posted on March 28, 2010 at 7:02 am

warm sunday arvo natch
party nexta door in le jardin
noisy bastards drunken laughing shrill voices
cheering whooping shouting each other down
the noise rises n falls like waves upon a sure
i swan around my house alone
i do yoga and all that stuff
there is sand everywhere
my paintings unfinished
papers etc etc everywhere
its so warm
late holiday weather
miraculous sunday afternoon in the seaside suburbs
wander away in the soft haze
still a bit of summer interpenetrating autumn
still a bit more bonhomie to be wrenched from the year
tomorrow i gotta get up n get serious
pack whatever the hell i need
not too much or they charge ya
get mineself to the yonder aeropuerte n fly away
its a horrible feeling on the cusp of leaving
neither here nor there eh?
i think of other times and all things there
i think of events long past n those yet to transpire
there are bats in the trees
there are eels in the streams
there are tiny birdies tumbling out the nest
the path goes on n on
we loop the river
standing on a tiny chinese bridge
the carp jostle for the wry bread
i lay out on my back as the noises fade
i pass go n collect my children from the park
i shave blurrily in that ugly mirror
time is dolled out
meantime inbetweentime
i eat old roles with peanut butter
i eat cheap muesli with rice milk
age does not weary me too much (yet…it surely will)
in many ways i am frugal and ascetic
in other ways a slavish waster
toxic in intoxicate
good n bad battle it out
one step sideways another step
the things we take in weigh us down
way us down
you gonna wear it forever
swallow, your pride…..
night starts to sag into the fading afternoon
the wind picks up a bit
the leaves are dancing along the branch
the strange time o’ day
light is ambiguous
i daydream in the playful breezes
many people i have known are dead
sometimes i speak with them
especially on afternoons like this
a hiatus in affairs
men have surely all lost their way
the olden times forgotten n scorned
the zeitgeist made me do it
a tv antenna wobbles in the wind
the party lurches on jeering and yelling out
i hear oh my god! a thousand times
in the garden the blond animals socialize
the birds call on oblivious to any fuss
the yobs at the party roar and guffaw
their bints chuckle and cackle
such joyless mirth upon this earth
cars zoom away all around us
the sky goes orange out the back
the battery runs inexorably out
the pattern repeats
the reality is maintained
someday i break thru but not today
i deal myself a good hand
ace of clubs
ace of spades
eight of clubs
eight of spades
and is that the queen of diamonds
what does it really mean
if you dream of a snake?

22 Responses to “poetry overdose (in spades)”

  1. avatar
    Richard | 28 March 2010 at 8:33 am #

    cusp is such a good word

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    linjo | 28 March 2010 at 8:42 am #

    I little bit of this, a little bit of that, hedonism, asceticism, frugality, waste. That is what I like about you Steve, you are a mixed bag! Looking forward to seeing you on the box in all your glory. Hope your trip is how you would like it to be.
    I have been listening to My Bloody Valentine, Loveless, tonight. I really like it.
    Take care, Linda xxx

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    fantasticandy | 28 March 2010 at 8:51 am #

    i reckon a pack of sk tarot cards is still a great idea……

    i think you guys are gonna have one of your best tours ever.

  4. avatar
    princey | 28 March 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Are u excited or nervous about leaving sk? Hope we get one more bloggy before you're up, up and away above them white fluffy clouds:)
    love Amanda

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    redgrevillea | 28 March 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Brilliant piece, Steve. Best of luck to you and the Church for your tour!

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    Hellbound Heart | 28 March 2010 at 9:58 am #

    i heard that snakes are rather phallic….or i could be full of shit…..

    summer's final hurrah, i think…

    love always….

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    bc | 28 March 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    its a horrible feeling on the cusp of leaving neither here nor there eh?

    no doubt. been flying between us and eu for 7 years now. something about going an ocean away…and leaving the fambly.

    may you have safe travels, a super tour and a happy return sk.

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    Broken Toys and Heros | 28 March 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    i believe at the same time tomarrow u will be with us here in the states. have a restful and safe trip. ur wonderful family will surely miss u. ur extended family are patiently waithing ur arrival. i can not wait for ur daily diary of our country seen again thru ur eyes. dont forget to pack for these weird weather extremes we have been having here. countdown to chicago show= 18 days and counting.

    CYA soon – b well,


  9. avatar
    veleska1970 | 28 March 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    have a safe flight to the states.

  10. avatar
    davem | 28 March 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Wishing you the safest of trips…

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    cazziem | 28 March 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Have to ask; is it possible to have a poetry overdose? Not in my world, it’s what keeps me sane, well sane by MY standards!
    So tomorrow, or today for not tis tomorrow in the Land of Oz, you take to the skies! Reach for the stars whilst you’re up there SK. Even in day-light they can be seen in the mind’s eye.
    Sad to hear that you are alone on your last afternoon, unless it’s by choice of course. You’ll be away from home and home comforts (whatever that means,) for quite a while. Hope all goes well for you, but then again you already know that, so have fun, fun, fun cos it’s time to Rock ‘n’ Roll!!!

  12. avatar
    robertmadore | 28 March 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Is the snake eating it's own tail?

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 March 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    i just got here ..warped john ..its yours ..

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 March 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    j warp i clicked your name and no one there.. do you really want the hex album ? or u jus sayin that ?

    also dont ya wanna wait till i can see if i cant get the ole white hippy moses to lay his jhon hancock on cover?

    moses dont you touch that dial!

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    glynnisjohns | 28 March 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Safe travels my friend,
    be seeing you soon.


  16. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 28 March 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Sk is the master of the mystical and the surreal. Jeff Beck is in Sk's turf at this very moment. Two of the very best but one wondrously communicates with a fender stratocaster and the other is blessed with an eclectic voice.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 March 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    safe journey. see you in charlotte and atlanta….


    hope purchase of boxset helps. must be my umpteenth time buying your solo albums.

  18. avatar
    princey | 28 March 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Bye bye sk, take care over there. Hope you can keep in contact and tell us all the nitty-gritty details about life on the road.
    Miss ya already.
    Take care and love always,

  19. avatar
    LF | 29 March 2010 at 1:22 am #

    For some reason, I much prefer flying over the Pacific to flying over the Atlantic, even though I mostly fly US to Europe these days. Over the Atlantic, I think of the Titanic rotting in creepy darkness under icebergs, but the Pacific, my native ocean, has always seemed a big blue embrace.

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    Anonymous | 29 March 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Bon Voyage sk, travel safely.
    Went to Canberra for the weekend to c Masterpieces from Paris. Went for a walk yesterday morning around Lyneham and came across Lyneham High School, what a lovely peaceful area, imagined the young sk happily enjoying his school daze. Love going to Canberra, need to enjoy some peace & quiet from time to time.
    Hope there are no hassells at the Airports and you get some rest on the planes. You're a well seasoned jet setter now, r you getting the Frequent Flyer points?

    Peace & love

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    Warpedjohn | 29 March 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Anon offering Hex LP..

    sorry, I dunno how to create that profile ID thingo.

    however, my email is

    would like to hear from you..

    and yes, I would like if possible, it to be signed by White Hippy and are catching the current tour …
    enjoy !)

  22. avatar
    Ellen | 30 March 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    I don't know exactly what it all means, but I DO know it's good to be back to TTB. Being away from your blog (due to illness, personal debacles, work overload) for a couple of weeks and then returning to it is like a breath of fresh air…

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