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)
LOSS OF LIGHT
Benefits of age include knowing those who passed through-
caravans of astrologers/boatloads of philosophers/thimble full of visionaries
Those bright enough to illumine us temporarily/so that we might drink
epiphanies/be awakened /like turning dim light bulbs ON
just to watch darkness retreat.To conjure names is not enough-
each individual gone from us is a planet lost-spinning in a different galaxy
They became evident to our visible spectrum only when
we actually stopped our car engines.Got outside ourselves-looked UP!Counted stars
Too many for our little eyes-too old and deep and wise
Flashing past splashed heavens like laughing astronauts.They are not ghosts!
They come alive every time we remember them alive!
Their Light survives!