posted on July 29, 2008 at 9:15 pm

the gently murmuring long grass
wending our way
the delta land
black angel steps forward
we follow her wandering ways
i memoryless
a merry wanderer
a good fellow well met
hefting my pack without complaint
the warm rain from heaven on my face
drops of His love soothe my burning eyes
we beside the mindless river
we lie on its banks dreaming
no sun
just a gentle grey haze
that goes on forever
one inevitable crow as a point in the sky
a blackness to emphasizing the faded grey
the vegetation is a complexity remarkable
meaning and determination the hallmark of life
the green purpose of it all still remains unknown
to exist but not have to think
decisions all removed
no right or wrong
obeying an imperative to find light
fighting your way out of the darkness of earth
to flower and bloom
wither and return
atoms burn
was there anything ever there?

28 Responses to “watch over me”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 July 2008 at 9:55 pm #


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    fantasticandy | 29 July 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    short…..and very sweet….
    ‘the mindless river’……hmmm…
    that gives me an idea.
    andy L.

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    princey | 29 July 2008 at 10:37 pm #

    “to exist but not have to think”
    I did exactly that for an hour and a half at yoga last night, it’s such a beautiful feeling to clear your mind and just “be”.
    Love Amanda

  4. avatar
    nickfiction | 29 July 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    short and sweet…. SK …. lately it seems your blogging has been quite inspired. Today’s journal was a perfect example, thanks friend, NF

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    matt davison | 30 July 2008 at 12:35 am #


  6. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 30 July 2008 at 2:06 am #

    Equally spiritual and existential prose. I love the former and dread the latter. You’re an illuminated oracle- don’t let the atheists ensnare you ! Your spiritual prose is ensouling.

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    Anonymous | 30 July 2008 at 2:45 am #

    Lets sharpen those new sets of arrows
    for the next generation of playground martyrs
    and join in the game of intolerable shame
    ‘cause everyone shares in the sins of their fathers

    Lyric from Steve Jansons record , Slope.
    ..very good

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    kat | 30 July 2008 at 5:41 am #

    very cool, sk. one of my faves by far.

    we beside the mindless river..

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 30 July 2008 at 7:44 am #

    no you watch over me…

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    camus' shade | 30 July 2008 at 10:49 am #

    ‘Equally spiritual AND existential’, Brien? Now that really WOULD be an achievement!
    Steve, you asked us not to respond to the psycho who occasionally infests this place, but yesterday y’did it y’self – and a damn fine cutting remark it was too, heh-heh-heh!

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    Hellbound Heart | 30 July 2008 at 11:39 am #

    oh, this sounds like a wonderful place to escape to…ahhhh…to float on a tranquil pillow of dreams…ahhhh…
    love always…

  12. avatar
    lily was here | 30 July 2008 at 11:57 am #

    By the gentle grey haze i was lost in the forever..mmmm xxxx

  13. avatar
    ross b | 30 July 2008 at 1:04 pm #

    i love the tranquility and sentiment of this piece, timeless like a buddhist parable..

    much respect, r.

  14. avatar
    John | 30 July 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    I’m the opposite of memoryless anymore. I hate it, hate it, hate it.

    John Garratt

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    Anonymous | 30 July 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    You sound more like a philosopher as you get older SK; I agree it is ok to be nobodies, being somebodies takes a lot of work, and what for?

    As for the comments, weeds infest, people with mental problems need help not subjective value judgements from unqualified people, people whatever their problems are not weeds; and we can only say about others what we cannot accept about ourselves. A lot of sensitive people read SK, beware not to frighten them away with the broad brush strokes.
    I’m sorry psychos bother some of you, they are some of the best artists.

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    Anonymous | 30 July 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    Weeds, schmeeds. Vermin also infest. The psycho in question is the one who accuses SK of ruining lives, etc. I suggest that qualifies him as vermin. Ergo, he infests. Thank-you so much.

  17. avatar
    Cee | 30 July 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    obeying an imperative to find light

    obedeciendo el imprescindible de encontrar la luz

    Spanish Cee Sometimes

  18. avatar
    matthew | 30 July 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    You’re on quite a roll at the moment SK, brilliant stuff, don’t ever stop

  19. avatar
    Shawn El | 30 July 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    This is awesome. Poems like these are the ones I expect to get you into literature posterity (someday). Cheers.

  20. avatar
    jax | 30 July 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    I read this beautiful missive while listening to Gong, what a nice ride..

  21. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 30 July 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    Poetic and evocative.

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    davem | 30 July 2008 at 9:45 pm #

    Would the “grey haze that goes on forever” be summer in Welwyn??!!!

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    fantasticandy | 30 July 2008 at 11:15 pm #

    oh! mr. dave!
    i think you need to be a brit to get that one……
    but i AM…and i DO!
    what a wag!
    have you been on the batemans again?

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    princey | 30 July 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    davem&fantasticandy, you guys remind me of the Two Ronnies sometimes and you make Britain sound so BLAHHHH…is it really so grey and glum up there?! 🙂

    Now where's His words to soothe my soul this mornin'?

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    questionsaboutfaith | 30 July 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    I started listening to The Church in the 1980’s. Great to know you are still going strong.

    What do you think of my blog? Maybe you can use it for inspiration/song writing?

    Keep on writing Steve!!

  26. avatar
    JJ | 31 July 2008 at 1:50 am #

    I been havin’ a stressful time, Being, and I get home open the Mac and read this tone-pome….ahhh.

    Thank you. A balm for a sore soul.


  27. avatar
    eek | 31 July 2008 at 3:15 am #

    That’s really quite lovely.

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    Anonymous | 31 July 2008 at 7:32 am #


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