New Poem – Striking…



Striking isn’t it?

How the joyous

Always reveal

Something fresh

And glorious

About themselves.


Illusions of vulnerability

Evaporated by pure spirit.


Just as it was that day

You kissed someone.

And for

The very first time

They truly kissed you back.


This then the beauty

Of being alive,

Pared down

To its very essentials.


Its trigger point.


  1. Mahnaz

    What a brilliant start for a new spring. Thank you, dear Scott!

  2. Rebecca O’Donnell

    Beautiful. Your words are always such a comfort. Never stop writing.

  3. Shari LeKane-Yentumi

    Striking: like flashes of lightning, when bared soul(s) reveal authenticity without hesitation, reservation, or misgivings; to be truly present in the moment with genuine internal reflection/reaction to specific external stimuli/interaction; a confluence.

  4. Once again you have crafted a deeply meaningful piece. Perhaps it is only me who feels a duality in this work. In fact, I probably am. On the one hand, I see and sense the beauty essence of remembering how it feels to kiss someone who you love who loves you back. But at the same time, I feel the sadness of remembering something beautiful that is lost, forgotten, left behind in the past. This work speaks to me. It tells me beauty can be painted from ashes. It comes from how you let a moment define you. I’ll be posting this link on my websites. Thank you for sharing.

    • …pared down to its very essentials….trigger points.”
      I wonder if there are penultimate essentials that are universal? Or are we each struck, every time, by different trigger points? Paring down, within different perceptions and unique baggage within our psyches?

    • admin

      Thank you Julie. I was struck by your knowing comments in relation to the duality that so often runs through my work and it was also very pleasing to me to see this picked up by several other readers since…

  5. Bjorn Rudberg

    Truly love this… somehow the image of that first real kiss is with me still after all this years. There was something perfect about that, but maybe also something that I never can feel again.

  6. Scott, this is a perfect and brilliant poem that we as readers need.

    Beautifully well expressed.

  7. Ooh, “Its trigger point.” There is so much potential energy in this description and so much power as a “conclusion.” (But we’re just beginning, are we not?)

  8. Its beautiful when two people can connect with each other and understand their fears and sense of vunerability. How wisely you depict that truth in your words!

  9. Lisa

    I like the line this then the beauty of being alive.

    Keep writing. Your words are lovely.

  10. It is a beautiful poem, but I lost that feeling over a guy was true and he used me and abused me, so I just do not feel anything one.

  11. I liked the description of the essentials being the “trigger point”.

  12. I like that ending with the trigger point!

  13. This made me think of the prayer of St. Francis: “It is in loving, that we are loved…”

  14. This then the beauty
    Of being alive,
    Pared down
    To its very essentials

    This then is the reality of life. The bare essentials feature most in all situations. Wisely said Scott!


  15. JT Smtih

    Even love is emotionally violent sometimes – a trigger point. Does love always return the favour? Yes there is sweetness in having positive experiences, but also a sense of melancholy in how the richness fades over time.
    You have captured an existential and meaningful essence here. joy is above happiness. i read that somewhere.
    The ultimate sacrifice is being able to lose ourselves in the waning moments in order to discover what we lost from yesterday. We need more healing, your words are a balm for our wounded spirits.

  16. Roslyn Ross

    Yes, you have captured this artfully.

  17. Laura Bailey

    What beautiful memories you conjure up in this wonderful poem !

    Thank you, as always, for sharing. 🙂

  18. Illusions of vulnerability
    Evaporated by pure spirit. Really very powerful and marvellous words. Love the poetry.

  19. Dominic M.Windram

    Excellent poem Scott….the joy of living beautifully expressed!

  20. Rose

    Who could forget that first kiss when you were truly kissed back. A wonderful love peom Scott. Really enjoyed reading this.

  21. “This then the beauty

    Of being alive,

    Pared down

    To its very essentials.”

    This aptly describes this poem.

  22. Dwight L. Roth

    Very nice poem! Love how the mutual connections is what provides the trigger point!

  23. Yes, by Jove, I think you have it.

  24. Donna Lynch

    Nice work! Simplicity infused with an intoxicating depth!

  25. Paul

    Thank you for reminding the old of the ‘Fresh and glorious,’ and the return of a joyous kiss, but that has, thankfully its parallels to appreciate. It is striking that your poem brings us closer to reappraising our moments with greater clarity.

  26. Imelda

    I can’t find the right words to express how this poem affected me. However, it made me smile and realize that beautiful glorious moments do not normally have heralds announcing how beautiful the moment can be. WE just feel it. We just know it. 🙂

  27. The trigger point is the ultimate! A stunning use of words that I thoroughly enjoyed, Scott!

  28. Wow….so straightforward, yet eloquent!

  29. Xerxes Aga

    Poets often use many words to say a simple thing. You have avoided this pitfall. The last few lines of your poem say it all. Reciprocity of love is the fountainhead of bliss.
    I salute you for your necessarily un-embellished homage to love. It matters not for who.

  30. the very essentials of existence… yes beautifully put.

  31. Beautifully expressed. Indeed, where there is true love – it will always remove the fears.

  32. Beautifully written…

  33. A profound poem, Scott.
    Yes, the beauty of being alive is reason enough.

  34. Life is indeed best lived when pared down to its essentials…..

    ‘Illusions of vulnerability

    Evaporated by pure spirit.’


  35. Ah, the very essentials indeed. If you kiss someone and they kiss you back, what joy there is in the reciprocity. The vulnerability between two people is a beautiful thing to behold and experience.

  36. Yes, the beauty of being alive….wonderful, Scott.

  37. This was so lovely.

  38. Wonderful, Scott, the joyous revealing the fresh and glorious! I love the reassurance in the lines:
    ‘Illusions of vulnerability
    Evaporated by pure spirit’
    and the comparison with a kiss.

  39. Love, love this –the essentials of life–the beauty in your works just stuns me–

  40. Your poems are always so beautiful. You definitely have a way with words.

  41. Ah yes, those are the essentials indeed.

  42. “…love is in the air…”

  43. Patricia Travis

    Congrats on your new poem, Scott. I enjoyed it’s purity

  44. “This then the beauty
    Of being alive,
    Pared down
    To its very essentials.”

    Scott, you never fail to capture the essence, touching the heart and soul. ‘Striking’ made my day and with the glorious sunshine this day brings, and this reading, I can now set out to capture more of that essence. Beautiful.

    Warmest regards.

  45. Rommy

    Wonderful moments like that etch themselves onto our souls.

  46. Neena Sharma

    Wow Scottie sir…I loved the figurative ending with a suspense, a hidden message… The trigger point ..which leaves everybody guessing …Virtually it is The inner joy within, the inner divine core, which brings forth Joy tears, vulnerability , effusiveness altogether. Paradoxically speaking, you soon discover yourself via travelling through your short, yet intricate poesy with a subtle , sublime meaning and moral.

    Congrats sir! Keep at it…A true marvel!

    Divine greetings and regards
    Thanks for sharing…

    Divine sister

  47. Moments of pure joy, letting beauty settle in… this is beautiful

  48. Margaret Nash

    I love the poem

  49. Oh, I like this so much. It is tender and it is wise. It is well constructed and wonderfully rendered with a lovely clarity – that is quite moving.

  50. Suzanne Staveley

    Your words are always inspiring.

  51. Aha…a stirring of the loins:)Spring is coming
    I hear this aria from Handel’s Ottone. Thank you.

    spring is coming
    with sun and shower and blossom
    lads are courting
    lambs are sporting
    nature sings to the hum of the bee
    birds are singing
    i hear them singing
    i hear them ringing from every tree

  52. Paul Bowles

    Nice poem – very concise as usual and with a wonderful intimation of a returned kiss. The glow of it.

  53. Janice McLaughlin

    Illusions of vulnerability

    Evaporated by pure spirit.


  54. Sweet and pithy. Well done. I love the stanza:

    “Just as it was that day

    You kissed someone.

    And for

    The very first time

    They truly kissed you back.”

    It hails as if from someone very innocent to life who is awakened to the first flights of love.

  55. Ashkum Ashwick

    Full of fabulous thoughts and insights on life.

  56. Rosalia Martin

    I thank you for the spiritual help that you are giving us all.

  57. Nivedita Yohana

    I read your lovely poem which evoked beautiful warm feelings in me.

  58. Richard J. Mann

    Liked your poem – speaks to us, especially in this rather soulless century.

  59. Laura Laveglia

    Great piece of work!
    There were mixed emotions for me here. I felt such lightness and joy as a warm Summers breeze passing by, but at the same time I felt sadness too.

  60. Ravikant

    Thank you Scott
    Nice poem!

  61. Dr. Jelka Samsom

    The experience of non dualism is a fleeting joy for most of us, like the memory of first kissing someone and truly been kissed back….

  62. Sahar Tavakoli

    “This then the beauty

    Of being alive,

    Pared down

    To its very essentials….”

    Amazing… and this is the beauty of our friendship! I always enjoy unique and fragile motifs that you use in your lines.

  63. Always a real joy to read your glorious work dear Scott. This is one of your fabulous pieces which will remain in your reader’s heart on and on and on to cherish~~ Thank you for this excellent poem.

  64. Qamar Un Nisa

    I loved this…

  65. Scott has this beautiful way of bringing the ‘beautifullest’ souls together, relishing his most soulful poetry!Thank you always for the sunshine dear friend.


  66. Cecilia Wong

    Your poems are amazing! I really love them. Your poems are so beautiful! The words you write are Angels from heaven!

  67. Jayanta Biswas

    Nicely written Scott…very succinct and subtle…once again proves the value of love and its magic…and its relevance to the core meaning life…

  68. Victoria Ames

    Beautiful page, Mr. Hastie

  69. Pared down.
    Then the trigger.
    And then opening into a whole new story! Love the quiet joy of this poem. So hopeful.

  70. Diane Tolley

    That’s exactly how I feel. If I can touch someone’s heart for good, I can die happy!

  71. Linda Davis

    Just read some of Scott’s poetry and the first thought that came to my mind was WOW! His use of limited verbiage boggled my mind. I was intrigued by his style. Surprised — as I read his limited palette, such strong images and insights clearly popped out. Scott’s work is very unique and different — great approach —- and filled with depth.

  72. Kim Harter

    Scott, I have enjoyed your poetry over the last several years and look forward to doing so for many more to come. Congratulations on your continued and well deserved success!

  73. Emanuelle Cartagena

    gotta say, your poetry is just delightful to experience. The line in your work, “Striking…” that says, “illusions of vulnerability, evaporated by pure spirit” just hits your heart, in a grand way.

  74. Joseph Kirubakaran

    Nice poem…

  75. Doug Maples

    Yes, and reaches into the soul. A lot of talent to do that. I love your pace and soothing words. Makes people think a little bit in such a busy world.

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