For Dylan Thomas. A Poem by Scott Hastie.

 
Given all we are born to
In this gorgeous sunlit bower,
Whatever bonds we forge,
Even as charmed infants,
Or the more teasing passions
We might uncover later
In this deliciously viscous,
Verdant world,
They all come from this.
 
Our chance of flesh and blood
And there’s no coming back
From that,
Nor should there be.
 
For any alternative
Would be impossibly dry,
Like dancing endlessly
With tattered ghosts
Decomposing
Before your very eyes;
The defeated drunk at the bar,
A broken hearted
Chalice of dreams,
As dry as dust…
 
God knows though!
Tis precisely
Such a luscious procession
Of fruitful opportunity
That keeps us aglow.
 
So, as one long,
Lazy summer’s day
Chases on another,
Let us indulge ourselves
As kings and queens of the moment.
 
Quaff deeply of all that is on offer
And in loving increments
Fill our vessel to the brim.
 
And surely,
Better by far to live like this?
As if without a care,
In good faith too,
Whilst our spirits are still eager
And bodies abundantly charged.
 
Knowing that when these,
Our glorious days
Have been and gone,
Then to sleep contentedly
With angels
Is all we could ever wish for.

 
 
Scott Hastie Poet
 
 
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 featured poem ‘Graced” 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 his popular website. For much more info, some spectacular advance reviews for Angel Voices , , as well as pre-pub order options , also go to www.scotthastie.com
 
 
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Official twitter account: @scotthastiepoet
 
Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/scotthastiespiritpoet 
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Hastie

 
 
 
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For Amy Winehouse. A Poem by Scott Hastie.

 
 
Life a teeming process
That in its constant,
Callous churn
Delivers but
A few brilliant jewels
From a solid weight
Of ossified dreams
And ashen decay;
Without one,
The other simply cannot be.
 
 
Such bravery then!
 
 
In her all too short
Shining example,
The flawless, fluid grace
I had always looked for
Was suddenly so obvious.
 
 
And then, not long after,
The loveliness came
To make my own life’s transit,
From that point on,
A supreme irrelevance also!
 
 
Such freedom to shine,
Thus enlightened.
 
 
From that point on,
Forever dancing
In a glorious shower
Of faith and beauty realised.
 
 
Bluff and expended– maybe!
But timelessly agape,
 
 
What exquisite rain…

 
 
 
 
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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 featured poem ‘Graced” 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 his popular website. For much more info, some spectacular advance reviews for Angel Voices , , as well as pre-pub order options , also go to www.scotthastie.com
 
 
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Official twitter account: @scotthastiepoet
 
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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Hastie

 
 

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Graced. Poem. Scott Hastie (Audio Video Mathew Toffollo)

 
 

Graced with the chance to be here,

Even if only fleetingly,

Embrace whatever comes your way

And, in so doing,

However enchanting

Any treasures you uncover

Might be,

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,

Without fear,

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

Enraptured,

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.
 
 

Scott Hastie Poet
 
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 featured poem ‘Graced” 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 his popular website. For much more info, some spectacular advance reviews for Angel Voices , , as well as pre-pub order options , also go to www.scotthastie.com
 
 
Other links:
 
Official twitter account: @scotthastiepoet
 
Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/scotthastiespiritpoet 
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Hastie

 
 
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Life Collects. Poem. Scott Hastie.

 

Life collects, pools around you.

It paints its highlights,

Nothing there you can destroy

Or begin again.

 

Calm in aquamarine beauty,

Barely a hint of surf’s snowy trim.

Today the sea is out

But will come again.

 

For the moment,

On the beach,

My love and I,

Naked and blissful as can be.

 

In the soft, sun baked sand

History between my toes.

 

Sense how

Even the smooth stones ache

With stories of their own

In the shuddering light of day.

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I am a full-time writer and poet, based in the UK– fortunate enough to be living and working in tranquil surroundings of the English countryside, some twenty miles north of London. Sparkling new poems & images at www.scotthastie.com

This poem is copyright of the author and appears by permission, and for the sole purpose of the marketing and promotion of, The Poetic Bond III, prior to publication on 30th September.  All rights reserved; all applications for use in any media should be addressed to the author, and all applications for use in any media of this poem in conjunction, or in connection with, The Poetic Bond III, in any media, should be addressed to Willowdown Books.

 

PRESS RELEASE

THE POETIC BOND III

Publication date 30th September, 2013

Contact; Trevor Maynard, editor, thepoeticbond@uk2.net

The Poetic Bond III is the third anthology of poets from new media, social and professional networking, mainly garnered from the professional networking website, LinkedIn, but also through performance and word of mouth. The Poetic Bond is about exploring, sharing and encouraging poetry from all over the world.

Thirty-six poets from 11 countries were selected through a submission process in which there were no restrictions on form, style, length of subject; instead the choices made were on the basis of emergent themes and congruency in the pool of work; a snapshot of the poetry of new media NOW, seeking to capture the zeitgeist of the moment.

Editors’ Notes

1. THE POETIC BOND III (2013) (edited by Trevor Maynard) ISBN  978-1492384199 will be published by Willowdown Books and will be available on Amazon from 30th September 2013 for $19.99/£14.99.

2.  Copies can be pre-ordered for the pre-publication offer price of $10/£7 from http://www.thepoeticbond.com

3.   Biographies  of the poets contributing to the anthology can be found at http://www.thepoeticbond.com/IIImeetthepoets.htm

4.  Trevor Maynard is a UK based poet and writer, manager of Poetry, Review and Discuss Group; his second poetry collection is KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON is published by Willowdown Books and further details are available at www.trevormaynard.com

 

 

 

 

 

‘A Busy City…’ Poem. Scott Hastie.

 

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…

 

© Scott Hastie 2012. All rights reserved.

 

 I am a full-time writer and poet, based in the UK– fortunate enough to be living and working in tranquil surroundings of the English countryside, some twenty miles north of 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 through to the distillation of thought and leanness of expression offered by the Japanese haiku tradition and later technical breakthroughs achieved by leading Scottish concrete poets, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Edwin Morgan.

 

Sparkling new poems & images at www.scotthastie.com

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