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)
GREAT WARS DO NOT MAKE GREAT ART ("I am a camera")
No poetry in the arc of falling bomb,nor ugly toy drone
nor shell shocked patients recovering from concussion
Bright minds encounter official violence-and are silenced
Kampuchea to China,Iran to Iraq-poetry scraps white flags
There are words-"holocaust"."casualties""attrition"
None of them have bells of beauty ringing
Trot out the corpses of Sassoon,Owen,Blunden
Not one word will stop the next war coming.
"for men who die like cattle"-white crosses
for men who live in peace-white feathers
worship of the wounded warrior-shell shock/PTSD
for those who find their words-"the pity of it"
for those made numb or dead-orations/folded flags