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)
LOVE THE LIVING
before they tour with an antique band with missing members
before they only play their hits from the 70s
before eccentric lifestyles present the bill "for services rendered"
before another compilation CD is re-released to a diminishing market
before people start to notice lines,baldness,fluffed lyrics
before they date your daughters/and the daughters remember Freud
before they lose the plot,the wife,the house,the car,the cash
before people forget "OGDEN'S NUT GONE FLAKE"
before carbon footprints cease all possible touring
before genius is found guilty of ageism
before no one buys any thing-upload this to your memory banks!
LOVE THE LIVING (while they are still here to defy your fear
of being them!