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)
SOME CHILDREN MAY NEVER KNOW WHAT REAL FOOD IS
some city folk may never ride a horse
or smoke real (rolling)tobacco
or recognize a horse trough,or a saddle bar or hitching rail
some will never shoe a horse
or recognize horse droppings in their streets
after parades and circuses and Presidencies
always the shovellers/not talking heads
more day laborers.Someone has to do it-
create Potemkin Villages for Hollywood
Someone makes those illusory special effects
featuring the destruction of China
Guns and guards and continuous assessment in schools
but no real food.Ketchup is not a vegetable!
Ritalin and self-medication is not healing!
In rest homes,they bring in cats,comfort dogs
birds in cages-gentle reminders of what we are not.
Perhaps hands on a horse rather than a car body
might restore our inner wilderness/even in a locked ward.