posted on May 26, 2012 at 9:35 am


the full trip

young women glamourous daughters

dark secretive continents full of snow and ice

the pleasure of dissolution

the ship that sank down into a sofa

my yoke is easy

knighthood secured

pensions honours the works

i run through rehearsals at the rialto

i fly out windows and doors

i shake hands with unarmed fingers

a white suit with its refracting silk

a vase full of starlings

i clamber on the back of a wave

i tremble on the threshold of unconsciousness

i scramble in briar brambles with blackberry wine

everybody is looking at my face on the train

i have power over them

my eye bores into their head

my grip upon a reality is so slim chances are

my intrigue all powdered as if transparent

i listen to myself bored with the non sound of my minds voice

i bang on in echo in my memory

on every level things are developing fast

conclusions will be drawn and hung in strange galleries

my portrait of joy all running in the rain

drop by drop silver on silver

as soft as night indeed n then some

you lose some and you winsome woman

you win some and you loathsome

2 paths yoga or magic

one destination : mind over matter

to influence the exterior by merely thinking

but thoughts are powerful

my thoughts manifest as things

people walk out of my dreams towards me

inside the thin skin of nevets yeblik lies a man

a man with dark skin and red eyes and black lips

this man steps out of the guardian jungle and the distant edifices

impossible to read his expression

he is in tune with this earth like a cat

and he wields power over some of the creatures

while others are immune to all magic

few vegetalistas can stop a jaguar with a spell

but any one can disappear out here in this room in time

a voice amongst the trees : you will be reborn as a stranger to yourself

another voice from the river : for your arrogance you will start again

oh fuck oh no whispers the man with a weird grin

his hair is long pulled back with string

it was jet once now grey bits flop and loop here and there

his face is unlined tho it has creases only

his face suggests a mountain lion or a falcon

his eyes pierce my eyes

and while he whisper some bullshit to me

neither of us is concentrating on whatever he is

some other people there are bored

they dont really notice

the shaman looks into my eye now your eye nevets yeblik

my eye is his eye

my eye his eye

no hiding now from each other

lemuria i hear my self say hesitantly

the sound of a low hiss followed by a light puhh

so i have entered this world

a cactus gave me entrance

now evolution or god put this cactus in my way

and evolution or god told me to goddamn eat it

and evolution or god gave me a chance

check out this crazy scene straight out of ….

i dont think they ever made this film though

but suddenly you see we have walked through each other

i am no longer in bondi or sodermalm or stevenage or ryde

maybe someone is

but not me

not only the cactus

but all the peyote buttons on my evening where

all the mushies the golden topped things of knowledge

and the incomparable vine who art the power

the the divine DMT who is the glory

and sweet green weed fairy who has easy wings towards sleep

the vegetal side of the family have a message for us

for those who needed to find it will surely find it

inside the seed is nothing and from it springs forth life

misguided individuals who fear the vegetal experience

for all their various ridiculous rationales

have tried to suppress this knowledge so badly

but the knowledge does not affect men of their ilk

the revolution of the heart that is dawning RIGHT NOW!

it is everywhere in everything!

the man and i have intersected

i am not one of us i am not one of them

at times i am truly 2 men

i see the future i can feel the good and the bad

i can talk to some snakes i can talk to some trees

and women too yes but not the women vegetalistas

they move thru spirit worlds naked adorned

deep in their jungle you’ll be lost stupid and blind

they are not women at all but creatures luring on men 

but the thought of these witches crosses my mind

and makes my fingers hesitate in their tasks

makes my spells weak makes my eyes ache in the light

always its women wherever i am

in far distant pasts

in futures undreamt 

woman are moving about in their game

mothers and sisters and wives and daughters

in whirling whorls of time and of women

the same cards are dealt to us over and over

yeblik a point on an interweaving net

of bards and knights and kings and thieves

never a wise man never a patient man

always angry and vain and fire and frost

the medicine man intersecting in me

we must interface somehow

all these lessons from the vegetal world

the sleepy dreamy voice of weed

the alien voice of DMT

the kali voice of the vine

the laughing goldtop

the foreign accent of the button

and the tricky magicians voice of mescaline in cactus boy here

god has filled the vegetals with medicine oh so good for you


if a voice in your head says there are many knowledges to be acquired

there is yoga there is magic there is vegetalism

the build up in my brain of the vegetal

i smile as i remember their rough and their gentle lessons

so in these medicines lie glimpses of other possibilities

explanations for that will satisfy you in tears

and vistas of such majestic light

your faith would last you through darkening night

what does god say what does god say?

what god says is of such deep complexity 

only the medicines can illuminate his divine quatrains

equations and poems and mahabharata and iliad

in every single sound he doth utter filled with significance

but his voice is visions and conversations with the dead

and he speaks in a chamber inside the heart

the vegetal download into your cortex

has been quite successful

they did not want him to inhabit an ox

voice in jungle :

a lowly musician has been prepared for Arrogant 

voice in river :  he can struggle for help but he must do some time

kings and thieves and soldiers and minstrels

and magicians and scoundrels toying with alchemy

now i am tired

i must lie down in darkness

before this night threatens to take me 

in its soft silences 












31 Responses to “apochromatic”

  1. avatar
    colette | 26 May 2012 at 10:04 am #

    I’d love to tear this piece apart with my teeth especially my incisors, deus ex machina. But then my mind wondered to the idea of taking the host at communion. It is symbolic but is also transformed in consecration into Christ’s body and blood. I am a hypocrite but when I go to church I try to take communion. I used to have the false humility that I was not worthy and refused it. A priest in a tiny mining town in central Queensland with a Parish of about 50 people really changed my thinking re that. He simply said ‘God is reaching out to you through communion. He is not cold. Yet if you refuse him, he is hurt by your coldness’. I thought that was very simple and very powerfully transformative. I think St Augustine said something similar. God, my next thought, what if we get to the pearly gates and God tells us off for not appreciating ALL the gifts he’s given us? ‘Bless us oh Lord and these thy gifts which of they bounty we are about to receive through Christ our Lord. Amen’.

  2. avatar
    Chris | 26 May 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Brilliant…as epic as Gilgamesh…as visceral as Grendel…as mysterious as the Green man…a mythic trip as rapturous as inert gas narcosis. Brilliant..and again I say…brilliant.

  3. avatar
    Chris | 26 May 2012 at 11:06 am #

    When I play ‘Space Saviour’ I hear God….saved.

  4. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 May 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Simply Stunning !!!

    What do you seek nevets yeblik ???

    You shall not find it there, there is where you were needed. Yes, you were needed.
    But soon it will be time for you to go. Often as I chart your trails over these numerous
    decades , I happen upon the similar pattern. Are you not comfortable in one place…
    or another ??? This is all okay. Your higher calling has always been to walk this earth and
    articulate it for those who are sadly grounded, in lyric…in words…in the wash of colors…
    I feel your tiredness and wish I could sleep. Maybe my subconscious is so alert that
    true sleep will never be the option. So I wait, I write … I hum a song that only is heard in
    my head. I wait…for what I know not yet…
    If ever you land in a place that gravitates your physical being to stay, your time being will
    wander. With words or songs, stories or discoveries…a restless spirit inhabits you ??? No !!!
    I think not. I believe deep inside your true essence alongside your stoic core lies a man who
    is not from this time and is assuring himself and reassuring others he loves or maybe
    those he loathes , that you will always be there…here…wherever…
    When it seems like you are really…gone.
    But please always…
    Be healthy and safe friend…

    I’m still looking myself…


  5. avatar
    Chris | 26 May 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    You know Steve, it interests me that the Rock world is so spiritual and so full of deeply spiritual people, but no Rock journalist ever wants to talk about this fact. eg. Chrissie Hynde: Christian; Bono: Christian; Cat Stevens: Moslem; Robert Plant: Christian of sorts (‘In My Dying’…fantastic spiritual reflection on mortality); Robby Williams: Christian; Alice Cooper: Christian; Nick Cave: Christian; Yourself: God of Love and Peace as seen in Jesus, Elijah et. al. Why is that?

  6. avatar
    Frank g | 26 May 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Very transcendent. With the recent interviews and the new Isidore playing here, it’s a real experience.

  7. avatar
    andy | 26 May 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    what about the stuff that makes your nose drop off though?

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 May 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    i’ve found plenty to love in most of what you’ve done

    church and not-church

    but for me isidore is close to the best you’ve done

    even though the music is not yours

    it could so easily be yours

    Mr Cain is plugged into a world that is tuned very similarly to your own

    and because of that, you seem completely at home in his wonderful music

    (I could hear it the first time I heard the first few bars of sanskrit)

    and the new one (just downloaded tonight) is just great

    people who come here often will remember your despair at the time this was made

    and that’s definitely there in this

    but, as always, with that Kilbey’s-take-on-pop-sensibility

    its lovely stuff folks

    if you’re not one of the lucky SKP bretheren (and sistheren)

    that gets it for free

    then enjoy the free tracks online (google isidore)

    I’m very happy to see that one of these has over 26000* views.

    (*That’s a big number. It’s more than five times the number of our humble host’s facebook friends. Does 5000 friends give you ‘cult’ status? I suppose it just about fucking has to, doesn’t it? So now I’m part of a cult. Great.)

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 27 May 2012 at 2:52 am #

      caino n i coming from the same place i guess
      its good isnt it?

    • avatar
      DavidP | 27 May 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      and if I understand correctly
      all those lyrics were written without any shp enhancer involved

  9. avatar
    bc | 27 May 2012 at 1:26 am #

    tripping on this…

  10. avatar
    jjo | 27 May 2012 at 1:56 am #

    All the creatures should be free from harm and cruelty and every child should have a happy childhood. Chris, you brought up a reasonable question. The mainstream rock media could care less about a musician’s spirituality. Glamour and sales is what “they” require. This makes proper sense of course. That is first and foremost.After the artist is embraced, then the private views/beliefs can be doled out. via the media. btw “In My Time Of Dying(Jesus going to make my dying bed)” was written by Charley Patton. But byjesus didn’t led zep “make it their own”. All the best. jjo

  11. avatar
    Once | 27 May 2012 at 6:42 am #


    The lowly arrogant musician
    I place him above me
    On my knees in position
    I turn away and be free
    Nothing I can to to help him
    Nothing I can say to change
    He’s everything, nothing, a million lost words
    Haunting the spaces in my brain
    God knows that I have lived this life
    Savagely and without thought for consequence
    God knows that he is a knife
    A slice of mercurial competence
    He’s the original 50 shades
    And none of them are grey
    Oh, SK, my being longs
    For a deeper connection,
    But one that is strong – psychological.
    Nothing short of spectacular,
    But free from your life’s venacular –
    Your physical world is yours.
    I hover outside of those doors.
    I am grateful for the words you share
    I shall always burn bright in your stare
    I love you, but I will never touch you.

  12. avatar
    Chris | 27 May 2012 at 9:53 am #

    @jjo…thanks heaps for this response. How good would Steve’s views on spirituality spread widely be…and how many dudes, especially in Australia, would listen to his voice. Steve, you have huge cred and kudos amongst my age group especially, and are seen as an authentic person, musician and artist.jjo, I think ‘In My Dying’ is one of my favourite Zep tracks. And how spiritual is Robert’s ‘Mighty Rearanger’ (cool title for God and clever musical reference)?

    Last night as I was laying down and thinking
    I was wondering about the road that lies ahead
    In my mind I heard the wisdom of the Master
    Hey Robert those dreams are only in your head

    Last night as I was dreaming about the future
    Living out my time the days and years ahead
    I was moving with the Mighty Rearranger
    I was thinking about the wisdom that he said


    The father, son and the three wise men
    Operating undercover out in Bethlehem
    Will they heal the sick? Can they raise the dead?
    Can they bring it on home like the good book says?

    Rock on!

  13. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 27 May 2012 at 10:21 am #

    “Got any?” Hahaha. Hey, if Andy’s got some, I’ll be a happy customer.

  14. avatar
    colette | 27 May 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Thank you for this spiritual journey on which you have taken me (us)? Has it been just recently, up and down like a chromatic scale if my long past music lessons serve me correctly, or has it been the whole time? I remember when ‘Journey’ was the theme for the HSC a few years back. How I got sick of thinking about physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual journeys. It is one thing to know about them and another to experience them truly. Well, more truly than just pedagogically in the mundane sense of the word. So, may the journey continue with its mysteries and personal truths til our destination – and beyond?

  15. avatar
    DavidP | 27 May 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I just think maybe all these vegetals have got ya hoodwinked
    I’m all for industrial and medical use of hemp
    not sure that the psychoactive part is good though
    I found it makes the mind overactive which is anathema to stillness and true peace even though it might help relax your body, made for mood swings as well
    ok so there are receptors in the brain which thc fit into, well apparently they are there for natural cannabinoids produced by the body so not necessarily for thc and so far they only hypothesize that thc has a protective effect against cancer, it has not been proven from what I have seen, so that theory could be wrong
    I’m not so sure we should be messing with any of these vegetals
    there’s a certain balance of chemicals naturally occurring in the brain and body, perhaps that is the only way it should be?
    Esoterically I think all these vegetals might be harmful as it is said they activate and strengthen the kundabuffer, the source of many illusions…
    fraternally, 🙂

    • avatar
      Steven Krut | 28 May 2012 at 5:12 am #

      Of course, the same argument can be applied to alcohol. Chocolate? It contains an opiate and floods the brain with dopamine. Better to avoid it? Coffee? Definitely alters the body’s chemical balance. Nutmeg, saffron, fennel, dill, cinnamon, and anise … all contain properties that are chemically similar to mescaline. Careful how much cinnamon you sprinkle on your toast! We live in a world full of consumables that alter our mood. Best to avoid them all and consist on a diet of water and lentils? And the psychoactive part does have its uses. One man’s overactive brain is another man’s brainstorm. For creative people, it opens the floodgate to new ideas. Thomas Pynchon called it a “most useful tool.”

      • avatar
        DavidP | 28 May 2012 at 11:19 am #

        hi other sk!
        I enjoy a strong coffee once or twice a day and especially with some dark chocy! I just don’t think they and those other foods can be compared to the affects of strong psychoactive drugs. Unless you drink like 50 coffees in a day or something like that.
        Creativity would be all the more laudable if it was done without any such aid would it not? People are saying Life Somewhere Else is some of sk’s best work and wouldn’t you know it he was on a clean spell at the time as far as I know.
        Meditation, lucid dreaming and conscious astral travel are useful tools and where the true esoteric information lies I think. But we have to earn it on our own merits, according to the merits of the heart.
        Each to their own understanding then. That’s all any of us can do.

  16. avatar
    hellbound heart | 27 May 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    on this weekend fifteen years ago, I first met the man that I would marry and call the love of my life…..there is definitely something spiritual that I share with my husband…….

  17. avatar
    andy | 27 May 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    it’s a beautiful day here in sunny worcester!
    you ‘n i have both had a good week kilbs……
    minna’s fine(and gonna be a big star.),
    the exhibit looks great,
    sam sent me the link for the new work(must e-mail and thank her.)
    and something nice has happened for me too…….
    click this link and check-out the top ten!

  18. avatar
    jjo | 27 May 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Thanks Chris. I must investigate more late period RP. May i suggest “Hanging Gardens” by the Necks ?

  19. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 27 May 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    That’s very cool, Andy. Congrats!

    • avatar
      andy | 28 May 2012 at 2:02 am #

      thanks thomas!

      • avatar
        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 May 2012 at 6:59 am #

        No one more deserving – your sky is limitless !!!


  20. avatar
    colette | 28 May 2012 at 12:00 am #

    It all seems so difficult and unbearable at times til I recall ‘a time for every purpose’. Still… :/

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 May 2012 at 2:31 am #

    god to mother E: should we put those little safety plugs like they do for infants into all the light sockets we provided to this Man we have now? mother E to god: let’s not, let’s just have faith and see what comes. god to mother E: okay.

  22. avatar
    Steven Krut | 28 May 2012 at 5:15 am #

    I haven’t visited the vegetal word for a very long time. But I remember those visits as being very “informative”.

    I hope you’re enjoying your stay in Sweden, Steve, and that Miranda’s recovery is coming along nicely.

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