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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


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)

CLICHES KILL
How many shot bodies
would seek repeal of "gun rights?"
(Guns don't have rights-people have rights
And getting fewer by the bullet
Bullets are like bricks-materiel
Yet without them-fewer walls and deaths
I can live without guns quite well
Words,and art,and dance and drama-no
They are core to this communication we enjoy
Which is truncated by a single bullet.
I find it strange when folk argue for limitations
I have walked down these same streets seeking peace
It never comes"from the barrel of a gun"
There was a massacre outside my home
It was the start of a plague of violent irrational acts
until the government( right wing government)
confiscated all weapons.Those left were owned by licensed hunters
Massacres stopped.I argue for you-not to play with words
More to increase our capacities to articulate freely without self-censorship

or any need to use violence to prove control is a false god.

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