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)
YOUNG TAGGERS, WRITING ON A TRAIN
Graffiti artists in gold and silver spray aerosol
vs initials of brag &boast KILROY WAS HERE!
Pyramids and Colosseums,Pompeii and Chenobyl boast initials
of those who otherwise would be forgotten
Immortality is another language/for those whose day is only now.
Art Gallery on wheels-or moving advertisements?
Inside sleeping cars,dreaming passengers
Outside freight emptiness-bright vandals!
Ghost ancients hopped freight cars open and slow
but railroad dicks made them into beaten ghosts
Now carriages are locked even when empty
Refugees need ride the rails on the roof
Click clack TICKETS PLEASE!(we have none..
we ride bright sun skies not sleeping
lest we fall from grace onto tracks unforgiving
Borders mean guards and guns,dogs and drugs
We have only our skin-beaten.Only our own ghosts
riding on a train,down tracks stained with