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?"
IN PRAISE OF TOUCH
That Covid boycotted connection
Wherein and whereby all hugs ,cuddles and public affections
are censored, curtailed, controlled and curated as conditional
Until the vacc,until the herd became immune-but we are still surrounded by skin,
whether you follow heart or head,liver or kidneys or spleen-they are all within skin
Every organ susceptible to Feldenkrais,massage,shiatsu-even (touchless)Reiki
We are sensory bodies,connecting on many levels-touch being essential.
For babies who are not touched become withdrawn and depressed,
as do adults and those in solitary confinement as punishment.
We need physical connection,group hugs,to be assured and re-assured
via the Braille of our fingers and the hugs of our hands,holding each other.
This is a physical world.Our body may be a Temple,but it needs play and joy as fuel,
And,by physical contact,we find each other in the other,and find
THERE IS NO 'OTHER!"