posted on January 22, 2008 at 2:54 am

sitting up here at timbos place
looking out over trees and clouds and blue skies
down below they fiddle with drums
it could be sweden up here on this balcony
pines ferns leafy evergreens
oaks and elms and natives
all react to the wind in their own characteristic way
the clouds today are simply stupendous
i can hardly tear my eyes away from em to write these words
the size of small mountains
the clouds proceed with deliberation across the blueness
an empty hammock swings in the wind
a very scandanavian afternoon
hint of distant storm
trees stretch in all directions
lemons gleam in lemon trees
the pools undulate under the breezes
women read magazines in the shade
dad rolls a smoke
the children laugh somewhere indoors
a bird sings so sadly out there
like a morning from my own childhood
like an echo in echo
machinery hums
civilization murmurs beyond the wall of trees
the clouds frown down at me
the clouds are onto me
on top of me
these clouds with their agonizing slowness
these clouds with their water from where
above me casting shadows
thrown into the murk of the past
red roofs
red flowers
white flowers
white clouds
blue sky
blue blues

28 Responses to “ticket to ryde”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 January 2008 at 3:11 am #

    sounds like a sort of paradise.

    how’s the vocal chords today? better, i hope.

    enjoy your afternoon, steve.

    lotza love….

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 January 2008 at 3:23 am #

    Though this was a short entry, I really enjoyed it….beautiful writing.

    – Tom in Tallahassee (who is too lazy to register but does not want to be know as anonymous)

  3. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 22 January 2008 at 4:33 am #

    A concurrently gloomy and majestic blog. Sk by nature is a ruminator if there is such a word. He’s also mystically in communion with nature. I’m taking a break from watching the Australian open to read the one and only blog that I read. Venus Williams just lost her tennis match. 86 degrees and idyllic conditions in Melbourne. I don’t understand why ROD Laver lives in California when he’s such an icon in Australia. I’m writing about tennis because I’m so tired of music magazines featuring Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. The blog worked- I am ruminating. Brien out !

  4. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 22 January 2008 at 6:07 am #

    so it seems me SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL just came and went without me once again, thanks esskay, another year wasted away, do eye really have to wait until 2009??? eye am rotting away here in me dark room waiting waiting just for you…
    mjnjr

    FYI – Hey Esskay…
    eye pray that our two brains can put on ‘a’ better film festival than “U2 3D” did, eye want us to rattle and roll the whole world bay bee…
    Jonny Moondog Smythe

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 January 2008 at 6:14 am #

    what with both the voice and ears on their way out it’s good thing your eyesight remains dude.

    love

    M

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 22 January 2008 at 8:27 am #

    …and here we have a snapshot in time…lots of verbs and adjectives…very nice, matey…
    love always…

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 January 2008 at 10:09 am #

    nice blog killa, nature is, as Keats once wrote “Beauty and truth”. Always enjoyed the natural side of your lyrics “Life of a tree that`s the life for me” and “Reins around the horses`throat turn into a lake” among the many gems.
    Saw the gig in Wien, was a great show, hope you guys will make it to Germany and Austria next time around.
    All the best,
    Hansi from the Rhine

  8. avatar
    davem | 22 January 2008 at 10:11 am #

    Beautiful.
    It’s strange when you’re that close to something, with your roles so clearly defined that you can be disconnected.
    From this distance I’m like Pavlov’s dog when I think about the chance to see the guys fiddling with drums. THE Church.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 January 2008 at 10:14 am #

    gabe watson must pay for what he did

  10. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 22 January 2008 at 10:18 am #

    Beautiful & poignant nature blog. After days of adrenaline -rushes, you’re sounding melancholic Killa. Just observe it, detach from it, stay with the present moment…..as a fellow yogi may I suggest alternative nostril breathing & inverted postures when it draws you in………………..

  11. avatar
    eek | 22 January 2008 at 10:31 am #

    I love watching trees in a summer breeze. Your mention of lemon trees reminded me of a magnolia tree we had at the last house. In the summer it had these big beautiful creamy white blooms which smelled slightly of lemon, especially on warmer days. I miss that.

  12. avatar
    the clouds | 22 January 2008 at 11:09 am #

    to heal.to ,guide ,to .to help . xThe Falling Joys.

  13. avatar
    isolde | 22 January 2008 at 11:32 am #

    why
    i don’t know
    she’s ridin’ so high

    why
    these clouds stick to the sky
    like a floating question

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 22 January 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    its so strange that magnolia trees in your country bloom in Summer. I only know they just bloom in early Spring.

    i love white Magnolia.

  15. avatar
    matthew | 22 January 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    Glad to read you’re another cloud-gazer… sometimes I stop at traffic lights and stare in wonderment, then look around me at other bored harried oblivious earthbound motorists – and muse over how they can not be as enamoured as I am…

  16. avatar
    eek | 22 January 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    We also had a Magnolia (I think that was called a Saucer Magnolia) that bloomed in the spring. The lemony scented one — called a Southern Magnolia — was a different variety and bloomed in the summer. This is the one I mean. This link says the smell is citronella-like, but I distinctly remember it as lemony. We were on the very northern reaches of where it could grow and one year a cold snap killed off all but a few sprigs close to the ground. Those sprigs grew rapidly however, and when I last saw it a little over two years ago it was a pretty large tree.

  17. avatar
    fantasticandy | 22 January 2008 at 12:52 pm #

    hey killer..how about a couple of pics of you guys ‘fiddling about?
    that would be nice.

  18. avatar
    restaurant mark | 22 January 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    been reading every day, but no time to post…just wanted to say hope your voice is doing better…happy the shows went well for ya…nk liked it huh??? ; )
    so happy the recording has started…have fun with it

    take care

    mark

  19. avatar
    andmoreagain | 22 January 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    Killa, good lark with the album, the gig zounds great. Watched Into the Wild last nite.

  20. avatar
    andmoreagain | 22 January 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    …oops, it’s about a young guy in the early nineties who gives away his college fund, burns up his I.D., leaves his car behind and winds up in the arctic trying to live on the land for a summer. Inspiring.

  21. avatar
    fantasticandy | 22 January 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    just read about the easter sunday gig….
    how groovy is that!
    only problem is i shall be on the other side of the bloody world…
    sigh…

  22. avatar
    veleska1970 | 22 January 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    fantastic idea, fantasticandy!!! 😉

    so, howz about it, steve? we’re long overdue for some more pix.

    pleeez pleeez PLEEEEZZZ!!!! **begs**

  23. avatar
    Richard | 22 January 2008 at 11:37 pm #

    you’d like the storm clouds we get in Darwin

    they are monsters – often visible from hundreds of kms away

    at the very top you can sometimes see a hovering disc of greenish purple gas

    in the early evening, when its otherwise getting quite dark, the billowing crests of thunderheads way off to the east will still be lit up red and orange by the sun from below the horizon

    you really should see it some time

    (next Aust tour maybe?????)

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 January 2008 at 12:12 am #

    Is the new album going to be a future classic? Wouldn’t it be great to see footage of how the album is made? Perhaps something along the lines of a daily video blog. The ultimate would be a full documentary.

  25. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 23 January 2008 at 12:16 am #

    RIP Heath Ledger – 1979 – 2008. Candy was a great fucking movie. As was Two Hands. Bugger!

  26. avatar
    Cee | 23 January 2008 at 12:20 am #

    Clouds surrounding the creative process taking the musical cues and spiriting them across the sky.

    Safe crossing Heath!

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 23 January 2008 at 2:16 am #

    Correct Paul Lightfoot. Australian native and actor Heath Ledger was very talented. Candy, Brokeback Mountain and other stellar movies. It might have been an overdose or natural causes. His short earthly sojourn is over. Many fans are flocking outside his New York City crib. Tabloids will besmirch him instead of having empathy.

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 January 2008 at 8:24 am #

    its windy.


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