"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?
LITTLE AUSTIN TO HUGE HOUSTON
We do not compare floods.All disasters cause pain.
Images of dispossessed fill evacuation shelters in Austin
even when the rain here only slightly flooded roads and broke trees..
Houston ,built on swampland,is a port/an oil and gas center.
Explosions occurred.Loss of life.Toxic spills.Snakes&alligators.
Houston will rebuild.Even when fundamentally flawed,this port
will berth future disasters,despite the spirit of her citizens.
Goodwill has meant convoys from Austin to Houston and Gulf centers.
HEB sets up meals for thousands.FEMA brings in water.
Individuals ,churches,whole communities donate to assuage these losses.
The inevitable re-occurrence of property loss is deferred
while Houston's waterlogged present is mopped up.
Poetry is a warning.It does not stop floods.
It reminds us how fragile we are.Floods in Cornwall,Wimberley.
Heatwave in San Francisco.Floods in India and Tibet.
Climate disruption acknowledged .Results damage all of us.
This petition asks we heal the true cause of cyclical destruction
Say the words that will create satisfactory solutions..