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Sunday, 15 November 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 and 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?" 

VOLTAIRE 2015
LIKE SOCRATES,IF HE WERE ALIVE
he would be put to death.Think of Wikileaks.
Think of journalists assassinated.Think of truth tellers
reading books of poetry while Trump trumpets.
Books not guns.Food not bombs.Hungry world cannot eat fear.
It turns to anger in their guts.Forget scapegoats.Forget sacrifice.
Forget ancient quarrels(eye for an eye for an eye)
Start again.Seeking friends.Associations.Freedoms(of speech,assembly,movement)
If we are human,we will find common cause.Peace.sanity.Care.Compassion.Healing over horrors.
Core truths ("We find these truths to be self-evident")unite us
Reach for your Browning-your philosophers,your poets.
Free Chelsea Manning.Welcome Edward Snowden.
We wish to walk these streets as parks and gardens,not armed camps.
Welcome ,refugees.Let us connect to our Veterans on these streets.
Homes for every body.Human speech.Human communities..

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Voltaire, the clearest of Enlightenment thinkers wrote those words in his 1765 essay, 'Questions sur les miracles.' And they resonate as much now, 250 years…
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