Guest Author: Scott Hastie – Threads and meditations

Life collects

Life collects,
Pools around you.

It paints its highlights.

Nothing therejust a shell
You can destroy
Or begin again.

Calm in aquamarine beauty,
Barely a hint
Of surf’s snowy trim.

Today the sea is out
But will come again.

For the moment,
On the beach,
My love and I,
Naked and blissful
As can be.

In the soft,
Sun baked sand
History
Between my toes.

Sense how
Even the smooth stones
Ache
With stories of their own
In the shuddering
Light of day.


Meditations: New Poetry by Scott Hastie by [Hastie, Scott]I feel blessed to be living and writing full-time at home in the glorious Hertfordshire countryside, only a thirty minute commuter ride from London. 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 like Keats, Coleridge & Blake, then on to Gibran, Rilke & Eliot and then through to the distillation of thought and leanness of expression offered by the Japanese haiku tradition and later technical breakthroughs achieved in the 1970’s by leading Scottish concrete poets Ian Hamilton Finlay and Edwin Morgan.

I am also fortunate to have a smallish study all to myself, up in the loft at the top of my house, which looks out over open fields and a tree-lined skyline. Here I have quiet, cocooned space overlooking the English countryside (almost in the clouds…) and absolutely everything I need. Far, far away from anything else – phones, computers, tablets and door bells, especially…

For me, as a full time writer, a fairly rigorous, almost monastic daily routine is very important and underpins all my efforts. Not just in creating an exterior environment that is conducive to a concentrated and undisturbed focus on my craft – but one that also allows important preparatory time of an almost religious nature – given the spiritual themes that run through my work.

On a normal day, this would involve around two hours of advance preparation: morning exercise (normally running in the countryside and/or rowing) followed by breathing exercises, body stretches and meditation, sometimes some music also – before even beginning to think about any writing…

Having also eaten simply, I then would normally write in silence for between two to four hours – losing any sense of time, till my body tells me it is time to rest, refuel, refresh myself and re-join the world!

For me, it’s very important that every day (whether a writing day or not) begins and ends with me quietly reading through my last half a dozen pieces – in order hopefully to stay ‘in the flow’ and ‘in the voice’, clinging on tightly to that ‘silken thread’ that, once it slips from your grasp, can often be so hard to regain! Unless I’m away travelling or have specific social commitments, then EVERY day is a writing day.

I also have three identical and rather wonderful little digital voice recorders that literally go everywhere with me (one stays by the bed) so that, whatever I’m up to… I have some chance of capturing all those amazing little thoughts and insights that come to you, just out the blue – and as if by magic! Usually when you are in the throws of just doing something else, entirely – or just surfacing from sleep, for example. Previously so, so much would previously just get lost in the ether forever, before I started to do this and built it into my daily resources and routine.

All my life (and for reasons I can’t quite be sure of!) I have always been a seeker in the spiritual sense and always very ambitious to live life to the full. Whenever I am blessed with special moments or insights in my life, then my first instinct is to share the light and energy that comes from this experience with others. I am particularly keen to reach younger readers and students, still at a formative time in their lives and am always especially gratified when this group of readers in particular is touched by my work.

I suppose, at the core of my creative effort, is an attempt to try and present and illuminate a runway ahead, if you like… Fed directly by my own being and experience – in the hope that it resonates…

My personal mode of doing this is, of course, as an writer, artist and as a poet in particular.


Here I am

Here I am,
As if to confound myself
Just as I ever was.

av008aSeemingly 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.


About the author

Scott Hastie is a successful British born poet and writer, who has been has been commercially published in the UK for over twenty years now. He currently has over ten titles in print, including a novel and five collections of poetry. In recent years, the revealing spiritual tone in his work is starting to draw acclaim from an increasingly  worldwide audience, especially in the U.S. Asia & the Middle East.

Published in both print & e editions this February, Threads is the definitive collection Scott’s poetry to date… And builds much more on the mature poetic voice that first began to emerge in Scott’s recent titles Meditations & Angel Voices. It also features ALL readers recent favourites, as showcased on his popular website.

For much more info and some spectacular international reviews for Threads  (as well as direct order options and deals…) go to scotthastie.com

Fortunately, it is also still very easy to dip further into Scott’s poetry at scotthastie.com which freely displays samples of both his already published and latest unpublished work.

As a writer, Scott is very open and likes to encourage maximum participation and feedback from his readers. His web site offers the chance to post comments, both on individual pieces or more generally, if you wish… And also encourages dialogue about writing.

Scott offers mentoring services to other creative writers and students around the world. He is also passionate about visiting and learning from other cultures and his web site also features many fascinating photos from his extensive travels around the world.

For full listings of all Scott’s publications, go to either:

www.scotthastie.com   or  Amazon author page

Find Scott

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and

Twitter @scotthastiepoet 

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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23 Responses to Guest Author: Scott Hastie – Threads and meditations

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

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  2. Helen Jones says:

    Such lovely words 🙂

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  3. 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!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Scott’s poems are so lovely and inspiring!

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  5. scotthastiepoet says:

    Dear Sue, Thanks for the exposure on your bright and shiny blog – much appreciated… Have a great Christmas everyone…

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  6. Superb post and inspiring writer and a great read. Thanks Sue.

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  7. Iam grateful to meet Scottie Hastie poet and other poets around the world.

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