Lost for Words
A collection of poems that speaks to that deep longing for union and freedom at the source of each of us.
In the early hours of almost every morning during the Covid lockdown in the months of March and April 2021, these poems began mysteriously arriving - like persistent early morning visitors. Curiously, the author's wife was absent for the whole of this time, and much to her amusement, in her place lay an open notebook, a blank page and a pen. Soon nearly 40 poems filled the notebook - Martin never having written poetry in his life before. Although the pandemic provides the foreground for this collection of poems, they have also been prompted by timeless universal themes, symbolised in a snowdrop, a park bench or an olive tree; found in conversations about love and life and death, in news items and random images. But most of all arising out of that deep longing for union and freedom at the source of each of us. The poems are about what it means to be alive and deeply connected to the natural world. In so doing, they go to the heart of mindful living and non-dual wisdom.
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"A wonderful homage to beauty, silence, and joy. The words are here only as a pretext to express the purity of the being. They dress the silence, give it a form, and dissolve into their origin. No trace remains. Thank you!" ~ Dr Jean-Marc Mantel, Psychiatrist, Non-dual teacher, Author of 'The Scent of Oneness'
Reading this beautiful collection of poems created within me an invitation to an experience of dropping, gently and deeply, into the wisdom of the non-dual path. Through these poems, Martin encourages and accompanies us into the simplicity and spaciousness of living from a sense of belonging and identity beyond our familiar, constructed sense of self. His poems call for tenderness towards the pain of our constricted living and the ways in which we can imprison ourselves and others. Each poem is a call from the deep - to reimagine and to reconnect with ourselves from the perspective of infinite compassion, and to live into the freedom (and responsibility) of our belonging. Within and between these words is an insistent call to 'wake up' to the inherent preciousness of our being, beyond anything that we can 'do'. Martin's poems are a gift and an inspiration to live lightly and courageously within this precious freedom. ~ Claire Davies, NHS consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist
An extraordinary (and unexpected) outpouring of poems from within the Covid lock down. How strange that constriction opens into space! ~ Nigel Wellings, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, author of Why Can’t I Meditate? How To Get Your Mindfulness Practice on Track
This collection of poems plunges us into the reality that lies behind our everyday thoughts, experiences, and imaginings. Martin uses fable, parable, the facts of living and dying, the great questions we ask ourselves, his own experiences and those of family and friends, to reveal to himself and to us the essential unity of our existence on this earth. His verse, with its natural cadences and vivid and simple images, points us gently to an authentic understanding of why we are here and invites us at every turn to live a deeper truth available to us all. ~ Vaughn Malcolm, Oxford graduate, retired teacher/lecturer of languages and literature, long time meditator and student of non-duality