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)
AS OLDE AUSTIN EVICTS ITSELF
HIGH RENTS/HIGH RATES OF EVICTION
Single stories give rise to high rise
with inadequate street parking
Flimsy slums of the future compete
with traditional homes with high price tags
Even when the housing stock is full
Rents still remain on the rise
Do not be poor or homeless in Austin!
Inadequate shelters and police harassment
mean it is illegal to sleep in public-
even under bridges,in parks,at bus shelters
The myth of Austin is just that-low paid work
means many jobs the necessity.Even the rich
find costs too high for effective investment.
Boom and bust the pattern over decades-
lucky the Lounge to find a new spot
Until rents rise and another Austin
nostalgic music memory is made..
The iconic Horseshoe Lounge will close its doors this weekend, marking the end of a 50-year tradition on South Lamar. The ‘Shoe,
365thingsaustin.com|By Kristy Owen