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)
EACH MORNING I ASK MYSELF
WILL I GO BACK TO SLEEP?
(Sometimes there is choice..So Be It!
AWAKE NOW!(no going back(I take the time
to grow slower.If i speed,i lose/links between things
If i go too slow-i sleep/between dreams.
I am always.Between
ALL MY LIFE IS CITIES(Capitals,mostly-
Anonymous crowds/maximum stimulus/cultural accretions
rising up to greet us.If i were country(one stage,one voice,one life,no choice)
Life as a jukebox.Give me History's Greatest Hits.Play that Top 100
Out of sequence!
Above the gunfire(before and after-
there are Cafes-for coffee/conversation
demands attention.The demographics of'"democracy"
demand definition.Not by body count/nor houses demolished
Not by drones,guns,bombs-not even these toys
that look so like/their little owners.In fact-they are!
ALL EYE ASK IS THAT IT SPEAK TO ME!
off page/stage/out of pasts/into bright eyes maps of new/now.
To find a path between thorn&rainbow/leap fish &waterfall/trap,rise,catch,release
Between what is and what is not.