posted on March 3, 2008 at 3:56 am

once there was this
and there was that
this was not that
this was everything
that was nothing
this was intelligent spirit whole
that was void empty null
but this could not experience that
and it could not experience itself
this which was everything
became everything else
this imploded
and permeated that
this fragmented into tiny tiny parts
sparks fly from a flame
a flame from a fire
a fire from an inferno
this saw itself
and did not know it was this
its memory shattered into infinite fragments
each bit of this is but an aspect of the big this
every aspect unique
every aspect that had to be what it is
so everything could be fulfilled
as it must
for how could it not be?
paradox entered the world
spirit took on matter
numbers had words
words had numbers
male contained female
female contained male back
paintings were also songs
songs all had paintings
the mountains could only be seen from the valleys
the day was welcomed after the long night
the night was welcomed after the long day
the flowers breathed out and the people breathed in
and the vines sang
and the coca plants whispered
and deep within poppies the opium crooned
and the marijuana called out
and the mushrooms quietly laughed
and the grape slurred
and the tobacco gritted its teeth
and the iboga tree shouted harshly
and the acacia tree whistled
and the ephedra plants bawled out
and the tea trees yawned
and the ergot sniggered in the rye
and the mandrake spoke out: it said careful
and the belladonna said how beautiful
and the datura cackled
and the coffee beans said wake up
and the valerian said cool down
and the ginseng said be a man
and the sage said going sideways
and the guarana said hurry up
and the hops said whose round?
and the soma said you will forget me
and the people and the vegetal kingdom
were hand in glove
and the people communed with the vegetals
and cultivated them
in return for their powers
each with its own power
each with its own price
each with its own personality
and they learnt much
and people were free
to do as they pleased
until one day
some people
there was only one way
and it was their way
and they said
there has been a mistake
nature has produced these monstrous plants
and people were locked away
and even killed
for daring to invite these plants in
the people in control
liked to be in control
they were unimaginative
they were obstinate
the were brutal
they did not want the others to have their vegetal communion
they did not want free thinking
it frightened them
they perceived that they would lose control
if people listened to the plants
they did not want visions
they did not want travel between the planes
they wanted prisons and executions and war
they wanted control
they frightened the people with their hysteria
with their misplaced zealotry
but these controlling people
attracted the stupid and vicious and ghastly
the manipulated the weak and easy populations
they took away natures medicine
and concocted their own
and they gave the world sleeping pills
amyl nitrate
sugar whitened with bones
and thalidomide
and agent orange
and nerve gas
and oxycodone
and xanax
and monosodium glutamate
and gelatin
and the controllers said
take these things
for we made them ourselves
and people believed it
and though the controllers
lied and hurt the people over and over
the people believed until they could not think for themselves
and the controllers feared the vegetal knowledge of certain plants
and it knew that the knowledge the plants contained
was what their god had said to adam
that if you eat this you will become as gods yourselves
and their jealous old god didnt want that
and the jealous old controllers didnt want that either
so they made healing plants the enemy
or they chemicalized them and made them harsher
and stronger and more vicious
and you can tell the controllers
by their love of war and weapons and meat and power
they are stupid and ugly and afraid
they hit first and ask questions later
they have given you the coliseums
and the world wars
and the vietnams
and the assault rifles
and the cigarettes
and the gossip rags
and the radiation
and the electro-magnetic pollution
they gave you jfks assassination
and his brother
they killed marilyn n dr winston o’boogie
they do whatever they like
they dont love us
they dont lead us
they just control us
the same old bunch
the very worst
the most ignorant
the most xenophobic
the ones who dont love the sick and the poor
the ones who dont like the singing and dancing
the ones who dont like you dreaming your own dreams
the ones who dont like anybody else
but themselves
epitomized and personified in george bush
the anti-vine
the anti-vision
the anti-love
the anti-life
the cage
the trap
the brute
the claw
the end

35 Responses to “sunset and vine”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 5:25 am #

    and all in a world where appetite for apathy reigned supreme

  2. avatar
    persephone2u | 3 March 2008 at 6:59 am #

    Natural drugs, synthetic drugs, they all change the mindframe. I think it best to not be too attached to either one. There is true freedom to be found without this attachment (and all the other obstacles put in our way daily). Peace.

  3. avatar
    linjo | 3 March 2008 at 7:11 am #

    Sometimes I wonder why you choose to live in the city. Would you be more at peace away from it all? A simple life on a property with your own veges, animals, nature in abundance, quiet,no yobbos invading your mindspace.
    Linda x

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 7:47 am #

    “They ?” Why not blame the masonists or the jews..?

    These simplifications are way too easy. There was no group of gentlemen in frock coats sharing secret handshakes.. These reductions are of no use. The world has a multitude of factors, and it gets very, very chaotic, that’s all.

    Toxic synthetic chems, toxic plants. Like Dalai Lama said: “In these things the colours are so strong they become attractive, but peace of mind is better”.

    – Lebrinho

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 8:40 am #

    Suggesting unity through outgroup hatred and drug use.. “Kilbey you are a part, not apart”.

  6. avatar
    eek | 3 March 2008 at 8:54 am #

    It’s the same type of people that see television programs and such they don’t want their kids watching and raise holy hell to have the program taken off the air instead of changing the channel or turning the set off (or not having a tv in the first place) like reasonable people. I’ve asked people on these rampages why they don’t just turn change the channel or turn the tv off if they don’t want their kids watching and virtually every one has said “but the kids next door and my kids’ friends might be watching it!” Uh-huh. Assholes.

  7. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 3 March 2008 at 10:46 am #

    i identify with your viewpoint and see where you’re coming from, steve, but i don’t know if it’s all as black and white as you have portrayed…i enjoy a joint or a cone as much as the next person but someone very near and dear to me just about put himself in a psychiatric asylum with dope…i think one of the main things may be use with knowledge and awareness and infornation… dunno, have to mull it over and get back to you…i do agree with your view on george dubya…look close enough at him and i’m sure you’d find three sixes somewhere on his skin…
    love always…

  8. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 3 March 2008 at 10:47 am #

    INFORMATION, d’oh!!!

  9. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 3 March 2008 at 10:56 am #

    I share your Orwellian view on control of the masses – involving the many insidious & obvious chemical warfare including; massively over-prescribed anti-depressants & fluoride in our drinking water, (The English first put fluoride in the water of the Irish to calm them down).
    The masses are controlled so that they can’t think of alternatives –‘Let them eat Cake’ (while we screw them over).
    I’ve now got my tank water connected to my kitchen sink – real rain water!!


  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 11:06 am #

    “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”
    – Matthew 7:3

    “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector”.
    – Luke 18:11

    “everyone offloads the guilt elsewhere
    thats how its done”
    – Kilbey

  11. avatar
    persephone2u | 3 March 2008 at 11:56 am #

    Ethereal Butterfly: Yes, putting fluoride in the water is horrendous, isn’t it? I’ve been drinking bottled water for years because of it and won’t touch toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Funny, I’ve never had a cavity before in my life.

  12. avatar
    Ross B | 3 March 2008 at 12:35 pm #

    Plants do heal, I have Gymnema to thank for miraculous healing…but I had to discover this for myself, no medical practitioner would tell me, or worse, acknowledge herbs or natural supplements when I attempted to discuss them. Ah, the politics of medicine…

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    did somebody say BOSOMS ?8D oh,…..sorry bout that sk!SECURITY!!!throw him to the floor centurion!vewy wuffly!

  14. avatar
    restaurant mark | 3 March 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    great writing…today and yesterday.
    the controllers-bush, cheney, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, etc, etc

    “the anti-vine
    the anti-vision
    the anti-love
    the anti-life”


    take care


  15. avatar
    sweatywheels | 3 March 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    I think you’d like an olde ung deceased Sydney poet named Michael Dransfield SK. If you don’t already.

  16. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 3 March 2008 at 3:27 pm #

    Phew! Descriptive brilliance from the Killer once again. The last couple of days have been a plethora of psilocybic tryptaminic Utopia, resulting in very little cytochrome injury.

    No disrespect, but for the straight types on here that don’t get it, just take two mebendazole with a glass of water to pass your threadworm 🙂

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 3:40 pm #

    Wasn’t there gonna be a book about SK and the Church called “No certainty attached?” Did it ever get written and published? Any infos out there in cyberspace?

  18. avatar
    fantasticandy | 3 March 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    urmmm…..i know it’s heartfelt steve…
    and you do put forth a persuasive argument vis-a-vis the de-regulation of naturaly occurring substances….
    surely there must be some measure of control?
    at least guidance and advice?
    it’s just not for everyone….
    never a dull moment with you, eh killer?

    ‘it doesn’t feel so very bad now,
    i think the end may be a start,
    i begin to feel very glad now,
    all things are apart,
    all things are a part.’

    yeah….you could have written it.
    all the best,
    andy L.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    Danelectro-Andy ! You mentioned a near death experience a couple of days ago.

    I’m no believer, but just for curiosity’s sake: what did you experience, and has it affected you? Did it change your views on anything?

    If you want to keep it to yourself, feel free to do so. It just stuck in my mind somehow..

    An apology for others for going off topic.. You can be brief if you want to ; )

    – Lebrinho

  20. avatar
    ...kilbey, kilbey, kilbey | 3 March 2008 at 4:41 pm #

    …what shoukd we do with u?
    put you in a box.. market and
    label you?

    sell u on the street
    split your stocks…

    create a will…
    make a trust…?

    invent a bond…
    start a foundation…

    all proceeds
    to benefit the lab mice…

    the trees…
    the wind…?

    maybe we shoud
    start a religion…

    fuk that
    am i sayig…

    christ man…
    just write

    more songs…


  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    this world,as it is,is making me sick

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    although I do not agree 4 da full ciento por ciento, your latest writings on da produce have been brilliant, Mr. K.

    and I… forgot my passswo:d


  23. avatar
    davem | 3 March 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi SK.
    The wife’s Sis is part of the evangelical right-wing in America.
    My Brother-in-Law told me that she’d sent him an e-mail listing a whole bunch of people who had been shot & had also blasphemed, such as John Winston the Lennon, implying some kind of link. I haven’t seen it as she’d dare not send it to me and the wife.
    Anywaysup…me little Bro-In-Law has been reading an article on the response of the more left-wing evangelical movement saying that the “Christian Right” was neither.

  24. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 3 March 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    A very esotetic and literary explanation of mankind’s fall and the harsh reality that manipulative,wealthy and violent sociopaths are in control of this strife-laden world. There is an eternal cosmic war between the forces of love and strife and the latter is overwhelmingly prevailing on an international level in 2008. Hey my Higher Power the world is spinning out of control and I’m afraid.

  25. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 3 March 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    i agree with esskay 100% today, it’s the end of the world as we know it and i feel fine, not…
    Sit Down Jonny

  26. avatar
    John | 3 March 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    I know it will be a very unpopular and highly criticized thing to say on here but it’s kind of like the smoker justifying all the reasons they should continue to smoke, the drinker justifying all the reasons they should drink, the meat eater justifying all the reasons they should eat meat, isn’t it?

    I mean there are natural things in this world that are not good for you. I just get the feeling sometimes people here are handing you extra bullets to load in your pistol while you play Russian roulette and that just sort of troubles me. You, as do all of us, have a lot to offer this world, sans natural remedies, whether you believe it or not.

    And this next comment is not meant for SK, so he can only tell me to fuck off for the first part of my comment:

    Yes people the world sucks. This is not news. We all know this. But whining about it does zero, so stop reminding us about it and instead tell us what you are doing about it!

    And for the final nail in my coffin I am sick of the “straights that don’t get it” type of comments. Maybe some “straights” have the ability to achieve what you seek without the crutch.


  27. avatar
    linjo | 3 March 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    moderation must be the key.

  28. avatar
    the dean | 3 March 2008 at 9:37 pm #

    It’s obvious that prohibition doesn’t work. oppression and corruption.

  29. avatar
    MEM | 3 March 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    sorry, re-reading your comments…

    hey John at 7:31

    you’ve many correct points.

    however, consider this:

    all advanced civilizations have
    some form of chemical enlightenment
    at the very core of their
    social structures…

    the reality is we are not an advance civilization
    in many, many ways… yes, drug use/abuse is a huge, huge problem –

    but it is not ‘the’ problem…
    because the problem is more complex.

    strip all ‘crutches’ away my friend,
    and you’ll find there is nothing
    supporting any of us at all…

    just my 2¢

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 11:03 pm #

    Ahh yep.
    You know I did make hop pillows for Christmas one year, for all my insomniac friends. I fell asleep mid-crafting as I was a fool and did not wear gloves. It can be ingested through the skin too. yawn>

    Straights. Druids. Whatever. We all in this skin.

    love knot

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 March 2008 at 11:06 pm #

    Why Los Angeles?
    knot again

  32. avatar
    markobears | 4 March 2008 at 12:10 am #

    burn it down…. burn it down to the ground.

  33. avatar
    John | 4 March 2008 at 12:58 am #

    Mem, I am one of those nieve fools that believes you can achieve anything, without the crutches. So I guess we differ there, but your comments were thoughtful, and I appreciate them.

    I just think we need to consider the possiblilty that some of us are encouraging the wrong things to the wrong people. Does a smoker stop smoking by switching to cigars? Why would anyone talk about the great Cuban they smoked last night to an ex-smoker they gave half a cup of salt about? What kind of “friend” would do that?

    So look, anyone strong enough to kick heroin ought to be wise enough to know that merely substituting other natural substances are only a few steps back up the staircase. I’m just suggesting that when the pot fails to satisfy, what next? And when the ‘next’ fails to satisfy, what next? And where does it end?

    And why should I care? I don’t know, but for some reason I just do. But after all what do I know? I’m just a “straight”, right?.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 March 2008 at 2:24 am #

    Take a plant and go beyond this place and time ..
    youll see the world is just fine… it doesnt need people that dont want to grow,
    that dont want to die and be reborn but feel its always necessary to kill,
    when everything suggests cycles within cycles…
    No need for crutches, only vision…
    No Need to fear your world is going out of control,
    Fear is the cause of most of OUR troubles…
    Fear makes you brace for the loss…
    Let go of the illusion..
    your not strong in that way, you werent meant to be…
    Build strength by seeking into life’s wisdom to attain Non-attachment and peace..
    Or not, but know that it only causes suffering for us all….
    btw.. people who refer to themselves as straights.. are lame…programmable conformists..killing everything to protect their lil families..the bane of this existence these people are…always will be..killers in sunday clothes with blood stained smiles..yup..lame
    oh and I might need some cellulose salvation…peace

    jaime r…..

  35. avatar
    eek | 4 March 2008 at 7:53 am #

    John — you wrote:

    Mem, I am one of those nieve fools that believes you can achieve anything, without the crutches.

    I’ve been pondering this for a few hours and I think we all use crutches throughout our lives (not always the same crutches). The thing is we don’t always call them crutches. If it’s something we see as bad or born of weakness — in ourselves or in others — we call it a crutch. If it’s something we see as positive or a strength, we call it an aid, a tool, or a support. What one person sees as a crutch (bad/weak) another sees as a tool (good/strong).

    Crutches, aids, tools, supports — they are whatever you want to call them, and we all pick the ones that work the best for us. But no one gets through this life without using them.

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