Wednesday, 21 August 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)

HOBBIT HOUSE, Woolloomooloo 1967

Landlord banging on the front door-"I WANT MY RENT!"
Laughter in the hidden hallways,as we outwaited him
Cat and mouse.Rats in wiring.Cockroach squat.
Shared house in Erskineville.My friend Clive rides up
on a 1200 cc Laverda Road Bike."Want out?YES!
100 miles an hour later,losing all i own out of my backpack
Scratch marks on his leather jacket."Thom-you must learn to trust me..
Army camp squats -bed for the night two pounds.Youth Hostels.
Sleeping on railway platforms.In airports.Alleyways
Being young and dispossessed a charm
that only wears off with age.

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