My Poem “Always”

My heart goes out to everybody
who is having to adapt to doing things
and to living their life as best as they can
in a vastly different way than they had
previously known how to
since all of the restrictions put upon
their interactions, the way that they shop,
how they work, and how they learn
were introduced in order
to combat against an unseen
and an easily transmissible enemy
that has seemingly brought
the modern world to a stand still.

My heart goes out to parents,
because most of them have had
to adapt to becoming not only
their child’s guardian and around
the clock source of entertainment,
but they have also had to become
their child’s tutor and home school teacher –
and in most cases parents are struggling
to be all the things that their child
needs them to be all of the time,
while perhaps also simultaneously
having to juggle the responsibility
of being a supportive partner.

My heart goes out to the children
of this generation who want to learn
and who dream of becoming something
and someone with a calling
and a purpose in life to be fulfilled…
my heart goes out to those families
who are having to share their one
and only means of accessing the Internet
and those who are having to take it in turns
to seek out some kind of escapism
from the stark reality of world events
in any way that they can.

One thing that is undeniable
is that life is hard for people right now,
and the world, unfortunately,
seems more fragmented than ever;
however, whenever I see new art being created,
whenever I hear of new music being shared,
whenever I find out about new
innovations that are being made,
whenever I look beyond the shores
of my island home,
I am reminded of how resilient the human spirit is –
which is why I do not stop myself
from believing that with a little time,
patience, and perseverance
the human race will one day
collectively come out from
the shadow of this dark era
more resolute than ever,
stronger than ever,
consistently riding the waves of change,
because we have always been a species
who no matter what has always found a way.





The Mark Hastings Experience – Episode #48: “Iron Man 2”

In this episode Mark talks about the Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Iron Man 2” – the 2010 sequel to the 2008 “Iron Man” – which once again stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man facing off against a new threat who wishes to enact revenge on him as result of his late father seemingly being betrayed by Tony Stark’s father Howard Stark – while Tony struggles with his own ailing health. The film sees the first appearance of Scarlett Johansson as the character Black Widow and reintroduces Samuel L. Jackson as the enigmatic Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury – who would both become integral characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.

The M H Experience – Episode #47: The Mandalorian – S2, E6: “The Tragedy”

“In this episode Mark does a review of the latest episode of “The Mandalorian”: Season 2, Episode 6: “The Tragedy” – in which a fan-favorite returns, The Child is put in mortal danger, everything is thrown in chaos, and new allegiances are made.”

My Poem “2020 Decision”

Everybody has a voice...
everybody has a choice...
everybody deserves the right
to be able to put a line or an "X"
in a box on a ballot paper
for somebody who they have faith in
to do what must be done
to reinvigorate and re-establish
the individual rights of a citizen...
everybody can make a difference
if they choose to show up,
if they choose to make their mark,
and if they choose to vote
with their heart, with their mind,
and if they choose to listen to
what their intuition is telling them to do,
when they need to make
what could turn out to be
a decisive and a historic decision.