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Monday, 24 October 2016

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, 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 within 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?"

WHEN WE WERE YOUNG
(we were very very young)
and we wanted peace in a time of war
everyone was GUNG HO!
against UNCLE HO!
ready to Napalm/Agent Orange
Bomb the beJesus out of Vietnam
One or two were brave in public view
to stand up to the military push
They embraced peace and rationality
Hounded by all who could only see
war as progress.Death took too many youth.
We were grateful then for such as Tom Haydn
We remain grateful for the existence and activism
of so few brave men/standing up for peaceful civilians..
In an age of Wikileaks /Chelsea Manning and exiled Assange
Remember Tom Hayden!
Chuck Taylor and 3 others shared a link.

Tom Hayden, a 1960s radical who was in the vanguard of the movement to stop…
latimes.com|By Los Angeles Times

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