Over the years I have taken people on a journey with me... over the years I have literally held the hand of people and guided them to places and to things that are important to me... over the years I have told people things that only they would know about me... over the years I have opened the mind of people to what is impossible, and I too have been fascinated by what happens when there is a coming together of many feelings, emotions, colours, and expressions of what makes a difference to the way that people live, love, think, and believe. Over the years I have always been someone who goes that extra mile... over the years I have always been someone who would rather leave a lasting impression in the form of a smile... over the years I have always been someone who would spend time doing something that I knew in the long run would be worthwhile... over the years I have always been someone who knew that there was always more to be known about the substance of something or someone rather than their style. Over the years I have felt drawn to things, to places, to people from the moment that I have awoken... over the years I have felt as if I am only able to keep ahold of some things for a short amount of time before they are forsaken... over the years I have felt found, abondoned, made whole, and then broken... over the years I have felt and I have seen change happen right in front of me, I have experienced the arrival of hope and joy before my eyes, I have made the most of every moment that I have been given and I always try to return the favour of whatever or whomever I meet wherever I find myself being taken.
I will never change... I will forever be the same... my heart is my heart, my face is my face... I have felt soaked through to the bone by the fallen raindrops of the rain... I have felt burned as if by a fire infinite flames... I have felt pain as if I have been shot in chest by a gun... I have felt inspiration like a light-bulb literally turned on in my brain and showed me things that used to be hidden... I have felt exhilaration like the g-force that pins a fighter pilot in the ejector-seat of their cockpit... I have felt the tender touch of a child... I have felt the powerful kiss of a lover... I have felt the happiness of a true smile... I have felt myself be pulled up and over... I have felt the sadness of being forgotten... I have felt more alive than ever whenever someone has told me that to them I am important... I have felt the world stop... I have felt the time disappear in a flash... I have felt alone and lost... I have felt the present eclipse the past... I have felt so many instances of hope come to me as if they were a film being projected in my imagination through the lens of my dreams that always allow me to see what was, what is, and what could be... I have felt things that have reinvigorated me that are unquestionably the real deal... I have felt things that I wish everybody could feel.
"Hi everyone, I'm Mark Hastings... I'm afraid I'm not someone who plays an instrument or sings; however what I am, what I love and what I one day hope to be is a poet and a dreamer who can move the world with my poetry..." - "The Poet" by Mark Hastings, From my book 'Poet of the Sphere', First published in 2012 This verse of poetry from my poem "The Poet", which is also the description on the back of my first poetry collection 'Poet of the Sphere', describes me when I first started writing poetry, and who I still am and who I still want to be to this day. Granted I may have made some missteps along the way, I may have made some mistakes; but I still hope that I have been a source of hope and inspiration for others and that I will continue to be. I have published 12 books over the course of the last 10 years - filled with poetry, stories, inspiration, characters, recollections, tales of fantasy mixed with personal experiences - but no matter what I have written everything has within it not just me but those whom I have met throughout my life and ingrained more so than could ever be imagined. I have always loved sharing experiences with others and occasionally capturing moments of time with others so that others can read and relive those experiences through the lens of my poetic eye. Alot of the poems that I have written have been read by many people, but some have never been read by anyone other than who they were written and intended for - but no matter who reads, or listens to my poem for that matter, I hope that I have left my mark upon the heart of those who have felt something from the touch of my words upon their soul. All 12 of my books are available to buy on Amazon and a great many of my poems new and old can be read @markthepoet and some can even be heard on Spotify being recited by me on "Mark The Poet - The Podcast" - which is essentially a poetic trip down memory lane in which I recite a poem from one of my books every day. Happy reading and happy listening! -Mark 😊