Tuesday, 16 April 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)

Scarcity creates value.They are not making any more land
and it costs the earth to get to the moon.So-no moon base
Dollar once had a gold standard(they changed the rules)
now Euros and yuan dispute exchange rates in reality
and Second Life has alternative virtual currencies.You want real?
Buy a Bitcoin for $200!Create your own contemporary currency
I propose POEM as a standard of value.Exchange rate might start
(like art)-with the demotic,argot and vernacular-like country music lyrics
Move on to haiku(worth a dollar or two)/couplets(ditto)
Rhyme costs more-as you implore all for writings on your FACEBOOK wall
Rhythmic rap pap,hip-hopping lyrics-all bring that gold chain slave bling bling 
More when you score an opera,or soundtrack a moving image.Some words are priceless!
Some sold on PRICELINE!Bargain basement idiomatic texts and Tweets for our time.
Musicians know that glow that comes from illumined visions.Markets know exchange as the prime mechanism
Make your own meaning!See who buys into it!Virtual or real,you can print your own currency in 3D
The only question left is-who believes?

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