Monday, 22 October 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)

MONKEY? or GORILLA? (Tribalist Kabuki)

Bananas got to vote as to who would lead them.
each one could not trust other bananas ,
so they delegated responsibilities to candidates,
who promised not to eat them. Bananas are a cash crop
and each vote has a price tag. Bunches of bananas grouped together
as a pressure group. Bought PACs of bananas/skinned them/
served them up as banana banquets (bequests)
Some bananas were bribed (bent bananas, corrupted, over-ripe)
Some were sliced, diced, apportioned in gerrymandered orchards.
Some developed spots from excessive exposure or extreme political weather.
Some monkeys skidded on banana peels/some gorillas threw bananas at spectators.
After a while, bananas began to realize/neither monkey nor gorilla
had their best banana interests at heart. They sought coalitions with other fruits and vegetables.
This best explains why it's still a jungle out there -
and matter who throws the banana (vote), its appeal is still slippery!

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