posted on April 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm

my back is cold
the wind comes in off the sea
the birds tweet tweet tweet
whatever theyre saying
everyone asleep
everyone in the world
everyone finds sleep eventually
the heroes and the villains
the leading lady and the best boy
the guys playing the roman soldiers
all having a cigarette in their togas
a disciple speaks furtively into a mobile phone
i am down in the garden set
i sit with my friends talking
i notice iscariot is missing
all things as they must be
we sit under the stars
a small chemical fire burns
we huddle round but it gives off no heat
the woman playing my mother mary forgets a line
and we do it over n over till its right
the romans arrive
banging at the gate
calling out my name
they burst in upon us
iscariot giggles as he points me out
theres your man!
the romans seize me
no peter no!
peter seizes a romans sword from its scabbard
he weilds it so gracefully in the moonlight
and he brings it down on its owners head
glancing off but taking the poor mans ear
i stoop down and pick it up
how strange it seems in my hand
almost transparent
i touch it to the romans head
and it reattaches
(we’ll fix it in post)
the damn ear just reattaches
the startled man tugs on it
i admonish peter
dont you ever listen?
as one soldier binds my hands
another pays iscariot
27 28 29….30….ok?
iscariot snatches the money away
the director : cut!
we try again
could it have been any other way
even now i’m not so sure
i mouth the words about the bitter cup
pilate appears
a good pilate
a handsome pilate
pilates made a loada movies before this
pilate has his own plane
pilate has clean hands
the pharisees with their false beards n hooked noses
youre like a fancy grave with its rotten body …i say to them
the roman soldiers
like cockney sergeant majors from world war two
they flog me without any rancour
nuffin’ personal guv’nor
whispers the centurian
his breath smells vaguely of whisky
i am before pilate again
he begs me to do something anything to save myself
the pharisees entreat him to have me killed
they are the embodiment of wickedness
they point and hiss and boil in their malice
the roman soldiers stand there
theyve seen it all before
in gaul and macedonia n wherever this goddamn empire stretches
the empires got ya by the balls says one soldier
and youll wish that you never appeared says another
pilate decides to let the crowd decide
decide deicide
pilate will be retiring soon
his nice place in tuscany you know
funny both the actor n pilate have little places in tuscany
pilate doesnt want to get it wrong
he seems to like me
he keeps shrugging n rubbing his clean clean hands
they march me up to the market place
the crowd go crazy when they see me
wow all these extras dressed in period
old ladies done up as some judaen granny
arabic looking types in cloaks n capes n strange hats
they bellow for my blood
why i wonder?
who has whipped them up against me so?
pilate looks uncomfortable
you mean youd rather crucify this guy….this guy here…??!
he says pointing to me
he smiles so sadly
as they drag me away
people reach out and slap n punch me as im led past
hey take it easy i say to one over enthusiastic extra
hope you enjoy your easter says a kid trying to kick me
we break for lunch
the crown of thorns is too hard to get off
so they leave it on
i have lost my appetite
too soon it ends
and i’m struggling down the way of agony
dragging my balsa wood cross
which is still heavy
some teenage extra spits in my face
leave it! cautions the director
joseph of arithmetic or wherever appears
his kindly face
his empathetic eyes
he shoulders my burden
he takes up my cross and struggles
while the crowd bray n jeer n hurt us
i see my mother
i see mary the magdalene looking so pretty for the 1st century
with her make up n lipstick and her carefully applied tears
i see the disciples
peter big n oxlike
matthew pale and thin
thomas blustery and barrel chested
james slim and effeminate
john honest and handsome
we reach golgotha
the place of the skulls
all done up like a gothic horror set
the skulls grin and grin
sorry about this sunshine
whispers that cockney roman sergeant
with his whisky breath
and he gives me a wink n a small smile
bang bang bang
i sag down as i feel the nails go through my hands
i grimace trying to bear the terrible pain as they nail my feet
some technical problem
i hang from my cross
while someone has an argument with someone else in a trailer
they come back out
and we continue
the robber n the thief are already “up”
we’ll have lunch in paradise together today i say
the soldiers gamble for my clothes
i hang there
the sky turns black even tho its 3 in the afternoon
i get given vinegar instead of wine
i get a spear in my side
and i slump
everything goes dark n silent
thats a wrap! says someone
and the lights come back on
jesus! someone says
and everyone laughs

19 Responses to “passover”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 April 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    My thoughts have also been on the Crucifixion today…to me, the saddest thing of all time. I don’t even have a clever comment this time around; it just makes me very sad.

    “could it have been any other way
    even now i’m not so sure”

    I have wondered that all of my life, sk. Real food for thought.

  2. avatar
    Richard | 9 April 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    imagine if it we’re all happening today

    there’d be morning shows making live crosses (so to speak)

    and there’d be sponsorship – Hillsong or Bunnings perhaps

    and some bloke selling merch

    I’m not a christian but I really like good friday

    somehow it manages to transcend the hype

    no presents

    no cliched feasts

    no shops open – nothing to glitter and mesmerise

    just a whole lot of peace and quiet

    love to ttb and disciples

    (oh, and – what with the closed shops and peace and quiet n’ all – it’s not a bad day for http://shakymentalislands.blogspot.com!)

  3. avatar
    Cee | 9 April 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    I’m glad you didn’t go for the “I can see my house from here.” line.

    Happy Ostara!

  4. avatar
    davem | 9 April 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    I don’t sleep. I wait for you.
    Except now when I’m soooo tired!

  5. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 10 April 2009 at 12:31 am #

    Sk does have a resemblance to some artistic depictions of Christ. If he ever plays the part he must multiply soy fish to feed the masses.

    I love Jesus, The Creator, Isaiah, Martin De Porres, Vishnu, Krishna, John Wesley, Gandhi and William Booth.

    Ringo and MACCA reunited in NYC and Ringo had a Krishna shirt on. MACCA actually sounded very good. Moby and Eddy Vedder also performed. Mr. Vedder has a powerful voice. Moby should just stick with his majestic instrumental scores.

  6. avatar
    sanfoin | 10 April 2009 at 5:07 am #

    And the soul in all of us lives on.

  7. avatar
    princey | 10 April 2009 at 9:07 am #

    Hi sk, ha I enjoyed that 🙂

    It hasn’t happened yet according to the Greeks. I’m used to having two Easters per year, which means two lots of choccy easter eggs:)

    Have a lovely evening one and all,
    love Amanda

  8. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 10 April 2009 at 10:29 am #

    Keep spreading the word, fiends.
    Let’s all do whatever we can to bring attention to The Church. I’ve recently posted reviews of Priest = Aura, Painkiller and Marty’s Nightjar on Amazon.com!

  9. avatar
    Mary Magdalene | 10 April 2009 at 11:22 am #

    Jesus, te amo. :’-(
    %-(

  10. avatar
    catchow | 10 April 2009 at 11:29 am #

    EASTER EVERYWHERE!
    Happy easter to you all!

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 April 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    Hey, at least John Safran had the guts to go all the way…

    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25318274-401,00.html

  12. avatar
    EDD | 10 April 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m always so confused by religious ritual. I always just go along with the heathen anticipation of presents; watching the poor slobs flock to church. It never was a factor in my upbringing. I’d love to boycott all religious holidays for a year just for the hell of it. I must admit there is nothing wrong with a ritual about sharing and giving to some extent. It always seems to go overboard.P.S. There is no Easter Bunny?

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 April 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    Hello Steve (and all),

    With that blog said, I’ll never think of Easter or Passover in the same way again! But here’s the real reason why I’m writing:

    The envelope please: Prepare yourself for a review of your stunning art collection at the 15 Minutes Gallery in beautiful, blustery Pittsburgh PA! Never did I think I’d get an up close and personal experience with the visual musings of The Time Being, and yet to have it appear in my own backyard is another thing entirely!

    First off, I want to mention that shortly upon my arrival, I was introduced to the lovely and informative Kim Harvey, the Creative Director for the Pgh Tech Council, and who’s responsible for coordinating this impressive event. (Thanks again, Kim!) So SK, you can rest assured that everything’s in good hands, and that it’s being displayed quite nicely as well.

    After checking out all the pieces, I couldn’t help but realize one noticeable theme, that being the presence of various women (that of which I’m one, and a Virgo, too, right along with SK, thank you!). So SK, you said it best: the universe is definitely female!

    But as not to be left out, a few (good) men surface as well, that being some famous U.S. dignitaries past and present, along with some self-portraits of TTB himself.

    So drumroll please, for a little detail of what impressed me most:

    “Leaving Sydney”: LOVE THIS ONE and my hands down favorite of the entire collection. SK, is that one of the Doodles in front of you on the boat?

    The “In Lemuria” group, one each for SK (nice purple lips!), NK and Elektra: The faces literally jump out at you!

    “Collide-A-Scope”: This one humored me a bit, maybe because you SK, are the center (or are literally in the center) of attention in it? Great play on the word, too by the way.

    “Buddha in the City”: Enjoy the woman’s head popping out in the lower right hand corner of this one.

    “Ben Frank”: Who would’ve thought you’d pick Benjamin Franklin as subject matter? He does appear on the US $100 bill, and he’s invented bifocals amongst other things, so I suppose he is somewhat important!

    Honorable Mention goes to “Finally, A Good Guy”: You certainly got President Obama’s million-dollar smile down pat. Amazing! Joyful title as well.

    Also interesting and worth a triple look: “The Great Machine” and “The Internet” – bet you’d never think you’d see anything half-woman/half-tiger, would you?

    According to Kim, plan for some excitement for the artist’s reception on Friday, May 1st at the Gallery, with SK’s music and poetry to accompany the wine and cheese. Maybe this could be used as a good time to drum up an audience for the upcoming Pittsburgh Church gig on June 27th. After all, it was GAF tour in 1990 since they’ve played here last!

    So there you have it everyone. If you get the chance to swing through Pgh to check it out, it’ll be driving (or flying) miles well spent. And make sure to tell your friends (and they tell two friends and so on and so on) to visit the 15 Minutes Gallery before this once in a lifetime thing goes and you regret it for years to come. I’m sure TTB will thank you for it, and mark your calendars today…in pen! Remember: it just ain’t all about football and hockey around here! 🙂 Much love to all, Jonna

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 April 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    im not a big Jesus fan, the easter bunny and santa kick his ass!

  15. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 10 April 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    believe me I am not laughing today, revenge is so bitter sweet…
    Jonny

  16. avatar
    PAGEY | 10 April 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    i got up on a soapbox today….and thousands of year later they worship me….hell….be the best you can be…you may be outshined one day…not today…

  17. avatar
    eek | 10 April 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    I always wonder what we would all do if we were in the various roles. Sure we’d all like to think we’d be noble and honourable and so forth, but I do wonder what we’d really do. In this instance it had to play out this way or the story wouldn’t work, but think about all those times when you hear about an incident and think “if only someone had blahblahblah…” How many of us would have been that someone?

    Anyway, that’s one thought this blog triggered for me.

  18. avatar
    M E M | 10 April 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    poor iscariot… sent u that gospel!

    lv
    mem

  19. avatar
    matt davison | 10 April 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    I am Christian… And thats about it really……Nice SK

    thank you JESUS

    ENJOY YOUR FAMILY TIME PEOPLE.


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