posted on August 1, 2006 at 4:38 am

city in the jungle
electrical disturbance
memory of lemuria
forked lightning crash in the trees
alligator tooth flash swamp blur
slithering sound
reptile god sacrifices black lake
union with nature
man inside circle
weilding great magic
princess from other places
somehow became empress here
everything is recurring
this moment on and on
now breathe
feel the inward become the outward
and outward inward
hot humid night enveloping us
are you with me?
hot humid night holding us secure
the lord of the universe
holds all the planets and everything else
the stars and suns
effortlessly in place
through his will everything is happening
all that lives now will live forever
all that that has never lived will never live
luxury as a waste of time
flight from material
love only binding it all together
we are part of this
the night opens to accept you at last
music begins on beautiful but mournful instruments
sing, women
sing the song of the endless jungle and the endless sea
sing the songs
that brought you to me
my glimpses are confused
what were you expecting?
this is million years in past or future
these terms no absolute meaning
jungle outside of time
man and beast and spirits and jungle equals one
man and woman equal one
all things as one thing
one thing as everything
the one thing says
so you can dig me as you surely must
i appear as so and so
(insert god name here)
but although i am him i am also not
and i dig the way your people have lived
in this jungle
and have dived deep inside yourselves
and put it all together……
monkeys screaming in the windlashed trees
baboons attack a messenger
witches lizards slow worms
winged eel fingerling
evil must always be i suppose
someone cooking up a jinx or a hex
voodoo ceremonica authentica
sorceress change
pigs into men
this isle is full of noises
parrots explode from the trees
in red yellow green screech
things caught in traps scream in the wind
the gibbets grim occupant
the plague
temple and vine
sunset and dawn
closes his books
the journey is over
but still travelling
the play is over in someway
but the acting goes on
swimming pools empty and glowing
stunted trees
boulevards and palm
everything green burst of lives
all take the same sun and earth
and fashion some different aspect of the thing
unique perfect
water miracle liquid bouyant
underwater virgin ghost bones almost glimmer
darkness squeezes the jungle city
the tops burst open and the people climb out
naked stripteasing lantern crowded drunk and brutal
fights break out
teeth smash blood spit rage fist crumpling slow
fires burn out in the poor quarters
enemies ride in on horsebacks
they spear us as we escape
the jungle strangles them
and closes in again
shiva dances
creation is re enfolded into itself
everything on the point of a needle
are you ready?
the night is warm and inviting
ive lost my head a little
im drinking jungle juice
and im slightly poisoned
and the rains starts gentle again
the jungle luxuriates
the canopy like our roof
we enter the domed house of zeus
we enter the cave where the sybil lives
we swim in the dark waters
we cleanse and purify ourselves
we await instruction
the night and the jungle and the heat are out there
in here is me and god and you i guess
we watch one another
separation anxiety
separation illusion
when you learn to overide the brute
when you can go against yourself
when you can change and change and change
when you are ready
really ready
and only then
not before

50 Responses to “we reach the horizon”

  1. avatar
    syrinx | 1 August 2006 at 5:43 am #



  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 5:55 am #

    man, do you ever switch off dude?

  3. avatar
    The Other One | 1 August 2006 at 6:14 am #

    I don’t feel comfortable sitting here on top. [oh this is so rare, I’m used to feel flamboyant at the top] So I won’t write anything that’s brilliantly packaged, emotionally encrypted and insignificant for the Great Beyond inside its pretentiousness.
    I won’t speak of growth and how I’ve been feeling anguished by Eternity which was never (?) so clear and crystallized. I fear when an idea becomes an experience (talking of readiness, huh?). Is readiness willingness? You say yesterday you weren’t ready but who will you be tomorrow to say that you’re ready today? Have you ever feel paralysed before this feeling that it never ends?
    I was an existentialist the whole day, I won’t be now just before going to sleep.
    You see? All the things we don’t want to do, all the things we don’t want to be…while we’re professing them we’re already doing and being. To say that you forget at will? If there’s will you’re not forgetting. But yes, I believe in exercises, censorship, repression. They do exist.
    No, I didn’t write anything here. I just came to say
    (eternal circle)
    I wish you a good day.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 6:20 am #

    quote of the day:
    “Once again, we’re speaking here of the shadow realms, like those hinted at in Eyes Wide Shut, where nothing is ever for certain, nor can anything be taken for granted”.

  5. avatar
    Altres | 1 August 2006 at 6:28 am #

    That was definitly in your top 10 blogs all year Steve. What beautiful poetry to head off to work with.

  6. avatar
    bucks burnett | 1 August 2006 at 6:36 am #


    I am xeroxing this blog
    And faxing it
    To the video screen
    Of a cell phone

    It is the intellectual property
    Of an intellectual who owns property
    I am texting my emotions
    To a busy signal god

    bb 8/1/2006

  7. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 August 2006 at 6:54 am #

    sun zoom spark,sun zoom spark.

  8. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 1 August 2006 at 7:27 am #

    what the @#$%&! is in your jungle juice, me want some…

  9. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 1 August 2006 at 7:37 am #

    Just the other day I was thinking
    that all of the things that truly make me happy
    cost me absolutely nothing
    except a little spiritual effort
    (and effort isn’t the right word for it,
    it’s a joy)

    beautiful blog, sk
    you are a gifted man
    keep feeling those vibrations
    i’m glad you share them with us

  10. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 1 August 2006 at 7:39 am #

    “The heart infused with these organic crimes,
    We delude ourselves, poison our minds.”

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 7:40 am #

    i like it better whn he just tells us about his day.

    am i gonnna get crucified for saying that?

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 8:01 am #

    G’day sk,

    Am enjoying armchair travels around America. You paint a fine picture. So glad the concerts are going great. Hope you’ve recruited lots more bloggers – we want our boy Worlds’ No. 1. Go Nevets!

    Hope to see you playing back in Sydney after tour. It’s been a while since Wine Banq. Let us know the time and place and D & T will be there – that’s fer sure!

    Lotsa love
    Lady Di

  13. avatar
    Jesuskrishna | 1 August 2006 at 8:16 am #

    for comment #11
    anonymous @ 5.40
    he did just tell us about his day….

  14. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 1 August 2006 at 9:43 am #

    Unreal. Like some Hieryonymus Bosch vision, painted with words, not a brush. Brilliant, Steve.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 10:27 am #

    Wow sk, that was so beautiful, I’m gonna cry…….
    Amanda P

  16. avatar
    veleska1970 | 1 August 2006 at 10:57 am #

    a most excellent vision today. beautiful.

    (can i have some of that jungle juice??)

    lotza love….

  17. avatar
    Daberhasher | 1 August 2006 at 11:25 am #

    wow, something beautiful can come out of Florida… from the desert to the once upon a time jungle, well attuned… didja know they got mangy panthers down there?…
    sleek black ones, roaming the swamps…. anyhow, wonderfull post from a mostly ruined land…

    ee… ft. lauderdalian by birth…

  18. avatar
    sue cee | 1 August 2006 at 11:27 am #

    now if you could just put that one to music…yours, not mind.. beautiful… with you all the way

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 12:23 pm #


    Looking forward to seeing you at HOB here in Orlando Wed hope my boys and I can get to say hi. All pumped up for the show

    Steve in Florida

  20. avatar
    tokin'jester | 1 August 2006 at 12:39 pm #

    There ya go again ;(see how y’are)leavin’ us wantin’ more—well done.

  21. avatar
    farmboy | 1 August 2006 at 1:32 pm #

    the muse is alive and well and living in the everglades; who’d have thunk it? guess she just needed a better receiver. thanks for yet another thing of beauty, sk.

  22. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 August 2006 at 2:34 pm #

    beautiful. hanging on for the ride.

    as a writer of travel lit, i’m a firm believer that only so much can be conveyed by literal description. that can’t capture the essence of a place. i think you get far closer to that essence through the poetry, the images, the feelings, that a place inspires. you’ve demonstrated that so well these past few days, from the desert onwards. ’tis why your work has been such an influence on my humble efforts. i tip my fez to you, bard.


  23. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 1 August 2006 at 2:40 pm #

    Hern and Hestia comfort us come November!
    Thank you for the vision, inspiration, celebration, cerebral vibration. I’ll join you in the circle at the finish line.

  24. avatar
    daniel | 1 August 2006 at 2:40 pm #

    brilliant, mon vieux–calvo would have gasped…

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 2:57 pm #

    words of treasure,riches for the soul.Bury them in our memory to dig up years later.This poem blew both my minds.Thanks .Inspired.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 August 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    Welcome to the jungle. If you think you’re in the jungle now, wait til you pull into Myrtle Beach. Ha ha ha ha…

  27. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 1 August 2006 at 4:59 pm #

    We make jungle juice with Everclear (grain alcohol!) and fruit punch. I doubt that’s what he’s drinkin, but you pretty much start blabbing the same way. Well, not as poetically.

  28. avatar
    davem | 1 August 2006 at 6:24 pm #

    That was beautiful. Sometimes (frequently) I feel intimidated by the quality of your words. I guess that’s just the ol’ ego & I apologise. Today I feel enriched. Thanks for sharing. Todays entry will look just fab in the book come November. You are still doing the blog book?
    Love you more,


  29. avatar
    Chela | 1 August 2006 at 7:28 pm #

    Are the creepy crawlies gigantorous out there? And I don’t mean the folx in the music biz.

  30. avatar
    DJK082067 | 1 August 2006 at 8:27 pm #

    With grace SK…waiting patiently for your arrival in the windy city some seventeen anxious days. My mesaage may mean little to all, yet so much more to me:

    A mountain yet to climb
    many along the way have stumbled
    only to be lended a hand of help
    to venture onward.

    Years pass by as smoke dances in the darkness of a cool night
    searching for the treaure dearly;
    music and each other.

    Eternity is not to be questioned,
    intentions within actions only set the tone of peace forever if attempted.

    Travel together any chosen path hand upon hand for integrity will guide you as a distant sound fills the open space.


    Enjoy This Life.

  31. avatar
    the dean | 1 August 2006 at 10:32 pm #

    the sunlit path

  32. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 August 2006 at 10:40 pm #


    Making a little-known second post to the comment section to show ya my new web site

    Wrote pretty much all of it meself, despite technical ineptness. Thought my fellow fiends might appreciate that I mentioned the great SK as one of my main influences on the Writing page of my site. Hoping to keep spreading the word, one click at a time….


  33. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 1 August 2006 at 11:12 pm #

    You are in seriously GREAT company on Ryan’s wesbite! And you deserve to be there….wonderful work on the site BTW Ryan. 🙂

  34. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 1 August 2006 at 11:26 pm #

    You’re an inspiration!

  35. avatar
    mike a | 2 August 2006 at 1:49 am #

    Good site Ryan!!

    Sk – your words are magnificent!!

  36. avatar
    CSTCoach | 2 August 2006 at 2:04 am #

    Thanks very much amigos! i didn’t actually expect anyone to reply… don’t wanna clog up this blogspace 😉 i’m glad you liked it, though!

    I squeeze in references to The Church and SK every chance I get. If all of us on here do just a little bit, perhaps these guys will get some of the money and recognition that they so richly deserve.

  37. avatar
    limebeaver | 2 August 2006 at 2:26 am #

    wow, that was fab.
    Keep on bringing it on… please please…
    Can anybody tell of how the tour is going? I keep reading things on here saying about small crowds. Dammit! I wants hordes of adoring fiends!

    big love
    limebeaver now with extra blog

  38. avatar
    limebeaver | 2 August 2006 at 2:27 am #

    forgot to say, good work Ryan.
    I couldn’t agree more.
    Very sound sentiments.


  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2006 at 3:52 am #

    You’d think being in Florida you’d be musing about swimmin pools & motorcars.
    My mate saw the Strokes in NZ last nite – theyd got off the plane from Tokyo that day & they were pissed on stage 5 outta 10.
    Meanwhile I’m off to see Jason Mraz at the Forum tonite – they say it’s a great live venue – capacity 1200 – it’d be really good to see the Church there this year.

    Dutch Pierre

  40. avatar
    Trickster | 2 August 2006 at 4:05 am #

    I’ll stick with the desert under the everlasting sky.

  41. avatar
    veleska1970 | 2 August 2006 at 4:22 am #

    very nice, ryan!! i would certainly like to see more.

    limebeaver, we’re all just as frustrated as you are. as i was telling queen h, if the church were playing in a broom closet and i was the only fan there, i would not hesitate to support them. but the fact that they are not as noticed as they should be is a crime.

  42. avatar
    Rehan | 2 August 2006 at 5:35 am #

    You sure know how to hold that long lunar note …and let it float! WOW!

  43. avatar
    daniel | 2 August 2006 at 8:37 am #

    “calvino” not “calvo” OOPS!!! accidentally combined two great “italo’s” (svevo and calvino!!)

  44. avatar
    isolde | 2 August 2006 at 1:09 pm #

    sk aye, hear, dig, respect
    an enchanting prospect
    the 24 books of prospero i expect
    no more no less from love’s aspect

    ryan some other writers on the fly
    have lured this reader by and by
    wilfred thesiger, te lawrence, eric newby, robyn davidson, italo calvino, laurens van der post, thor heyerdahl, lorenzo riccardi, freya stark, tim severin, and nicholas shakespeare’s biography of bruce chatwin

  45. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2006 at 1:20 pm #

    Why do people feel compelled to whore their own works and add their own “writing” on Kilbey’s blog? Figure out other marketing strategies please.

  46. avatar
    John Garratt | 2 August 2006 at 1:49 pm #

    The color is gone from the world.

  47. avatar
    DJK082067 | 2 August 2006 at 7:38 pm #

    Hey anonymous at 11:20pm. Even though I value your opinion you may want to rethink the concept of this “blog”, We are following the creator SK and embelishing his journey. Sometimes we like to offer our thoughts and prayers, and sometimes we are inticed by SK’s magic to share our ideas and feelings of this world. I am a artist,published poet,musician, and creator of the mystiqe myself for over 23 years, as you bare witness to some earlier time points on this any many other blog responses. I have bare witness to the beauty of The Church since 11/84 in Chicago and have been graced by their presence 7 times in the Chicagoland area over the past 22 years and I am waiting patiently for their return on 08/18. And as SK described in his BLOGS, I will not tolerate the ignorance of dulldrum noise from the so-called faithfuls that fine evening. So please share with all of us your creative side. I do no need this as a sounding board for my creations. I only use this to share and inspire.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 August 2006 at 8:11 pm #

    wow, how do you manage to keep in touch with the little voice inside your head? mine has been drowned by life over the years. you inspire me to find her again and reunite. looking forward to more of your brilliance…


  49. avatar
    captainmission | 4 August 2006 at 12:10 am #

    i want what he’s on
    steve….now you’re cooking with gas, what a fantastic little trip, undoing yourself down in swampland, with the jungle and the trees, voodoo childe, dancing on a pin, angels herald, hark the sound of trumpets, but i hear the sound of mandolin.

  50. avatar
    Greg | 16 August 2006 at 5:54 pm #

    Steve–your words seem to describe the landscape you’ve seen after leaving New Orleans–my city, tattered, but alive. You and the band played a great, killer show at House of Blues there on 7/29, and I was there, seeing the Church for the 5th time–in a different setting, but an excellent show all the same. Although I met you guys backstage at Tipitina’s in 1988, I wanted to meet you again this year–mainly to talk to you about painting, because, I too am an artist. I love your stuff–lots of color, which I like to do as well. But, since I didn’t get to talk to you, I’ll leave my message here!! Great show, always good to see you, and I bought lots of merchandise!! thanks for everything!! P.S. please tell Marty that N.O. has a lot more fish than catfish!! Peace~~Greg

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