Sunday, 29 December 2013

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

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 WAR 2014
MY GRANDFATHER WAS AN ARMY COOK IN CAIRO
He sent us mortar shell casings-ornamental on our shelves
He and his whole generation long buried .Gone,forgotten
Great mistakes made.Gas attacks.Cavalry against tanks.
Whole navies sank .Too many young cannon fodder-
fighting in the tactics of the Last War.A century later
all is black and white(newsreels)/poor photography.
We still suffer gas attacks.Still war when wanted.
Time has simply mutated modes of mass killing
to terrorist bomb attacks and random massacres.
Knowledge does not change us.Wars waste us.

It was never "Great".Millions of white crosses.Silenced.

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