Wednesday, 20 February 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)

Bradley Manning placed in solitary confinement 
Conscientious objectors given white feathers and jail sentences
Quakers punished for their pacifist beliefs
Civilians bombed,shot,assassinated /droned to death
Wars kill us and make arms dealers profits
Since spear,fire,knife,weapon-we have attacked each other
and the soft have been stoned by the hard
Look @where and why wars inflame your imminent demise-
Syria,Sudan,Mali,Yemen-all undeclared yet just as deadly
as Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan!
If"the truth will set us free"why is Assange surrounded by Brit police?
What drives hackers to self-suicide(Prosecution/persecution)
When can we be told the true costs of silence?(violence!

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