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)
STOLEN FROM JACQUES PREVERT
1. Dead man goes fishing
throws his line in -
"Where are my maggots?"
goes back to the graveyard -
gates are locked!
"Where is my key?"
(must be by the river - goes back to river - sees key in the river
thinks: "Keys should be made of cork,
so they might at least float!"
Dives in to retrieve/huge fish sees/eats him
He thinks: "some days are worse than this!"
Fish thinks: "Too many bones - not enough flesh!"
2. Lion in a cage - customers charged to see WILD LION!
Lion tamer comes in with chair, whip, gun
Lion thinks: "this is unusual behavior!"
When the tamer provokes him, he starts to eat him.
Customers beat the lion with their umbrellas.
An Englishman comments: "I KNEW this would happen!"
French customers beat HIM with their umbrellas.
Lion thinks: "So! I am not the only one having a bad day!"
3. Despair sits with cynicism on a park bench.
You try to walk past without ennui. They call to you.
If you acknowledge or respond, you know you will regret
If you do not, you will no longer be as disappointed as the French!