My Poem “Variety”

I love to listen. I love to observe.
I love to imagine. I love to converse.
I love to watch people doing things
that they are invested in,
and I love to watch people do things
that they might not even know
what exactly they are doing.

I love stories, I love characters -
and life is full of an infinite number
of tales that, unless you were a witness to them,
you could not and would not believe
that were in fact real.
I love music for many reasons -
but mostly because music is like gravity:
it is ever-present throughout our lives,
it influences us, it grounds us,
it is a force of nature that stars of all kinds,
sizes, and colours create and sing
without even knowing it,
and because it existed before us
and it will live on after us in varying forms,
rhyming and never repeating.

I love that there is more than one
season of nature where I live -
because it stops every day from feeling
like a copy of the day before,
like it must feel to people
who live in a country where the weather,
the temperature, the sights,
the sounds, are all the same -
because what I love and what I embrace
the most about the world that I live in
is that there is always
so many sources of variety.

A Poem A Day #407: Survivor Instinct

“Survivor Instinct” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry/short-story collection ‘Too Close To The Sun’ which was published in 2016 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings ● Buy Me a coffee @ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkThePoet ● Check out the merch store on Redbubble: https://rdbl.co/3xWa4Rw

A Poem A Day #406: The Wolverine

“The Wolverine” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry/short-story collection ‘Too Close To The Sun’ which was published in 2016 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings ● Buy Me a coffee @ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkThePoet ● Check out the merch store on Redbubble: https://rdbl.co/3xWa4Rw

A Poem A Day #405: Balloons

“Balloons” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry/short-story collection ‘Too Close To The Sun’ which was published in 2016 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings ● Buy Me a coffee @ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkThePoet ● Check out the merch store on Redbubble: https://rdbl.co/3xWa4Rw

A Poem A Day #404: Too Close To The Sun

“Too Close To The Sun” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry/short-story collection ‘Too Close To The Sun’ which was published in 2016 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings ● Buy Me a coffee @ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkThePoet ● Check out the merch store on Redbubble: https://rdbl.co/3xWa4Rw

My Poem “What You Make of It”

Time is precious. Time is fast.
Time can be counted
in the things we have done,
in the things we have collected,
in the people we have met,
or perhaps in the steps that we have taken -
like those that need to be remembered
when learning a dance.

Time can be found.
Time can go missing.
Time can be filled with sound.
Time can be filled with silence -
and it is in those moments
when we all should listen.

Time can be spent doing many things.
Time is what gifts me inspiration.
Time can be perceived as being
both a curse as well as a blessing.
Time is a beginning, a journey,
an experience, as well as a destination.

Time is the when, the what, the why,
and the how we can be who we want to be.
Time can be truth as well as a secret.
Time is real as well as a dream.
Time can be so encompassing
that it can make you believe
that where you are, when, and with whom
could not be any more perfect -
but Time is always open to interpretation,
because in essence Time
is what you make of it.

A Poem A Day #403: My Dream

“My Dream” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘The Dreamer and The Dream’ which was published in 2015 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings ● Buy Me a coffee @ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkThePoet ● Check out the merch store on Redbubble: https://rdbl.co/3xWa4Rw

My Poem “Like a Paper Bag in the Rain”

Getting from place to place
is not always as easy
as a hop, a skip, and a jump...
getting what is in your mind
on to a piece of paper is sometimes
not as easy as it sounds...
getting what you want in life
is not always want is meant to happen...
getting an idea is sometimes
the first step of many that you need to take
to get the final rocket launch
of a final product off the ground...
getting help when you need it
is not always guaranteed -
however people can surprise you,
especially strangers who can see
that you might benefit from
a helping hand of their assistance...
getting reassurance from others
about what someone is doing
is essential for some people
who rely on constructive opinions,
not criticism, of their actions
to fine-tune their art...
getting somewhere when the sun is shining
is always much easier to do than
attempting to get somewhere
when it is slippery, or wet -
but however you find your way
through what you have to go through
to make it to where you need to be
if the end result is worth it
then you will risk being completely
decimated, disintegrated,
reborn, and reconstituted
like a proverbial paper-bag in the rain.

A Poem A Day #402: Wanderlust

“Wanderlust” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘The Dreamer and The Dream’ which was published in 2015 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings ● Buy Me a coffee @ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkThePoet ● Check out the merch store on Redbubble: https://rdbl.co/3xWa4Rw