Sunday, 19 January 2020

THOM WOODRUFF: Animal Apocalypse

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?"

Over one billion diverse animals dead on one continent(Australia)
More than a disaster via fire-loss of habitat is catastrophic
Scorched Earth policies are a tool of modern warfare
Free Fire Zones creating collateral damage
Until 'The Fire Next Time"(James Baldwin) we need to change
our love of money to a love of the land itself(and water,air and even fire)
Robert Frost posited Fire and Ice as possible Fates.We have had an Ice Age.
Who needs to burn? -to learn what all animals know-
When you smell something burning-it is time to go.

An ‘Animal Apocalypse’

As huge fires continue to burn across Australia, 27 people have died as a result. The death toll for native animals: hundreds of millions to more than 1 billion, scientists estimate. The huge numbers illustrate that, while humans can adapt somewhat to intensifying fires — through better emergency planning, more fire crews and “home hardening” — delicate ecosystems are far more vulnerable. And the devastating effects on wildlife could be a preview of what California may experience in future fire seasons.
Two injured koalas wait for treatment at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.
Two injured koalas wait for treatment at the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Tim

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