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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

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 Thom'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?

HUMAN LIBERATION
EVERY NIGHT,@OPEN MICS
We share our personal Mythologies
For some, a single word(FREEDOM!)
For others, a series of haiku. Still more
implore our attention to their own dreaming,
so our divergent paths might gain respect and recognition.
As soon as we leave, we are melting icebergs
Perhaps a drop of water in a teardrop desert
Maybe oasis in emotional drought. Each night begins
with a blank page and an empty stage. Each night never really ends..
We re-convene with strangers until we hear each other clearly
Then we re-write our personal Bill of Rights and launch new Human Constitutions..


Comfort for the Doomed
Every Sunday and Wednesday night outside the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, animal rights activists gather for a mission of compassion. When semi-trucks full of pigs pull up to the gates, they stop for two minutes, so that the activists can give water and comfort to the animals headed for slaughter. “Even though we’re not going to save one single pig, what we can offer for just a second is basic decency for a living being,” says one participant. Today’s Column One looks at a ritual that plays out peacefully in the night.

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