posted on July 13, 2006 at 7:22 am

tell them nevets
tell them of your world and your time
tell them about how you got the permission
youd been seeking
tell them how you wrested your fate from the monster
tell them how you communicated
how you paid and were paid
tell them about the wee bonnie children and their song
tell them who they are in their dreams
tell them who they sometimes become at night
and then tell them of the thoughts
could it be possible to have system without organisation?
and how far one would have to go
and the harmonica blazing finale as you ride off into that sunset strip
oh holly wood take me to thy heart
oh im back hollywood
oh please bestow ‘pon me your wondrous aura of success
oh im sorry for the things ive said
it was jus’ you know, sour grapes
so what
today a rainbow appeared in the sky
for the first time i really saw the violet
nice one whoever thought of that
maybe rainbows appear by accident
like everything else
so on yadnus, nevets
you sally 4th
the promised land,olde fellow
the fabled kingdom of riches
the mansions of glory
each one with a fireproof floor
who lies behind the north wind?
tell them nevets
about the cold water
about the salty suck of the seawater in the pool
on sulking overcast mornings
the rain on the surface
the zebra patterns in the sand on the bottom
all nature has a familiar style in her flourishes n swirls
the sea , the shadows, the beasts, the trees, the clouds
sunlight falling on the pillow
the arc of a gull
the orbit of the spheres
the golden mean
the way it all sometimes appears to join up
whats going on here?
what is this all about?
go on, nevets, tell them the secret
tell them the names
the techniques
the key to the future
the improbably simple release of breath
the lovely pause of sleep
the rhythm, that there is rhythm at all
that there is anything at all
that anything is out there
or in here?
whats the difference?
whats the difference between us fiendss
whats the similarities?
evening comes down in shades of purple
the city glows off in the distance
on one side the black ocean
swallowing boats and men whole
north bondi looks a bit like hollywood
a bit i said
some palm trees
some hills with spanish-y villa type deals
some beemers n merx
some tramps
and some monkey in a suit who whizzed up the ladder
and hippies like me who dont (have to) go to work
i wish i did but now its too late
who wants a fifty one year old apprentice
i could drop dead before i learn my trade
kn prepares spring roles
bacchus is finished if ya reading this yabber
doodles appear outta the bath
two merkids with bad attitudes
in my room i have these things
a printer
a big set of pastels
a loada books
a loada cds
a loada bitsa paper
a loada art mess dust paint flakes flecks
a painting of harry houdini, my hero
a self portrait
a tucson painting by lucy culliton
whose studio i have visited
its in the blue mountains
and its this huge like loft kinda space
on the edge of a valley
and the place is full of cacti and paintings of cacti
and animals like roosters walking around
god i love to see places like this
shes knocking em out and shes just in the groove
like a songwriter who cant stop writing
she just paints n paints
presumably getting better n better
until better is such a subtle increment
hardly anyone other than you will understand
arts like that
lifes like that
loves like that
music too i guess
what is it?
is it art?
is this the reality version of literature?
or what?
what does it matter?
what does it matter to the beasts
our intellectual thrashing?
what do the beasts think about my blogg?
ha ha
thats right
its dark where i am now
thursday what a beautiful day fiendss
full of promise but still with holding
payday too for some
heyday for others
mayday in arcadia
goodbye then

37 Responses to “hurt my eyes wide open n thats no lie”

  1. avatar
    tristan | 13 July 2006 at 8:25 am #

    will these wonders never cease
    count the ways we meander
    can I recognise your hand
    in the dark room where we wander

  2. avatar
    Adina | 13 July 2006 at 8:26 am #

    and the stars fell upon this great earth, scattered and bore seed.

    You my dear, are of the star nation.


  3. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 13 July 2006 at 8:47 am #

    sounds like good news. a rainbow…hmmm…good fortune awaits.
    this is apparently my e.e. cummings post. 😉
    ’tis so hot in l.a. now, but alas, you’ll be playing first in the
    beautiful mediterranean-like coastal area of santa barbara.
    north bondi reminds me of the places i’ve grown up.
    i would like to visit someday.
    continued good vibes for a safe flight, easy entry into the wild, wild west, and i look forward to ‘seeing’ you soon.

  4. avatar
    manfred | 13 July 2006 at 9:21 am #

    hey sk
    you early blogge superstar for the 21st century
    for those about to blogg
    we – just shut up
    you answered them questions up to 10:56 AM the next day
    that should be fair enough
    for your karma
    don’t ya think?
    almost 11 hours overtime…
    and if your not sure
    just do the rest on the plane
    as someone suggested
    i envy you
    and all the guys in the you s of a
    rob dickinson as support – – – !!!
    i bought that album two weeks ago
    as soon as the churchlist told me about it
    and i must say
    i love it
    (and mwps 10 second guitar solo…)
    but i’ve always loved the catherine wheel anyway
    and boy, marjorie fair!!!
    their songs “halfway house” and “waves” are true classics already
    how i’d love to be in hollywood on the 19th
    can’t afford it
    have fun
    and please say hello
    from manfred

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 July 2006 at 9:43 am #

    this is lovely.

    and it felt like you shared without any ego involved.

    keep shining.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 July 2006 at 10:06 am #

    You are right on the money there with Houdini…..I wonder can you do the milk can escape?

    There is a totally digable movie from the 50’s with Tony Curtis as Houdini…I have vivid memories of it from my childhood…..thanks for reminding me of it.



  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 July 2006 at 10:32 am #

    oooh, it’s so good to have the sk blog back. I never would have thought that Houdini would be your hero sk! That’s what I love about your blog, finding out what makes sk tick a little!

    Lots of love,

  8. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 13 July 2006 at 11:06 am #

    good morning to u to gulliver,..the theatre in sellersville yawning , seems moments away,.. some crazy kids(at least one of us)made some promises in the thick ,heavy air of summer last night and decided two unify,wasnt my mamma shocked! today the colors are brighter and those rainbows you speak of , ive one in my pocket…so excited , on this two months of salary ,she said yes, thursday morning im gonna sit beside myself for awhile , start the car for ten mile beach and just wonder at the wonder of it all im overcome im under done see you in sellersville doc,..
    love to u

  9. avatar
    between planets | 13 July 2006 at 11:07 am #

    Awe ……..
    just beautiful steevo
    its a new art form it is
    the blog that is
    at least acording to my feeble definition
    and its a new frontier
    attractive ‘n interactive
    and i’m luvin whucha doon with it
    rhythm, symetry, vysion

    as i told someone else
    all those stars
    blogge out the view

    remember what ole mojo said
    “out here on the perimeter there are no stars,
    out here we is stoned

    most western bohemia

  10. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 July 2006 at 11:43 am #

    sounds like you’re more relaxed now.

    this is a nice blog today, steve.

  11. avatar
    mattdavison | 13 July 2006 at 12:00 pm #

    Arrrrghhhhhh……..Steve’s back.

  12. avatar
    isolde | 13 July 2006 at 12:40 pm #

    odysseus as you venture forth
    on journeys yet in time
    beware the clashing rocks my friend
    the hollow woods the pantomime
    forget you not the lessons learnt
    from sighing sirens in the waves of rhyme

    tristan sir I welcome thee
    from flowery fields far yonder
    white words floating in a wine dark sea
    bring your sweet tidings home to me

  13. avatar
    davem | 13 July 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    And though she feels as if she’s in a play, she is anyway…
    Bugger. I feel more Harry Hill than Houdini, my sprogs have the attitude but not the cleanliness.
    If your blog is the reality version of literature what will it become when you publish it?
    Love you more

  14. avatar
    colin riddock | 13 July 2006 at 12:49 pm #

    strange how the ego exhausts its self and returns us to serenity.

    Now the artist has returned to work.

  15. avatar
    sue cee | 13 July 2006 at 1:53 pm #

    What do u mean you dont work?

    Hey, its not too late for an apprenticeship SK. My mum did HSC and went to Uni at your age… and then didnt want to leave. At 75 she studied and got her Interpreters Licence, she doesnt ever stop… think of what fun you could have! Uni parties! Even better, wait till the twillies are here and join them, would embarrass the hell out of them 🙂

    ps blogging is an artform

  16. avatar
    Renee | 13 July 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    It dosen’t ‘appear’ to be joined up, it IS joined up.
    Rather amazing isn’t it, how simple it all really is.

    A monk was anxious to learn Zen and said:
    “I have been newly initiated into the Brotherhood.
    Will you be gracious enough to show me the way to Zen?”
    The Master said:
    “Do you hear the murmuring sound of the mountain stream?”
    The monk said: “Yes, I do.”
    The Master said:
    “Here is the entrance.”
    Zen Mondo

    Welcome back, Enlightened One

  17. avatar
    General Catz | 13 July 2006 at 2:10 pm #

    your opening lines reminded me of something… i was at an art show and one of the pieces was billions of little pieces of paper, all with thoughts the artist had written on them, and we were encouraged to take one home. The one i took?

    “Whose permission makes it permissible?”

    It’s still stuck on my fridge, 10 years later.

    See ya in a week.

  18. avatar
    sue cee | 13 July 2006 at 2:40 pm #

    “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.” – child of the universe! Desiderata

  19. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 13 July 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    I had a look at Lucy Culliton’s Cactus paintings online. Very cute!

  20. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 July 2006 at 5:59 pm #

    i had a look, too. she does very nice work~~i especially liked the night scene and the rainstorm.

    steve, have you ever considered exhibiting in a gallery? (oh no, not the questions again!!!)

    love ya…

  21. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 13 July 2006 at 6:36 pm #

    I used to live in Arcadia.

    I start watercolors today.

    Happy pagan antler dance for your rainbow and for things falling into place.

    Tu hermana,

  22. avatar
    drzej | 13 July 2006 at 6:56 pm #

    Welcome to Californi-a.

    Mansions of glory and suicide machines?

    Strap your hands ‘cross my engines?

    Just a thought after reading today’s entry.

    Is that violet color just the smogge?

    Stay lovely.


  23. avatar
    ben | 13 July 2006 at 7:03 pm #

    you could have a system w/o organization as long as there wasnt those imprtant people who always know whats right for themselves and everybody else. Working crappy jobs to comp for playing music only makes playing music better, so i guess seeing gwb, and all the other so called leaders allows me to appreciate my humble awareness.

  24. avatar
    stealthblue | 13 July 2006 at 7:30 pm #

    Ah…Tucson. That is part of the Earth where I hail from. Now after reading this, I am missing it more than ever. I have been in this concrete canyon for 8 years now. Checked out the Lucy “Tucson (Roadrunner)” painting…very nice, captures it quite well. That would be more the “Tucson Mountain ” area (Saguaro National Monument etc.) A very hardy, yet fragile environment. My family home is still there so I do get back for a visit, but that is more in the Santa Cruz valley…also very beautiful. Steve, you would have loved the last house I lived in…an artist’s paradise. It was a gorgeous adobe house right up against the Tucson Mountains and that painting was like my “back yard”. It was a great place to live, equipped with dyed/polished concrete floors with rugs etc, saltillo tiles and a greenhouse for a veggie garden, etc. Yep, a great place to live complete with several of the local inhabitants..huge spiders, scorpions, lizards, rattle snakes, deer, javalina, coyotes..EVERYBODY came for visits! ALWAYS CHECK YOUR BED before beddybye. But you either deal with them respectfully, or don’t live there I say. Not to get into a whole differnt subject, but all humans are the guests in that area. There is a real problem with respect for the land and the natural, extremly fragile vegetation in that area, over usage of water etc…like those development F@$KERS that blow up a mountain side to put in “exclusive residences” right in the heart of some great ancient ecosystem, then try to transplant the saguaros which will die after about 2-10 years because they are only living on stored energy, not re-establishing root systems. I know, whereas I actually had to remove quite a few rotten cacti in my day as a land “scraper.” I guess it is like that all over the globe though isn’t it. Ok, I won’t rant either 😉 but maybe this will prevent at least one person from making the mistake of tampering too much with such an environment.

    As far as your blog being art? Is it really a question? It IS art, it’s a beautiful thing, it inspires emotion and it’s ever-changing. Just my humble opinion, but I would definitely say it is “literature.” I know while everyone else is reading their “Star” mags, or “Today’s Terrible Tales in the News” on the train, BV is readin’ some “SK” or some other worthwhile scribe. Thank God!!
    Well, gotta get. You guys should be hittin the road pretty soon eh? Have safe (and fun) trip and I’ll see ya in Chi-Town.
    White Light…

  25. avatar
    Trickster | 13 July 2006 at 9:22 pm #


    it’s coming , man.

    see you in the unpromised land


  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 July 2006 at 9:33 pm #

    Your enthusiasm’s contagious

    May you be rewarded with the riches you so richly deserve.

    Safe travails my brutha


  27. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 July 2006 at 9:47 pm #

    Nice to see you back and full on, maestro…


    -btw, general catz, that was great: “Whose permission makes it permissible?” With your permission I’d like to steal that 😉

  28. avatar
    between planets | 13 July 2006 at 10:05 pm #

    speakin of art and tucson
    I crash landed there couple years back on an earth crossing orbit
    there wasa gallery ‘cross the street from the congress “flash”
    great, and kind humans
    especially drawn to the work of chrissy goral


  29. avatar
    eek | 13 July 2006 at 10:42 pm #

    “steve, have you ever considered exhibiting in a gallery?”

    Valeska — I can answer that for you. Yes, planning for an exhibit of Steve’s art is underway. At least one, maybe more. Sometime next year. More details later. 🙂

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 July 2006 at 11:57 pm #

    love this sk

    “all nature has a familiar style in her flourishes n swirls
    the sea , the shadows, the beasts, the trees, the clouds”

    not all bloggs
    are literature or art
    but yours
    certainly is


  31. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 14 July 2006 at 12:05 am #

    nevets walks among the straights
    amidst the ninetofivers
    who are only doingtheirjob
    passes and passes through them

    i’ve been only doing my job for too long

    be seeing you, soon

  32. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 14 July 2006 at 3:01 am #


    Nothing stays the same, everything is meant to change. Do not feel insecure within change, rather embrace the diversity and dance in the face of what may seem like upheaval.

    Transitions may create shifts of awareness or alterations of physical situations. Life is a constant stream of changes. See the growth that emerges, enjoy the results and the transformations – Then let go and allow more change.

    Treasures from Tikashi

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    “what do the beasts think about my blogg?”

    I asked my turtle what he thought of your blog. He just looked at me. Then went to sleep.


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