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Five Star Review Received! Thirteen Tales

Thirteen Tales of Ghosts received a great review from janowrite, a fellow Ghost Story writer and fan.

Check out the review here and her own blog here.

And why not check out the book itself – see if you agree ūüôā

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

The Cash Creating Conveyor

By Scott Bailey © 2018

 

Try everything
Go on!
You know you want to.
And why not?
Get to the end of your life
And say proudly
I did it all!
I did it my way!
I tried it all!
No matter the cost
Ignore the cost
Such a small cost
Dripping away
Over and over
But ignore that
Don’t be square
Be cool!
Be the future
Not the past
Think of the Pleasure!
Ignore the cost
Think of the Achievement!
The dripping cost
Be cool!
Dripping into our funnel
Be a Winner
Dripping into our Hoard

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to the daily prompt Conveyor

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Change

For One-Liner Wednesday & #JusJoJan Daily Prompt ‚Äď January 31st, 2018

 

 

“The only Constant is Change”

Frank HerbertDune

Enough said.

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Holes

By Scott Bailey © 2014

There are holes
In everyone’s hearts
Some are big
Made by lives fulfilled
And long
Some are small
Short and brief
Somehow
The smaller
Hurt more

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to the daily prompt Cavity

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Truly Scrumptious

For #JusJoJan Daily Prompt ‚Äď January 30th, 2018

Just this – that’s all and a whole host of happy memories!

Truly Scrumptious
Click Image to see the Source

From the movie that taught to love the magic of film.

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USA Catching Canada!

Thirteen Tales – the race of the Americas is on!

Well, no more sales in Canada as yet but some in the USA means that they are catching up – who will win? Where will I hit the top 10 first? The UK (my homeland) is lagging far behind!

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Inkling

By Scott Bailey © 2018

I am drawn
By slightly parted lips
Swaying hips
Twinkling eyes
A smile
I am drawn
By an inkling

 

Image from Pixabay

A slightly modified version of an older poem I did that benefits from the addition I think.

In response to the daily prompt Inkling

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Knights

For #JusJoJan Daily Prompt ‚Äď January 28th, 2018

 

So, again I am coming to this late at night Рthe only time I seem to get to a keyboard these days. We have been out at parks and constructing trampolines in the back garden.

I am annoyed I haven’t had time for this prompt as it’s right up my street. My current work in progress – a collection of epic (by which I mean very long) poems, includes one titled “Will You Follow the Knight”. This is not in a state to be read yet and anyway, will feature in the upcoming collection.

So once again I am reduced to dipping into my “back catalogue” and there is no surprise that I have a few to choose from!

So I won’t choose – here are a few.


Red Steel

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Blood soaked steel
The sword of a knight
Held up proud
Aloft and bright
He hums to himself

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government
shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace‚ÄĚ

With banshee scream
He storms on down
To hammer home peace.


Bricks

by Scott Bailey © 2013

Coloured bricks
Red, blue, yellow, white
and many more.

Many shapes
Many sizes
No limits
Many surprises.

Build a fire engine,
A house, a school,
A lake, a park, a city, a town.
A space station and spaceships and an alien host.
A castle,a bridge a knight and a ghost!

All this and more build it all
And never ever build up your wall.


Sky Fight

By Scott Bailey © 2014

Flash in the dark blue sky
Clash of sword and bone
Roar of fire high above
Heaven’s thunderous tone

Samurai meets his nemesis
A dragon of the sky
Golden claw fights silver blade
Above the mountains high

Gods look down with fearful frowns
While people gaze above
Do they fear the fiery jaws
Or the hardened iron glove

The enduring will of the flying knight
Feeds his skilful blade
The ancient wisdom of the drake
Ensures he’ll not be played

Red streaks of fire on velvet sky
Silver streaks cut through
Showers of sparks come raining down
To birth a magic brew

And still the battle blunders on
All over every land
Until the both when both are stilled
By a cold and magic hand


 

It’s not just me – it run’s in the family. Here’s our oldest (from a few years ago) playing knights with some real ones!

 

 

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Posted in Creative Writing, Family, Poetry, Writing

Following in my Footsteps?

Finally for today –

One from my son. A quick poem he made up this evening.

Money

By Alexander Bailey © 2018

Money doesn’t grow on trees
Some people keep bees
Everyone has knees.

Well, it made me smile ūüôā

 

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Movement

For The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan Daily Prompt, Jan. 27th, 2018

By Scott Bailey © 2018

There is a rising tide
It swells and grows
The recedes
Pauses and grows again
Lapping against the ancient
Castle
The stronghold
Of power
From long ago
Where gold grows
Around the feet
Of the rulers
Seemingly futile
The tide rises
Ebbs and swells
Eating away
Tiny piece by piece
Until one day
The stronghold will fall

Image from Pixabay

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Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Inscrutable – the Pension Rip Off

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Image from Pixabay

There’s an advert running at present (in the UK) for pensions. It shows two of the same person working Рwith the tagline that having a workplace pension is like having another you working for your future.

If only. Recent history would suggest otherwise. With so many company pensions disappearing into black holes while inscrutable business owners get away with all the cash stashed away in their offshore accounts – you have to stop and question it.

Sure you have to prepare for your future – but it seems like a massive risk. When I started working we paid towards a state pension. But then the government privatised it all – handing it over to the free market. Their argument being that they would not be able to afford to pay out a pension in the future if they did not.

Which begs more questions. Why not Рare the government that bad at managing finances? If it’s such a loss-making venture then why the hell would any business take it on?

They just keep inventing ways to screw us out of money. So the image of two of you working is accurate in one way. They can screw you doubly while you work.

In response to the daily prompt Inscrutable

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Address

For #JusJoJan Daily Prompt ‚Äď January 26th, 2018

Your address
Should be
Where your heart is
Instead
It has become
Your ID
Identifying you for what you are
What you stand for
Your worth
and
And most importantly

The most effective way to
Extract money from you

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Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Trill

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The trill of birdsong
Echoes down the green valley
Before the ice falls

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Trill

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Prediction

For #JusJoJan Daily Prompt ‚Äď January 25th, 2018

 

Brain dead tonight – So I predict I won’t make it to the end of this…

 

 

 

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PS. If you want some predictive Science Fiction – you could always check out -> Mankind Limited ūüėČ

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Dominant

By Scott Bailey © 2018

 

The dominant theme
Of the modern movement
Is just that
To dominate
To be the best
No second place
No room for losers
Crush them
Squeeze then dry
That is is the song
Of our age
We seem to sing it
With joy

 

Image from pixabay.com

 

In response to the daily prompt Dominant

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Posted in Creative Writing, JusJoJan, Mankind Limited News, Poetry, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

The Secret

For One-Liner Wednesday & #JusJoJan Daily Prompt ‚Äď January 24, 2018

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Read an excerpt here.

Available as

Kindle

or hardback

from Amazon

or CreateSpace

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Another cheat – it’s more than one line! Shhhh

 

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Tardy

By Scott Bailey © 2018

One day
Tardy light
Will throw
All we know
Into darkness
And the scientists
Will begin again
With relish

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Tardy

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Colours

For JusJoJan 23rd Colours

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Image from Pixabay

The colours of the cross
Or the crescent
The sickle or the sun
Or nothing
They bring us together
To tear us apart
Make us belong
To a place
Where thoughts are handed out
With morals
But deeds are discouraged
Where greed in nurtured
And consummation
Perfected

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Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Candid

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Can we be candid?
No
There it is
Politics

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Candid

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Liberty

For JusJoJan 22nd Liberty

By Scott Bailey © 2018

What is liberty
Without chains
How would we know
Freedom
Without bounds
I have worn chains
For far too long
I am ready
To recognise
Liberty

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Peace

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Peace is the echo
Of the voice of the songbird
Across the still lake

 

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #185 Sing&Peace

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Thirteen Tales -Popular in Canada!

Thirteen Tales Rising

 

Well, had a bump in sales in Canada and Thirteen Tales is now No. 30 in its genre!

 

Let’s hope it generates some more interest.

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The Bright Interloper

For JusJoJan 19th Darkness

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Darkness abounds
All around
Never ending
As far and the mind can see
Interspersed with light
Bright, beautiful, enchanting
Far-reaching and inspiring
But
Mostly there is darkness
All enveloping
Mysterious, powerful
Devouring
Darkness

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The Accidental Occidental

For JusJoJan 20th SocS (oc)

A word that starts¬†with “oc”. For some reason – occidental immediately sprung to mind. Followed by this random nonsense.

By Scott Bailey © 2018

 

His mother was a missionary
Who succumbed to forbidden love
She was abandoned and so was he
An orphaned sickly dove

He was always seen as different
Never quite the same
Always outside the circle
Never in the game

With no one to rely on
He learned to keep himself
Learned to get what he needed
Leave nothing on the shelf

He could play the needs of others
Like a bard could play a harp
To get where he was going
His will was cold and sharp

He grew to be a king
Of an unseen empire wide
And nothing could fill the void
That swelled and grew inside

So he used he unrivalled power
To bring down all around
To reduce the home he hated
To debris on the ground

The occidental accident
Happens all time time
So watch out for rising emperors
Who play their tunes sublime

 

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Press

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The Press will touch all
The raw places to ensure
Peace will not prevail

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #184 Press&Touch

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Health

Man Down with Man Flu

Been a poor start to the year. I have been in bed ill for all of last week. Managed to crawl back to work today but recovery is still ongoing.

Normal service resumed soon

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Treat

By Scott Bailey © 2018


What a treat
What’s a treat
Stuck on the street
Tired feet
Treated like meat
Tired feet
Struck on the street
What’s a treat
What a treat

In response to the daily prompt Treat

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Tradition

For JusJoJan 3rd One-Liner Wednesday

 

Tradition is nothing but the empty echo of oppression

By?

Me – Scott Andrew Bailey – ūüôā

Quoted from here

Mankind Limited

Couldn’t resist a cheeky bit of promo.

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Reservation

By Scott Bailey © 2018

 

You are the land of the free
With your reservations
That shame us all
And teach us
If only you could learn that lesson

In response to the daily prompt Reservation

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Boisterous

For JusJoJan 2nd Boisterous

Boisterous

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Our boy is a bundle
Of boisterous fun
But he doesn’t know
When to stop the fun
And hurts someone
(Rarely himself)
Because of his mental health.
What to do?
What to do?
I am no expert
And no expert
Seem to know
What to do.
Move him on
Move him on
Is all we get
But we will not give up
Like them
His challenges will be his victory

 

 

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Conversation

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Conversation

The end of the conversation
Is the end of the line
The rising of the fires
Of hostility and ire
So keep talking
Keep talking

In response to the daily prompt Conversation

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Testament

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Deep in the singed earth
Lies the burners testament
And the seeds of life

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #182 Singe&Deep

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge