Iain S. Thomas

Archive for September, 2013|Monthly archive page

Sacred Grammar #3: *

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm


Refers to the star a person becomes when they live a life and become the center point of a collection of people and experiences that make them who they are.

It can be described as simply who and what they pull together to become something new.

For example:

“All the photos on your hard drive, anyone you’ve ever touched, with a hand or a word, your feelings, the sky and the ocean, you are the * that binds them all together.”


In Uncategorized on September 23, 2013 at 9:10 am

I’ve never heard of it

But it’s got the strange sound new words have

Like Osama Bin Laden

And you learn the way it sounds

So you can say it often

Because you know you’ll need to

When everyone gets together

To solve the country’s problems

From the comfort of our MacBooks


From my forthcoming collection of poems about growing up and living in South Africa.  

Stare Straight Ahead

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

I know you have problems son

But today I’m staring straight ahead

I’ve been practicing my whole life

And soon I’ll be able to see forever

Don’t wash my windscreen

Don’t try and tell me a joke

Don’t juggle balls

Just don’t

I’m perfecting staring straight ahead

One day, I’ll be able to see the other side of you



Amongst other things, I’m working on a book of poetry about growing up in South Africa. This is one of the new poems. 

Sacred Grammar #2: Ó

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm


Indicates shock and surprise at how important someone or something has become to your life at the point at which they or it are no longer there. 

For example: 

“Ó… when are you coming back?” 

Iain Thomas On Social Justice And Why Artists Should Remain Anonymous

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2013 at 6:29 am

Read an interview with me by the wonderful people over at Cloudhead.org.

Sacred Grammar #1: Î

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm



Used to mark a sentence that neither starts nor ends, or to indicate possession of the sun, moon and stars. 


For example


“I will wait for you hereΔ

Quotes From Work, Pictures From The Internet #2

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm


Quotes From Work, Pictures From The Internet #1

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm


In Real Life

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Life is a rock
And poetry is paper
And often
The rock wins

The Horrible Thing That Happened And Why I’ll Never Fly South African Airways Ever Again

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

I can’t really speak about the horrible thing that happened out of respect to the people involved.

Everything is still very raw and it will be for a while.

It happened to someone and the love of my life was caught in the blast zone. It was a quiet atom bomb.

The love of my life flew to New York to be closer to the point of impact. I soon followed when we realised how bad it was.

We were arranging tickets home for several different people in a high pressure situation and managed to get business class tickets for all of us, except me, as there were no more seats left.

To the crew on Sunday of the South African Airways flight from JFK in New York to Johannesburg, if you do not remember me, I was the one who you kept telling

“I’m sorry Sir, you’re not allowed in business class as you’re an economy class passenger.”

The fact that I was trying to spend a few minutes every now and again with my family during one of the toughest situations we’ve ever been through seemed to not matter to you one bit, even though we made sure you were completely aware of the situation.

I was the one holding onto the one crying in the galley.

I don’t care that my TV set didn’t work or that your economy class would be classified as a form of torture if the United Nations were ever to play any attention to it. I would’ve been ok water skiing back home.

I care that you couldn’t find the compassion, the basic human decency to make a simple exception during one of the hardest times my loved ones and I have ever had to go through.

To you I say this:

If you have a mother or a father, I sincerely hope you never, ever have to go through what we have.

And if you do, I hope you don’t crew their flight home.

%d bloggers like this: