December 4, 2012: Glance From A Stranger…by Scott Hastie

Guest Commentary by Scott Hastie, Writer/Artist/Poet

In this poem, I have tried to capture what I trust and hope is an experience each one of us has had, from time to time.  Often it’s over in a flash, but remains such a special and heart-warming moment that can raise our spirits so… Also  an affirmation (despite how busy and stressful our day to day can often be…) that first and foremost we are all human beings with hearts that long to belong and to share joy of just being alive together.

This is a poem that has already had quite a big reaction on my website.  I thought I’d use the kind invitation of author and friend, Rochelle, to see what you all think.

So far, opinions differ, as to whether this poem should be kept short and simple i.e. end early at: “this is as it should be” OR whether the reader should be offered the full picture that the second half of the poem provides? Hope you enjoy the poem and would love to hear what you all think about this dilemma – especially as I am now in the midst of editing for my new collection of poetry, due out early next year…

 

A busy city,

Far from home.

 

Onrushing,

The teeming crowd,

A tsunami of sorts.

 

And as you walk on into the melee,

As it comes to you,

For the briefest, sweetest of moments

To catch the eye,

To share a smile,

To touch the soul of a stranger

You may never see again.

 

This is as it should be.

 

The often cavernously empty

Business of life will always

Occasionally be overwhelmed by truth.

For the restless soul hungers for such moorings,

Such absolute points of recognition

Gifted by love,

By light shared with others.

 

But such chances come and go so suddenly

That what was once so recent, so vivid

Already seems so distant and long ago.

 

What then,

If not still true to your heart?

 

Only swamped I fear.

Lost on a surging tide,

Swept back to faceless oblivion,

To the ruin of indifference to start again…

Love and Light for your Tuesday.  Happy December!

Scott Hastie is a full-time writer based in the UK.  He lives with his family in tranquil surroundings, out in the English countryside, some twenty miles north of London.

Primarily a creative writer and poet, Scott also has had one novel published, as well as several lavishly illustrated local history books. Seven of his books remain in print today – principally his two signature volumes of poetry to date: Selected Poetry & New Poetry and Scott also has a collection of brand new poems: Meditations, which is already scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2013.

It is already very easy to sample Scott’s poetry at his highly visual and sparkling new web site at www.scotthastie.com which openly showcases and displays both his already published and latest work.  As a writer, Scott is very open and likes to encourage maximum participation and feedback from his readers.  His web site offers the chance to post comments, both on individual pieces or more generally, if you wish and encourages dialogue about writing. Scott offers mentoring services to other creative writers/students around the world. He is passionate about visiting and learning from other cultures and his web site also features many fascinating photos from his travels.

 

One thought on “December 4, 2012: Glance From A Stranger…by Scott Hastie”

  1. Scott, I must say that each time I read this poem, I become amazed all over again by its scope of simplicity – yet relevance. Our apprehensions of connecting with the unknown, learning to embrace the power of our NOW, a reservoir of brief moments in time we call “living,” …..however significant, we should seize these moments – as they are as they should be. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your “view” from a distance.

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