posted on February 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

attic man

serenity grant me a god

i am in love with this earth

i want to know who fashioned her green seas

and who colours these azure heavens

and who is that causes stars to fall in white lines

and who guides the bloom from the bud

and who teaches the first bird to fly

who has given the bees honey

who has given the river to the salmon

i am in love in this earth

its waterfalls its gorgeous palms

its rainbows arcing up the sky

its verdant lands under sun and moon

the lovely women of this earth

as they sing as they work as they sway

the wonderful women of this planet

as they sleep as they remember as they love

i am in love with the women in the sky

i am in love with the women in the water

i am in love with the women who no longer live

i am in love with delilah and sheba and jezebel

i am in love with athene and elektra and radha

i am in love with the touch with the feeling

i am in love with this sweet world i am a fool

i kiss the shore i kiss the cloud i kiss the waves

i kiss daughter i kiss sister i kiss mother i kiss other

i kiss the future goodbye

god who made god

your world is very lovely

i am in love with parrot i am in love with black cat

i am in love with music

i am a fool

god who made the god who made this world

god of man god who created woman

a man in love with god and woman i am

just another man i love my tiny daughter

i love girls i love them all i am a fool

the music i hear in the womens voices

the paintings i see in their eyes

the mornings i see in their afternoons

who made these afternoons of gentlest grey

who made these perfect raindrops

who made these ferns and these flowers

i am in love with the rain

i am in love with the earth itself

it seems to speak somehow

it seems to retain our memory

everything all mixed up i expect

the way man grows in woman

the way tree grows in earth

the way storm grows in sky

all filled with spirit

all filled with life

the dead return among us

the souls go round and round

the music is playing

everything is dancing to it

mountain city sun and sea

they say

everything is OK


42 Responses to “absolution”

  1. avatar
    princey | 20 February 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Wow, livin’ in them treetops is making you a happy man lately sk!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 20 February 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    That was so.beautiful…
    That will help me so much today, tomorrow…
    I will reread it as it lies there as a present…
    That was beautiful…

    In 6 hours I will be a human pin cushion, a human shish – ka – ouchthat fucknhurts…
    I’m growing more nervous…
    The sun still hides this chilly morning…
    It will be dawn soon and I must do
    what I must do…
    I’m growing more and more apprehensive…
    What if my doctor is distracted…
    What if his favorite team lost yesterday…
    What if he is …is…is…please be perfect Dr. Jay
    What if its weighing on his mind with other
    ridiculous reasons to experience, stress…
    I’m am growing more nervous as I hear
    each tick rock clock…
    It’s uncanny way its says goodbye to
    each and every passing second, minute, day…
    time growing nearer…
    hope I don’t puke from the nausea…
    hope I don’t flinch on his xray table…
    hope I will be ok …
    For Laura, for the kids, for my loving friends…
    Thank you all for ur kindness…
    You r all so very special to me…

    That was beautiful…
    Thank you for sharing…
    Now can u please let Scarlet out of her little
    room with the little door…
    She loves her daddy dearly as my K does…
    My K cried yesterday as they went away to our
    lake house in the next state over…
    All I have is voices and ur words to
    guide me today, but I’m growing anxious…

    That was so beautiful…

    Thank you !!!

    It will and it shall, help me…


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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 20 February 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      Did I mention how nervous I am…

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    Anonymous | 20 February 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    “I’m in love with Althea & Donna, all that shit that goes uptown toprankiiiiing!” Oyea.

  4. avatar
    Wilfred Paradise | 20 February 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Ah, religion. It strikes to the very core. All right there in your heart. Keep on loving, m’man. And faith? We’re hoping you’ll bring it all to the States in 2012, summer months. enjoy. WP

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    . | 20 February 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    two orbs float above your left shoulder
    are they from this realm or perhaps another
    they’ve been observing you from distant borders
    like the dreamy places you talk about, none other
    and they come and they go, like fathers and mothers
    who never really left this world and its many orders
    as they bring some serenity to the chaos and disorder

  6. avatar
    eekie | 21 February 2012 at 12:03 am #

    This is really lovely.

  7. avatar
    M | 21 February 2012 at 12:07 am #

    I am in love with this post!

  8. avatar
    Estelle M | 21 February 2012 at 12:23 am #

    This has me smiling…
    Thank you. x

  9. avatar
    Narelle | 21 February 2012 at 12:52 am #

    as I read this lovely poem…………….
    we need love to realise our full potential
    not so sure that all is OK
    I had left the page open of the David Suzukis book The Legacy that I was reading again today…will share a small excerpt
    on air
    according to Harlow Shapley, astronomer
    Shapley calculates the argon (an inert gas) within minutes, a breath has mixed with the surrounding matrix of air, and eventually it is blown all over the planet. A year latr, wherever we may be, every breath will caryy about fifteen argon atoms that came from a breath a year earlier! So every breath we take contains argon atoms that were once in the bodies of Joan of Arc and Jesus Christ; every breath contains argon atoms that were once in dinosaurs 65 million years ago; and every breath will suffuse all life far into the future.
    ‘Our next breath, yours and mine, will sample the snorts, bellows, shrieks, cheers, and spoken prayers ot the prehistoric and historic past’-Harlow Shapley
    from the same book
    ‘It is not Christ who is crucified now, it is the tree itself, and on the bitter gallows of human greed and stupidity. Only suicidal morons, in a world already choking with death, would destroy the best natural air conditioner creation affords’ John Fowles
    lets hope we can make it all OK
    good looking pad Steve…very posh!!

  10. avatar
    Boriah | 21 February 2012 at 2:54 am #

    And I am in love with Kate Beckinsale, what a babe!!!

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      thetimebeing | 21 February 2012 at 6:11 am #

      thats so cool

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        Boriah | 21 February 2012 at 9:07 am #

        Steve, check this out: your buddy Marty on “What´s in my bag?”, at Amoeba´s record shop, Hollywood. Interesting comments. I bet you´re not as crazy for vinyls as he is…

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 21 February 2012 at 2:23 pm #

          Hocus Pocus
          by Focus….

          Nice share B….I have every Focus record and CD I could ever find…I love Martys interviewie style…
          He should have been enjoying a pint of Guiness as the camera was rolling.
          I worked at record stores from the age of 14 till 26…spun and own many many a vinyl…
          This was a enjoyable viewing…
          Keep them coming…


          Darrin JK

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 21 February 2012 at 9:06 am #

      My one and only true love, outside of my beautiful adoring wife , is Ashley Judd. Especially with the ‘. blonde look in Heat. Her acting is superb, her characterizations are spot on, her raspy deep voice is sexy, and if anyone has not seen her wickedly insane performance in ‘Bug’ needs to rent/buy/borrow that movie ASAP . Also, finshed her latest book, regarding humanitarian work with Sir Bono in Africa…she is his main support mech therevfor quite some time, she contains unlimited intelligence, gift to speak, eyes that glow hypnotically, darkly enchanted…
      She is beautiful and possesses a smile that I would walk a mile (many) for…

      And my wife IS A smoking hotie at 45 yrs old…


  11. avatar
    scott | 21 February 2012 at 3:02 am #


    The patterns, the very fabric of Life is etched with a stamp of perfection from that God. Jehovah Jireh.

    Blessings to you!


  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 February 2012 at 3:38 am #

    I do know when you leave (here) the last physical sensation of everything on earth is sound/hearing (kinda like the first memory) — like drifting above a crowded floor and it’s not scary or confusing nor is there any pain — just floating away as you hear everything below together like one big symphony — in light and peace… and then I guess in consideration that it is lucky to come back (here), the mystery of the mountains and the oceans and the flowers and the trees and the wind and the sun and the bird and the camels and the bears and all the faces you have known stay, so again you can continue to breathe in more wonders — but: as it is that sound is the last thing remembered — [I] think you are very very blessed (if you believe – and I’m telling the truth) because the beautiful music you keep giving the earth while here is also what it sounds like/stays when we leave.

    Also: the skylights! when you get your first rainy night… gotta love rainy nights!!! and there you are right under all those drops as they fall; and that song: “…oh, no don’t let the rain fall down, ah-ah, oh no don’t let… my roof’s got a hole in it and I my drown…” (don’t remember who did it/name of it) came to mind and made for a little giggle. See, now you can say, “HAH! Wrong!” and laugh so hard you’ll get a stitch in your side.


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    colette | 21 February 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Grant me the grace or whatever it is I need to get through this day because in some ways it ain’t gonna be easy. But thanks brother because you reminded me that ain’t necessarily my fault.

  14. avatar
    david | 21 February 2012 at 6:38 am #

    ………universal introspection……..thats what you are.

  15. avatar
    Freddie | 21 February 2012 at 6:54 am #

    “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. ” ~Eleonora Duse

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    Michel | 21 February 2012 at 7:57 am #

    I -absolutely- love when you declaim love !
    Reminds me of a song named, well, “love song” :

    The words I have to say, may well be simple but they’re true.
    Until you give you love, there’s nothing more that we can do.

    Love is the opening door
    Love is what we came here for.
    No one could offer you more
    Do you know what I mean? Have your eyes really seen?

    You say it’s very hard, to leave behind the life we knew,
    But there’s no other way and now it’s really up to you.

    Love is the key, we must turn,
    Truth is the flame, we must burn
    Freedom the lesson, we must learn
    Do you know what I mean? Have your eyes really seen?

  17. avatar
    That Girl | 21 February 2012 at 8:44 am #

    This is just so great . Big FAT smiles I’m just so happy . WOW!

  18. avatar
    andy | 21 February 2012 at 10:05 am #

    the pen really is mightier than the sword.
    you supply fresh evidence daily!

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    ChaoticEmbrace... | 21 February 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    The crumbled column lays silently at last
    disappearing into the richening Orange sands.
    The ornate leaves fade slowly
    like a shadowy character from a book.
    A crystalized mist rises as mother sun comes up
    to put Sir Night to bed.
    And the days last light grasps the sky as the bewildered
    moon is pushed away.
    Old ivy clings like lovers hand to a dream, torn
    and tattered.
    The crisp winds from the North now blow harsh and cold.
    The relics of a time long past get buried head deep into sand.
    Like column to sand , the illusion faces the skies
    many travellers with their packs and songs
    stop to breathe it in once more than carry on
    in such a way.
    Listen for the song again , the melody asks quietly…
    Into the foreground one was chosen to fade.


  20. avatar
    Steven Krut | 21 February 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    You look very comfortable in your splendid office with the killer view looming behind you. It must be really great to sit out on that balcony, have a drink or a smoke, and let the wonder of it all infuse you. I hope you’re settling in nicely.

  21. avatar
    IncorrectlyPolitical | 21 February 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    And so I say –

    We are lied to as their fed
    Every man/woman/child adrift

    Accountability is to never be questioned
    Reluctantly we cast are votes
    Effortlessly they dwell within treachery

    Forget the todays my fellow friends
    Unfortunately we now are apart of the
    Circus- in actualality – we wander as clans , nomadic
    Kill or be killed, approached as the final option.
    Education holds the key to this ignorance
    Dream of our children’s children living as we once did


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 February 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Love is a 4 letter word! I dont love anything or anybody & thats a deliberate choice. Everything we love will either leave us or be taken from us – & the Bastard Universe just laughs when we cling to the next thing & it prepares to remove that too. So not for me thanks. The ‘stupid pain of attachment’ just aint worth it.

    • avatar
      DavidP | 22 February 2012 at 8:51 pm #

      I think its possible to love without there being attachment, a tricky thing to get right though.

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    Maurizio | 21 February 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Hallo, i write from Rome, Italy. I’m 43 old, i listened to your music when i was in high school, now it’s wonderful to read your words again, to feel the time being, and to listen to The Church music again. Great!!

  24. avatar
    Bernadette Keys | 21 February 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Just for the opening line… serenity grant me a god.

  25. avatar
    DavidP | 22 February 2012 at 8:59 am #

    if only loving our enemies was as easy

  26. avatar
    crimsongate | 22 February 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Steve, I have a question unrelated to your post… I am starting to collect records and now am looking for the Church on vinyl. Is there a place you recommend where fans can go who are looking for Church and your solo stuff vinyl records? I am excited to be ordering the new Isidore on vinyl.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 22 February 2012 at 10:36 am #

      sorry i dont know where the vinyl is ….

      • avatar
        crimsongate | 24 February 2012 at 10:08 am #

        I would love to everything from P=A forward on Vinyl. Someone on hotel womb said there is no vinyl after Sometime Anywhere until Untitled #23. If that’s so it’s too bad, but maybe someday you guys will re-release the vinyl? If that ever happens I’ll be first in line.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 22 February 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      I have vinyl

  27. avatar
    TunaContainingFlipper | 22 February 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I have rubber

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 February 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    have you ever seen topanga windows?

  29. avatar
    Cocoamo | 24 February 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Really gorgeous!

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

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