Sunday, 28 December 2014


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)

Of course the temporary tables groan with post-Christmas carbs
Landlord cares for trees here-he could sell like Enchanted Forest
Make millions and move on-but here be artists in metal,wood,water ,air
Once all have imbibed of eggnog with or without,soon guitars and mandolins
and drums and spoons will magically appear -and a pickers picnic begins
Old as circle,fire,stone.Older than tribe or gatherings.Point of pilgrimage.
And we have returned to  Deep South Austin-to learn and re-learn
flight paths of the free-How to Be while others are still Be-Coming..
We are right next to the tracks-art is a paddle boat steamer with a wheel made of canoe oars
Illuminations are cheaper post-Christmas,so the wall is strung gardens.
We know each other from Snake Island ,demonstrations,Gardens
We are waiting for the 6.27pm AMTRAK from Chicago to roar through
When it does,we will howl and scream out 2014,drowned by industrial noise
Traditionally,this train is always late.So it is tonight.7.14 and we hear that low growl
HERE COME DA TRAIN!We laugh and shout and cheer and howl
with not a soul to care nor hear us.Our little world grows larger

Thank you Bill Oliver-King of the Hobo(hemians! of South Austin,Tejas,2015

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