Wednesday, 20 March 2013


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, 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? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

The Not-So-Great Migration
Monarch butterflies are beautiful and storied creatures that migrate south for the winter and north for the summer, just like many humans. But this year the number of monarchs that took up their habitual winter quarters at a forest in Mexico fell to a two-decade low, to the chagrin of Mexican wildlife authorities and tourism officials who count on the butterflies as a big draw. According to the Mexican government and conservationists, the drought and heat of climate change are partly to blame, as are farming practices that have wiped out much of the milkweed that nourishes the butterflies during their commute.

Habitat on changed maps.Cities over forests
Heated huge over milkweed feasts.Gardens undercover
Roma jailed,homeless unwinged,petal teardrops
Flip thin pilgrims grim slim numbers
Forests chopped for office blacks slab Pyramids
Seen only sometimes in hidden gardens
Portents of a future starving multi-species solutions
Plant butterfly attractors in drought heart times
Watch water find rain cloud solutions
Each tear drops butterflies flip hip hop music
a dream on wings/heartbeat thin /in time
we will see connection in every flying dream..

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