My Poem “David Bowie”

Over the course of his life
he excited, he electrified, he entertained,
and he enriched the world through
his gift of creating art and music
that instantly struck and stayed
in the heart and in the mind of people,
like a bolt of lightning from the sky,
that made people feel, think,
and imagine things that they
may never have felt, thought,
nor dreamt of before.

He had a voice, he had a spirit,
he had a charm, a charisma, a presence
that could immediately captivate
crowds of fans and make them want
to sing and dance and lift up
their eyes and their hands,
because he was able to make
people feel as if they
could reach out and touch
the energy of a star
that could inspire them with a purpose
that was able to show just how varied
and full of colour each of us are -
and to this day he and his music
makes us consider a variety of possibilities,
including whether there really is
Life on Mars.

He was a man who was not afraid of change,
nor of changing his identity
and how he was perceived...
he was a man who was not afraid
of experimentation
nor of collaboration with fellow artists
who he jived with and felt as if
they understood him
and also spoke the language of magic,
imagination and inspiration that he did.

He was a hero, and he still is...
he was, he is, and he always will be
an icon and a god of music in the eyes
of millions of people around the world -
and who he was and what he did
was all that he ever wanted to be:
a man who transcended
but who was also connected to the world,
a man who left an indelible legacy,
a man who gave us all a part of his soul
to remember him by,
a man who had he not died would
today have celebrated turning 75,
a man whose face we will forever see,
a man whose songs will be listened to
by generation after generation on repeat:
the man, the legend, the one and the only
David Bowie.

A Poem A Day #77: His Muse’ Voice

“His Muse’ Voice” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Sphere’ which was published in 2012 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings

A Poem A Day #75: Infinite Photograph

“Infinite Photograph” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Sphere’ which was published in 2012 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings

My Poem “The Horizon”

Last night the sky was clear,
the air outside was inviting,
and the moon was shining bright,
as people from all around the world
bid farewell to the year before
and welcomed the arrival
of the year to come with excitement,
with high spirits, with hope,
with messages of love,
with embraces, with kisses, and with cheer.

Today, after the chimes of the bells
that ushered in
a brand new orbit around the sun have quietened,
there is a palpable feeling of unbridled bewilderment -
because it feels as if now, more than ever,
no one knows what will happen next,
nor what twists and turns
the people of the world can expect...
the last 12 months have been
unlike any other in recorded history -
because over the last 365 days
there have been moments when
people have literally found themselves
catching their breath while wondering
when life will go back to how it used to be.

Last night, at the arrival of a new day,
as the fireworks were launched
into the darkness of the night
to enlighten the eyes and the dreams of many,
one year became another, 
and for a moment time felt as if it had stopped
and there was a wave of connection
that engulfed everyone -
one that began long before,
intending to deliver the possibility
of a new beginning to anyone who wants one.

The first day of the year is something special,
because no matter what happened before
and no matter what happens after
everybody can take a step back
at the same time that they take a step forward
to discover what awaits them,
like the light of a new day,
just over the horizon.

Happy New Year, everyone! 🎉🎊🎆✨🎇