Thursday, 31 January 2013


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 appearances 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)

please- meet my ghosts!

my grand father and mother ghosts-
Irish twinkle-eyed and smiling
she played piano/he a train station
my father ghost/worker and strong
not so long ago he left us.Next-friends
remembering funerals and coffins,
tears and flowers,bright gold crucifixes flashing
all when too young to understand grief and loss
Those young ones in too fast cars,too full of life to live
who smashed and crashed and burned and died/
stubbed candles .Remembering does not bring them back-
it reminds us of the flame we carry(bright fire)
that pumps blood even while we dream
and wakes us up to limits and mortalities.

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