write poetry. What I remember though is a demanding
period in my life during which I would publish demos of
my compositions in various social networks on a
regular basis. Usually, I would share them in blog posts
using embedded players, and add a short presentation.
In the case of songs, I would also include the lyrics. For
instrumentals, it seemed appropriate to write at least a
few stanzas, typically inspired by the underlying theme
of the compositions, or sometimes by their titles only.
Eventually I also published poems on their own,
without music, whether inspired by the circumstances I
was in, or to illustrate specific ideas, or in an attempt to
convey specific messages, or to share wisdom gathered
along the way, or to leave footprints behind.
The process I was involved in at the time led to a
flash of understanding that still resonates in me to this
day. That epiphany yielded a particular piece, to which I
gave the title “Understanding.”
The poems gathered here, the milestones of that
journey, are presented in their original chronological
order of publication. Some of them seem to need a few
tweaks here and there, but I have resisted the urge to
My hope is that my Journey to Understanding will
shed at least a little light on yours.
About the author
Christopher Stewart explores various artistic
disciplines and works freelance. He has penned the
science fiction novel 2206 : Window Onto A New World,
the essays On the Meaning of Sin and Takers Economy :
An Inquiry into Illegal File Sharing, and a number of
poems, song lyrics, and various shortform creative
Primarily interested in music, he has composed
over 250 pieces, founded the currently hibernating
progressive rock band Poligraf, worked as busker and
emcee, and pursues his ideal of creating meaningful
music in the context of a rock ensemble.
His one-of-a-kind trajectory has also led him to
work in various fields including audio engineering,
video production, graphic design, website development,
blogging, online music store management, software
engineering, systems architecture, social work, and
He has practised Buddhism dead-seriously since
the mid-nineties, until he finally awakened to the fact
that it teaches living happiness.
You're welcome to contact Christopher via his
online headquarters at www.stewart-explorations.net.