posted on March 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm
rename in light

rename in light

banged up after the garden

the slow clop of the donkey up narrow street

the cross at midnight empty

cruel hammer and tack

into your soft flesh searching in vain

palm trees and red seas

robbers and thieves but no one is joking

that handsome ugly nondescript dark faced man

silence splintered lamb

the nails of beast in your hand

some idiot bawling in your ear

some cloud passing over the son

some memory when things were easier

some devilish woman

some angelic man

some hostile to change too stupid to want to

tell no one of this you said no one no one

how could man do this unto man?

the clawed mallet smashes

the jeering cheering same old crowd

august unaware and far away

one thing after another

all of it leading up to this moment of






19 Responses to “easter”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 30 March 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    ‘Priest and victim’, all done for love.

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    matthew | 30 March 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Wonderfully expressed.

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    Pernath | 30 March 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Gethsemene… – how i love this one. Makes me all teary n misty every time i hear it. This song is a hallowed ground for me.

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    eekie | 30 March 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    When I was young I asked my mom why, if he could do all these miracles, Jesus didn’t just say “yeah, nice try guys, but we aren’t going there” and walk off. She said “Plot device. Story wouldn’t have worked otherwise.” That worked for me. I still like the chocolate bunnies though.

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    seoigh | 30 March 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I am quite certain it was a very unpleasant day for him, but I have come not to praise Jesus, but to bury him. I don’t find much of use in the gospels, personally. If someone else does, good for them. I’ve read them; I have found no ‘there’ there, as they say. The Gnostic works speak more to me, but they are likely at least semi-apocryphal. The books that Paul’s church chose to include leave me confused. But yeah, crucifixion had to have been a terribly unpleasant thing for any of its unlucky victims. Man is completely capable of rather sickening brutality — best not to expect otherwise, eh?

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    Cath | 30 March 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    What fodder for art, for art of the heart and spirit, tis such tales, mythic lives, spiritual guises, you were able to teleport him through time and space to play guitar in your mind long enough to capture in painting…and i still would love that tshirt…Jesus in bondi……
    Love you Steve Kilbey…….
    tis a good day for playing guitar or bass or keys or colours or words? Take that palette and paint!

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    DavidP | 30 March 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    the real cosmic Easter is Spring equinox
    and the days leading up to it
    of course
    this world is out of whack with cosmic principles
    just another sign o the times
    its all symbolic about an internal process anyway
    Ignis Natura Renovatur Integram

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      Anonymous | 31 March 2013 at 9:24 am #

      from the science based regligions she’s the only one who never did harm… persephone what a pretty symbol to remind and bring forward to all. my favorite. happy spring and always beauty.

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    perth poet | 31 March 2013 at 8:15 am #

    And a Good Friday Was Had by All

    You men there, keep those women back
    and God Almighty he laid down
    on the crossed timber and old Silenus
    my offsider looked at me as if to say
    nice work for soldiers, your mind’s not your own
    once you sign that dotted line Ave Caesar
    and all that malarkey Imperator Rex
    well this Nazarene
    didn’t make it any easier
    really-not like the ones
    who kick up a fuss so you can
    do your block and take it out on them
    held the spikes steady and I let fly
    with the sledge-hammer, not looking
    on the downswing trying hard not to hear
    over the women’s wailing the bones give way
    the iron shocking the dumb wood.

    Orders is orders, I said after it was over
    nothing personal you understand -we had a
    drill-sergeant once thought he was God but he wasn’t
    a patch on you

    then we hauled on the ropes
    and he rose in the hot air
    like a diver just leaving the springboard, arms spread
    so it seemed
    over the whole damned creation
    over the big men who must have had it in for him
    and the curious ones who’ll watch anything if it’s free
    with only the usual women caring anywhere
    and a blind man in tears.

    Bruce Dawe

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    Trevor \|/ | 31 March 2013 at 8:25 am #

    Happy “First Sunday after the Full Moon after the Equinox” day to all. Hope Astarte, the goddess of fertility, gives you many eggs laid by rabbits!

    Trevor \|/

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    Anonymous | 31 March 2013 at 9:33 am #

    olly olly oxon free – had someone known to call out so the rest could’ve heard. keep hope.

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    seoigh | 31 March 2013 at 11:26 am #

    On dissatisfaction with religion, power, politicos, etc.:

    You’ve had a somewhat consistent theme of late and I want to address it.

    The fundamental problem that people of a certain sensitive nature will experience is an aching disappointment that people act more cruelly towards each other than seems just, prudent, necessary, or even meaningful. You will see people of power inflict great, lengthy pains on innumerable victims in a fruitless effort to increase their earthly joy. You can see in their eyes, though, that no matter how much pain they inflict, they are no happier.

    If you are of that certain, sensitive nature, you have probably already adjusted your own relationships with your earth-mates, man and beast alike, to a sort of symbiosis. You inflict as little unrequired pain as possible and your sincerely regret it when you do hurt others. You lean towards environmentalism, pacifism, vegetarianism. You look at the ruthless among and scream out “WHY? It isn’t only wrong, inflicting all this suffering isn’t even working!”

    And to that certain, sensitive nature, symbiosis seems like the natural order of things. And it is. At least it is A natural order of things. Natural, too, is predation. And parasitism. Your pain is not that people do not live up to their nature; your pain is that it is not a better world than it is. But there’s the issue: it is not a better world.

    In a sense, you can think of this as the most diabolically clever weapon that Evil has in its arsenal. Evil uses your own virtuous desire for the world to be a less suffering place to put pain, suffering, and even hate in your heart. And it’s working on your ego, isn’t it?

    So do you just give up? Should you simply not care that there is mindless, pointless suffering being perpetrated all around you? Should you just acclimate to it; accepting the natural order of things as they are? Certainly not. Your compassionate heart is in the right place. The problem is knowing what it is you can do and what it is you cannot.

    What you can do – and what you can only do, actually (but that’s another treatise for another day) – is change others’ hearts with your example. You can never improve the world out of hate for it. What I instruct you to do takes great, great compassion. The Himalayas of the soul are not for everyone; I wouldn’t bother with this many paragraphs on a someone who couldn’t understand. But it is the only path that leads to a better world – and a better Kilbey.


    Hope you enjoyed the cover of It’s No Reason. It’s one of your most unappreciatated works. That one is a real gem — something somehow bigger than you. That’s the kind of song you more channel than write, you know?

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      Admin | 31 March 2013 at 11:45 am #

      good advice and written very compellingly! excellent stuff
      nice version of that song too
      very authentic

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      Heather Daydream | 1 April 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      Well spoken but why does modern voodoo etc use the word Him and with a capital? and why does the buddha girl have a high heeled shoe hanging off her?

      that’s reactionary, not modern.

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        seoigh | 2 April 2013 at 2:29 am #

        I suppose the easy answer is because the ‘Buddha girl’ is Sarasvati.

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          Heather Dyadream | 4 April 2013 at 4:14 am #

          so Sarasvati wore heels? (not gender stereotyping much)

          ..and the Big H??

  12. avatar
    perth poet | 31 March 2013 at 11:33 am #

    On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer. ~Douglas Horton

  13. avatar
    hippy | 31 March 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I want a pope who smokes dope
    Give me some hope
    Otherwise get the rope

    –hippy 2013

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