posted on August 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm
memories…..where will they go…?

same place as dreams i guess

same place love goes when it leaves us

same place as everything

into the churning turning void

the void which swallows up even time

a horrifying nothingness

a lovely extinguishment

ego rails against it

weary sinner longs for it

all roads are leading to it

suddenly its all over

soul and spirit separate

one last look back maybe if youre lucky

relive your life in some brief flash

compressed into a moment of everything

nights days words people places

glorious triumphs bitter defeats

good deeds bad deeds

is anybody out there keeping score….?

slowly all traces disappear from this earth

your clothes get given away eventually

no one remembers yer name

no one recognises yer photo

youre  just a grey blur in the background

youre  just a plaque on a wall no one reads

youre  just a number in a great catalogue thats meaningless

all those grand plans

all that thrashing about

all that stuff you learnt n forgot about

all the folks who loved n hated ya

all the money you earned n blew

left handed right handed handsome or ugly

yeah the void is there waiting impatiently

quiet huge inexorable

everything disappearing into its great maw

until its all gone gone gone

so far gone

n away

26 Responses to “trammelled”

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    SD | 17 August 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    Just read this on twitter…

    “It is impossible to pass from being into non-being. Your loved one is still here; with the eyes of interbeing you can see her in a new form.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

    Interbeing. What a great word!

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    innerspacepilot | 17 August 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Great image! Great text! So true, so blue, but what a relief! Letting it all go – hang on to nothing. Great!

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    Wilfred Paradise | 17 August 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    Again, Hiroshima mon amour. Sing it again, Steve. Play it again, Wilfred. And it is sung so well. And right on point, yes, right on point.

    Ah, ah.

    I remember Elvis. I will remember Bob. Good chance I will remember Kilbey. But you’re gonna out-live us all, man.

    Om, om.

    Wilfred P

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 August 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    Ouch !!!! That was a bit of a let down. Neatly composed but the subject was kinda depressing. Guess ur right though. Memories are just blips on the screen i guess. Well, 3 days to my B-day. I dread them actually, birthdays. If my children fail to pop for a present or even a twinkie with a candle…im gonna roar like a true LEO does and as a wayward lion…gonna devour my own…LOL

    As Always,

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    DavidP | 17 August 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    hey sk
    a good bigger picture perspective on our temporary perspectives
    they say from the greatest sinners saints are born
    so there is hope for us all yet

    i think all the memories, dreams, loves, experiences stay within our eternal consciousness. well, at least all the learning from those things
    the ego trammells our eternal consciousness but if we can “watch and pray” like Jesus said we can merge with the void internally whilst we are still here and transcend time

    take care, be aware

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    lily was here | 17 August 2010 at 11:49 pm #

    Maybe memories go under the floorboards, inside the cracks, waiting for a song

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    lg | 18 August 2010 at 12:04 am #

    Uma verdade em cada linha!

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    Lonely City | 18 August 2010 at 1:02 am #

    It’s all part of the great Cosmos we live in! From dust to dust I guess…we are part of the Universe in that sense…made up of atoms and in return we end up the same in the end. That’s one truth we can be sure of in the beginning and end of everything or anything for that matter.

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      Cosmos | 18 August 2010 at 4:23 am #

      Steve, You can delete this post (like the memories you speak of) above if you want? It’s repeated again below with my new nickname, I simple just changed my Nickname or Username because even though i completely enjoy my painting “The Lonely City”, and always will treasure it, i usually use the Nickname or Username Cosmos…so what better time to change the name here than to change it here while explaining this post and the Universe, and wher things go? Much like my response, it can be deleted anytime or at will or changed anytime, etc. Just like brainwashing or forgetting, or simply deleting it! Hmmmm, i also named my cat Cosmo too, he’s 10 years old now and pretty spaced out or Cozmotic…so whattya know!? The Great Cosmos and the Lonely City in the avatar, great combo you think!?…I’ll keep it at that, if anyone wants to know?


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    Name | 18 August 2010 at 1:09 am #

    No! Energy is forever. (Okay, so maybe your clothes and images and stuff are gone eventually; big deal. That’s not the stuff that matters.)

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    Ryan | 18 August 2010 at 2:37 am #

    Beautiful post. Just back from a couple weeks in LA. Just the right words at the right time, SK.

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    Cosmos | 18 August 2010 at 3:56 am #

    It’s all part of the great Cosmos we live in! From dust to dust I guess…we are part of the Universe in that sense…made up of atoms and in return we end up the same in the end. That’s one truth we can be sure of in the beginning and end of everything or anything for that matter.

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    evilren | 18 August 2010 at 5:02 am #

    nobody cares when you’re gone ;^)

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    cazziem | 18 August 2010 at 5:34 am #

    So sad but true. The sentimental things that are left behind may have some emotional value to the next generation, but the next generation will just see these things as out of date and the chances are the generation that follows that one won’t even know who that smiling face if in the framed photograph on the wall.

    Fair to say that practically all of us will mean something to someone, but once we’ve left this plain? Well time passes so quickly and before you know it, we won’t mean anything to anyone!

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    thedean | 18 August 2010 at 7:24 am #

    ego rails against it – isn’t that religion?

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    Auctioneer | 18 August 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Ah memeories…they’re only so good to the beholder, a mental tape recorder. They might end up on the “Antique Roadshow” or at some “Auction” somewhere to be sold to the lowest bidder! They also might be washed away with enough heavy drug use too! Maybe drink enough vine juice and memories might fade? Hey didn’t Tears for Fears have a song “Memories Fade” or maybe it was a lyric with a song? See, i can’t remember…so that memory was tossed.

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    andy | 18 August 2010 at 9:33 am #

    it is because we are aware of our own mortality as human beings that we strive to leave a mark.
    mine will be imperceptable.
    yours less so.
    but on a cosmic scale?

    yeah….just let it all go,
    just BE.

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    simon | 18 August 2010 at 10:30 am #

    heard the new Grinderman track Steve? when are you and nick going to collaborate?

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    princey | 18 August 2010 at 10:58 am #

    So lets make the most of what we have, and enjoy the time we have left on this planet. Hey, someone will remember us, even in another time sk.

    Ooooooh, I’m so excited to see you on Spicks’n’Specks tonight Nevets….see, the evil tv DOES come in handy sometimes 🙂

    love Princey

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    Donna | 18 August 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Few names stand out in history…billions have passed away and are utterly forgotten. Ever done a family tree? Who were all those people?

    There is only ONE thing that all people have in common: they will die. We’re not guaranteed anything else: not food, not shelter, not love, not a mother, not education, not even taxes. We’re not even guaranteed that we’ll be born! You would think that more people would be concerned about the meaning of that moment, when life here “ends”.

    Jesus Christ (now there’s a name that stands out in history!)said, “What doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Even the ancient philosophers taught it matters how we live our lives, because it doesn’t end here.

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    Name | 18 August 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    History doesn’t record the mundane and masses except maybe as sorrowful waste in general descriptions… but I wouldn’t sell (any of yourselves) short — what is not the in of the masses of the now, is the art and thought that history will look for in the future. It continues and is valuable.

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    matthew | 18 August 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    and another thing… where do all my missing socks go?

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    redgrevillea | 18 August 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Lovely blog. i think these thoughts too, very much so.

    funny how people never seem to truly consider that their life could be over, tomorrow or the next month or next year or within five years or ten years, in a flash. sometimes the youngest and the best go first.

    …i certainly wish to be around for the fireworks. the clock’s about to strike midnight. i hope you and yours and whoever is reading this is around for a long time, too..


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    warpedjohn | 18 August 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Very appropriate post as I’ve been thinking about Richie Hayward , the drummer of 70’s US band Little Feat , who died August 12th 2010.( which happens to be my birthday ) There are currently 158 dedications from fans around the world on their website. Seems he will be remembered for a little while, at least.

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    hellbound heart | 19 August 2010 at 6:23 am #

    …..we all leave some kind of footprint out there steve….somebody once told me that a life is a blank page where everybody leaves their mark, imagine how many pages you have left yours on…..and look at your wonderful children, like my little one there will be a whisper of you in your grand children and great grand children…….

    love always…..

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    Crumbling Pyramid | 19 August 2010 at 7:07 am #

    Cool yet humbling thoughts.
    It seems a tragedy doesn’t it?
    I take solace in that memories, perceptions and actions are all facts.
    And facts are timeless.
    When all is gone, there will still be history.
    It DID happen.

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