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Poem a day challenge #155 (Demons)

Demons

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Trick or treating
With our son
For the first time
Wishing the other
Were here
As the demons cavort
and dance
Gathering their loot
Doing their worst
Other flesh freezes
Starved of food and hope
Is one man’s fun
Another’s murder?

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Poem a day challenge #154 (To the Bone)

To the Bone

By Scott Bailey © 2013

A pounding headache
The fruit of today’s labour
Now going to sleep

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Poem a day challenge #153 (Dreaming)

Dreaming

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Tiny starbursts
The peak on tiny waves
Deep green over yellow
Swaying weeds
Dappled stones
Dark fish darting
The scent of rich water
And reeds
Time to watch
Relax
The life I crave
Instead
Work, bills, sleep, stress

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Poem a day challenge #152 (Poppies)

Poppies

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Time for the flowers to bloom again
Red
Like blood
That was shed
A century ago
And every day since
One day
They will be white

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Poem a day challenge #151 (Party)

Party

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Passing the parcel
Noisy musical statues
Children’s birthday joy

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Poem a day challenge #150 (Epic)

Epic

By Scott Bailey © 2013

He slew the great beast
Whose mother took her revenge
The great Beowulf

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Poem a day challenge #149 (The King)

The King

By Scott Bailey © 2013

The King who was
And shall be
Stirs restive in his sleep
Sword in hand
Ready
Who will it smite?
Invaders or haters
Will justice by the sword
Ever be served?

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Poem a day challenge #148 (Man)

Man

By Scott Bailey © 2013

I am the hunter
The bringer down of prey
The destroyer
The shadow
The bringer of fear.
I am the master of war
The hoarder of riches
The steel lord
The holder of lightning
I am strength and glory

So why do I still struggle in vain

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Posted in Adoption, Family, General

Proud Parents

Yes – forgive me but time to boast! Alexander got top marks from his teacher – doing very well in all ways. He has lots of friends at school and is enjoying it immensely. She particularly praised him for his participation – always willing to answer questions and take part in activities.

We are very proud.

In other news – there has been a silence on the adoption front since we have had our approval. Maybe we are being impatient now – it’s all a such a slow process. The waiting is hard. For my part I have an absolute shed load of work and associated stress to go with it. Rachel has been busy meeting up with her friends in a sudden social whirl to keep her mind off it.

It is increasingly looking unlikely that anything will happen this side of Christmas now.

Sigh.

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Poem a day challenge #147 (I/O)

I/O

By Scott Bailey © 2013

The information superhighway
It is a heavy weight
Data, redundancy
Processes
Alerts
Objectification
Frames
Presentations and investors
Response
Time
High availability
Validity
Technical, radical, practical, logical
Balancing load
Stresses
Testing
Testing
Test

Craving
Simplicity

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Poem a day challenge #146 (Sustenance)

Sustenance

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Cheese, onions, bread and beer
Like it or hate it
Sharing an experience
Over thousands of years

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Posted in General, Self Publishing, Writing

Pro Writer?

Well,

Had my first payment from Amazon for my self published novel – see to the right -> doe that make me a pro?

ps -it was only £25.

Smiley Face

Posted in Family, General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Work, Writing

Poem a day challenge #145 (Seven Years)

Seven Years

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Seven years
They say it’s wool
Well I have my little lamb
To keep me warm
And hope to hold her
Beyond diamond!

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Posted in Adoption, Family, General

Official letter

So we now have the official letter! All done – now the waiting for the matching begins.

We have heard a few horror stories on that front – then again we have also heard cases that have gone from prep group to having a child in six months. Don’t know which is more frustrating.

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Poem a day challenge #144 (Drained)

Drained

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Every buzz and chime
On the phone
Is a worry
Something has gone down
Something is wrong
Another demand
On my time and my brain
Which are both drained
Something
Must change

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Poem a day challenge #143 (Words)

Words

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Master of words
By words mastered
Many a politician can claim
Those that abuse the power
By which they rose
Will be bitten by the beast they tamed

Such is the reality
We choose to believe
But the truth we know is worse
Where corruption rules
It protects its own
Mostly, the corrupt rule

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Poem a day challenge #142 (Sick)

Sick

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Feel as sick as a dog
Too much work not enough play
Dulling the senses

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Posted in Fantasy Fiction, General, Health, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Further Challenges

So I have now got more obstacles to my poem a day challenge.

Firstly work! Its gone into overdrive. The only thankful thing is that the poems are a good tool for stress relief!

Secondly, eye infections. Seem to have flared up so finding it difficult to look at a screen for long – paper and pen are no better.

Thirdly – THE LAST DARK! it’s out! Its been delivered to my kindle and as a fan – I have the hard copy on its way too. So you may not hear too much from me until I have finished it.

The Last Dark by Stephen Donaldson

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Poem a day challenge #141 (Bound to Serve)

Bound to Serve

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Bound to serve
The master that we crave
Enduring the pain
Not struggling in the ties
That bind
Taking the punishment
Utter submission
Belittled
Stripped
Of dignity
All for the reward
The release
The coin

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Poem a day challenge #140 (Deep Red)

Deep Red

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Deep red-brown
Liquid
Augmented by amber light
White top
Gold badge
Warmth
And slow appreciation

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Poem a day challenge #139 (Candles)

Candles

By Scott Bailey © 2013

15th Oct:  a wave of light and love
15th Oct: a wave of light and love (Photo credit: scribbletaylor)

One lumen
The light of a candle
It can be seen they say
For many miles
Candles burn tonight
One for each lost angel
Light that will been seen over many years
Still bright in our minds
A million candles
A fiery sun of bittersweet memories
The burning potential
Of lives that never were

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Poem a day challenge #138 (Brain Dead)

Brain Dead

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Brain dead tonight
Can’t think straight
Waiting for the muse
To open my mind’s gate

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Poem a day challenge #137 (Time)

Time

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Our most precious coin
Swamped by trivial demands
Yet can’t be ignored

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Poem a day challenge #136 (Blunt Hammer)

Blunt Hammer

By Scott Bailey © 2013

When horror is turned to love
And death has become high romance
Do the forces of the underworld
Practice a jubilant dance

Do vampires laugh with glee
And werewolves lick their fangs
As they open up their gates
With fanfares, bells and clangs

And into their arms they run
The poorly misguided youth
And their heroes welcome them in
With claw and jaw and tooth

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Poem a day challenge #135 (Night Forest)

Night Forest

By Scott Bailey © 2013

A silver sylph slips silent through the trees
Spreading silver stardust upon the trees
Disappearing into the deep shadows
Where foxes hunt

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Poem a day challenge #134 (The Dark)

The Dark

By Scott Bailey © 2013

The darkness where the heart beats fast
The shadows where no moonlight’s cast
The deepest dell of starless nights
Gleaming eyes the only light

The sound of cold and ancient breath
On the breeze the scent of death
A rustle from behind the trees
A snapping twig the blood to freeze

The conflict of the fight​ or flight
But where to run on icy night?
The frozen legs the burning fear
The certainty of danger near

Imagination births these fears
But even as the presence nears
Pointing out what we must mark
Why do we so fear the dark

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Posted in General, Science Fiction

2001 A Space Odyssey

I watched this film again – the first time in many years – having just found it on DVD.

It is still one of the best science fiction films ever made. A mastery of understated special effects. And I was struck that – the title aside – it has dated extremely well. In fact better than a lot a later films.

English: The famous red eye of HAL 9000
English: The famous red eye of HAL 9000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And of course HAL is still one of the most menacing screen presence’s ever.

Give yourself a treat and give it another viewing. (It comes over particularly well on the remastered version when on a HD TV)

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Poem a day challenge #133 (Cable Ties)

Cable Ties

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Cables ties us
Hold us tight
To one spot
Even invisible ones
Chains
Keeping us busy
Keeping us attentive
Keeping us productive
and consuming
So when they are cut
We are lost
Unable to produce
As we once did

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Poem a day challenge #132 (Ups and Downs)

Ups and Downs

By Scott Bailey © 2013

From joy to worry
As sickness strikes yet again
Families hold tight

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Poem a day challenge #131 (Relief)

Relief

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Weight from shoulders lifts
Unanimous approval
The road is still long

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Poem a day challenge #130 (Formation)

Formation

By Scott Bailey © 2013

A single mote
of stardust
sparkles bright
in endless black
drifting
No goal,
no direction
for time
that feels
eternity
Nothing
Cold, cold
Nothing

And then
Attracted to another
Bright shining mote
Joined together
Bound in twisting dance
round and round
and down
What seems forever
togetherness
never apart
again

The other comes
with more attachments
gathering around
A family, a clan
a get together that has no end
a bouncy, rowdy party
as things heat up

And the happening attracts more
and the numbers swell
the dances speed and the steps
multiply with complexity
The place is hotting up
as events coalesce

Then the point of no return
This is the place to be
the single mote has pulled
more that could be dreamed
and the crowds rush in and in
and down
the crowds become a crush
And the heat gives rise to new forms of dance
and new energy as the crowds arise

And then the circle is complete
as the fire starts to burn and the lonely mote
is now the heart
of brand new burning star

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Poem a day challenge #129 (Consumed)

Consumed

By Scott Bailey © 2013

More fucking shopping
I’m consumed by consuming
Working just keeps up

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Poem a day challenge #128 (Health Gains)

Health Gains

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Giving people health
Appears low priority
Set against profits

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Poem a day challenge #127 (Wallowing)

Wallowing

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Corrupt. Wealthy. Safe.
Wallowing in filthy loot
And laughing at us

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Poem a day challenge #126 (The List That Should Not Have Been)

The List That Should Not Have Been

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Tragic stories
Behind smiling faces
And pleading eyes
How did it come to this

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Poem a day challenge #125 (Prevailing)

Prevailing

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Lost to us, never forgotten
Unusual tides took him away
Carried to peace and to sleep
And even as the dark will swell
Sad, but sad will not prevail

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