Thursday, 20 September 2012


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet, is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearences with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

From the ashes of Yggdrasil

Uror,Verdandi, Skuld-Ulfhednar Kindred
It is Autumn - our elders are dying
Giant chestnuts of Europe - gone.. Dutch Elm disease (dying..)
Ringbarked and woodchipped, burning Indonesia, Sumatra, Mexico
Rainforests as canopy and habitat devastated
Third World has no more wood to burn
Walks deserts for a waterhole/no shade
when every stick is broken, saplings fail wisdom
We used to live in trees/with trees - now we only see them as fences
One World Tree has leaves falling - deciduous as seasons
Each crinkled leaf a loss of knowledge that will never come again
Petition elders just to stay with us - demonstrate their wisdom
Their spirit is strong-winds are stronger (typhoons, storms, hurricanes)
Children do not know why their ancestors are leaving
Grief @losses cost and still impending
Elder wisdom holds this thin treetrunk world together
It is not run by saplings. Love your parents in their grand passing...

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