posted on September 12, 2006 at 4:04 am

what a carry on
the more ya think ya know
it means
the less you do
you think you got life sussed, mister?
have ya trapped god in yer test tubes yet?
and you know the age of all the rocks n stones?
and you got it all figured out
empirical tests
dr john dee crystal gazing
a tiny angel spoke to him from the glassy ball
what is science?
what is magic?
oh and how we influence the end with the beginning
and the love that holds life in its hands
the weeds containing miraculous cures
the flower which brings slime
what do i know?
say it!
nothing nothing nothing
a tunesmith with 200, 000 miles on the clock
a little rust
a bit slow to start sometimes
here i am
receding into memory
these words already old
my synapses fire
my muse comes floating down
with her arcane words n her golden lyre
you wanted poetry?
for your birthday, a little poem
wrapped up in the tenderest thoughts
sealed with a childs chaste kiss
soft comforting words for you then
about children behind the north wind
and the wizard of boland
and doors in trees
and subterranean caverns full of wee folk
and red spotted mushrooms in green fields
n english woods with humming moss
n in ireland where tir na nog is waiting for ya
behind a thin slither of reality
where no one ever gets old or dies
and wish trees full of golden apples n silver pears
and toy soldiers riding giant fish thru the briny waves
and merfolk singing in the distance on warm evenings
and the chapel of sacred mirrors
and the creatures who hide in darknesses in nurseries
and a day in the garden up in hertfordshire
bees languid drone, yellow jonquils
lunchtimes spent at home in bed when you were a bit sick
the dance of the dust in your bedroom
the school bell softly tolling in the distance
those old books that were brought from england
the gnomes n the elves
the talking animals
the forests n glades with the sentient trees
and marc bolan sittin’ in a field with his les paul
sustaining an everlasting E
while the pixies bop in the hedges
the rhinemaidens n the dwarves
all fairy dust encrusted
cobwebs n pearly dew drops
sing a song of sixpence indexed to inflation, baybee
apollo strings his bow
atlas drugged
ariel the elemental sprite
longing for freedom from its human master
its all coming together somehow
its all ok in here
i’ll make some sense of it later
im underwater now
and its deep
and marine

96 Responses to “round vicious lips the fur is stained”

  1. avatar
    bucks burnett | 12 September 2006 at 5:28 am #

    You may not be at number one yet but I am! Number one on today’s comment chart. I’m king of the world!!!

  2. avatar
    snoop bloggy blog | 12 September 2006 at 5:29 am #

    You’re not number one, I AM. Now put me back on top where I belong.

  3. avatar
    snoop bloggy blog | 12 September 2006 at 5:29 am #

    You’re not number one, I AM. Now put me back on top where I belong.

  4. avatar
    God (no, really) | 12 September 2006 at 5:31 am #

    Both of you shut the holy f!! We’re trying to get serene up here.

  5. avatar
    Commenter #4 | 12 September 2006 at 5:32 am #

    That’s it, I’m outta here. I’m tired of these insipid comments being made by people who won’t post their real names.

  6. avatar
    Steve Kilbey | 12 September 2006 at 5:36 am #

    That’s it, I’m folding the blog. You people are insane and boring, and from now on, I’m keeping this blog all to myself. Do you hear me, Snoop Blogg? It’s over, mate.

  7. avatar
    Marty Willson Piper | 12 September 2006 at 5:38 am #

    I told you it wouldn’t work, Steve. People are just too bluddy stoopid to appreciate real genius. Is this thing on???

  8. avatar
    Peter Koppes | 12 September 2006 at 5:39 am #

    If I tour by myself can I still call it The Church?

  9. avatar
    Richard Ploog | 12 September 2006 at 5:41 am #

    I don’t believe a word ANY of you are saying.

  10. avatar
    tim powelly-poo | 12 September 2006 at 5:43 am #

    That’s because you’re a hashed up old cynic.

  11. avatar
    warner | 12 September 2006 at 5:43 am #

    Happy Birthday SK. We appreciate all you do.

  12. avatar
    tiny tim | 12 September 2006 at 5:44 am #

    I must say with all due respect, comments like those I’ve just read make me realize yet again how happy I am to have departed the delightful realm of Planet Earth. Adios!!

  13. avatar
    monty python | 12 September 2006 at 5:45 am #

    Didn’t we already do this old bit on the BBC in ’69??

  14. avatar
    monty python | 12 September 2006 at 5:46 am #

    Why yes, we did. And thank you for asking.

  15. avatar
    Sweed | 12 September 2006 at 5:46 am #

    Ett jättestort Grattis!!! Du är älskad av många…

  16. avatar
    monty python | 12 September 2006 at 5:48 am #

    You’re quite welcome.

  17. avatar
    monty willson-python | 12 September 2006 at 5:49 am #

    Is this thing on????????????????????????????????

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2006 at 6:10 am #

    Lordy lou

    this thing is on…and going fucking nuts.

    I like it!

    More please.


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2006 at 6:13 am #

    How long you been waiting to pull this one, Bucks?

    The big fella is gonna be cranky…..


  20. avatar
    arcturus | 12 September 2006 at 8:46 am #

    hey this is a funny thread,what is the topic?when are the church gonna play in l.a. again?

  21. avatar
    kat | 12 September 2006 at 8:52 am #

    (wierd piano & horn intro)

    why don’t we sing
    this song all together
    open our heads
    let the pictures come….

    is it really your b-day? happy b-day, s.

  22. avatar
    arcturus | 12 September 2006 at 9:20 am #

    i just read the blog again….and yeah..i think i get it,wow..i felt like i was there 2.forgive my ignorance,but who is tir na nog?and why is he in ireland? and yes happy happy birthday 2 u steve!
    love of self will set your spirit free and you will know me by the words i say…there is everlasting light shinning in your soul..and my love i will know you to cause you never left me even though we were apart….i am sorry…sudden inspiration..beautiful..loved..and blessed…Arcturus****

  23. avatar
    fantasticandy | 12 September 2006 at 9:38 am #

    ho,ho, ho, what a corker!!!

  24. avatar
    Too Many Magicians | 12 September 2006 at 9:48 am #

    We’ed love to turn you on.

  25. avatar
    Simone Templar | 12 September 2006 at 9:50 am #

    We’ve already got one.

  26. avatar
    The Incredible Sulk | 12 September 2006 at 9:57 am #

    It’s alright for you.

  27. avatar
    a touch of strange | 12 September 2006 at 9:58 am #

    Splish| Splosh|

  28. avatar
    the moving still | 12 September 2006 at 10:00 am #


    I’m here,

    And I’m waiting.

    What now?

  29. avatar
    The time Bandit | 12 September 2006 at 10:02 am #

    What year is this?

  30. avatar
    craig | 12 September 2006 at 10:19 am #

    today i heard the “dr. john dee crystal gazing hour of power”…’s episode was entitled “across the bow: loose lips sink ships”……he was carrying-on about how god couldn’t be trapped and everything’s already been cataloged and it was never at any time not figured out and the flowers, themselves, can’t bring the slime……it hasta already be there…..waiting to be purged or forgiven….. and that telepathy’s gonna be groovy for all those wanting to use less words…….HOWEVER…….the program did take on a sour note about halfway-in when dr. dee said not all would see the tiny angels that sponsor his little radio program as friendly…..the “Sleepy Nothings” tired consortium was quoted as saying, “olde johhny dee’s got himself a messiah aumplex, it’s pandemic ya know, he thinks he’s got it all sussed out”……the dr went on to quote a book he’s never read……mista m.p. hall’s “the secret teaching of all ages” as he closed out his show….. which states that:

    “The Mysteries claimed to be the guardians of a transcendental knowledge so profound as to be incomprehensible save to the most exalted intellect and so potent as to be revealed with safety only to those in whom personal ambition was dead and who had consecrated their lives to the unselfish service of humanity.”

    In Subjected Objectivity,
    Doremi Fasolatido VIII

  31. avatar
    fergal | 12 September 2006 at 11:26 am #

    swimming in the shallow end, down, down, remember …

    feliz compleanos amigo

    kronia pola!


  32. avatar
    the new moodist | 12 September 2006 at 11:33 am #

    the disillusionist. something wicked this way comes. something wicked, that song.

  33. avatar
    veleska1970 | 12 September 2006 at 11:34 am #

    oh, bucks, it’s great to have you back. you are a RIOT.

    real smooth today, steve. so has the birthday boy thought of what he’s going to do for his big day tomorrow, hmmm?? well, sleep on it.

    lotza love….

  34. avatar
    verdelay | 12 September 2006 at 11:35 am #

    I only came back here to England because of the elves.

    One of ’em sent me an email while I was living in Texas. She said: “Flowers, what the blazes are you doing over there? You’ve got no business with the agave spirits and the ghosts of the Rio Grande. Get back over here where I can see you properly. Impertinent child!”

    So I packed my bags, waved my magic wand (plastic, flat, magnetic strip) and here I am, among the apple blossoms and the fawning yews, a wassailing idyll dressed in funky saxon rags. I even saw Locksley the other day. Man, he looks nothing like Michael Praed.

    Now that I’ve returned to the ye olde folde, I’m going to sit at the bottome of my summerie garden and chant a few mantras with my tiny friends in a tongue I can barely remember and dream a waking dream of all our myriad lives together on this mossy soil, occassionally casting my idle mind back to the feathered gods and cactus nymphs I left behind, or even the bunyips and wattle-trees and snake! I left even further back…underneath a coppice of synapses I hardly visit any more.

    By the Holly God this stuff is strong…

    Many happy returns, drude


  35. avatar
    Fly | 12 September 2006 at 11:59 am #

    Ever wanted to just move into a Roger Dean painting?
    Setup housekeeping in the pod above the perfect bonsai grove?
    Watch the obelisk and other massive stones float on by?
    Urinate in the reflecting pool?
    Lay low at any moment the dragon passes overhead?
    And that sky…

  36. avatar
    dig | 12 September 2006 at 12:08 pm #


  37. avatar
    mandn | 12 September 2006 at 12:17 pm #

    “Atlas Drugged”

    my fave bit of today.
    makin’ funny with Ayn Rand.

    Thank you Orpheus


  38. avatar
    restaurant mark | 12 September 2006 at 12:53 pm #

    hey steve…don’t know if that was you or not??? or the rest of the band…and where did ploog come from? playing with us perhaps…
    hope you don’t keep it to yourself though…would miss the words. part of me and my wife’s day now. thanks. any pre-birthday wishes? my son’s b-day is the 13th also…he’ll be 6. all he wants is star wars stuff. he thinks he’s yoda! maybe he is…

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2006 at 1:07 pm #

    dear sk
    with yer brush and yer bass
    grey beard on yer face
    happy birthday to yer
    donald b

  40. avatar
    John Garratt | 12 September 2006 at 1:37 pm #

    This blog was too relaxing for my half-asleep state right now. Maybe I should go to the Onion now.


  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2006 at 1:58 pm #

    a lot of celebs today…

  42. avatar
    your muse | 12 September 2006 at 2:01 pm #

    nevets wake up
    it’s your birthday
    gotta get up and have some birthday cakey
    some birthday soy latte shakey
    and write some birthday bloggie
    many happy returns of the day
    until you’re number one
    will take just a few more years of blogging, nevets
    so don’t give up
    but wake up
    and have a very very very nice day

  43. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 12 September 2006 at 2:05 pm #

    Almost another year older! I find it a bit painful the night before a birthday. You put your head on the pillow, close your eyes to go to sleep knowing you’ll be a whole year older when you wake up in the morning. Yep, what a great feeling. Sleep well SK!

  44. avatar
    DJK082067 | 12 September 2006 at 2:09 pm #



    ENJOY THE B-DAY !!!!!!

  45. avatar
    malcolm | 12 September 2006 at 2:12 pm #

    John Dee spoke to Madimi right? Through Edward Kelley, who scried a mole-colored crystal. Indeed, though, not sure Madimi was an angel.

  46. avatar
    nickfiction | 12 September 2006 at 2:58 pm #

    the disillusionist is back again…

  47. avatar
    isolde | 12 September 2006 at 3:08 pm #

    all right sk … as you like it then

    down in the dell
    where the faeries all dwell
    there’s a wishing well
    with a magic spell
    it will grant your three wishes
    for wise well and auspicious
    and will ever come true
    in lifes lines that you drew
    as you turned fifty two
    the day dawns bright blue
    and the ocean surrounds you
    with pure joy all around you


  48. avatar
    JJ | 12 September 2006 at 3:16 pm #

    When the aimless blade of science slashed the pearly gates…there’s still the unknown, the mystery, the magic still eluding it….(until the Thrasher comes)

    And a birthday – cheers.


  49. avatar
    stealthblue | 12 September 2006 at 3:21 pm #

    Mornin’, Steve, or evening where you are probably.
    That was groovy, baby. Actually, I was just digging the earlier comments from the “fellas.” Quite cooool.
    Hey, thanks to everyone for b-day wishes too. See here…good folks all around this blogge! Thank God for all of you and thank God/ the Universe for SK and the Choich!! I know tomorrow is the day, but quite possibly, you will see this on the 13th, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear brother! SK, you are now officially on my “wall of shame”. It was a big moment for me actually. My wife to be gave me for my birthday a really slick pair of picture frames. She then so elegantly place the pictures we took with you outside the Park West in them. They look freaking fabulous, right next to Marty, and “Dicko Robinson.” You look great for 52 years young, Steve…you old mystic you. I sincerely wish you all the very best and many, many, more years of success, love, bliss, health, vigor, mental stability, creativity, and all the manuka honey you can handle.
    Much love and respect…
    Ben V.

  50. avatar
    Pete Best | 12 September 2006 at 4:21 pm #

    Can I have my drum sticks back now…PURLEEZ!

  51. avatar
    Noel Christian | 12 September 2006 at 4:50 pm #

    Conceived round Christmas, September babies are blessed with the duality of holiday cheer and the occasional icy demeanor. The Holly and the Ivy, for certain.

    Mine is September 14. I am looking forward to a bottle of Bushmills Irish Creme liqueur, uninterrupted hours with a guitar, pampering, a blueberry-maple pie with cornmeal crust from Mom, lunch with Grandma, and surrender to relaxation and pleasure.

    Hope yours is just as good, Steve.

    *I enjoyed your entry today

    all the best,

    Noel Christian

  52. avatar
    davem | 12 September 2006 at 5:29 pm #

    I’m now in a very cheery mood. Whoever the anon is who went to all that trouble…well it made me smile.
    Happy Birthday SK. We love you.

    Dave M

  53. avatar
    robert madore | 12 September 2006 at 6:21 pm #

    Best to you my friend, who I have never met(this time), from one virgo to another.

  54. avatar
    Cortez | 12 September 2006 at 8:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday Steve!

  55. avatar
    mandn | 12 September 2006 at 8:08 pm #

    Happy Birthday Orpheus!

    at 52, one can now say you’re paying with a full deck. 😉
    and there’s always a joker


  56. avatar
    mandn | 12 September 2006 at 8:08 pm #

    Happy Birthday Orpheus!

    at 52, one can now say you’re paying with a full deck. 😉
    and there’s always a joker


  57. avatar
    john tremel | 12 September 2006 at 8:53 pm #

    Your Birthday,the moon festival.CELEBRATION INDEED!!

  58. avatar
    ben | 12 September 2006 at 9:15 pm #

    Have a good day with those ya love, enjoyed the words today. By the way the new album continues to grow on me, loving space needle currently.

  59. avatar
    lorrain | 12 September 2006 at 9:42 pm #

    May the Arms of Love embrace U on your birthday
    Everyday your timeless visions of nature are treasures
    Wishes of mirth and joy for U, ever
    yer trusting elf

  60. avatar
    sue cee | 12 September 2006 at 10:06 pm #

    Aarghh…who can you trust here?!! Up above.. sounds like one of those band meetings LOL

    Happy birthday Steve! wish we could all be there with you in ya kitchen helping you blow out all those candles! Now that’d keep ya fingers and toes warm! 🙂 love ya.. lookin’ forward to sharing many more with ya HERE?!! hint hint!

    That was a gorgeous blog entry


  61. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 12 September 2006 at 10:15 pm #

    Steve (and Noel), happy birthday. I hope you both get to spend it in an enjoyable way with your loved ones.

    Bucks, crackin’ me up… When are you going to update YOUR blog, eh?

    Daniel W.

  62. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 12 September 2006 at 10:32 pm #

    I’m hungry…pass the cake!

    Happy, joy, merry, bliss…

  63. avatar
    veleska1970 | 12 September 2006 at 10:54 pm #


    here’s your party hat~~(don’t worry, the doodles can take turns wearing it for you if you don’t want to.)~~now make a wish and blow out your candles.


    i hope you enjoy your special day.

    lotza lotza love…..

  64. avatar
    Daberhasher | 13 September 2006 at 12:18 am #

    Happy Birthday SK!!!!

    i’ll be spending the 13th on this face of the world soaking up some groundswell from Florence, lovely name for a storm…
    i’ll smoke a beachy birthday number for you, as i’m sure many others will too…

    take care and jam on….


  65. avatar
    shawn_el | 13 September 2006 at 1:07 am #

    My dearest SK-
    Happy 52nd birthday.
    Your longevity and integrity have been an inspiration to me and many others.
    Live long and prosper.

  66. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2006 at 1:23 am #

    Happy Birthday Killer-Bee.

    Can’t miss a morning without eyeing off your blogge


  67. avatar
    razor edalb | 13 September 2006 at 1:30 am #

    Happy hatchday, S. Kilbey.

  68. avatar
    Jesuskrishna | 13 September 2006 at 1:31 am #

    Happy Birthday.

  69. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2006 at 2:32 am #

    Happy Birthday SK,

    Have a very happy n enjoyable day.
    Take it easy.

    Love D n T

  70. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 13 September 2006 at 2:37 am #

    “the dance of the dust in your bedroom”

    Being a cleaner of dusty aged homes……I breathe the dance every day.

    Here’s a song about dust and other thangs floaty.

  71. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 September 2006 at 2:40 am #

    Guess it’s the 13th where you are. Happy Birthday Steve!! Raising a glass in your general direction. Hope its a good one, druid.

    ryan and tomoko

  72. avatar
    mike a | 13 September 2006 at 2:45 am #

    Cheers sk!! Happy Birthday!! Keep on rocking!!

  73. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 13 September 2006 at 2:47 am #

    …being here, doing this… said…

    “the dance of the dust in your bedroom”

    “Being a cleaner of dusty aged homes……I breathe the dance every day.”

    …don’t we all!

    Happy Birthday Dance Breather, Trance Brother SK!

  74. avatar
    Sophie's Mom | 13 September 2006 at 2:54 am #

    Our very best to you and yours, Steve! Have a wonderful Birthday!

    Valerie, George & Sophie

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    pagey | 13 September 2006 at 2:57 am #


  76. avatar
    leelinau | 13 September 2006 at 3:15 am #

    Happy Birthday 🙂

  77. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2006 at 3:15 am #

    Happy Birthday Baybee!


  78. avatar
    syrinx | 13 September 2006 at 3:22 am #

    Happy Birthday Afternoon in Australia!! May you be loved. May you be well. And may you have many happy returns. So much nicer – this whip ’round the world with YOU in it. Enjoy.

  79. avatar
    Smagla | 13 September 2006 at 3:30 am #

    Happy Birthday to you, Steve Kilbey! I hope that you have a special day and get what you wish for.

  80. avatar
    imber | 13 September 2006 at 4:08 am #


  81. avatar
    rehan | 13 September 2006 at 4:16 am #

    Birthday greetings and a bottle of wine…
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE! May the muse continue to inspire and take you to strange, new beautiful places and may you be blessed with good health and love always!

  82. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2006 at 4:18 am #

    i would love to lift the sadness
    to blow it far away
    and shower you in the Light of love
    and tell you how wonderful you are

  83. avatar
    Wil-O | 13 September 2006 at 5:03 am #

    hey Kil-O

    happy 2x13x2 reminders of another time.

    great to see the Jack Frost rerelease hit the ether.

    love to all

  84. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 13 September 2006 at 5:39 am #

    Happy Beeday!! Hope you have some yummy cake (without breaking eggs)! : )

  85. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 13 September 2006 at 5:47 am #

    me created me final picture movie just for you in celebration of your birth…
    me am Ne iko

  86. avatar
    The Other One | 13 September 2006 at 6:13 am #

    Everyday you’re born inside me. But today’s your 3pm biggest event. You know you can rest in my lap, not young, not old, simply forever existing and pounding in your own greatness which is so human and so afterlife.
    May you have all the sweetness and fire and sea and sky and trees and props and fruits and beauty and knowledge you search for. You make it all worthwhile.
    Happy birthday, Nep-Tune, my brother.
    13-09 3:07

  87. avatar
    mattdavison | 13 September 2006 at 6:27 am #

    Happy B Day………………… eternal wonder!!!!!!
    I hope I don’t seem gay, but you are worthy of a big hug and a kiss, Killa.


    NZ ???????

  88. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2006 at 6:39 am #

    have a good one dear old codger

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    Anonymous | 13 September 2006 at 6:41 am #

    Hey sk version 52
    happy day to remember 4 yu
    quite a trip today
    magic carpet keyboard
    likey likey
    yu make this world beautiful
    yeah its late but right on time
    hope its good 4 yu
    need to get green and unseen
    have a day brotha
    it all yu and all and on and on and knitting and knitting
    to bolan in a field of sweet pine soup, so well said
    God bless the sk-iberio and the lovely lucidity of thy muse
    its all love and jeez as if no one ever said
    Love yu homey…EZ babee

    jaime r…..

    4 yo info
    homey is an urban slang reference significating a good friend, not a kitchen appliance..


  90. avatar
    Letango | 13 September 2006 at 6:53 am #

    it’s the 13th here now. Oh, I hope I remember it right. You definitely don’t seem like a 12 kinda guy.

    This year I’m cracking your alembic —
    I think you’ve cooked long enough.



    Tap, Tap, Crack.


    Welcome back! Happy Birthday!

    What shall we call you?

  91. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2006 at 6:59 am #

    Happy Birthday sk! Hope you’re having a beautiful day.

    A big b’day kiss’n’hug from me to you.
    Love always,

  92. avatar
    captainmission | 13 September 2006 at 7:31 am #

    Edward Kelly and John Dee
    invited me over for tea
    They danced and chanted
    and spoke in riddles
    then they sat me in their middle.
    Edward said ‘now just relax and observe.’
    as JD incanted some magickal words
    there appeared a shape, akin to an angel
    who whispered secrets that would enable
    entry into the kingdom of heaven no less
    alas i cried i cannot go
    for the date clash with the enmore show…

    i am so looking forwards to it, counting sleeps…

  93. avatar
    dig | 13 September 2006 at 8:23 am #

    Happy Birthday SK!

  94. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 13 September 2006 at 8:35 am #

    Today is your birthday …. Hip, hip, hip, hip, hooray!

    I sing this to my girls on their birthday.

    Speaking of the girls, they are both at home with gastro. I call it is the house of vomit.

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    arcturus | 13 September 2006 at 8:57 am #

    my god steve
    i have taken a little time 2 think about this and “you are really an amazing man”.you take time everyday 2 share with us,beauty and creation “which i believe is inspired from god”.you reach out and “the sure beauty and harmony within your soul” brings us all together to connect in unity.i feel enriched by the very thought of your thank you for ure generosity of spirit and your dedication to your craft and the beauty you so effortlessly weave into your poetry and “that certain mysterious silent gaze” that leaves us all thinking wow i would love to get to know him a little thank you…thank you.. thank you….from my heart to your heart….we are blessed to be in the presence of greatness and each and every one of us is a little closer to our higher selves through your grace….so its a little over the top but its sincere and pure of heart and i just want u 2 understand how much u are appreciated.o.k. i am done….peace brother…we love u………arcturus**********

  96. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 September 2006 at 12:02 am #

    Inbetween me jobs i just thought i’d give the yeblik a big hug and say happy birthday grandPa!

    Love you to peices while wishing you and the family peace.


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