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Monday, 29 September 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)

The Reconfigured Utopia | OPEN Magazine
VATICAN CITY vs Makkah al-Mukarramah
Pilgrims come to Rome ,are blessed by the Pope in Vatican square
They are shuffled past treasures of art,sculpture and architecture
They take home souvenirs of their short stay in Vatican City
Same for pilgrims performing Hajj @the Kabba in Mecca
Only now a Clock Tower .Now a Makkah Hilton.
Soon 130 skyscrapers towering above the Sacred Mosque
Soon Mecca will accommodate 5 million pilgrims
"Saudi Las Vegas"already has Souk Gaza,Souk al-Lai selling trinkets
Real estate is sold with no new sewage system to deal with huge numbers
History is demolished for car parks and (expensive)markets.Homes of the first and second Caliphs already gone
Soon even Jabal al-Nur(that mountain with a cave Mohamed meditated within)will be built over.
Mammon meets Mecca.Baal builds bazaars.Steel and concrete gods dwarf heroes &history repeats
Class,status,money and power matter here,as much as @the Vatican bank.
Here is where the values of Crusade and jihad merge-with Mutawwa,Mukhabarat and Bedouin guards.

Beheadings continue.Torture of guilty (and innocent).Do not be poor (or black-or a woman!)in Paradise!

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