posted on January 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm


the evening is indeed beautiful

but fleeting as night follows as close as this…..

a distant storm rumbles somewhere out there

the old windows in this house rattle in their frames

the trees all  in flower  shake and swoop in the freshening winds

summer came and i hardly even noticed it

27 Responses to “january the umpteenth”

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    eekie | 20 January 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    I’ve had times like that. Look around one day and think “wow, when did it get to be summer (or whatever season it is at the time)? What the hell happened to spring?”

    At least missing whole seasons, years, or even decades at a time makes life go by quicker, so there is an upside. 😉

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    meg manestar... | 20 January 2011 at 7:38 pm #


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    david | 20 January 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    good morning steve ,summer . good to see you both.

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    hellbound heart | 20 January 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    summer storms…….after the oppressive heat of the day……heaven
    love always……

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    Andreas | 20 January 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Dear Steve: beautiful. Pure poetry.

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    Richard | 20 January 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    maybe you just didn’t recognise it
    it’s been no ordinary summer

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    a different man | 21 January 2011 at 12:10 am #

    for many years
    my partner has been debilitated
    by an awful cocktail of half-diagnosed ailments
    it’s been wretched for her
    and for the rest of us
    I don’t deal with it as well as I should
    I often feel more sick of it than sympathetic
    I sometimes daydream about other ‘possibilities’
    before quickly remembering the countless reasons they can never happen
    and asking myself (almost rhetorically) ‘what the fuck am I going to do’?
    I spend so much time and energy being worried and sad
    that it’s easy to overlook the one thing I really must do
    – everything I can to help her

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      Anonymous | 21 January 2011 at 6:23 pm #

      GOSH!That could be me you’re writing about!Maybe it is?
      I’ve had enough of debilitation too….there is no possibility of escape for me…..doctors mostly useless.Natural healing expensive.Where does it end?Will it end?Will I continue to deteriorate?The only real help I have is my self.Thank goodness for the internet and the library.Slowly,slowly I have begun to understand what is going on.Us females are built more complex,so more to go wrong,ha!Hope this year’s a better one than last.A terrible start for me,so hopefully can only get better….
      Oh how I wish I had the support I needed,life would be a much more pleasant experience for me and those around.Would indeed be a better place for all.
      One plus one equals two!
      One against one leaves nothing!!!!!

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      a | 21 January 2011 at 10:57 pm #

      this may sound trite, but keep your head up…

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    . | 21 January 2011 at 12:36 am #

    teleporter malfunction
    i begin to materialize alongside myself
    one pattern as two, unable to lock on
    twin image silhouette, half, incomplete
    caught in the time being, spatial anomaly
    look upon this aging flesh
    indigenous particles in simultaneous buffering patterns
    it’s me, alright, no one else
    what do i really see
    regret, happiness, suffering, fear, love, and misery
    minutes, hours, days, decades
    wrinkles, scars, grey hair, a mortal symphony
    the culmination of my life’s history
    will i become one again
    or destined to walk as a phantom beside me
    let me have another summer on the beach
    beautiful friends and family
    i see

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 21 January 2011 at 2:05 am #

    So what can I tell you?
    life’s the length of this play
    Who gave out the answers?
    To those with nothing to say

    These years have not been forgiving
    grasping for theater, clinging
    holding on till the bitter end

    This new found rain beckons forth
    for tears that I surely shall bleed

    Trapped with unfinished dreams
    locked in on tightly
    to a world gone astray
    as they have changed me for years
    leave me stranded alone
    in the spotlight
    fading away.

    Darrin K.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 21 January 2011 at 4:00 am #


    FYI music fans…the password for the pre-sale, that begins tomorrow, for the DISPATCH tour across America is “wimpy” (which happens to be the nickname of their van that used to go from gig to gig and sleep in while on the road in the late 90’s). To locate tix…go to their site

    They are a great independent American band with dedication to raising money for education and children around the world.

    Darrin K.

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    Cecilia | 21 January 2011 at 4:21 am #

    one fine day…

    la noche es ciertamente bella
    pero no dura pues la noche sigue tan cerca como esto
    una tormenta lejana ruge por allá fuera
    las viejas ventanas de esta casa tiemblan en sus marcos
    los árboles florecen, tiemblan y se mueven en los vientos refrescantes
    llegó el verano y apenas me di cuenta

    one fine day…

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    John Garratt | 21 January 2011 at 5:01 am #

    Funny, I have no problem noticing winter over here.

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      Lara | 21 January 2011 at 7:36 am #

      Yeah. Winter here pretty much like a crowbar to the head. Bring your woolies, SK.

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    cazziem | 21 January 2011 at 5:05 am #

    I envy you your beautiful evening SK! I think I missed my calling somewhere along the line, or else I was a storm chaser in a previous existence. Bring it on it cleans the earth and cleanses the soul when you are at one with nature.

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    Jasperina | 21 January 2011 at 6:45 am #

    A January tremble. Swift exit of time passing. Enero is the month that always seeps through the cracks

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    Jason (jmb066) | 21 January 2011 at 9:20 am #


    Winter here in Detroit, you will see it soon, hopefully you do not have any rough weather during the tour. No doubt you have been very busy the last several months so summer has blown by. Chicago show is less than a month away and I cant hardly wait. My birthday is the 22nd of Jan. My gift to myself is The Church show in Chicago, so I look forward to seeing you and the band playing three classic albums. Starfish is where it all began for me, Priest criminally overlooked masterpiece and Untitled #23 is an amazing album that keeps surprising me everytime I listen to it. Hope all is well, rest and enjoy what summer you have left.

    See you soon,


    Darrin thanks for the info on the booths for Park West venue, I reserved mine a few weeks ago. See you at the show, I would prefer to get at the stage but my wife is so short if we are not at the front she cant see anything the rest of the night, so thanks again it will make my night more enjoyable if she is happy. She used to be a U2 fan until I dragged her to the last 3 Church shows and now she would not miss this for the world.


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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 22 January 2011 at 10:35 am #

      From anywhere in this venue you will feel like you are right up front at the stage. As the clock ticks closer to 02/11/2011, we should set-up a way to locate and say hi to each other.

      Darrin K.

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    colette | 21 January 2011 at 10:02 am #

    The long hot summer just passed me by
    shoo be doo be shoo be doo wop . . .
    Hope you don’t mind me quoting Paul Weller or whoever it was

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    Ron Bonham | 21 January 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Here some chatter from a BBS today about the Cruch;

    Originally Posted by dandorotik
    Or The Church- people will say, “Oh, that 1-hit wonder group that did Under The Milky Way?” There are just some all-time great groups that fly under the radar

    I saw you list The Church & thought it was a cool choice. I think “Reptile” is an absolutely brilliant song & one of my all time favorites of that era…makes me want to buy a Rickenbocker. I’d agree that they are underated

    Yes, sure remember that tune- most call them a 1-hit wonder, they’re obviously ignorant. There are only a certain number of groups that can reach all-time, legendary status. And most deserve it. But there are a lot of groups whose music is just as good if not better than the legends. The Church is one of those groups.

    ARRRGGGH, just look at my #1 choice, they are the best band of the last 30 years, yeah for a sec in the 90’s it got really shakey but for my vote they are it. And don’t think of them as an 80’s band because let me tell you, most of their 90’s and all of their 00’s output is even better than that 80’s stuff. And don’t just listen to the lp’s, live they are just amazing. The band that made me want to start playing my own music. Going to NYC in Feb. to see them do 3 lp’s, start to finish! And f-it, here is a live show I taped in Denver June 18 2009

    That last bit was from me.

    Holding on in Houston, Ron Bonham

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    Donna | 21 January 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I have to copy Andreas – Dear Steve: Beautiful. Pure poetry.

    Aaahhhhhhh! Loved this! Steve, at least you noticed the beautiful summer evening. Hope you’re able to soak it all in before it comes to an end. It’s f-f-f freezing here.

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    sarah | 21 January 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    yep, where did the time go.

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    Crasher | 21 January 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Ran into Summer today.It’s currently in Melbourne.. on a Summer Holiday.
    It(androgynous apparently) said it’ll be back in Sydney by Monday.

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    Starflower | 21 January 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi Steve,
    An old lady came up to me today and said, ‘I have no questions for you, and I have no answers.’ How, very, very Zen I thought.
    All the best for the tour. I am sure it will be just what the doctor ordered.
    Starly x x x

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    Anonymous | 21 January 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    short & sweet
    we have had a very mixed bag summer wise this year well last & this

    yeah star old worldy wise people ….Id like to think im getting wiser with the passing years but I dunno about that

    an old lady asked me ( with dementia) at work a while ago where Is your husband? and I said Oh I left him he was violent her quote?
    well you probably deserved it !

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