My Poem “The Best That They Can Be”

How do you restart an engine?
How do you reawaken the spark within?
How do you remember who you are,
who you were, and how you used to do
what you used to do after so long of
living in a state of limbo?
How do you find your place once again
somewhere, doing something, around people
who you haven't seen for a long time?
In my experience the only way forwards
is perseverance, patience,
repetition, and adaptation -
until the moment arrives when you regain
a sense of momentum that gives you
some much needed drive.

When we have time on our hands
and we are able to do what we want,
with who we want, most people
tend to not want to dwell upon
anything associated with work;
however, there are those people
who like to take their profession
home with them and they even enjoy
"talking shop" with anybody
who will listen to them...
when we find ourselves with
too much time on our hands
sometimes people can start to think about,
and even dream about, being at work -
even those people who claim
that if they didn't have to work they wouldn't.

Some people can't wait to retire
from the moment that they start
their first day earning an income...
some people can't wait to go home
from the moment that they "clock in"
at their place of employment...
some people wish that they
could turn their passion project
or their hobby into something
that can sustain them both creatively
as well as financially...
some people get up every day
and go to work ready to face anything
that comes their way and they are willing
to do whatever they have to do
in order to be the best that they can be.

My Poem “To my Mum”

To the woman who from the day that
I was born has given me the gift
of unconditional love…
to the woman who carried me,
who has held me, who has thought about me,
and who has been there for me my entire life –
no matter what you have have been going through:
I have always felt blessed that
you are my kind and caring Mum
and I am your adoring son.

To the woman whose smile
has made me smile more times
throughout my life than I can count:
you have been the best example
of who and what a mother should be,
and those of us who are your children
every day consider ourselves lucky
to have a part of you in us
and to have a part of us in you-
because you are a role-model
for being a mother like nobody else…
to the woman who has sent her children
off to sleep every night with
a blessing of sweet dreams:
you do not know how much
what you do matters, nor what your
effortless love has always meant
and what your love will always mean.

To the woman who gave birth to me…
to the woman who has always
accepted me for who I am and who has
always praised me for what I do…
to the woman who has always given me what I needed more than anything in the world…
to the woman who I could not thank enough
for being amazing in every way –
this poem is dedicated to you:
Bernadette Marie Christine Hastings,
my one and only, my one of a kind,
the best in the world, Mum.

Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

My Poem “The G.O.A.T.”

Who, what, where, when, and why
something or someone
is considered by us to be
the “Greatest Of All Time”
is not always easy to define –
because the reasons that
we hold something or someone
in such high regard
sometimes depends upon
what memories we have
in connection to them.

The “Greatest Artist of All Time”,
for example, might be
considered as such because –
just like from a magician
with a magic wand –
magic is always produced
every moment that they touch
the blank canvas in front of them
with a paint brush in their hand.

The “Greatest Musician of All Time”
you may consider to be that one
instrumentalist who from the moment
that you hear them start playing
their music you feel as if
they are communicating
directly to you, while making
your heart feel like it is beating
in time with a drum-like rhythm.

The Greatest Actor; the Great Performer;
the Greatest Driver; the Greatest Writer –
whomever it is who you believe
is the “Greatest of the Great”
could be someone who you know,
or they could be someone who
you may have only seen once
but who from the instant that you saw them
you were immediately struck
by their seemingly effortless talent
and you were convinced that they
must be the “Greatest of All Time”.