This morning I have been reviewing my first draft of the new book, Other Silent Days. The poems in the book stretch as far back as 2012 through to the present day, covering various subjects. With the current vile display of the worst side of human nature that is happening around the world at the hand of extremists, and the war mongering talk in the media and by the worlds politicians, I felt maybe it was time for reflection and inner peace. I came across the following poem and thought it was fitting to share today. I wrote it back in 2012. I hope it can resinate some hope in peace in your hearts. Peace. Who We Are I sought the stars for answers, The cosmology of truth; The origin of remembrance In the vastness of our youth. I found nothing there but deconstruction; The building blocks of life. I found no emotion in the void Just the actualities implied. No story to be told; No conclusion to be drawn; No scientific paper to write; No intellectual dawn. Just faith in the knowledge That we are more than the sum of our parts; There is hope in our existence And the complexities of our hearts. And we are altogether one A symmetry of stardust – A revolving mass of particles Adrift in the darkness. Despite all our differences And varied points of view, You are related to me As I am to you. And from a distance we are viewed As just another lonely star Flickering in the firmament With someone wondering who we are. Phillip Mellor from Other Silent Days (coming 2016)
Words from the Poem, Blue (taken from the book, Other Silent Days) Artwork by Heather Carr
I will be sharing more snippets from the book over the coming weeks and months, and will keep you updated on how it is coming together and how/when you can get your copy.
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Working on my new poetry book this morning. 📖 I am amazed that after almost 4 years of writing these poems I can look upon them as if they were poems by another writer. I know I wrote them, yet here they are after all this time separate from me in someway. I am amazed and humbled I have been given this gift of creativity and communication. I so desperately want to share these things with the world, not to be famous or rich (although making enough money to be able to be a full time writer is the goal) but to bring joy, light and happiness to people. To offer emotional support to those out there that think they are alone. This will ensure my gift is not wasted.
My work often explores the theme of love and often I look at the darker elements of life, the disappointments and heartaches. But out of all that comes faith, positivity, hope and love. Yes, I write first and foremost to please myself, but it is my hope that my work can provide hope and warmth to people who feel that they have none. That they are not alone in how they feel.
Many of the poems in what is to be a large single volume of work have been shared to Facebook and other sites before. Some of you will have read them and even requested that they all be put in a book one day. Well they are being, and sometime next year you will, should you wish to, be able to own a copy of them.
I feel very strongly that because a vast number of these poems have been shared before that they in someway belong to you as much as me. That is why I will be selling the book at cost. No profit will be taken by me from the sale of this book. I want as many of you as possible to be able to read and enjoy the work I have produced and hope that you will all come along with me as I take the next step in my writing career. There are many exciting projects I have the wish to participate in and I would love if those of you that feel a kinship to my work could enjoy the fruits of those projects too.
Life for me has been a rough ocean these passed 4 years, though calm seas never made a great sailor, and I now see the sunrise and the promise of tranquil bays. I am so grateful for the challenges I have faced. So happy and thankful that I got to meet so many wonderful people along the way. I think the title of the book really captures my feeling on this time. It is to be called: Other Silent Days.