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My poetry looks to positively explore human potential, with an emphasis on love, spiritual growth and self awareness. It is very important to me that my work remains as open, accessible and as simply expressed as possible. My influences vary from the great traditional English visionary romantics through to the distillation of thought and leanness of expression offered by the Japanese haiku tradition, the shining examples of Rilke, Eliot and Gibran – as well as  the later technical breakthroughs achieved by leading Scottish concrete poets Ian Hamilton Finlay and Edwin Morgan.

Here are examples of more recent work, not as yet  available in a printed collection…

 

Here I am,

As if to confound myself,

Just as I ever was.

 

Seemingly little more

Than an excited dervish,

Forever chasing shadows,

Knowing that,

Come what may,

Beauty will continue

To throng around me,

Till I am no more.

 

What was it I never told you?

For isn’t it true that,

Without fear,

We are capable of anything…

 

The smell of fresh rain,

Like gunpowder on the lawn,

Embellishes the day,

As the summer rips on.

 

And we can but wonder

As, flawless,

Early morning moisture,

Stranded on a leaf,

Glints in the sunshine.

 

The world watches

And waits for us, it seems…

As if to suggest tis best

To have an unquiet response

To the nature of things.

 

So drink deep of your sorrows,

Drink deep of your joy

And then love

And live restlessly

For as long

As the charged ache

In your spirit allows.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

Despite what we imagine

In our sometime pain,

Beset

Either by aching anticipation

Or subsequent loss,

Lovers are never found by chance.

 

So tell that to the trees,

Who’ve seen it all

Countless times before

And can only stand apart

In the meadow of life

And wait

For us to dream again,

Like some broken hearted waif

On a grimy street,

For whom only the predatory

Are likely to stop.

 

For not even fool’s comfort

Can cling on there

To inhibit notes of caution

That would otherwise

Trim our wings,

Spoil any such dividend.

 

And so much more too!

 

Seems like

We always had this coming.

Our needs, till met,

Like rising sap,

Like clotted pollen in the air.

 

As it always is

In beauty’s sweet surrender,

Desire is the irresistible pull

That draws us steadily

Onto one another

And then fruits.

 

You were in me all along.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

There is an intricate chain

At work here,

From one fleeting moment

Of grace to another.

A myriad of links,

Far too long and interlaced,

Even within one

Tentative soul’s journey,

To fathom.

 

And so the challenge

Is a simple one,

To keep bringing light to bear.

And to do so

With all the good faith

One can muster,

Till some chinks appear.

 

A fateful knock at your door

That will surely come again.

And the choice then

Will always be a stark one,

Between surrender of sorts,

Or recourse to hollow dreams,

Long since eclipsed by time.

 

Our conjoined instincts,

Like sexual fire,

Come and go.

But that’s the way of things.

 

Forever in the background

A persistent, elemental energy

That didn’t ask to be here,

Just is…

And when it bursts forth

Tis a wonderfully furious thing.

~~~~~~~~~~ 

 

As we toil and spin,

Pause and gather in the stillness,

Whenever you are able.

 

Trusting that,

Time after time,

This might bind ever deeper

In your soul

And, one day,

Come gloriously to bear.

 

Otherwise how vain

A deceit

Is such constant distraction,

That leaks into everything

To spoil our chances.

 

And, in so doing,

Look how we fashion instead

A raw and unnecessarily restless

Sadness in our hearts.

 

For it is what it is,

This life,

No more and no less…

And everyday

It shines upon us

With a patience

That is inestimable.

 

So take heart from this

And simply surrender in moments,

As best you can,

Even if only in modest ripples

That gently caress

The shore of your dreams.

~~~~~~~~~~ 

 

Always stay loyal

To that which feeds your soul,

Knowing, as mortal entities,

We can never go any higher

Than when we nourish

A little of God in ourselves.

 

Like a thin seam

Of silvered mineral within

There’s a hint of divinity here,

Some mystical suffused essence

That stays charged,

As if in the flow

Of an endless crystal stream,

Till our own sparking current fails…

 

This being so,

As our own life’s energies

Leak steadily away,

Every step we take

Is interlaced with goodness,

But that we knew it.

 

For deep, deep down

In the very wellhead of life,

Far beyond melancholy and despair,

Where real sweetness dwells,

There is an ever abundant

Reservoir of light

To be drawn upon by angels.

 

Fuel for a gathering readiness

That looks to ensure

We will be more than content,

When the time comes,

To simply surrender all we are.

And, in doing so,

Give sap,

Some shape, some form

To the many blossoms still to come.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

Whenever you can conjure

The stillness to notice,

There is

A sense of the ancient

Hanging in the air.

 

A lingering spiritual fragrance,

Full of knowing,

That dresses

Contemporary journeys

Like ours.

 

And always set against

Such a broad tapestry,

Long woven too

With telling details

That confirm who we are,

Albeit still as raw

And naive as any infant.

 

All the more so

When stood, toe to toe,

With the luminosity

Of days gone by.

And embarking,

As best we can,

On the benevolent

Opportunity

Of one thin slice

Of a chosen life,

However glorious,

Or loaded with pathos

This eventually becomes.

 

No chance of tragedy

Here though!

For we truly are,

As we come to recognise

Ourselves to be,

Mere receptacles.

 

Gilded chariots

That our spirits ride out,

But for a hallowed moment in time.

 

The merest splash of presence

In the serried halls of wonder.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

Treasured energies

Can evaporate like steam,

When hot meets cold…

 

And so, my hands

Are gathered together

Before me,

As if to hold

What is precious within.

 

To make of myself

Sweet sanctuary,

Sensing

What inspired quivers

Remain

Still seem

Too beautiful to die.

 

Slip away though

They must.

 

But for nought,

Have I whispered

To my past,

Can I begin again?

 

For such is the illusion.

 

Nothing is ever

Ours to keep,

Rather only to glory in

For a while,

Nourished

By brilliant residues,

Till blest again.

 

This then our lot.

As, step by step,

Faith accrues.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

Disturbed as we are

By greed and vanity,

All the while

There is so much else

Here for us,

An abundance of triggers

Into both light and depth.

 

Far beyond

The gentle balm of faith

And the comfort that brings,

A huge and unimaginable love,

An iridescent vignette

Of sheer beauty.

 

And, slowly but surely,

We are being pulled in,

As one episode

Follows another

On our transit.

Gradually becoming wedded

To something,

The purple light of divinity

That we call God.

 

As, step by step,

In trying to understand love,

We become fearless.

 

Bold fires

Within us now

The run of many waters

Cannot quench.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

The heavy weight of history

Directly abuts

The promise of tomorrow.

 

Come what may though,

Even spears, as they will…

I cannot help

But be laid bare.

 

For mine’s a quest,

As yet unabandoned,

To be pure.

 

And all the while,

Being led that way too,

While the rarest of promises

Still cavort in my soul.

 

Just as it was at

The very beginning,

Whether pierced by joy

Or fear,

My own wounds to date

Focal points of emotion,

Now glowing red raw again.

 

Enduring transmissions,

Without which

One would surely have to

Start over again,

Without any narrative of hope,

Nor glimpse of heaven

Or twist of pain.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

See how

We find ourselves

On the very cusp

Of learning

How it’s the experience

Of just being here,

Joyfully in the moment,

That dissolves

Any disconnect.

 

As we meld together,

Again and again,

In our own self-made

Shafts of sunlight

That can so easily

Survive succumbing

To any melancholy

Along the way.

 

And with

The very best

Of intentions too.

At least, in our hearts,

Having been this once

To heaven!

 

How you bless me still…

 

For what is it

We’ll ever leave

Behind us in the end?

 

If it is not the best

Of ourselves

In each other.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

A sheen, a glow,

A charisma of sorts.

 

All we’ve come to know,

To touch the essence of,

Leaving behind a memory,

A presence of its own.

 

Energies

That eventually settle,

Coming to rest somehow

In the very fabric

Of who we are.

 

I see this so clearly

In the eyes of others.

 

Every moment

That has gone before

Bringing us here,

My friend.

 

And yet with so much

Still left to absorb.

 

Joy and pain

Spread so evenly

Along time’s heavy arch.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

To live a little

You have to die a little,

So says the angel’s

Enigmatic smile.

 

Never was the need

For any anvil of angst

Upon which

To crack open

The coded chronicles

Of such a pointed

Lifetime dilemma.

 

Till then, limited

By such dominant

Conviction

That fears the end so.

 

And such

Are all our hopes,

Freer to flower

Brighter still

When no longer clad thus.

 

Every true passion

Shared since

Speaking so clearly to this,

The resolute onward journey

Of our soul.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

We are all prophets

Of our own existence

Are we not?

 

And come what may,

Tis always

Such noble ambition

To leave telling traces

Of ourselves

Wherever we can.

 

Thus do all our lives

Become

An enduring tapestry

Of pointed moments,

Albeit seeded with loss,

The ache of which will pass

Whilst such sweet emotion

Remains.

 

See how potently

That narrative runs on!

 

And to guide us on our way,

Amidst the endless sway

Of needs and desire,

Delicate patterns made,

Filigrees of real meaning.

 

The absolute truth

Of raw emotions

Etched on our heart,

Left behind,

Radiant,

As pathways to tomorrow.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

Passing,

So often fruitlessly,

Through all the doors

To desire in life,

Far finer, faraway prizes

Twist and tease still,

Like runaway kites

Caught up

In a storm of being

That only

More stillness/mindfulness

Can becalm.

 

Oh, for an end

To such struggles!

And with kind devotion

Comes just that.

 

An embrace

Of perfect peace

That never fails

To usher in

Its own mysteriously

Unforeseen reward.

 

Blanket upon blanket

Of selflessness,

Nestled now securely

In the glowing casket

Of your soul,

Where, deep therein

Forever,

Lies the warmest

And truest of dividends.

 

The lingering presence

Of love

Beneath the fragile,

Needy contours of us all.

~~~~~~~~~~

 

Like some flutter

Of a fishing line,

Whose glistening hook

You’ve already

Been caught upon,

Don’t ever look to

Undervalue suffering

When it comes to visit.

 

Equal as it is

To any kinder, softer,

Sweeter experience.

 

For, taken altogether,

This is how

We are nourished,

How we grow into

The glorious spaces

In between,

Till some vital sense

Of mystery

Is at last dissolved,

The sun glints again

Through the forest

And our hearts are captured

In a blaze of joy

And aching melancholy,

Like a memory of heaven.

 

From that moment on,

We become seekers.

 

And see how often

We lay down

To make beauty.

Then let it all go again

Longingly,

Trusting that these,

Our devotions,

Will somehow always endure.

 

With an acknowledgement to Peter Mattheissen

~~~~~~~~~~

117 Comments

  1. Emily Beck

    They are all such inspirational poems in their own way! I really like the poem that starts ‘A busy city”. Its something I can relate to. It’s funny how a smile from a stranger can make such a big difference to your day. This is how it should be! And if only it happened more often, the world would be a much brighter place.

  2. Lynne Fletcher

    So pleased that you are writing again – some made me hurry on, some made me pause and read them again, one caused a tear.

    • Jessica Slusen

      Some excellent stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting – Thank you

  3. Priyanka Sharma

    I read your poems. They are so beautifully written. Loved them all!

  4. Unbelievable. I swear on my life These are by far the most captivating words of art I have ever read. Apologies if that sounds a little exaggerated, but it’s honest and only way to express my opinion. Amazing Scott. Truly amazing.

  5. Beautiful and touching. You truly have a talent for conveying words in a lovely and eloquent manner. Love it! Bravo!

  6. Dr. Shardanand Tiwary

    Dear scott,

    “The experience of age is in your every move,
    Your every thought, your every instinct,
    Each breath you take.”

    And I found it, felt it in every poem you have written,
    In every stanza, in every line,
    Even in every word!

    May God bless you in every walk of your life!
    — Shardanand.

  7. Mahnaz Mohafez

    I was impressed by these magical words , Scott. Wish you the best in your life!

  8. Laura Laveglia

    Scott, I have only read two of your poems so far and I must say they are beautiful and well written. You are a talented poet!

  9. Joanny Rowe

    Enjoyed reading several of your writings, especially your most ‘recent writing’

  10. Rayleen Western

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to find somebody with such beautiful and original thoughts – Thankyou!

  11. Jennifer Mazur Lyall

    Thankyou Scott, for your inspiring words.

  12. Puja Borker

    I visited your website and enjoyed reading your inspirational poems.

  13. laura laveglia

    I just love your site. It is a visual delight!! Read some of your poems and again enjoyed everyone. I love the way you write. You have magic in your words!!

    Best to you my friend, Laura

  14. Sylvie Ashford

    Scott Hastie’s poetry – a beautiful, soulful, spiritual read.

  15. Lina Ru

    Another fellow poet who is in a luminous quest toward the beautiful.

  16. Aine MacAodha

    I adore your work and words so far on the web site. I am on a spiritual path myself and it can be difficult. Poetry is a creative outlet, I will visit your page often.

  17. Neena Sharma

    Went through a few of your poems. What an intense poet that you are… your unbridled creativity..replete with pleasure,pain, pathos …profound melancholy; yet plaintive ,sublime…genre of poetry;stirring the chords of our hearts…touching our very core…our souls.

  18. Charlene Redick

    Your work is quite beautiful!

  19. Natalie A. Moore

    I have to say, I am quite impressed actually……Did you have an experience or Epiphany of sorts that got you started in Poetry???? Not to be vain or assuming they are, but some of these sound like they are about me….I suppose it’s only because I think in comparisons and there are more than the usual likes with a similar alignment as my own. I find your work Brilliant and Understanding to others Deepest Parts of One’s Inner Soul and Care about another’s emotions.

    You can send me updates with more to my email if you like…I would like it…thanks

  20. As an editor, I see a lot of work. This has impressed me. There is a gentle nature in your poetry; however, I still found myself immersed. There are a few things that I look for in the mechanics of poetry. One is punctuation… it is nearly flawless. Another is word choice- your work demonstrates both variety and originality. My best suggestion would be to try new styles in poetry. Free-verse has a resounding voice with your style, but readers like to see a variety in styles. I’m not sure if you have ever tried haiku or Shakespearean style sonnets but your written voice would go very well with either. Overall, I was moved by the gentle voice of your words that balanced perfectly with emotion.

    Scott says: thanks for your detailed and thoughtful feedback Andrea – much appreciated… I find your understanding of where I am creatively to be quite disarmingly intuitive…
    Although I tend not to write haiku, they have long been a key inspiration – along with some concrete poetry of the 1970’s in terms of the effort to capture a distillation, within a spiritual sensibility… and I find myself slipping naturally into the form (tanka also..) from time to time in various short stansas. Re: WS – you have stumbled into one of my, till now, best kept secrets! Namely that an ambition I have had, rather bashfully, for a while now is to be looking to develop an appropriately humble degree of a ‘Shakepearian voice’ and run it through contemporary free verse forms – how clever of you to spot that!

  21. bbanu

    A very insightful and inspiring poem this is Scott-a thought provoking, versatile, rhythmic configuration of an event, or rather a journey called “life”

  22. How refreshing it has been to embrace your words, your gift…no pretense, no shallow nuance but skilled focus on the words. One of your newest fans, I will return often. You will also appear on my blogroll. Cheers

  23. Mark Oxford MA

    Your site and writing – I find it inspiring and reflects your thoughts and emotions beautifully. I can see through your mind and soul by reading your work… It is like you are drawing with words.

  24. Jothi Swamy

    I visited your website, it was a colorful with real inspiring and lofty thoughts, which helps the whole human community to understand and learn something on life. I really take pride in saying that I will be one of the regular visitors of your site.

  25. Kim Wuertz

    I do so love your stuff…

  26. Nita Couch

    Scott I read your poems and was very impressed. I am not usually a person who reads poetry but it is easy to read and understand. Your website is delightfully beautiful. I am an artist also and your site speaks to my artistic voice.

  27. Wendy Waters

    From Shoguns patching wounds with gold to turning a busy corner and smiling into the eyes of a heart-stopping stranger whose soul wove threads of scarlet into yours eons ago to finding God in the eyes of a lover to realising with chilling certainty that every night in a lover’s bed has been a threesome, the third party — death.
    I cannot choose just one poem from this exceptional body of work…but couplets here and there that jumped from the illuminated pages like one of those Shogan seams of gold:

    “splash of wildflowers that freckle the shaded tawny look of ancient meadows”

    “music the gentle magic myths are made of”

    “muddled by prescribed faith and the ever-shifting tolerances of others that will hasten to judge or condemn you”

    “of those who were once staggering, bleeding and lost, who have somehow found their way back to their own angel within…”

    “we too can repair our cracks with gold and glow again crazed by life, more beautiful than ever”

    “patterns however intricate that fit, and between them gaps, potentials, knowing rhythms, inevitabilities that lock and spin…”

    …to name but a very few!

    Each and every poem a beautiful sermon in the highest temple of life! If your poems were read from the pulpit on a Sunday instead the dry old badgering and blaming there would be a flood of converts… Scott, your poetry takes me into a world at once familiar and yet marvellously unknown and even though I am a tourist in that magical terrain it’s a place I want to visit often.

  28. Daniel J. Harding

    Good day Scott, This is Daniel and I just wanted to let you know that I love where you coming from, even more I love where you’re going with it, you’re writing is wonderful within itself… I will be reading more, as my time allows.

  29. Nivedita Yohana

    Scott, your poems are wonderful and have a magical quality. I am great fan of your poetry which oozes such sensitivity and verve that it has the ability to transport its readers to different realm.

  30. Just recently I’ve discovered Scott’s poetry and I can say that I am delighted with what I’ve ‘discovered’.

  31. Sondra Kelly-Green

    I always find something I’ve been looking for, (“to dazzle in the light”), without knowing I’m looking for it, here. Thank you, Scott.

    sk-g

  32. Roman O'Long Gonzalez

    Your poetry is infectious. Your mind is pure genius. I hope with your help, I could be an ounce as talented and successful as you are. Writing saved my life!

  33. Robert A Kelleher

    Scott, Thank you for sharing and allowing me the opportunity to read and view your amazing works of creativity. For sure you must be published more internationally and promoted more widely so more people may enjoy and get to know of your writing.

  34. Yolanda Beukes

    Beautiful…

  35. I guess this poetry describes perfectly what a writer friend of mine named the “circus of life” in one of her novels. It’s a very powerful writing, which could be used as a life karma each and every day. Congratulations Scott!

  36. Robert Allen Kelleher

    As I continue to read through your portfolio, I am amazed at your unique talent. A rare gift indeed. And as I journey through your words I am also comforted. Thanks Scott.

  37. Jesse CRAIGNOU

    Great stuff… beautiful and beautiful pix too !

  38. Jackline Brobe

    I do enjoy your page and your sweet things on here…

  39. The second poem is of course many want to achieve the success and not wanting to let anyone put them down. Good poem, Scott. I will read next poem soon.

  40. I like the fourth poem. It is beautiful to stay connected and far more nasty to disconnect…Beautiful write, Scott!

  41. Jennifer Westecott

    Hi Scott,

    I had a chance to read a few of your poems and they are beautiful.

  42. Corey Mesler

    Scott – Your work is very strong and your website is beautiful. I hope writing enriches your life the way it does mine, if that’s not a too high-falutin’ way to phrase it.

  43. Jackie Franklin

    Love your poems! Really moving and get you thinking.

  44. Micki Peluso

    You are an exquisite poet, capable of reaching people through the loving, deep melody of a poem.

  45. Suraya Dewing

    What lovely thoughts and images.

  46. T.J. Sally

    ‘While You Slumber’
    for Scott Hastie
    by T.J. Sally 9-4-13

    While you slumber thy words dance
    Together with thine stars
    Embraced as lovers within thy mind
    Behind lashed curtains to wantonly
    Undress for abandoned pretense
    Reveal oneself unabashedly carefree
    Explore without shame or restraint
    Within the dark there is light
    Inside, within deep you are ME

  47. Joanna Kurowska

    Have read some of your poems—very nice. They remind me of some of the “wisdom literature” I’ve read before. Looking forward to reading more! 🙂

  48. Asma Abdi

    Beautiful and inspiring.

  49. Brian Ernest Wakeman

    Scott, your work is beautifully evocative, full of deep imagery and assonance, quiet spaces for letting the words weave their tapestry. I have been deeply impressed with the quiet moments in your verse that speak to the soul.

  50. Deepak Vyas

    Dear Scott, Your poetry is very good and I appreciate it the most in the whole world…

  51. I adore the latest works. Your writing expands the subconscious view of life and gives credible observations. Poetry with substance is a double blessing. Wonderful. Nice work Scott.

  52. Richard A Jones

    Prowled around your site; lovely stuff! The site flows very well and it’s very well structured. Your pics and writing is all quite interesting; I shall read further.

  53. John Brookes

    Hola Scott,

    Explored your website and was overwhelmed by its richness and depth of your poetry. I will return soon and cogitate further on your offerings.

  54. Mark Davis

    Scott,
    Your work is exceptionally creative in content and style. When I read several of your poems my mind merged with them for a few seconds, as though I was involved in the scene you were describing. A wonderful array of work from a very talented individual. Thank you. MD

  55. Sarah E. Vaccaro

    Hi There Scott,

    can’t wait to check our your new poems!

    Happy New Year to you!

    • Your work is very insightful and imaginative. I get the sense that you are speaking directly to me in the way that music speaks to a person’s core being. Keep on keeping on…

      Alscess

  56. Layered and textured. And thought provoking. Enjoyed each piece very very much.

  57. Rebecca O'Donnell

    Just started reading your beautiful poetry last night and your writing is such a soothing balm. My emotions have gone from purple and angry red to a soft green and dappled forest, all because of your words. Thank you… I was all flood-eyed over a particularly beautiful one and was so thrilled to see it was for a Rebecca. I love sharing a kinship of names with her. Take care of your magical self, my friend, and your equally magical pen.

  58. Carolyn Bean

    Wow, love your website, looks very New England meets Kerouac – I was surprised to find you are a Hertfordshire lad!
    I admire anyone who can write poetry – not something I excel at. Certainly you have a flair with imagery in the relatively tight confines of poetry.

  59. Erin Brown

    Love your website — nice work. Yes, sharing as artists in networks is so valuable.

  60. Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi

    I enjoyed my visit on your site. It is heavenly! In fact, I enjoyed myself so much I shall return and bring some friends.

  61. Chris Hawkes

    I enjoyed your latest collection, Meditations. ‘m a Plath/Hughes enthusiast and have frequently taught courses on both, so really responded to “Sylvia and Ted” in particular, A lot of the poems here also have a Yeatsian quality – reading them, I was often reminded of “Lapis Lazuli” and “Sailing to Byzantium”, for example, in the use of metaphor and allusion.

  62. Rochelle Soetan

    “Scott, the “presence” of your work soothes like the indulgence of a delicious Latte topped with warm caramel, sipping while lounging on a terrace that overlooks Barcelona.”

  63. Adrienne E.M. Koch

    Hi Scott

    Thanks for accepting my request. I love your website and poetry! I’m about to expand my publishing business to include more genres, so will post about that as it happens. Be sure to contact me if you have any writings you’d like us to consider.

  64. Carla Dawn Dunlap

    Scott, I very much enjoy your work.

  65. Your work always seems to reach so deep inside me, soothing me. Like a hand stroking one’s hair, promising that everything’s going to be okay.

  66. Marta Merajver Kurlat

    Scott, you are one of the best contemporary poets. Your work is a feast for the senses…

  67. T.J. Sally

    Scott Hastie is the Shakespeare of our time. His written word is something that should be pondered on … for within the prose there is meaning and understanding that goes well beyond the paper in which the letters were carefully placed. Scott is a gracious gentleman, eloquent indeed. Friendship, sincerity, wisdom and strength are all only a mere facet to this wonderful poet, writer, man. All that are lucky enough to know him will soon find that he is a precious jewel among men and a gift to all that he encounters.

  68. The first two poems here are breath taking. They definitely spoke to me. Your writing has such emotion to it. I can relate to the feelings in them. Wonderful.

  69. Boyace Harlan

    Love your poetry! Keep up the good work..

  70. Janice Towndrow

    I enjoyed these poems very much. Thank you.

  71. Munia Khan

    Dear Scott, Thank you very much for all your wonderful work..
    And you are, indeed, so heavenly to be able to compose such beautiful verses.
    Yes, I have been reading your amazing writing today and I must say- you are so very gifted! I have already become an admirer of your poetry.I feel so fortunate to be able to share the same planet with a wonderful soul like you, Scott.I loved the way how your heart beats out of your words.

  72. Jacqueline Touche

    As always I am always happy to read your beautiful Poems, so am looking forward to more..

  73. Deborah Hodgetts

    Thank you for your beautiful poems, they really brighten my day.

  74. Wow wow wow!!! I’m a fan…

  75. Nadia Kebboua

    Scott,

    I really like your poems, they’re fabulous!

    Many thanks again for the great poems, love them!

  76. Victoria Embree

    I very much like your style. I especially enjoyed Lost Puppies and Life Collects. I have a lot to learn as far as poetry goes, haha.

  77. Shardanand Tiwary

    Whenever I read you, I feel, very closer to my own Soul; as if you have penned my thoughts in your excellent style, better than me!

    May God bless you the fragrances of wisdom and knowledge; more and more…

    ~Shardanand.

  78. Pushkar Bischt

    Dear Brother,

    I admire you always… Also because your thoughts on my works are very encouraging and inspiring.

  79. Jack Haight

    “From my perspective, in order to appreciate Scott’s poetry, you cannot
    simply read them: you must be willing to dwell in them. There is nothing
    didactic about his work. This NOT a “How to Live a Meaningful and
    Authentic Life for Dummies” book. In that very sense, I believe the people
    who would be most attracted to his work are the people who already know the
    essence, the core of his work. The experience for these people is then
    going to be more like experiencing a written mantra. There is a great
    feeling of both confirmation and affirmation, that yes, this is the way,
    the truth and the light.

    I find that his work has a great affinity with
    the great Eastern traditions of thought. Although it is never stated,
    there is a note of passive resistance to his work. There is the assertion
    that in the face of this frenzied, materialistic world of ours, the meaning
    of life is NOT to be found in “MORE!” and “FASTER!” It is to be found in
    the silence of self-realization, that place beyond words wherein lies the
    most profound of our understanding and comprehension.

    Gratefully, I find no hint of evangelism in Scott’s work, no suggestion
    that “I am the keeper of truth, and therefore everyone should think and feel like me…”
    No, he is simply offering an invitation. I do not find it at all surprising that
    his work encompasses a great deal of photography. For me, the secret to
    great photography is to have what’s known as a “good eye,” to have the
    right focus, the right perspective. Scott’s message is that you will
    experience joy, serenity and a profound sense of meaning if you have the
    right focus, the right perspective. From this point of view, you will
    truly be able to celebrate being alive.”

    Jack Haight, President Seer Productions Inc.

  80. Arnost Vevoda

    There is true artistry in your work… In so saying don’t ever accept a person “labelling you as one that writes poetry.” Rather believe that you’re a ‘ poet ‘ in the true sense of the word.- Arnost-

  81. Terri Nash

    Scott I really enjoyed reading your poems. It is always an inspiration talking to someone who has stuck with it for twenty years and maintained their sense of self.

  82. Pushkar Bisht

    I have read your poems. All are beautiful, they come from your heart.

  83. I am taken tenderly to the splendor of hope, love, and the gracious reality of how temporal and painful this earthly life can be. Renewed in the beginnings of the Kingdom awaits and uplifted for certain that the links that bind us together hold the key to everlasting joy. Treasured energy and precious healing is gifted to us always. Breathe it in………and embrace it. I am happy with your poetry and welcome it with all my heart…

  84. Janet Caldwell

    Hi there Scott, I’ve been looking over your website and I found it very nice indeed. I love all of your stuff…

  85. I LOVE your writing… Thank you for sharing your beautiful words and images. : )

  86. E.D. Bird

    I just wanted to let you know that I am totally impressed with your website and, of course, your poetry.

  87. Mala Janardhan

    Greetings Scott, I have gone through some of your work on your website and found them both inspired and inspirational writing – with a simplicity that can only come out of deep understanding.

  88. Nancy Austin

    I have visited your site and enjoyed your poems…

  89. Diane Castigliono

    Thanks for your website. Beautiful photos and nice to pair some of them with your poems. Looks like you’ve put a lot of work into your site. Lovely….

  90. Ositadimma Amakeze

    “In Scott Hastie, you will discover a poet of blessed with an immense Muse – search no further and read him!”

  91. Lee Chottiner

    I appreciate you and your work much more now. I was a career newspaper journalist for 30 years until my position was outsourced two years ago. Now I write and consult on a freelance basis, hence Lee Chottiner & Associates.

  92. Diane Sizemore

    “Words of The Divine waiting 4 YOU HERE……………………….YOU WILL THINK AND FEEL AS YOU NEVER HAVE BEFORE…”

  93. Dee Ashby

    Thank you, I have been reading. After all, you are my favorite poet.

  94. Mahnaz Mohafez

    I read your most recent brilliant poem yesterday. It was a magnificent literary piece again. It seems to me that there is an inexhaustible source of inspiration in your heart that makes you pen such beautiful words on the paper, make a wonderful combination of them and create a work that can so easily touch hearts. Thank you, Scott, for your exquisite poems.It’s always a pleasure to read them.

  95. Ositadimma Amakeze

    There’s this magic in your words. I mean, a marvel you are, which permeates every single thought you share. Your travels must have been inspiring too. I can’t really wait to read your new works.

  96. Ritwij Mishra

    I have just been reading the poems on your site. The positive streak and the overflowing beauty that you imparted to those brief verses is (or perhaps, ‘are’ (concords holding no importance at the present moment) too overwhelming for me to feed you back my critique as a fellow poet. For a few hours, let me simply relish in them as a 22-year old. Once the reverie is over, once the crying and smiles are over, I would post a comment publicly. Thank you for the resonance. Lord knows, it is us cold young people who need moving verses like yours the most.

  97. Just a rendezvous.
    Who wouldn’t like coming back again and again.

  98. Nataly Saviska

    Hello Scott, I have read some of your poetry and found it really inspirational.

  99. I didn’t get a chance to read all of your poems Scott, but what I did read I liked. I must point out here that I’m not really into poetry, so coming from me, it is a great compliment!
    I think your website is wonderful too.
    Keep up the good work, I’ll be back when time permits to read the poems I’ve not yet read…

  100. Bill Waters

    I enjoyed reading your recent poems. Ironically! – your prodigious output left me rather speechless. LOL!

  101. Janene Marie Richardson

    I have been in and read some of your poetry and it is beautiful.

  102. Jon Mukand

    Congratulations on another year of fine poetry.

  103. Lovely poems. It is such a privilege to be able to write full time.

  104. Helen Jones

    Such lovely words…

  105. Pam Wight

    Scott’s poems inspired me this morning. Also, his daily routine is enviable, and one I aspire to. “Monastic writing,” indeed. That’s pure heaven. So nice to meet him here – thanks Sue!

  106. boundlessblessings

    Superb poetry. An inspiring writer and a great read…

  107. As always very beautifully written, I love that journey of the soul.

  108. Sana Asif

    Hi Scott, Just found your website and I am really enchanted by your poems.

    I am quoting your lines that made me stop and think.

    “So tell that to the trees,
    Who’ve seen it all
    Countless times before
    And can only stand apart In the meadow of life
    And wait”

  109. Sukhneet Kaur Bhatti

    Hi Scott,

    Just been through your poetry. So deep and intense.

  110. Georgette Larue

    Thanks very much for touching my mind and fingers too! so deeply to start thinking about commenting on your work.

  111. Hilary Dawe

    I was quite taken aback by the poetry on your website – your work is sublime, and seems to reach so deep into the human condition to truths that belie all our existences somehow. I honour your creative process, dedication and productivity, as well as your ability to complete the cycle…

  112. Jay Schaffer

    Your poetry is lovely. I want to say more and will, after I have had a little more time to grasp and process the full effect of your poems; which in my case runs deep and may take a little time to fully surface. In the meantime I wanted to let you know your poems are stunningly beautiful to see, read, absorb and feel. A rare pleasure. Thank you Scott for blessing this world with your gift.

  113. Kimberly Mae

    Wow! You have such articulate talents! I really enjoy your sample writing. Your style seems to be short and to the point. Its an interesting and mind expanding experience! Thank you so much for sharing!

  114. T.M. Becker

    Wow, you have a really lovely site

  115. Seddigheh Badiei

    When I read your contemplative poems, my mind creeps into my ego to thieve some experience for making many such pleasurable imagination. I love your poems dear.

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