Celebrating National Poetry Month
A need to pause
A need to pause, to rest.
It’s at times like these
That I best notice
A bewilderment of gifts,
Treasures I never knew I had.
Just one long look out at the world
Any sunlit morning
Excites me so,
Makes my heart ache.
Sometimes gets me thinking
I have woken somewhere else,
Somewhere new and exotic,
How revealing is that?
And so it means what it means,
This need to confess
That, for all our flailing around,
For all our yearnings
And our heart aches,
We barely scratch the surface
Of something so simple.
And therefore can be
Caught so unawares…
Graced with the chance to be here,
Even if only fleetingly,
Embrace whatever comes your way
And, in so doing,
Any treasures you uncover
Their loss should never be your concern.
In this matter
Make your heart your queen
And follow her as faithfully
And bravely as you are able,
Just as swelling fruit
Hurries towards its own sweetness,
Shine whilst you can,
For nothing is as inevitable
As it seems here.
No, not even the fissures
Of loss and decay
We are oft led to expect
In this temporal world.
For whilst we fuss and fudge
The lines we are given,
Above, below and all around us,
Lingers the energy of countless others
Who already know for sure
That, just as it was long, long ago,
When they first found themselves
So it is for them, again and again…
And now with only a dark empty hollow,
A feeble space of earth left in between.
Such is true joy’s absolute certainty,
Its slow lit fuse that burns holes
In the shabby shroud of death forever.
Love and Light for your Tuesday!
Scott Hastie is a successful British born poet and writer, who has been has been commercially published in the UK for over twenty years now. He currently has seven titles in print, including a novel and three collections of poetry. In recent years, the spiritual tone in his maturing poetic voice is starting to draw increasing acclaim from a worldwide audience, especially in the U.S. India & the Middle East.
Scheduled for global release, in both e & print editions this September, Angel Voices which includes today featured poem is by far his most substantial collection of poetry to date, featuring over 40 brand new poems never before seen, either in print or on the net. This title builds much more on the mature poetic voice that first began to emerge in Scott’s previous title Meditations and also features ALL readers recent favourites, as showcased on scotthastie.com For much more info and advance order options for Angel Voices, see: www.scotthastie.com
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Scott says: I consider myself fortunate to be able to be living and writing full-time at home in the glorious Hertfordshire countryside, only a thirty minute commuter ride from London. My poetry looks to positively explore human potential, with an emphasis on love, spiritual growth and self-awareness. It is very important to me that my work remains as open, accessible and as simply expressed as possible. My influences vary from the great traditional English visionary romantics like Keats, Coleridge & Blake through to the distillation of thought and leanness of expression offered by the Japanese haiku tradition and later technical breakthroughs achieved in the 1970’s by leading Scottish concrete poets Ian Hamilton Finlay and Edwin Morgan.