well your contributions. As Andy said, it’s clear you mean well!! I’m sure Steve meant well too when he wrote that readership #’s are high, and everyone else seems to mean well too – as they’re coming out of the woodwork to say, “I’m still here!” Sometimes it’s hard to know how people are feeling when they write things. I know I joke around sometimes when I’m sending emails or text messages, but somehow the recipients don’t always see the humor or the good intentions! My bad. Anyway, all-in-all this is a great group of people which YOU are a big part of. So stay put!!! 🙂 Donna

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 May 2011 at 11:26 am #

        Hey Donna,
        I’m not going anywhere, anytime soon (no …I think i’m changing my stance on this decision). As I stated – I have friends who do blogs and sites who need readership to be up along with contributions from the like. I just noticed a sudden decrease again and just in concern, pointed it out. Than I get a whirlwind of backlash. But think Donna, of all the things you have read over all this time that would easily make for a ‘combative situation’ amongst so many readers, including yourself, stuff that boiled you over. So many opinions being broadcasted repeatedly that we can pick and chose the battles to stage ‘verbal warfare’ upon. I chose not to. Yet, when I MAKE AN OBSERVATION, which in reality, is true (the #’s of people commenting is done, I did not speak of the entire package of readers and people who chose to offer an opinion I KNOW there is a difference). I get attacked from all angles. Hey, if you don’t agree, keep your opinions to yourself. But thats not what this blogsite has been about for so many years, musically-politically-spiritually and so on; SK allowed conversations to continue as long as they did not get out of hand or to personal. But in reality, I took the faceless attack in stride. But don’t single me out because SK chose to (and rightfully so). Thats called ‘jumping on the bandwagon’. And I do agree with SK and acknowledged it accordingly. I NEVER said that READERSHIP is down, I just make an observation that ‘commenting’ numbers have taken a dip. I enjoy reading what (.) , shaman ron, andy, Once, Donna, Davem,princey, eekie,craig,Karen, veleska… and so on have to offer up to the blog subject at hand. But If I make an observation, thats all it was folks-please lighten up- an this observation turns into a ‘critique’ of me as a person (Climbing a soapbox,having enough to ‘worry’ about and so on). Than how in the hell would any of you feel about it. I’ve been on this blog site and its other carnation for quite the many years. Yes, I do often comment everyday. This is not the only place I write commentary ‘of and for’. But including my name in your comments that I consider as attacks and slightly degrading make me want to pull back some. So I’m gonna sign off for a bit, it seems like many of you will applaud that. I hope you come out in droves just to do that – applaud my temporary departure, and in turn -you will have proven my point.

        Darrin K.

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          thetimebeing | 14 May 2011 at 12:23 pm #


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          Donna | 14 May 2011 at 1:25 pm #

          Darrin, I see your point. But I also see why others felt the need to speak out. What you wrote suggested that people had dropped out due to apathy when in reality, people (like myself)didn’t feel they had anything to contribute, or they were simply occupied elsewhere (also like myself).

          Your concern was legit. And hey, you care!! Again, people will respond in ways that are difficult to discern. Most people here mean well. Yes, in the past there have been some total losers who have had nothing but rude things to say, but thankfully, they haven’t had much to say lately.

          Anyway, Darrin, you are appreciated more than you know…

          BTW – Nothing wrong with getting on a soapbox!! More people need to!

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            david | 15 May 2011 at 12:24 am #

            …..soap box reverie……

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          david | 15 May 2011 at 12:20 am #

 response to the
          unsolicited “catch twenty two” of to post or not to post…dude ,(term of endearment to hipsters , jazzy folk everywhere , thus establishing tone )we were asked to be relevant…you didnt say a word bout the photos could you miss them, and move onto dribble straight away ..its just , see how observations and attacks from all angles get blurred in the ether…most folks here share your fervor for the fever that is the killer …but as he walks on down the hall…lets be relevant…

          wishing you a painfree day….
          nylon burning
 applause here , need to post as you do as it seems to help with your day to day no nose cutting face spite-ing.
          peace and love ..david..

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    aida morgan | 13 May 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Wow! Loved the presentation of that one. You are just as wonderful with your imagery as you are with words.

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    eekie | 13 May 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    I like this one a lot, Steve.
    It hangs together well as a whole — both the images and words — yet each image and caption also creates a separate vignette. Readers can fill the spaces to make their own entirely original story/stories.

    I particularly like:
    “the world you will inherit is out there now”
    Interesting, evocative, powerful. Well done.

    Plus it looks as if someone had a grand time with the camera and the photo editing program!

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    Once | 13 May 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Greetings. I’ve been absent for a few days, sleeping a lot (I think my de-boozed body is working on organ repair). Favorites of these are “underlying cause of instability” (brilliant), and “the world you will inherit is out there now” (gorgeous). What kind of camera do you have?

    For my 3-week sober anniversary (a 2011 record!) I got myself an iPhone; it came yesterday, but I was too tired to do anything except charge it. The print in the “instruction” manual is too small to be visible to the naked eye, so I have to take it to the AT & T store and go, “Here! Set this up and show me stuff!” LOL. Apparently it does everything except make actual phone calls. Or maybe it does, its called a “phone”, anyway. Always swore I’d never own an iAnything, but I was intrigued by the guitar app which includes a guitar tuner…my dried-beer-encrusted Korg Digital CT-1, circa 1980-something, finally died, and I never could tune by ear (or roll a joint for that matter, no wonder I never became a rock star)! It can also make short film clips that can be edited and soundtracked, that will be fun.

    Anyway, hope your Friday the 13th was not too evil – looking forward to the next blog entry…be happy.


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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 14 May 2011 at 11:30 am #

      Hey D-Girl,
      I will be off-blog – off grid, for a while so if you like to stay in touch…you know how to find me. Back in those early days, pre-wife and tots, I would have loved to teach you how to tune by ear and roll a classic, that you would love to have as a stand in any Cheech and Bong movie.

      Darrin K.

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        Belfrank | 14 May 2011 at 1:31 pm #

        “the world you will inherit is out there now”
        Enjoy getting a life.
        Your comments are always longer than the blogs.
        You often make others feel lesser for not agreeing with you. Some kind of self appointed owner of the comments.
        Stop taking yourself so seriously and if you do have your own blog maybe put more effort into getting your numbers up over there.
        Bless ya

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          Blogger Police Commander | 14 May 2011 at 10:31 pm #

          I couldn’t agree more with you AssFrank. I just slipped past that old boys ramblings. But hell if that little boy was right on. It made you stroke your keyboard and belittle a total stranger, like I have the pleasure of defiling you. From all the garbage he spewed, he did not lower him self to your unstable surroundings. So I hope you made a correct noose knot as you kick the chair out from under your creepy ass self.

          Brokencrybaby – 1 , loser douchebags – 0

          This wont get printed cuz our leader loves when he’s right and you drop off your earnings into his playgirl coffers.

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            thetimebeing | 15 May 2011 at 9:02 am #

            goodbye darrin

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            Anonymous | 15 May 2011 at 10:58 pm #

            I think that was Charlie Sheen SK. 😉

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      Donna | 14 May 2011 at 1:31 pm #

      Congrats, Donna!! Keep it up…

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    Jmb066 | 13 May 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Excellent post Steve,

    “the world you will inherit is out there now” is my vote for your next album title. Really like the photo manipulation.

    Take Care,


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    Tanya | 14 May 2011 at 1:19 am #

    Nice contents

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    Kristine | 14 May 2011 at 5:52 am #

    Perfect, just perfect Sir Steve!

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    redgrevillea | 14 May 2011 at 9:47 am #

    reality is always negotiable – i like that

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    Brien Comerford | 14 May 2011 at 9:54 am #

    I read the Time Being every single day. Sk knows that I’m strictly an animal rights’ person. Not too many recent blogs regarding that issue but I still enjoy reading here every day. Sk is an elite mind of the highest order- And he better be kind to the cat !!!

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    Anonymous | 14 May 2011 at 9:56 am #

    get into! it is so beautiful everytime it happens, but you can’t save it to show another. so, to see it captured… is like a vision you’re afraid to speak of — you know it will dissipate as soon as told. suspended in light — my favorite place to be. and hands playing in it — pretty thoughts to show.

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    Narelle | 14 May 2011 at 10:25 am #

    amazing Steve, the mind boggles…white light, sore head, negotiable reality…but as luck would have it…business as usual
    an Award winning creation/work
    A true masterpiece!!!

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    andy | 14 May 2011 at 10:25 am #

    british humour darrin,
    gentle fun, nothing more.
    i know how passionate and genuine you are.
    hey, donna…thanks, you put things in their correct perspective with great ease!
    back on topic…..
    nice shots, nice titles…very ‘tenka-ish’….good work indeed slim.

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    Freddie | 14 May 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I enjoyed your photo blog. My favorite is probably the scientist watching destruction followed closely by the world you inherit is outside. The poet leads life in the abstract is …well….scary looking :^)

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    Linjo | 14 May 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    White light exploding from the skull, wow, that is an amazing image thanks Steve. There is so much information to process these days if you so choose. I really don’t know how some people get the time or inclination to get caught up in irrelevant small stuff. Hope you are cosy down there Steve. Blowing cold up here. Donna six weeks here and yeah, I have been soooo tired too, snotty and headachey but the relief is profound. x

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    Karen | 14 May 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Darrin Darrin Darrin … I see you peeking in 🙂

    WELL DONE DONNA ! on the deboozing xx
    Three months since I kicked the fags on Monday:D still dabble with the drink though
    I want an eye fone:(

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    Thankfully Departed | 14 May 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    I never read such a novice blogsite as this. I took some time to swim the awful backwash and all I found was many floggers (presenting life experiences and opinions) . Wonderful, glorious, you have lives + now are reaffirming them with your contributions to each othe. But wait you’ve begun a campaign of strife against a fellow human feeling because they make a contribution. A blogspace overflowing with hypocrites. No wonder he took a higher road and walked away. I will spend some more time reading comment histories because they are amusing. A collection of soulless faceless children who just received a computer for holiday and are exercising their wit and charm in a world closer to a SIMS game than an educational place for drones to gather. Shame on picking on one of your own. Your worlds must not possess mirrors to see where your refuse has gathered from.

    Jesus never judged the way some of you poor creatures feel the need to.

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    HALLOWEEN DRESSED AS CHICKENS | 15 May 2011 at 3:17 am #


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    DavidP | 15 May 2011 at 11:55 am #

    some tricky photos there
    and imaginative captions
    human foibles in action
    different sets of good intentions
    come to logger heads
    some misinterpretation
    and then ill will rises
    like a cat amongst the pigeons
    feathers get ruffled
    forgiveness and compassion fly out the window
    I see it in others because first I have seen it in myself
    and I work to remove that log from my eye in order to help my brother see

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    El Boracho | 15 May 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    For the love of god what is all the temper about? Some days i log on and read wonderful tales about ye old days of The Church. Some days Steve just lets everything go. Some days steve makes up wonderful spinning tales and some days he hurts. Fuck you Darrin for being judgemental, it’s Steve’s blog man. Adios. Old adage…if you don’t have anything good to say don’t say it at all. When you hit this URL it’s Steve’s world man.

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      Once | 16 May 2011 at 3:09 am #

      For Darrin K.

      Ok. The comments that you wrote in your defense contained some negativity towards other subscribers, which incited them to escalate the point. Note, also, that others were understanding and holding out olive branches. The interesting thing about a public forum such as this one is that the written word may be interpreted as a reflection of the reader’s mindstate as well as the writer’s. This is evident in the varied reactions of the others. In other words, you find out what people are made of. Such is the power, and the beauty, of the written language, and our ability to use it to communicate.

      The entries you wrote under BPC, TD and HDAC (that moniker was so funny, btw, not sure if you meant for it to be, but it cracked me up, along with the all-caps) were direct attacks on Steve himself. I have seen others do this, and at that point, Steve usually writes a belittling response (which he didn’t do to you, he was merely dismissive – that does show a degree of respect), at which point the others cease and desist.

      The thing to remember about Steve (and of course I don’t know him personally, this is just my perception) is that his focus is oriented in an altogether different manner than that of the average person, which is one of the reasons that we enjoy his poetry on the blog – hell, it’s one of the reasons that he IS a poet. Note here that I am not implying that he is “better” than an average person (albeit much better than the average writer), or than any other SOUL – he is just outside the social norm. Consider that it is also most likely a source of angst for him, if not as a writer, as a human being. While many are struggling with their reactions to the thoughts of others – this is codependency, and it is an affliction – Steve is struggling (if I may say so) with his own mortality. And being outside the norm can be a source of estrangement, as there are many who cannot, or simply will not, follow his train of thought. And so he sometimes writes about it, among other things; and sometimes there is a connection in the comments of others; sometimes misinterpretation; sometimes nothing at all.

      Yes, the last comment telling you to “fuck off” may have seemed hurtful – but there’s been a way, right from the beginning, to diffuse this situation. To simply reply to Steve’s initial comment (and HIS only), with something such as “Thanks for clearing that up, SK, I am glad that the blog is doing well, and look forward to future postings.” You do not have to defend yourself – ever.

      And this is why: As human beings, we are programmed from childhood to place importance on the opinions of others, and to view and validate ourselves by what they say or think about us. But this is false logic – it is a LIE – we are all self evident, and equally loved by our Universe. We take chances, we make mistakes, we grow and we change…that is our purpose. And there is no “ending” to it, we will not ever reach perfection – we were not created to experience that in this life on earth.

      Why? Fuck, I don’t know – that is how it is, and maybe when we are able to accept that and simply “be” (we are human BE-ings, not human DO-ings, after all), we will at least be able enjoy a peaceful and happy existence on our earthly plane.

      I hope that this makes some sort of sense to you. No one here did anything “wrong”, not from a cosmic perspective. As a decidedly outside the norm person once said to me, “Be free of this my childe”.

      Peace and love, always and to all of us –


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        thetimebeing | 17 May 2011 at 7:18 am #

        well put

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        Ess | 17 May 2011 at 8:48 pm #

        Thanks for sharing that perspective Donna.

        This is what I think on the subject, or one of my views anyway, for what it’s worth on this comments board that is optional reading. As an outsider passing through, I see all sorts of projections and attachments here that will always trigger the best and worst of emotion in people. I don’t have a relationship with SK, only with the image and the words, but I guess if I stuck around long enough then the threads of an attachment of sorts would start to weave in my psyche.

        It’s never ok to dump your shit all over someone else but we all have our triggers, detachment is a lifetime of hard work, we are imperfect, we are not always aware of our crutches, and some people have shadows that remain out of their reach. I cannot know the pain that fuels a loaded angry rant, or the hurt that cannot be diffused in another. And on the other side it can be hard to dodge the hooks that are flung to reel us in. But we all have our crosses to bear and if I could only take back…

        In an ideal world people would own their dirtiest shadows but if they can’t or won’t, then all that is left is forgiveness and letting go and a hope that humility will make its presence felt. The alternative is to join in their altered state, to go to war or to carry their weakness for them. If people want to change themselves they will, but that is their business, not mine, their choice. It’s hard enough to change myself.

        When I visit this site and read the words of SK I can’t help but wonder about the darkness and pain that sometimes drives the words of another, who exposes his darkest corners so generously and with a craft that weaves its own magic. So much is familiar but yet still of the other. The words can only fill my own body of language and understanding, for these I do not know in the other.

        I think anyone who visits this site would likely be outside the social norm. It is a haven in a storm, a place to remember that there are others who live against the current and for whom this world and these words makes sense. A place where someone else has walked into dark and lonely spaces and has lived to offer up the tales of the descents. Where a willingness can be found to look into the fire, one that doesn’t just offer more and more soot, but one that will always burn clean. A place to offer up the less than sacred and feed it to the creative kitchen. These are things that carve a self that is not always at ease in its own skin, or in the world he or she inhabits, a self that more often doubts than finds anything to know, and one that looks like no other. It is a unique and individual self and there is no other way it can be crafted.

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          Donna | 18 May 2011 at 1:12 pm #

          Thanks, I enjoyed reading this…lovely.

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