posted on December 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

macbeth in bondi

roll across hill roll across dale

a free spirit at christmas tidings

the unexpected thump of  exiting chemical ooze

the languid days under grey haze

the night creeps in so stealthily

i hardly notice i’m drifting downstream

all the people have gone again

evening brings nostalgia growing up a column

light is saturated bright yellow and flaring with doubt

crimson ranges overlapped

the blues are anchored in the edges in the margins

at first the white discolouration appears to mimic some beast

it blossoms into some insolent nude crouching in amongst the darkest flowers

she seems to smile before we realise we are looking at a cloud

a bird flies across it like a rent in the fabric

the audience comes to an end

we are all dismissed we must disperse at once

out i go into a world a steel coloured blur

where are the fountains where are the statues

surely zeus has intervened

the thunderer is woken in fury

while his cow eyed wife meddles here on earth

it feels like the weather is fading into nothing

a black drip runs down the nights page

creamy shot of slim milk

sudden taste of alkaline vanilla

a murmuring sound like distant monks

i wake up kissing a mask

holding on to a bottle of holy green water from the red sea

the roller glides over wet paper waves

sea weed presses down alright impressing the painted currents

the cellophane fires crackle under harsh theatre lighting

our lines are all mixed up

i appear to be speaking your part sometimes

my costume has been bathed in some water based light

i am camouflaged against background all freshly hung in strips

i leaf through a book of trees

i choose the wrong trap door

everything that happens is encoded in information

a face at a window a voice down a line

my time has expired on the screen

my credit is not sufficient to be of any use to me now

talking to girls look like its fifty years ago

like they sitting in some washed out past

while i hang in the black future

dotted by foam like stars

viridian lines move in ripples through your island mind

the peninsula ends in a bay full of vicious fish

the river brackish in its sluggish tug

the rotting hulk of a horizon decays in the absorbed impressions

a really symbolist moment complete with a slight bleachy halo

i watch a landscape form in convulsions

i touch the limited edition flesh and shrub rubbed up my place

its verdant after all that rain

the debris glitters in sparkling gutters

argent flotsam

jetsam golden

the toys now come alive in the shops

as i crawl into bed

already asleep

dreaming up the dying days of this year

33 Responses to “terrain”

  1. avatar
    Richard | 28 December 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    in your league
    whatever the fuck that iconoclastic, esoteric and eclectic league might be
    (being the time being perhaps)
    you are surely a frontrunner

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    Phil | 28 December 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    You are an interesting man. You have a unique power of expression, and some depth in your insight. If you can get over your fatalistic solipsism, and apply rhythm to your verse, you have the makings of a poet of some substance.

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      Lara | 29 December 2010 at 7:49 am #

      You’ve got a tin ear, maybe two. If you could get over your pompousness, you’d be a better reader.

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      isolde | 29 December 2010 at 6:44 pm #

      “Solipsism syndrome is a postulated condition which may be faced by those living in space or on another planet for extended periods of time”

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 29 December 2010 at 12:46 am #


    That was absoultely enchanting with a haunting spell dressed up as the fragrance from the words, spilling out across the wicked web.


    ‘all the people have gone again’ …I personally interpt this as the blogies. They arrive in masses when you are out and about. “Entertaining them” and as quickly as they appeared, they’re gone. Funny how that is. I can easily count the electric souls who attend mass on a daily basis on my two hands and one footy. That sux!!! You have insight that so many need to be apart of everyday. Are they that busy that they cannot find a minute or two to tune in to ????


    I found a great book written by an esteemed professor at NorthWestern University, Illinois. The book is short and to the point. It shares with the reader short stories and heart-felt poetry about my amazing city. I have a copy for you. I will give it to Wes before your show at the Park West in Feb. – Wes fuckin ROCKS !!!! I spoke with him last tour and he was so intune that i felt like i knew him in a past life.
    I hope the book can fill a slight void during the rest of the tour, or especially usefull on that LONG plane ride back home. Get some needed rest my friend- God knows you rightfully deserve it. I will try my best to get some new readers on here.
    Why do people think their so busy, I do not have an answer for that, do you?

    Darrin K.

    BTW…the book is titled “Sow Trains Overhead” , I beleive it will paint a different, even sadly dirty, literal vision of my fair home.

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      Narelle | 29 December 2010 at 9:16 am #

      Hello Darrin
      Never, ever too busy. I ventured home to Canberra this year for Xmas….no computer etc just peace and quiet (except for the odd CD/DVD). Mass exodus from Canberra, probably all headed for ‘the coast’.
      On Xmas day I ask my brother “where are you off to today?”. He replies, “Heaven”, then pauses for a few seconds, “and it costs $300 a night”. Now some would say thats a bargain!!
      With the New Year fast approaching, all things must pass. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2011.

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 30 December 2010 at 2:10 am #


        I hope you have a great New Year !!!!! The meaning behind what I wrote in the paragraphs above simply meant…When SK has things going on: cocerts, appearences, GB3 (which is an incredible album !!!), or out and about, … the blogies arrive in droves, his #’s spike sometimes up into the 60-75 range for a given day. When our beloved moderator has down time, yet keeps on with this daily blog, his numbers take a HUGE drop – sometimes even into the single digits which is a fucking shame. TO ME – that implies that unless he is entertaining the masses…his words,thoughts,emotions,visions, are not being read and heard and in some circles, meaningless. This disappoinments me. We have a saying here in the states for sports fans who follow a given team only when its winning or popular, they are called ‘fair-weather-fans’. And thats what my discouragement comes from. So many of then out there-living a lie. Sort of like reading the first couple pages and than the last couple pages of the ‘hot’ book or such. And than going around and telling everyone HOW GREAT IT WAS !!! How fuckin fake is that !!!!

        SK has profound words to display on a daily basis and should be considered one of our generations greatest writers. Well, that cannot get across to the masses if only few ‘fans’ read what he has to say each and every day.

        Darrin K.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 29 December 2010 at 10:57 am #

      My mistake in typing…

      The book is titled “Slow Trains Overhead”.

      A great read – he captures sights,sounds,emotions of Chicago in a subtle way. Very relaxing – soothing yet vital in its importance to my city’s folklore.

      Darrin K

    • avatar
      eekie | 30 December 2010 at 12:26 pm #

      You are mistaking commenting for reading. Not everyone who always does the latter always does the former.

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        Lyndall | 30 December 2010 at 1:41 pm #

        Here, here!

        I’m just catching up on past blogs / comments now… always enjoy the read and hate the idea letting a single one escape me – Have been away on the most well deserved and relaxing holiday ever after a rather shitful and stressful year. Gotta love the non-contactable / total escape holiday … I never take a computer or mobile phone. My comments have been said…sometimes several times.. so I never back-track or comment on past blogs. Hope everyone had an enjoyable Chrissy.
        Love to all … Have a happy, safe and healthy 2011. L x

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 30 December 2010 at 3:25 pm #

        Holly and Davem and others,

        I did not mean to do nothing more than an obvious observation. When SK is on tour, making appearences or simply being out and about His numbers DO spike. Trace the history, archives and the simplistic proof is there. I am hopeing that more and more people stay tuned with TTB even when Steve has down time. Bless him for staying consistant enough to share his magical words with all of us. Compare his days, weeks, months recently to his busy schedule and the proof IS in the numbers. I am a man of my word. My word and the honest example of living that I share with my children each and every day will hopefully encourage them to become better people. Holly, a little while back we began a corespondence regarding some of my artwork. I was excited to email pictures of paintings that I recently completed to you, only asking for a true opinion. My son Alex was intrigued by this and has repeatedly asked me what your reply was. Sadly, I informed him that I never heard anything from you. At this point-do not bother. I ‘mistakingly’ believed for a moment that you actually may have a useful opinion to share with me. I have painted 2 pieces for Ben aka “StealthBlue” who is also from Chicago and a avid follower of SK and ‘the church’ and this blog forum. He was pleased and thankful for what I have done for him and that alone validated my work enough to continue to inspire and bring joy to people with my artform. Sadly, you couldn’t find the time to adress this subject and I was so looking forward to your viewpoint-I guess you would rather critique my ‘observation’ than grow a bond between people in a universal community. So please do not attempt to correct me on my ‘comment observation’ when you clearly havn’t done the research to realize that I DO have a valid point.

        Darrin K.

        I did like your work on the program for ‘Intimate Space Tour’ booklet that was given out to the concert goers here in the states.

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          davem | 30 December 2010 at 7:55 pm #

          In my opinion this is a much too personal response to eekie’s observation that lots of people read TTB but don’t comment. Nasty stuff.

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            BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 31 December 2010 at 12:10 pm #


            I am sorry you feel that way. I was making an observation and the #’s do match to my opinion. I was trying to influence more people to openly engage each other in dialogue or views regarding SK’s blog or whatever they feel like sharing – the numbers do plumet-investigate it. I, personally, did not adress EEKIE regaring this subject, blogies. Holly, along with you, Jonny, Andy, Kate, Lara, and on and on do contribute to this blog, almost on a daily basis (if I left any! out, sorry). This is not a pissing contest. If you read, again, EEKIE’s reply to my entry…she is ‘correcting’ me. I only correct my children and I am not a child. And it’s amusing how many others voiced regarding this subject. And, personally, I asked Holly for her opinion regarding some of my recent artwork, beyond my friends and family, I was looking for a constructive critique from someone who, by remembering some history and stories on this and the old blog, that she had a connection to artwork in some form outside of as a simple observer and I admired her for that. Walk in my shoes for a moment – Davem, Holly and I exchanged emails only because SHE obtained my home email adress from this site (beyond what is displayed), I was estatic that she showed an interest. I sent her pictures of 8-10 recent paintings, which are a part of my soul as an artist, and I NEVER heard back from her. Well, I felt ignored and to be honest…in my circle…if you say something and fail to follow thru with it, hell…you ignore it for christ’s sake, thats plain rude. That is as simple as it gets, not ‘nasty stuff’. Ask Jonny Hollywood…he would easily tell you that I am a man of my WORD. We have begun a friendship thru this site. He has shared amusing stories with me and I sent him a great book, some personally made cd’s and pictures from a recent Curch tour, yet-I do not need to validate myself. I am a man of my word, and do not take kindly to being ‘corrected’ by someone who bares NO weight in my sense of the word… community and decency, now thats not ‘nasty stuff’…its the friggin truth.

            Darrin K.

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    Andreas | 29 December 2010 at 7:29 am #

    Hi SK,
    I am back… I had lots of problems with my laptop which basically collapsed and left me offline for about one month now, and no internet access at work… Well, I hope I have sorted out all these issues now and I am hopefully back to stay.
    I am trying to catch up with old posts but it’s like an information overflow. I’ll try to get double doses day by day, one old post and one new. Not being a native english speaker does not make things easier.
    Anyway, I have never been away really… I am spiritually always by your side. I hope somehow you can feel this. It goes beyond words.


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    Karen | 29 December 2010 at 10:39 am #

    our lines are all mixed up

    I appear to be speaking your part sometimes…

    Phil……. soPHILipsism maybe…
    some depth of insight?
    I loved it

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    bionicanna | 29 December 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    “i leaf through a book of trees” – clever! it can be read so many ways.

    “our lines are all mixed up
    i appear to be speaking your part sometimes”
    – that might explain the alternating dreamy and nightmarish imagery. in just the right mixture, i forget the difference.

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    BigSmilesKate | 29 December 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Hey SK,

    While I may not comment often, it does not mean I’m not here or I don’t care. Mostly it’s due to the fact that I don’t have the confidence to post worthy submissions. I regularly reply but then don’t submit. This is an example of one reply I would normally delete.
    I really want to delete this….


  8. avatar
    hellbound heart | 29 December 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    it’d be a scary and exhilarating thing to be inside your head with the words and images and memories circulating around like some divine tornado…..

    love always……

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    davem | 29 December 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    Some lovely stuff in there today esskay. Thanks! *
    Darrin – I’m sure there are hundreds of people who visit TTB every day but choose not to comment often or at all. Take care all. x

  10. avatar
    Cocoamo | 29 December 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    Just because we are not commenting, it does not mean we are not reading and still enjoying the blog.

    Perhaps some of us have posted in the past and then always been embarrassed by what we said, maybe posted some stupid poem and later felt it sounded pretentious or arrogant and wished we could take it back, and maybe felt we should just go to the back of the room and let the rest of you go on.

    We are with you, and happy to be in the company of the rest of the congregation!

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

  11. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 30 December 2010 at 4:38 am #

    terrain = terra + rain and to me that spells trouble…lol

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    Cecilia | 30 December 2010 at 5:04 am #

    i wake up kissing a mask
    holding on to a bottle of holy green water from the red sea

    despierto besando una máscara
    sosteniendo una bottella con agua bendita verde del mar rojo

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      thetimebeing | 30 December 2010 at 12:27 pm #

      ooh it sounds better in spanish!

      • avatar
        Freddie | 31 December 2010 at 2:16 pm #

        Everything sounds better in Spanish.
        In my younger days, I bought a cassette of Jon Secada’s Amor
        and played it until it completely wore out.
        I could sing every song
        but hardly understood a word of it. :^)

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    Steven Krut | 30 December 2010 at 5:32 am #

    I really enjoy how you play with words and imagery. Leafing through a book of trees. Ha-ha!

    Hope you had a great Christmas weekend, Steve. Mine was wonderful. One of the highlights was discovering that The Church are coming to Atlanta! I’m very excited about that. Maybe this time I’ll overcome my shyness and say hi to you. If you hang out afterward, that is.

    2011 is going to be a great year for all of us! I can feel it!

  14. avatar
    Jesuslovesyou | 30 December 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Steve, I know you don’t know bout Jesus But he knows bout you and he really loves you. Stop feeling so down about what has been fortold long ago. Enjoy the ride Killer . You can do it !!!! nJust remeber, you are the best !!!!!!!

  15. avatar
    andy | 30 December 2010 at 9:26 am #

    nothing to say really, apart from the fact i find it pretty odd that someone should claim you have ears of tin!

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      Lara | 30 December 2010 at 3:16 pm #

      My comment was directed at “Phil” and most definitely NOT at SK, who has an amazing ear for language (whatever the opposite of tin is). I was so pissed off by Phil’s ridiculous comment, I sent my response flying w/o bothering to address it. But what I meant to say was: how could anyone not hear the sounds of that post? Rhythm, texture, tone all there in spades. I don’t know what Phil thinks “substance” consists of, but I’d say that SK’s already got plenty of it.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 30 December 2010 at 3:46 pm #


    To be HONEST, I did not mean to stir up the readers. I am glad though that some are passionate enough to comment. I speak easily, freely, and from the heart. If I offended any one, I am truly sorry. It takes a strong person to admit fault, my father told me this so long ago. I miss him dearly and wish that he was here today to laugh and teach a few lifes lessons to my children. I have been told in the past that I sometimes ‘rub’ people the wrong way, a bit arrogant …possibly (oh hell,yes I guess). In reality – I am sure of myself, my station in life, my purpose, and only wish that the physical pain that is constricting me, holding me back like a frozen wall, would ease enough for me to return to coaching basketball for inner-city Chicago Public Schools. I did that for 10 incredible years and it came to an abrupt end with my diagnosis of cervical/lumbar degeneration. Today, a young man that I mentored and coached back in 2007 was written about in a local newspaper and I got the chills. This young man was so gifted but struggled with academics. I worked with him, found tutoring and now he will be receiving a scholarship to play college ball in the fall of 2011. I so miss the excitement of coaching and sports, unfortunately my pain and disability has placed a wall between me and my passion. He emailed me just to say ‘Hi’ and invite me to a tournament, I accepted and I am so happy for him and his family.

    Darrin K.

    Sorry again people if you were uneasy at my ‘blog’ observation.

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      isolde | 30 December 2010 at 8:01 pm #

      Dear Darrin K indeed you are courageous and honest, sorry you have to struggle with disability with your back I know what that is like for sure, although another path will show itself for you, perhaps coaching in a virtual realm. I hope you know Steve it is beautiful and appreciated that you write mostly every day, it is very comforting to many many people especially if times are hard, sadly the harder the times the harder it is to focus and give back to you. Regardless of whether we do or don’t reply you have given us these writings for five years now and I do not think anyone has ever given this much in the history of writing. I remember the passage in your mother’s book where she said your father wrote to her every single day when he was away and I thought then how lucky for her and because of that love how lucky are we

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    Donna | 30 December 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    I’m one of the daily readers, not-so-daily commenters. Sometimes I just don’t have anything to say.

    Anyway – I think the words here make beautiful music to the ear…like “virdian lines move in ripples through your island mind”. Also, there is some lovely imagery here, “The debris glitters in sparkling gutters”. I also like the bleachy halo…where can I get one of those?

    Thanks, Steve. Have a good one!

    P.S. – Andreas, I’m so glad you’re back! I was wondering what happened to you!

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      Andreas | 30 December 2010 at 5:43 pm #

      Hi Donna- thanks! I am very glad to be back too- sometimes one does not realize one can be missed- your welcome back is very appreciated!

  18. avatar
    Struther | 31 December 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    This is a scene from “Cool Hand Luke”
    Starring Paul Newman. Here we see Strother Martin playing
    the part of the Warden. He represents the firm hand of the
    law. You tow the line or you get crushed. But Cool Hand
    Luke keeps resisting, only to be broken down again by the

    In this next clip, we see the same actor who played the
    Warden in cool hand Luke: Struther Martin.Now he plays the
    father of Tommy Chong in “Up in smoke”. It was
    probably an inside joke for Tommy Chong to
    cast Struther Martin as his father.

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