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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, 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 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?

LEO TOLSTOY, VEGETARIAN
FROM OVID'S "METAMORPHOSES"
to Leo Tolstoy,it has not escaped
the attention of writers/that violence flavors our foods.
Even plants violently ripped from their soil
will carry the marks of their treatment as much as caged chickens
and tortured lambs and cattle.If we respected ourselves
we would not kill and waste,sell and profit.
Prayers like these are conscious choices.
They are lost in huge Supermarkets/forgotten as a food chain
It is only when e coli or salmonella
reaps  fecal recalls and illness creeps into our closed salmon system
That we recall waterfalls and wild rivers
and reject the plastic coated /plastic food factory
carved cadavers.

http:www.spiritthom.com-

Mon 11-BUZZMILL 8pm w/Stephanie J Morrissey
Wed 13-HARRIETS WRITING GROUP@Full English Cafe 1-3pm Hosted by Robin Barratt-then OPEN STAGE 6-9pm@615 Radam Lane 78745



On Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10:09:03 AM CDT, Lapham's Quarterly <editorial@laphamsquarterly.org> wrote:


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The novelist takes a stand on food.

BORN ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1828, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy had lots to say about families, about war, and about food. Specifically, he wondered: Why do we eat animals? What happens to us when we do? And above all: when will we stop?

1892 | Yasnaya Polyana

Leo Tolstoy is Not an Ostrich

In fasting, if he seriously and sincerely seeks a good life, the first from which a man will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because, to say nothing of the excitation of the passions which this food produces, its use is directly immoral, since it demands an act which is contrary to our moral sense—murder—and is provoked only by the desire and craving for good eating.

Why abstinence from animal food will be the first work of fasting and a moral life has excellently been said, not by one man, but by the whole of humanity, in the persons of its best representatives in the course of the whole conscious life of humanity.

“But why, if the illegality, that is, the immorality, of animal food has for so long a time been known to humanity, have men not yet come to recognize this law?” is what those men will ask who are generally guided not so much by their reason as by public opinion. The answer to this question is this, that the moral progress of humanity, which forms the basis of every progress, always takes place slowly, but that the symptom of the true, not the accidental, progress is its unceasingness and constant acceleration.


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