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Thursday, 30 January 2014


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)

how deep? how far? waters of songs

tap.tap. ancestral.subterranean.to sing - not solitary - more communal
folk stories - for and on behalf of causes necessary - for survival
-for rivers/clean,clear,flowing ,redeemed from corporate toxicities
Then voice-to reclaim from obedience and silence and with a ROAR!
to show what one soul with a banjo can do in Weaving Company
Even now,we bring his songs to demonstrations/as if time
has not unlocked the secrets of change/and we begin again
on a blank page and an empty stage.For every cause is First Cause
Every issue is vital/elemental.Peace,prosperity,human rights-
freedom of speech and assembly - if limited,lost. Cost is high.
Commitment means our dreams are put on trial (like our Future)
They always try to shoot the messenger. Innocent we are-
singing in solutions.Each one listening to our ancestors -
Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger - our folk tradition/sing ON!

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