A Poem A Day #7: My Poem “Epic”

“Epic” 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 #5: My Poem “It’s Always Been You”

“It’s Always Been You” 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 #4: My Poem “Bigger on the Inside”

“Bigger on the Inside” 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 #3: My Poem “Forever Dreamer”

“Forever Dreamer” 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 #2: My Poem “The Theory of Poetry”

“The Theory of Poetry” 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 “Zen”

For there to be white,
there must and black...
for there to be light,
there must be dark...
for there to yin
there must be a yang...
for there to be stars, heat,
and life on any given planet,
there must be the cold and hostile
vaccum of space for the two opposing
forces of nature - life and death -
to have their way and test the limits
and the extremes of their own potential...
for good to prevail
there must be evil to vanquish...
for hope to win in the end
there must be the shadow of doubt
to sometimes struggle with...
for the best of the best to be crowned
there must be ups and downs
from which lessons are learned
which inspire others down the road
who are on their own journey of self-discovery...
for the entirety of this version of the universe
there has existed both
the beginning and the end,
the start and the finish,
the Go and the Stop,
the found and the lost -
but there are places where and when
the interconnected consciousness
of all living things communicates
with one another consciously
as well as unconsciously,
that some have even reported
to have visited and returned from
feeling changed and brand new:
nirvana, heaven, Eden,
space, the frontier, the edge,
high above the clouds
or deep below the ocean -
after which they can both perceive
and understand forever that
the balance that keeps the wheels
of existence rolling as serenely
as a sphere of energy spinning through space,
that is both perfect and imperfect at the same time,
would have to be one of the most
wonderful symbols in existence
that captures the true essence
of what it means to be zen.

Episode #30: “The Mark The Poet Experience” – Recent Poetry

In this episode Mark recites four of the most recent poems that he has written and he talks about what inspired him to write them, including his poem “Forté”, “The Best of Us”, “The Mark of New York”, and “Back to the Theatre”. You can read more of Mark’s poetry on his website @ http://MarkThePoet.Me

My Poem “Back to the Theatre”

Finally, I am back in the seat
of a cinema, sitting in the dim light,
and waiting patiently for the room
to go dark and the film that I am
here to see to start.

It's been a long time since
I was able to embrace my cinephile side
and get back to where I always looked
forward to returning to every so often...
it's been a long time since
anybody who loves the magic
and the experience of seeing a film
on the biggest screen there is
has been able to go to the movies,
to perhaps get some popcorn and a cold drink,
sit in a comfortable seat,
and switch off from the world
at the same time that they are
transported away to a place of
fiction and fantasy,
and embrace the gift and the opportunity
of pure, unadulterated, escapism.

I am a dreamer, I am an artist,
and I am also someone
who loves enjoying the labor
of other people's imagination and creativity...
since I was a child, I have always been
someone who loves going to the cinema -
because I have always understood
the language and the power
of visual and audiotory storytelling,
and the way that subtleties
in colour and sound can feed the mind,
as well as revitalize and influence
the thoughts, the feelings, and the emotions
of people young and old far into the future.

I don't see every film at the cinema,
but when I see the trailer for an
upcoming film that immediately
grabs my attention,
I try to make the time,
when the film is finally released,
to see it in a place where I can
make the most of every moment
of movie making poetry -
which is why I am so happy,
which is why I am so energized,
and which is why I am so in awe
to once again be back enjoying a movie
projected upon the screen of a theatre.

My Poem “The Best of Us”

Each of us can find contentment
doing things that make us happy...
each of us can find hidden secrets
about life, about people,
about every day things or situations
that can make us all take another look
at the world, and at ourselves,
and allow us to realise that there
is more seemingly "small things" -
simple gestures, simple tokens -
that mean the most in the long run
and down the line when a smile
on a face is all that we crave.

Each of us need things to explore...
each of us need one another...
each of us need both windows and doors...
each of us need the feeling of being
included and not excluded from
what is going on in the world,
in the galaxy, in the quest of humanity
and all life everywhere to find the next
check point on the journey
that is their purpose -
whether that is to be found in a forest,
on a mountain top, above the clouds,
or below the waves on the seafloor.

Each of us can do extraordinary things -
even if we might not innitially
recognise our gifts for being as profound
and as impactful as they are...
each of us make mistakes,
each of us do things that we regret,
because each of us are human -
and I believe our failings should not
forever be considered mortal sins
by some from which we can
not move on from, learn from,
and change as a result...
each of us are a miracle, worts and all...
each of us are soulful individuals
who over our life will feel feelings
and emotions from love to guilt -
but, to me, the spectrum of what
people are capable of symbolises
everything about life that nobody
can do anything about:
some things just are what they are,
just as each of us are who and what we are
and have always been destined to be since birth -
as were, and as will always be, the best of us.