posted on April 21, 2006 at 12:15 am

nothing is real
all is in flux
everything is happening at once
i invented time so you could understand that.
music comes to me unasked
words fill up my head
i sip my nepenthe
the ichor in me rises
i begin to vibrate
i feel the hands of the muses
and the fates
each with their equal claim
music comes to me unmasked
it stands naked in my fingertips
it will slip unclothed into your void
in to your emptiness i thrust my music
for safekeeping
like a long walk through the snow
like a night under a lake
beneath the surface tension
of our little society and its rules
you will have my music
to keep you company
to endure the lonely watch of wee small hours
in your triumph and your shame
music will take you home
music will draw your bath
the sound of my singing voice
will hold you in place
will hold you up
when your velocity falters
like little children
songs enter the world
hang around for a while
grow up and move on
in the glorious spring of our masters eternal youth
music will lead you over hills
through the woods
the elementals
the spirits of the trees
music oozing out of this earth
unbidden music
strange music
make mine strange and weird
my music that tries to envelope you
my music youve never heard
the music i keep for my self
the stuff that would break your heart
the notes that fall like tears
the words that are too much to bear
the songs you know are but a shadow
of the secret music
that undresses and caresses you
and leaves you sleepy and unsatiated
the music that borrows a thousand crowns
and never repays them
the music that was made illegal in new north wales
and kingsland
the music that was heavily censored by the romans
the music that jesus whistled when he was a boy
the music that was the last thing dad played
on his piano before he died
the music that i heard deep in the ground
the music that bees hear in the flower
the music vishnu dreams as he sleeps

dip your fingers in the cold current
you sit on the prow of our small boat
as we glide through these underground caverns
take up your instrument and sing
as i row row row my boat
gently down the stream

46 Responses to “a pleasure launch on the sacred river alph”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 12:50 am #

    I’M LISTENING TO AUGIE MARCH NEW CD AT THE MOMENT, UNROOL!!! HIGHLY RECOMEND IT

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 12:55 am #

    ” into your emptiness I thrust my music”

    can we say anymore than that!

    I think Eskimo Joe are ok.
    Have a healing weekend

    Dutch Pierre

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 12:55 am #

    Hi Aristotle…Heraclitus…Kant, um, I mean, SK. This was one of your best ever. I’m going to come back and read this one over and over again. And I’m going to send it to all my friends.
    The bit at the end about the boat in a cavern makes me think of the album cover for Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen and how they have that one compilation called Songs to Learn and Sing. Just a coincidence but I thought it was interesting.

  4. avatar
    LittleSecret | 21 April 2006 at 12:58 am #

    Steve,

    Your words are so true. Music ignites memories, caresses one soul and tickles our emotions.

    ULTC is taking me on a special journey, thank you for the experience.
    Xxx

    PS. The autographed copies make it seem extra special and personal.

  5. avatar
    curious | 21 April 2006 at 1:03 am #

    if you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 1:17 am #

    sk
    you amaze me
    love
    diane

  7. avatar
    Andrew Macrae | 21 April 2006 at 1:24 am #

    Hey SK, I dig it. Keep on!

  8. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 21 April 2006 at 1:31 am #

    that was very poetic esskay…me am truly touched deep deep down…
    mjnjr

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    Dig | 21 April 2006 at 2:05 am #

    Wow
    Where did that come from!
    Anon 10.55 mentioned The Bunnymen, I was thinking Quasimodo’s Dream, spose we all have our own take.
    Anyway you summed it all up for me as usual, not that I have that kind of imagination.
    Really enjoyed that
    Thank you.
    Dig

  10. avatar
    mike a | 21 April 2006 at 2:18 am #

    Excellent words SK!!!

  11. avatar
    Ross | 21 April 2006 at 2:27 am #

    Fuck that was good. It was like a well deserved fix from an understanding friend.

    ~ross

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 2:32 am #

    Sweet words for Musidora..
    I must say..
    ULTC is one cinematic telepathic cavernous voyage, thanks for summoning the spirits..

    So SK I have a tasty treat for you to look into, a gentleman, musician, fellow painter, a one SAM PREKOP, lead singer for chicago band the Sea and Cake,
    -here are some albums which you can’t live without. Easy tapestry for ur antennas (Sam Prekop, self-titled album, Sea and Cake: the Fawn, Oui, Nassau, self-titled album is by far the richest.. also did some collaborations w/ the Aluminum Group.. if yall can remember them opening the show in 98…

    We all come to share the wine and good time…peace

    P.S, If may be so bold, what would it take for you guys to release ur albums on Vinyl, Seriously…
    the albums deserve that kind of presence…. think about it… peace

    Jaime Rodriguez..

  13. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 21 April 2006 at 2:35 am #

    Steve,
    I think that was one of the most beautiful pieces of poetry I’ve ever read. Damn you are so talented! I hate you for being so fucking talented! No, I lied. I love you for it and always will. I am also sending this piece to everyone I know. Those who are not moved to tears shall be taken off my email addy list. 😉
    love,
    Denise

  14. avatar
    si-kli | 21 April 2006 at 3:03 am #

    Nice. The invisible sources that direct us to the creation of something precious to us are indeed mysterious and yet there.

  15. avatar
    verdelay | 21 April 2006 at 3:07 am #

    that was the language of the birds. positively alchemical…(now with no added miracles!).

  16. avatar
    captainmission | 21 April 2006 at 3:13 am #

    superstrings
    dig your vibe
    lots of warm currents

  17. avatar
    Azza | 21 April 2006 at 3:30 am #

    Beautifully, atmospheric and heartening. Your words help me up when I’m down, help me continue when things are looking bleak. I would be honoured to ride at the prow of the boat you guide.

  18. avatar
    one finger rigid typist | 21 April 2006 at 3:35 am #

    ah the joys of being a church fan…sauntered down to sanity at lunch time to see if they had the new lp. nutting in the C bucket…then I ask the lady. she says something along the lines of yeah yeah, rings a bell, I think we got 1 copy in this week (large scale distribution thats what I like), then she gets the cd out and goes looking for the cover. ten minutes later no cover to be found. eventually, I locate it myself in the country/gospel/classical section, where all good rock cds should reside. no explanation on that one, I guess someone at sanity saw the coloruful cover and brilliantly deducted that with a name like the church it must have been gospel. good ‘un…

    and now im at work and cant listen to it til tonight….arrrrgh…the agony (ah yes but the upcoming extacy!!)

  19. avatar
    Rehan | 21 April 2006 at 4:33 am #

    Yeah..lead us on Steve and all of us will follow wherever your muse takes you! In the meantime, i’m waiting for my copy of ULTC and “Eden” to arrive from churchmerch…

  20. avatar
    isolde | 21 April 2006 at 4:40 am #

    oh that deep romantic chasm
    oarsome accordion phantasm
    a miracle of rare device
    weaves a circle round you thrice
    and takes you to the caves of ice

  21. avatar
    fergal | 21 April 2006 at 4:40 am #

    good, now & forever …
    ~

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 5:19 am #

    i just wish i had a little of your magic
    you are beautiful soul

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 5:22 am #

    whoa…ultc…totally different from the last few outings yeah…very old church flavoured in my book. you guys have been listening to yourselves a bit of late hey!! beautiful though dont get me wrong!!

  24. avatar
    Pill Port Pagey | 21 April 2006 at 5:36 am #

    STEVE THAT IS THE MOST AMAZING THING I HAVE EVER HEARD FROM YOU. BUT SO IS EVERYTHING I HEAR FROM YOU.

    I MUST REPRINT THIS ON VIOLETTOWN!
    GREAT, FANTASTIC, INSPIRING!!

    IN AWE.

    PAGEY

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 6:58 am #

    fucking awesome imagery
    fucking brilliant rhythm
    this has given me what was missing in my day.
    thank you.

  26. avatar
    Pagey Da Zeus Whispered da names | 21 April 2006 at 7:36 am #

    anonymous, Aristotle, Heraclitus…Kant ???????????
    You can’t say that but give me a moment to say in fact I CAN. yes I can.

    well I must say my gift as a messenger is genetically there (Page as surname) before it arrived known in and to me, it was still dormant until I was 36 and I spent many years time in complete solace and contempation to develop it. SK history has been told to me on two occaisions by ZEUS’ and his record keepers themselves. Both came with stellar winds announcing an incoming arrival and visit by a supreme angel. I had wondered who the heck was SK to be so brilliant a poet but it was not with my daily thoughts. ZEUS spoke at once stating the two names together simultaneously with no gap. It was a bona fide delivery to the messenger from the records keeper of I believe my ancient Greek ancestry. I have received
    past lives for a couple others in much the same manner of a delivery.

    Now Perhaps let pagey put a sock in your throat. And believe me these two are greater writers than Aristoker, Heraclitco, and Who? I Kant explain. These guys were hacks in comparison. So don’t insult the great Kilbey man with trivial pilloffpusters names. AMEN and SMILE this is truth 181. Also I believe that this universe holds enough diversity of reality that you do indeed get what you wish for or believe. Thus if you believe in reincarnation so be it, if not, heavens abound.

    ANd if you compare these two men that I am about to reveal to you as being ol SK you would be amazed at the similarities of their interest and knowledge – know as fact brilliant ( I mean brilliant) reincarnates discover their past selves and often study their past works in a future life to continue building upon their past universal brilliance. For example I have studied
    snoopy and the red baron as much as I could and still I may have stumbled upon nothing, but thats me not him.

    SO WOW, NOW AFTER MY MESSAGE FROM THE ZEUS KEEPER I FOUND THIS BOOK LISTED ONLINE.
    This book titled “FAMOUS POET A” – Modernist Allegory – “Famous Novel A” and the History of the Novel. by Stephen Sicari. ISBN 1-57003-383-8,
    “A major revisionary interpretation of “Famous Nogel A” that connects “Famous Poet A” to “Famous Poet B”.
    Look it up I am sure it maintains both were equallly brilliant along amazingly similar language genius a rarity amongst any men and one cannot copy such a brilliance. Before I found this book (today) I had already drawn many similarities out of the facts of these two writers lives. Even dates and themes and similar life events jump out as Gods way of marking the page along the way.

    Now as I search the web for direct references to both names at the same page there are amazing ties. Poet A studied Poet B at great length.

    OK, HERE THEY ARE. “DRUM ROLL PLEASE”

    Let me introduce to you, an act we’ve known for many years.

    321 – Yes indeed SK -> DANTE ALIGHIERI –> I ask NOW WHAT IS COMEDIC ABOUT THE DIVINE?
    Italian poet, born at Florence, 1265; died at Ravenna, Italy, 14 September, 1321

    Never, perhaps, has Dante’s fame stood so high as at the present day, when he is universally recognized as ranking with Homer, Æschylus, Sophocles, and Shakespeare, among the few supreme poets of the world. It has been well observed that his inspiration resembles that of the Hebrew prophet more than that of the poet as ordinarily understood. His influence moreover, is by no means confined to mere literature. A distinguished Unitarian divine has pointed out that the modern cult of Dante is “a sign of enlarging and deepening spiritual perception as well as literary appreciation”,

    The Italian language was a result of the genius of Dante to create an acceptable amalgamation of the various dialects into a masterfully consistent language for use throughout Italy. Now Poet A in all regards almost created a new language, read on.

    NEXT……

    RATED BEST IN THE MODERN WORLD OF WORLDS, this writer WAS JAMES JOYCE!!
    ( b 2 February 1882 – d. 13 January 1941) Yes indeed the keepers advised me SK was the great Irish he-pen!

    READ ULYSSES free online here http://www2.cddc.vt.edu/gutenberg/etext03/ulyss10h.htm
    Joyve invented a new language for the modern day.
    This novel established Joyce as one of the great writers of the world. James Joyce wrote a book that was considered by The New York Times to be the best book written in the English language in the twentieth century. He also wrote a book that no one except PHD’s from Harvard can understand. Joyce’s major innovation in the world of writing was to carry the interior monologue one step further by rendering, for the first time in literature, the myriad flow of impressions, half thoughts, associations, lapses and hesitations, incidental worries, and sudden impulses that form part of the individual’s conscious awareness along with the trend of his rational thoughts. This stream-of-consciousness technique proved widely influential in much 20th-century fiction.

    Joyce worked on Finnegan’s Wake for 17 years before its publication in 1939.

    “Seaside town in winter, I’m trying to write my book She’s broken down, it’s raining, I said I’d have a look uncurling human tragedy appropriately a mystery She tells my story back to me she said I’ll live this chapter Till eternity”

    Read about Joyce in the TIME 100
    http://www.time.com/time/time100/artists/profile/joyce.html

    Both Dante and Joyce are listed on this site for believing in reincarnation
    http://www.samsara-fr.com/pionnier-uk.htm

    another book I just found is this…

    Joyce, Dante, and the Poetics of Literary Relations
    Language and Meaning in Finnegans Wake
    Lucia Boldrini
    (ISBN-13: 9780521792769 | ISBN-10: 0521792762)* Published March 2001
    “Her (the author) ability to tackle seemingly baffling and insurmountable textual conundrums in both Dante and Joyce is remarkable.”

    There is so much to these two guys being similar. I am not them so I cannot recognize as much as they could now if they studied the two figures lives and picked out amazing glints, hints and clues that usually exist beween a set of lives lived.

    I am not going to spend a month trying to make a handful of connections that may exist as heavenly clues since I trust my spirit guides and know I have a gifted vision when it happens. I also
    know when I have had a vision of hell. And believe me that one is the easiest to believe in. Failed states, failed people, failed planets enslaved in disasterour aweful writing!!
    Don’t go there!

    Ripley what would you say to all that?
    Believe it or Not I say but truth to be told. Kilbey is as brilliant a poet as any of these guys, has more women, more artistic expression and has finally chosen the Church to express his deepest expression for 26 years!
    I say Bravo. We all know the life of a critically acclaimed musician gets the babes now. It all comes down to an improvement in ones sex life. And the twin factor remains.

    Pagey the mess

  27. avatar
    isolde | 21 April 2006 at 8:16 am #

    page
    epistle
    scholar
    diviner
    you speak the truth

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 11:04 am #

    Oh sk, that was SO beautiful to read. You really know how to melt a heart.
    This blog addiction is so hard to break!

    love always,
    Mandy Prinz

  29. avatar
    sue cee | 21 April 2006 at 11:26 am #

    “music comes to me unmasked
    it stands naked in my fingertips
    it will slip unclothed into your void
    into your emptiness i thrust my music
    for safekeeping”

    Beautiful lines SK.

  30. avatar
    light-relief | 21 April 2006 at 12:13 pm #

    merrily merrily merrily merrily….

    life is but a dream!

    aktor wakes up……still in dream state….”hey, things are okay. The monsters are not real”.

  31. avatar
    Daberhasher | 21 April 2006 at 12:27 pm #

    floating for all these years, dining on honey dew and drinking the milk of paradise….
    the soundtrack of the heart and of hope…
    here, the song of the woods is growing louder with each new spring day…
    listening to the wind and waterfalls…
    feeling a bit of a saltwater jones as well,
    the cold spring ocean and the warm spring sun…mmmm, refreshing…

    locust is a great tune, what a perfect little melody that is tucked in there…

    aloha,
    ee

  32. avatar
    Joe Burns | 21 April 2006 at 1:43 pm #

    merrily merrily merrily merrily,
    life is but a dream

    Thanks Steve

  33. avatar
    Brad | 21 April 2006 at 4:19 pm #

    ULTC is great. Rich with melody and textures. Thanks for making music all these years!

    b

    P.S. – nice read today too

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 4:28 pm #

    i remember seeing you play solo at a livid festival years ago in Brisbane. You said someone backstage had offered you a joint and you’d made the mistake of smoking it. Then you broke into an imitation of Bob Dylan singing Neil Diamond (Crackling Rose was the song). You’d stop in the middle of a song and start talking about something else. And you said your father would play on his piano and stop in the middle of a song, and that you had inherited that tendency. That was a hilarious performance. Cheers, Leon.

  35. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 21 April 2006 at 5:37 pm #

    I was thinking Bunnymen at the end there too..but I’m *always* thinking Bunnymen so it doesn’t cout. That was a sexy, saucy lil vignette!

  36. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 21 April 2006 at 5:40 pm #

    doesn’t *count*, woopsies

  37. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 21 April 2006 at 6:29 pm #

    Yesterday I had a vision of you rowing a boat in Stow Lake, sun kissed, happy and laughing.
    Then today I read your blog…

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 7:02 pm #

    UTLC, FY, AENT, HOB, ON VINYL!!
    WHOA.. HMMMMMM…

    We Must petition the Lord with Prayer….

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 7:12 pm #

    Colored Vinyl on the turntable of Truth appropriately
    The Art of Listening
    The Sermons
    Incantations and spells cast
    Sonic Revolutions
    No Pirates on the Seas
    Divinly played

    Sounds like a Boho dream come true.

  40. avatar
    matthew | 21 April 2006 at 8:21 pm #

    SK, you’ve excelled yourself there… that warrants a few (hundred) readings.

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 9:54 pm #

    STUNNING
    ABSOLUTELY STUNNING

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 10:05 pm #

    My God! Reading that was an absolute pleasure. Never posted a comment here before, but this compelled me to.

    Looking forward to my copy of ULTC. I’m one of those bastards that forced you to sit there signing copies when you should have been doing far more important things.

    THANK YOU!
    MCD

  43. avatar
    and the water was green | 21 April 2006 at 10:15 pm #

    from betwixt crumpled sheets
    the erotic blissful rush of you

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 April 2006 at 11:11 pm #

    I’m a creamin’ in me panties.

    You sho’ do have a way with words.

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 April 2006 at 12:49 am #

    blissful words that rocked me to sleep. so good i had to get back up and re-read them. mindblowing imagery. you are one very sexy angel.

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