A Poem A Day #504: Be Who You Want To Be

“Be Who You Want To Be” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ which was published in 2022 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
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A Poem A Day #503: My Poetic Journey

“My Poetic Journey” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ which was published in 2022 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 #502: The Code of Poetry

“The Code of Poetry” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ which was published in 2022 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 “Stand Up”

I do my best creating while I am sitting down,
but I do my best performing when I am standing up...
when I write a poem, or a story,
I have a keyboard or a notebook in front of me;
but when I am recording something I have written
and I am talking into a microphone
I am always doing so while standing on my own two feet,
because to me there is no better way
to let out what is inside of you -
and if you don't believe me
you need only watch and listen
to a seasoned stand-up comic
who knows what it is like
to have an audience in front of them
captivated with anticipation
at what will be uttered from their mouth.

Performing in front of an audience is not easy
and it is definitely not for everybody...
talking to others is what some people
might consider the hardest thing they have to do...
some people are extroverts
and being the centre of attention
is like being given a jolt of energy:
however, some people would rather
stay out of the limelight, in the background,
and remain hidden from view.

With practice, I have learned
to use my senses to filter out the inconsequential
and focus on what matters the most...
with repetition, I have come to understand
the best way to communicate
what it is that I want to say
and to do it with no other voice than my own...
with a saved lexicon of language and life experience
I am able to convey my thoughts -
but sometimes even my own internal dictionary
is not capable of finding a way
to describe everything,
because sometimes words are not enough...
with confidence, which can sometimes
only be found after a long time of looking,
I believe that everybody can find a way
to become more than they
ever imagined they could be
and deliver their own form of magic -whether they are sitting down
or whether they are standing up
delivering jokes, telling stories,
or reciting verses of poetry.

A Poem A Day #501: The Way of The Artist

“The Way of The Artist” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ which was published in 2022 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 #500: Life

“Life” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ which was published in 2022 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 #499: For the love of it

“For the love of it” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ which was published in 2022 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 “Lily of the Valley”

I was once addicted to a Lily of the valley -
and from the moment that I first saw them
I felt something overwhelming
start to grow within me...
from the moment that we met,
I loved them more than I had
ever loved anything or anyone before -
because, as soon as I saw them,
they ignited a fire inside me that raged like a storm.

I gave them all my time and all my attention -
I walked away from everything and everyone else,
because I believed that we were
meant to be together,
because we had such a strong
and undeniable connection with one another.

From the moment I gave them my number,
our constant back and forth began -
and before I knew it, we were calling, meeting, kissing, hugging, walking in the park,
as well as going to Starbucks and hanging out.

I gave them my heart, and I thought that I had theirs -
we played games, we laughed, we joked, we cried,
and we told each other we loved one another;
however, now I realise what my friends
were trying to tell me,
but which I could not see with my own eyes:
that I was being used by someone
who did not really care
and that almost everything from
their mouth was nothing but a lie.

They made me feel amazing -
but there were times when they made me feel sad...
I was so happy when I was with them -
but now that I see their manipulation
of me,
I must admit that I do feel mad.

I believed that we had something
that would last forever,
because what I felt for them was so powerful
and because I felt like I had
been waiting for them my entire life -
but now, when I remember them and what we did,
the memory of the time we shared
cuts right through me like a knife.

I was stupid, I was in love...
I honestly thought that they were
a blessing and a miracle from heaven above...
I was wrong, and I wish that I could
turn back the clock
and make believe that everything that happened
all happened inside of a dream...
I wish that I could get back all the time
that was robbed from me
and from those who wanted
to spend more time with me.

Who knows what might have happened, 
who knows how different my life now would be,
had I not been tempted by
the poisonous Lily of the valley.

A Poem A Day #498: Soak it up

“Soak it up” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ which was published in 2022 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 #497: Strum

“Strum” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ which was published in 2022 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