posted on April 11, 2006 at 12:34 am

identical twins
is there anything weirder
than identical twins
there was always at least one pair
at all my schools
i learnt early about the diff
between fraternal and identical twins
we had the abbott twins who were 2 peas inna pod
and we had the holloways
brian had almost white hair and darker skin
john altho he looked like brian
his hair was sandy and he was paler
maybe weighed a little more
a pair of identicals usually reduced me
to some silly state of envy confusion
a willingness to want to penetrate this thing
this doubling up of nature
why did that egg split and become 2?
no body knows that answer
i say
2 souls with same right to egg
“i tell ya what, sis, i’ll go ya halves”
2 souls with something left unfinished
2 arch enemies reunited as duplicates
2 strangers on a train
like the rest of us
wow i used to hang around sometimes
with these guys the king twins
they were so fucking identical
it took me ages to figure it out
oh those beautiful subtle differences
which your eye can seize upon
so you dont get fooled
so you dont make that ultimate faux pas, pa
ya call em by the other ones name
yeah ident-y-cal twinss
what a fucking trip
all those movies where id groan
when ya realise
oh no it was a bloody identical twin
that did it
the evil twin gone wrong

i saw a film once bout 2 i. twins
somewhere in usa
they play around do this n that
but at dinner time only one goes in
the other waits outside
we eventually come to realise
that one is dead
only the other twin sees him
the dead twin urges the other on to evil deeds
etc etc
oh and the grandmother teaches him how to
see thru the eyes of the birds
oh yeah that my kinda film
why not more of this stuff
and less of copsnrobbers?
shakespeare had twins
he had twins in his plays too
but now ive seen the true joys n tribulations
of being an i. twin
ive seen the confidence
the camaraderie
the support
the gestalt
ive seen all the other stuff too
the comparisons
the mistakes
the part of a package deal
double trouble!!
if i hadda buck fer everytime i heard that
you cannot even begin to guess what they share
how their relationship is
because the other one has always been there
right from the second that ole eggy
went splitsville
(and fiendss, they can split 3 ways too)
there she was, the double
the mirror
yer best friend forever n ever
twins fight like demons
ive seen e and m lookin round for anything
they could lay their hands on
scissors vases anything
they go at it tooth n nail
suddenly its over
not a word
all friendly
you cant intervene
one day in sweden one twin rings me up
at my place not too far away
theyre about 6or 7 then
daddy can you come over and punish her
shes been really bad to me
ok im comin right over
i get there
its the twin who rung answers the door
ok i say
im gonna make her sorry she did this..
is that what ya want? i say
she nods
shes determined
give her a smack daddy she says
vengeance in her eyes
i go in the bedroom
the other one in there
i say to her
you better pretend im punishing ya
scream n carry on
so she does
she starts wailing
im yelling n pretending
of course
the other one bursts in
no daddy no
but i thought you wanted her punished
yes daddy
sometimes theyd cry when the other one was hurt
even if they werent there at the time
i tell ya one thing
if you took one of em out on their own
they would rapidly begin to miss the other
and theyd always say i wish she was here
we made up lots of games
walking round stockholm
kicking stones
or suddenly 2 of us
running away and hiding from the other one
we were even still playing that one
last year actually
we went down the coast
stopped at kiama to see the blowhole
which is almost never blowing
one twin uses the toilet
other twin quick as flash
lets hide daddy
we behind a tree
when other one comes out
its starting to rain
and shes realising shes in a strange town
and her father n sister seem to have skedaddled
the other one with me is laughing cracking up like a fiend
i cant bear to see the other one so dismayed
we jump out from behind our spot
ha ha ha
just like olde times..
i was myself dismayed
to find out today
that i musta been naive
to think one i. twin was
gonna have something and
not the other
minnas got the same condition
i might be goin over soon for a little while
i dunno
i think its all gonna be alright

44 Responses to “double whammy !!”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 1:21 am #


    I give you and your family my everything…….



  2. avatar
    mike a | 11 April 2006 at 1:31 am #

    I hope everything turns out well for you and your family. I was shocked to read that both have the condition! My thoughts are with you.

  3. avatar
    m | 11 April 2006 at 1:42 am #

    as usual all the best sk. stay away for a while and be with your family dude.

  4. avatar
    Matt | 11 April 2006 at 2:25 am #

    You never cease to amaze me, sk. You can make the most beautiful poetry out of the darkest times.

    All my love to you and yours . . .


  5. avatar
    captainmission | 11 April 2006 at 2:39 am #

    if ever aliens land on earth after the apocolypse and they discover amongst all the remains and rubble this blog entry, they may think humanity really was a beautiful idea.
    all my love to you and your tribe

  6. avatar
    fergal | 11 April 2006 at 2:43 am #

    the theatre & its double?
    good vibes goin out to the kilbey clan …

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 2:47 am #

    much love and strength to you and your beautiful girls

  8. avatar
    Daniel Watkins | 11 April 2006 at 2:54 am #

    Steven – from one father to another, you have my thoughts and best wishes. I hope for the best in all things to do with your family. There is nothing like the protective instinct in a father of daughters, or the helplessness that goes with it sometimes.

    Daniel Watkins

  9. avatar
    persephone2u | 11 April 2006 at 2:56 am #

    I really hope you go to Sweden and see your daughters. You’ll all feel so much better just being together. Here’s hoping for a successful outcome from tomorrow’s surgery and a speedy recovery.

  10. avatar
    Daberhasher | 11 April 2006 at 2:59 am #

    yessir, gobi with your girls in Svenska…
    bless you daddy…

    with love,

  11. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 11 April 2006 at 3:19 am #

    me thoughts and prayers go out to you, elektra, and minnas. me will be having a special blog today just for you and your daughters…

  12. avatar
    Handyman | 11 April 2006 at 3:47 am #


    You know Alex and I have been sincerely worried about all of you since we heard some time ago. I am so sorry and can’t imagine the anguish and anxiety you are feeling right now as a father and human, nor can I muster the right words to help you feel better. Just know we are here and look forward to some positive news soon. You were blessed you with two sets of them, so remember you have 4 times the rewards and memories than many. That’s truly a blessing.

    Have a save trip. e and m need dad now more than ever. Glad you will be by their sides. Best to kj and hope all works out well. We love you guys and will keep the positive thoughts and prayers coming. Alex is especially worried and hopes to send something along soon for good luck. Will email soon.

    Love and all the best my friend.

    Duane and Alex

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 3:54 am #

    I honestly don’t know what to say other than I hope you know and realize how many people out there are keeping you, Elektra, and Miranda in their thoughts constantly.

    Best wishes as always.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 4:24 am #

    just back from a
    beautiful weekend
    tucson, arizona
    national park
    ever seen those
    cactus baybee??
    i never had
    driving on a dirt
    road through the
    arizona desert
    so beautiful

    love to you and
    your family

  15. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 11 April 2006 at 5:40 am #

    just want to say that
    i too
    have honestly felt sick about this
    go to your children
    be there for them
    and for yourself
    you’re a good man

    ps…while this is obviously important, i find naivete refreshing

  16. avatar
    curious | 11 April 2006 at 6:20 am #

    hey sk, just out of curiosity, after you had two sets of twins, was your partner a bit reluctant to go for another pregnancy? a friend of mine had twins recently and called it the hardest sleeplessiest (!) time of his live. he can’t get no rest and nor can his wife!! amazing to watch them grow though. Im just thinking with scarlet ya must have been a tad wondering ‘is it gonna be two again?’. anywho, all the best with everything.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 6:30 am #

    Wow, what a blow that must be to you all to find out Minna too!

    I guess this is a better time than eva to spend some money on skurchmerch. I hope everythings ok for EK today.
    love and best wishes,
    a fan

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 6:46 am #

    It broke my heart when I read your blog today, as the saying goes “when it rains, it pours”. I really hope your girls will be ok and that you’ll cope with all of this drama happening in your life at the moment.

    Take care and lots of love always,

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 7:11 am #

    I only hope the best for your daughters.
    I cannot even pretend to know this

    I send my only weapon towards the ethers and that is positivity, hope and health.
    please, take care.


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 7:17 am #

    i find it hard to say something that could convey how i feel and want to make you feel – so all i can add is that my love goes out to you and your families.

  21. avatar
    eek | 11 April 2006 at 7:17 am #

    I’m not often at a complete loss for words but I really don’t quite know what to say. It’s just overwhelming.

    Hoping for successful treatments for E & M and for long, healthy, happy lives for them, you, and all your loved ones.

  22. avatar
    LittleSecret | 11 April 2006 at 8:40 am #

    It will be alright – it just has to be.


  23. avatar
    Dugster | 11 April 2006 at 9:31 am #

    As the father of one year old identical twin boys I understand exactly where you’re coming from. Our journey has only just begun but I hear everything you’re saying in todays blog. I truly hope it all turns out well for you and the pair of them. My thoughts are with you all.

  24. avatar
    Sweed | 11 April 2006 at 10:45 am #

    Remember seeing your and Martys kiddies some years ago when you played in Göteborg. Such cool and beautiful kids. Really wish you all the best..

    Tänker på er allihop…

  25. avatar
    verdelay | 11 April 2006 at 1:01 pm #

    I think you just broke my heart.

  26. avatar
    sue cee | 11 April 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    xx oo xx oo xx oo xx oo

  27. avatar
    Dig | 11 April 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    Love to you and your family
    Puss och kram

  28. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 11 April 2006 at 2:46 pm #

    DAMN IT!!

    Definitely, go see your Swedish girls; I think big daddy hugs and reassurance will do wonders for them and for you.
    Continuing to send healing energy to all.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 2:51 pm #

    There is no doubt in my mind they are going to live long and healthy lives. None.

    All my thoughts, prayers and good vibes are being beemed your way from Tallahassee

    disciple (Tom)

  30. avatar
    matthew | 11 April 2006 at 3:28 pm #

    Oh Steve… man that was beautiful. And my 12yo non-twin daughter and I have started praying for you and yours. C’mon, she’s from Lyneham High… the historical symmetry is wonderful. But we are, and we will.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 5:06 pm #

    never done this before. did i e-mail the blogger ? zygosity. nice entry today.

  32. avatar
    subcultureofone | 11 April 2006 at 5:13 pm #

    i think its all gonna be alright too
    love to e & m and you

    and i think the movie you saw
    is called ‘the other’

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 6:58 pm #

    we hav spent the whole nite playin
    yr songs…
    hiding in NZ….
    Me Matt Davison
    Peter Nebbeling, Dutch Pierre (the Anti-Steve)
    Paul Lightfoot.. (from Not The Church..but Damn Close – Old Flame fame) and this is what weve got to say:

    For the first time ever, we did a magnificent version of “Two Places at Once”, we also did “Almost With You”, “Metropolis”,
    “U T M W”, “After Everything”, “Spark”, and the rest of the bunch. We are each so connected to the parish, that we just plugged in, turned up and out came that sound as guitarist paul has this unique way of being able to adapt Peter & Marty’s sound with little compromise. Dutch Pierre – on a flying visit to NZ -is the Reverend of our parish as he fuses Kilbey’s vocals with Bon Scott (just kidding)Youthful Matt Davison – who we’de just met for the first time via The Time Being -was a keen devotee and really flies the Church flag in Aotearoa.

    Power to the Parish.


    P.S What did you think of “Old Flame” Mr K?

  34. avatar
    Brad | 11 April 2006 at 8:26 pm #

    Best wishes. As others here have surely felt and said, any comment will seem inadequate and awkward, but all the same, as friends while strangers, we all hope for the best, for you, your daughters, and the future.


  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 8:42 pm #

    Steve, I send a thousand prayers out to your family.
    Best Wishes

    Brian Turner
    Atlanta, Ga

  36. avatar
    Abana | 11 April 2006 at 8:45 pm #

    Wishing you the best.
    Love and Strength

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 9:41 pm #

    …maybe by sharing this condition it has been made weaker and thus will have no lasting effect on either.
    Fingers crossed


  38. avatar
    Ron | 11 April 2006 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi Steve. As an i-twin myself, I certainly feel everything you describe, especially

    “i tell ya one thing
    if you took one of em out on their own
    they would rapidly begin to miss the other
    and theyd always say i wish she was here”

    My i-brother and I are early 40’s now and it still feels weird if for some reason I can’t talk to him by phone or something for more than a few days. Being a kid, I just took for granted our special situation, always having someone around to talk to, play with, or fight when the mood struck. As I grow older, and being a parent now myself, what was then the everyday is now the appreciated. E and M sound like they already know this. Their bond will help them through this difficult time.

    Best wishes and healing thoughts from my family to yours…

  39. avatar
    Fandorin | 11 April 2006 at 10:25 pm #

    2 people in 2 countries are definitely not just almost with you in thoughts.

  40. avatar
    Ross | 11 April 2006 at 10:31 pm #

    Steve and Fam

    My Love and Prayers for you.

    Was listening to Buffalo on the way to work this morn…

    The final stanza that starts with the snow queen kidnapping boys. Man – that moves me.
    “Down(add massive echo)…In(add massive echo)…Bufallo etc etc.

    I Cannae think of finer songwriting.


  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 April 2006 at 11:28 pm #

    All our thoughts and bestest wishes are with you and the family at this time.

    Paul Lightfoot
    & Dutch Pierre

    Auckland, New Zealand.

  42. avatar
    gavgams | 12 April 2006 at 9:40 am #

    For so many years you’ve thrown us the golden ball. Made it your life’s work. Let us throw it back to you in kind, with love for you and your loved ones.

  43. avatar
    rehan | 12 April 2006 at 12:46 pm #

    I’m praying for you and your family

  44. avatar
    ml | 13 April 2006 at 12:54 am #

    all the best sk. this morning I was driving to work with block blasting out of the speakers and thinking to myself that ‘we’ (as in the church minded community) are strangely lucky to be onto this little secret. how noone else gets it and why this is not on constant rotation on the radio is beyond me but man, when you do connect with the music it is absolutely mind blowing…

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