Friday, 2 November 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)

40 days and forty nights

Consider his Cheshire Cat smile - wide, secure, soft, affirming
Consider his laptop (always perched on his lap - ready and waiting
His story was three. He fell. Now we speak of him - for 40 days and nights
because he was part of the Porch Life@vanished Ruta Maya
as that tribe diminishes for want of watering holes. Because he was Tall Yoda-
always smiling, affable - always affirming, able to be homeless and yet housed everywhere
So folk came to Happy Jacks to bring his friendship back to life
And some will come to THRICE to continue. An altar of candles, flowers, photographs
gave light under a Taurus moon. He left before it was full
None thought it would be so soon. We assumed his immortality
We are less for loss of his bright company. Individuals rose up to the mike
to affirm their links with him. He is not here to contradict them. All is well.
Night will swallow everyone. That is why we will outrun endings
For 40 days and 40 nights - we will remember him!

STEVE BRADSHAW (gone but not forgotten!)

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