posted on March 10, 2007 at 9:10 pm

the lord in heaven rests so lightly
as men appear on earth
revolving and evolving
ages pass
ziggurats gardens temples
by the rivers of babylon
mistress of the earth
gold coins
drugs and brothels
secret initiation
whip those slaves
burn that sacrifice
conquer this world
in the lions den
mangy leonine hunger
the great cat growls
and gets up
its mate snarls
as they approach the man
white light emanating
the holy spirit enters the lions hearts
instead of this filthy hole
africa before their eyes
the great plains filled with zebra and buffalo
drinking from the green rivers
in the midday shade
before the hunters found their pride
and the cubs were taken from them
and peace fills their simple hearts
and the man strokes their great tawny faces
and touches their huge salty tears

37 Responses to “free verse”

  1. avatar
    anymouse | 10 March 2007 at 10:27 pm #

    good morning, steve.

  2. avatar
    kat | 10 March 2007 at 10:27 pm #

    i got the visual on this ;] nice.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 March 2007 at 10:39 pm #

    Good morning all,

    short but

    From yesterday, I’d like to hear why you thought you were above the grimy paws of heroin addiction as well when you first took a sample of the vile substance. My family has had it’s run with an addict and to all of you who haven’t had one in your midst…you don’t really know how bad the badness can be. I do think that SK has given a gripping and honest portrayal of his salvation from the beast….more honest than any rock and rollers I’ve read so far.

    But how did you get there in the first place? I’d like to hear from your own lips before the bio comes out. Were you unloved? Were you too loved? Were you under the thrall of another addict? Did you just wanna see what it was like? Did you think you were fulfilling your destiny? Were you escaping something?

    I’m not judging or critiquing you here (so your tribe of defenders can relax) just curious, and you did bring it up…


  4. avatar
    ed in fl | 10 March 2007 at 10:42 pm #

    Enjoyed the mish mash of Hodge Podge from yesterday. These are the posts i enjoy reading the most.

    ed in fl

  5. avatar
    knot | 10 March 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    And therefore it is useless to quote fragments. They are too nebulous and not … Then loose suns like lions, soft gold lions and white lions half-visible.

  6. avatar
    knot | 10 March 2007 at 10:48 pm #

    And D.H. Lawrence, he’s sayin, don’t quote, but as you can see, I am often doing what I should knot.

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    nv | 10 March 2007 at 11:00 pm #

    was this the expulsion from eden
    men camped in the rock n ice
    removed from
    fertile nile valley
    they slaughtered capricorn
    to live at first, perhaps
    life hungers for life
    the need to feed
    thought it easier at last
    the violence freed
    might came to equal right

    when they came down
    they saw what the others had
    an uneasy truce with nature and her cycles
    the swelling river each year
    the swelling daughters of venus
    they wanted it so
    they took it

    how long now
    before the veil lifts
    will it has it when where here all along?
    I try to rub the sleep out of my eyes

    maybe time doesn’t heal all wounds
    maybe love does
    still all here
    looping 8
    children of rape
    animals eaten
    souls beaten

    endless circles
    the dragon with it’s tail in it’s mouth
    I want to break
    the ice
    with hands and teeth
    there’s heat underneath
    if only I could…
    I try understand…
    those endless circles
    circle me endlessly

    good to know that you will be here forever, writing this down


  8. avatar
    veleska1970 | 10 March 2007 at 11:04 pm #

    i like the “old testament” feel of this one today. nice.

  9. avatar
    nv | 10 March 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    your verse
    does free
    imagination loosens
    inspiration flows

    never good at saying anything
    with expedience

    all the words
    thank you, Artiste


  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 March 2007 at 11:27 pm #

    What a beautifully refreshing blog to wake-up to today! A healing balm on this tired spirit. Thank you.

  11. avatar
    fantasticandy | 10 March 2007 at 11:53 pm #

    quite a few people over the last few days have been getting a bit judgemental on ole sk over the smack thing.
    most seem to think our blogstar has little excuse for his foray into hell on the basis that his obvious high intelligence must have placed him in a more informed position than your average junkie.
    i’m a smart cookie,
    and i think you people are too.(you wouldn’t be reading this if that wasn’t so).
    iv’e done some totally stupid things,made incredibly bad decisions,taken advice that i should have known was crap.
    hell,i did know it was crap.
    with god knows how many years on this earth with everything life has to throw at you,
    is it really possible to be super-caring, self-effacing, morally and socially aware and responsible, without exception ever?
    steve is a poor flawed weak human,striving to be something grander.
    just like you and i.
    the only difference essentialy, between most folk and sk is the strength of his desire to justify his being,through the talent bestowed upon him by his creator.
    no rocka has ever, ever let you come this close,
    maybe nobody ever has,
    respect is due for this.
    good things to all,
    andy L.

  12. avatar
    nv | 11 March 2007 at 12:18 am #

    yep andyL
    true dat

    brightest light casts darkest shadow


  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 March 2007 at 12:41 am #

    Purrrrrrfect blog today sk.
    (someone had to write it!)
    Love Amanda

  14. avatar
    eek | 11 March 2007 at 12:55 am #

    If the hungry lions didn’t eat Daniel, what did they get to eat? Kinda seems they got the short end of the stick, you know? 😉

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 11 March 2007 at 12:58 am #

    to ((`{~_~}`)): you okay? long time no see.

  16. avatar
    Erin | 11 March 2007 at 1:41 am #

    mr. kilbey….
    you conjure beaueous images, sir.

  17. avatar
    syrinx | 11 March 2007 at 1:51 am #


    maybe time doesn’t heal all wounds
    maybe love does..

    I am in just the frame to hear that today. Nice.

  18. avatar
    matthew | 11 March 2007 at 2:05 am #

    wow. beautiful!

  19. avatar
    namaste | 11 March 2007 at 2:14 am #


  20. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 11 March 2007 at 2:29 am #

    why did you stop???
    Ne iko

  21. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 11 March 2007 at 3:25 am #

    Drops of cayenne
    Smothered in
    Sound and plotted soil
    Faster than cattle on heavy treadmills
    Sullen by the joyless
    Meanfully singing
    Meaningless verse
    Where stood the boxen one
    When the fiddle rested idly bye
    Gobsmacked by visionary talent
    Jackhammer my brain
    With dreadnought paradox
    Somewhere there is reason
    Lost between the parallel
    Sniff the texture
    Of broken font
    And render me gormless

  22. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 11 March 2007 at 4:13 am #

    ooops! i think that was automatic, not free! cheery old sod, that subconscious!

  23. avatar
    JJ | 11 March 2007 at 5:24 am #

    Saturday nighfall here in Mexico by the western sea. Sun’s red eye blinked it’s last bleary look over the rocks offshore as we watched in silence. Bought trinkets from curio today, in a bit of a desperate way. Feeling lost in a strange land, big cats hidden on Tetakawi’s high and raw cliff faces no doubt. I’ve heard they’re there. Inland, Sonoran desolation surrounds. In lobby of tile-covered hotel, mural on wall of Yaqui Indians dancing, conjuring spirit resembling Neil Young’s “Danger Bird” from Zuma. Sea of Cortez – the killer, now plied by yachts in this harbour. Waiting for my escape from here – I don’t belong, but finding Time Being. It’s been a stressful week.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 March 2007 at 6:32 am #

    ahh the peaceable kimgdom

  25. avatar
    matthew | 11 March 2007 at 7:10 am #

    I’m still getting over that one, SK! My 13yo daughter just printed it out, she liked it so much.

  26. avatar
    isolde dhanishta | 11 March 2007 at 8:22 am #

    reminds me of the amazing lions in Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa, those cats just know, you know

  27. avatar
    craig1.618 | 11 March 2007 at 8:56 am #

    i just did a search on your blog for “somvarta”……..somvarta fire from hindu scripture……nothing came up………i just read an article on it and i was curious to see if you had written here about it………according to mr searchy, you haven’t…….article intertwined maya date with a somvarta event………go if ya know stay if ya don’t kinda thing……..i hope i’m still alive to see if it actually happens that way……….hmmmm………..maybe that’s the “lift” you spoke of in “song in space”……….that would be a cool metaphor

  28. avatar
    not The Church..but damn close | 11 March 2007 at 9:57 am #

    For any Fiendss in Auckland, New Zealand..

    not The Church..but damn close

    LIVE, solo & electric

    Monday 12 March

    Kings Arms – Newton, Auckland.

  29. avatar
    Samosanx | 11 March 2007 at 1:13 pm #

    Heat sinks
    Into skin
    Mould covers
    Every thing
    Fangipanis pungency permeates
    Steaming under-sun rain radiates

    Sweat drips
    Bones bend
    Clouds boil
    Soil mends

  30. avatar
    Symon | 11 March 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    … conquers all…..

    how many times have we heard it

    how many times will we ignore it

    how many chances do we have to feel it…until we have no more chances to feel it.

    thank you Steve…for taking the time to reveal so much.

  31. avatar
    THE Bondi Stragler aka Thorsten Wilhelm | 11 March 2007 at 1:44 pm #

    this is great but maybe you could include some urine in these stories

  32. avatar
    matthew | 11 March 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    whoahhh dang – going in for the 3rd or 4th read! (just the BEST take on the whole “lions’ den” thing ever!)

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 March 2007 at 3:18 pm #

    Sounds like Sydney, all right. Leonard.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 March 2007 at 3:30 pm #

    cannot thank you enough for this one. and for what you give us everyday. i wish i could send more money. i wish i could send more money. did i day that twice? i meant it.


  35. avatar
    Sunshine | 11 March 2007 at 6:16 pm #

    Not sure the origin of this quote, but heard John Lennon say “I believe that time wounds all heels.”


  36. avatar
    nickfiction | 11 March 2007 at 10:30 pm #

    very cool

  37. avatar
    sue cee | 11 March 2007 at 11:07 pm #

    The beauty of the blog is that unlike Rimbaud you cannot burn it once its written. really nice Steve.

    btw I found your story about drug withdrawal the hardest to read. Have you read Tony O’Neills gripping poems? graphic and sickening … but NOTHING brings it home like reading about someone you know and love.

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