"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?
WHERE DID YOU FIND HAPPINESS TODAY?
TO BE WITH THOSE OF KINSHIP
Of common language and of cultures
Shared and understood together/in solidarity
She who had been to Palestine said those who had not
were subject to propaganda that imprisoned lots
Those under language imperialism/those with no language
Those between host and foreign dialects
where land is wealth and inheritance.Speech
may be a river,but springs of cultures ensure the flow.
There are worlds beyond the world we know
January 26: Happiness is being back on Wiradjuri country
I was happy to arrive back on country today to start studying the Wiradjuri language with Uncle Stan Grant Snr at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. I’m really looking forward to being on this new journey with a group of committed students all seeking the same cultural knowledge.
My arrival here came after a day of mixed emotions on what is now standard on January 26. My timelines on social media today were generally full of the solidarity I know within my own circles but also beyond, as 10s of 1000s of people marched nationally in a show of unity and acknowledgement that it’s time to change the date of a national celebration.
My wonderful day included meeting three Kaurna women at Sydney airport. They were on their way home after the march. We talked books and writing. I then bumped into Adam Goodes and his gorgeous wife on the way to the gate. I had dinner with one of the other students here and had a catch up about life. And these moments far outweigh the few injections of race-hate into my day today. Those injections stung, as injections do, but they did not beat me, because love and kindness will always win over hatred and intolerance.
So, where did you find happiness today??