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Dim

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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The light that burns bright
Will burn twice as fast. My light
Must last forever

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #180 Slow&Burn

In response to the daily prompt Dim

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If Only

By Scott Bailey © 2018

 

If only I knew
What I know now years ago
My time would have been
Spent in a much better way
Less effort on silly things

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE, NO. 73: ENERGY & KNOWLEDGE, #SNYONYMSONLY

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Royal Academy of Arts -“In Tune with Feminist Futures”

If you’re in London on the 9th of March and like some class and culture.. check this concert out.

Charlotte Hoather

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To help celebrate International Women’s Day the Royal Academy of Arts approached the Royal College of music to suggest a collaborative performance entitled In Tune with Feminist Futures” inspired by revered female artists, including Royal Academicians Gillian Wearing, Sonia Boyce, and Phyllida Barlow.

This was an ideal opportunity for me and my friends on the Women In Music module to perform some of the pieces that we have researched and prepared for our recital lectures on the 8th March.

It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to work with accompanist Leanne Singh-Levett who has helped me to shape my songs, one of which is quite a difficult and quirky contemporary piece by Kaija Saariaho called “Il Pleut”.  Leanne will also be accompanying my friends Katy Thomson and Esme Hurlburt with their contributions to the evening.

There will also be performances by the Maconchy Quartet, Maren…

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Temptation

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Tempting like a tart
Sweet nectar awaits inside
So the dance begins

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #190 Tart&Sweet

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Congregate

By Scott Bailey © 2018

We have reached
A time
When
Congregation
Is not enough
Movement is needed
Action
Revolution

 

In response to the daily prompt Congregate

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Astral Light

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Astral light guides
Cold and passionless
Cargos through the ages
Wood and steel
Fruit and bread
Flesh
To be sold
Along with the souls
Of the seller

Galaxy

In response to the daily prompt Astral

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Conversant

By Scott Bailey © 2018

I am conversant
In…

Um
Well, I am quite good at….

Hey
What the hell

Why does it matter?

Who am I trying to
Impress

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to the daily prompt Conversant

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Assay

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Where is the litmus test?
The assay
Of our leaders
Mettle
Why must I strive
To prove
My worth
When they
Enjoy
No scrutiny
In their ancient
Empty halls
With their ancient
Empty way

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to the daily prompt Assay

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One Liner Wednesday – Short and Sweet

A Spring of Dreams

#1linerWeds.

Some poems, short and sweet, unlike me.

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The King of the West

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The King of the West
With his golden crown
Encrusted with jewels and finery
Refuses to let it go
When the waters rise
So he is dragged
To the deep

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Encrusted

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Stars Sparkle

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Stars sparkle
Planets shine
Celestial bodies far from reach
The solars tantalise
Go for the shiners
Whose light is constant
The stars will ever taunt you

In response to the daily prompt Constant

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Forward

Forward

Maybe
From the chaos
From all the death and anger
We can find a better answer
We Need

I used the American form rather than the didactic.

 

 

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 72: Breakthrough & Movement, #SnyonymsOnly

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Breathing

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Only hear the stream
Babbling toward to ocean
The breath of the air

Image from Pixabay

In response to https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/02/19/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-189-zennoise/

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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A Bridge (That Carries Us Over)- Clannad

I have written one for this prompt already but it also reminded me of this – enjoy

In response to the daily prompt Compromise

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Compromise

By Scott Bailey © 2018

 Compromise
Hope
That feels like
Betrayal
Can it be that
Our future
Is simply the
Best deal we can
Broker

When we can step
Aside
From the demands
Of one side
And the
Other
Then
We can have
Peace

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Compromise

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Present

 

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The past is hazy, but warm
The present cold, hard and discontented
The future unsure
The goal
The route
Hidden

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to the daily prompt Present

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Happy Birthday To Our Own little Angel

He would have been six today
Had things gone differently
Who knows?
Being nearer to the hospital?
Or some other factor?
That we can never change
So now
I remember you
Every morning
Then shoulder the burdens
Of life
And the joys
Of your brothers

 

Read more about his short life here

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Mankind Ltd – What Right?

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What right had she to make decisions for other people?

What had made her think that those posters were true?

How dare she have the courage to break those chains?

By Scott Bailey 

Read an excerpt here.

Available as

Kindle

or hardback

from Amazon

or CreateSpace

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His and Hers Towels

For SocS

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “his/her(s).” Use one, use both, bonus points if you start your post with one and end with the other. Have fun!

A real stream of consciousness today. Typed the first line and went from there. A bit teen angst like  – but hey.

By Scott Bailey © 2018

His and her towels
Is where it all falls down
Just towels
Please
No pink or blue
No exclusive clubs
No glass ceiling
Consign the establishment
To the shelves
Build anew
But build it together
No more him and her
No more black and white
No more straight and gay
Just people
Friends and lovers
Colleagues and partners
Helping hands

Image from Pixabay

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Ruby

By Scott Bailey 2018

Ruby the rube
You think she’s below you
But really
She’s just behind you
With weapons of justice
So
Shiver
And prepare

Image from Pixabay

 

 

In response to the daily prompt Rube

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The Cock

The resplendent cock
Struts and crows, feathers rich red
While the hens scatter

Cockerel
Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 71: Character & Affection, #SnyonymsOnly

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Hiding

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Costume
Armour
Suits
It all hides
What is really inside

 

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Costume

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Deep Recall

Memory is an odd thing. Things you thought you had forgotten can still be in there buried deep.

I can remember the first book I read – I mean the first proper storybook rather than just a kids picture book or short fairy tales.

It was an Enid Blyton one – probably not so well-known as her others but the title and the cover stuck with me ever since.

It was Hurrah for the Circus!

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Of course over my childhood it eventually got lost – maybe passed onto my younger brothers. Whatever happened to it I always remembered the feeling I had when I finished it. Like a loss. It sold me on reading for the rest of my life.

Even up until now I could remember the first line of that story.

Oddly though – nothing else – not the story, the characters – nothing!

About 10 years ago – maybe more, I spotted it in a second-hand bookshop. An identical copy of the one I had! I snapped it up!

It sat on my shelf for years. I never reread it – well it was a kids book and I had way too long a list of other books to read.

I would, I thought, read it to my kids one day. If they wanted me to.

Well, last night was that night. My son wanted me to read to him I had exhausted his many books – most of which involve Minecraft and lack any real story content. Tonight I decided to read him a proper story.

I still had no idea at all what it was even about – completely forgotten.

But as I read it – nearly every single sentence was instantly familiar. Though I could not tell you what came next – I remembered what I was reading with a vivid recollection! Remembering where I was when I first read it and how I felt and the images that were being conjured then came flooding back! It was incredible.

I only hope that my son gets the same from it, that it gives him the same passion for reading, though I suspect he is already there on that score.

 

In response to the daily prompt Conjure

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River

By Scott Bailey © 2018

River slips quickly
Rolling by under the bridge
Until the freeze falls

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #188 Quick&Slip

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Victims of Spite

By Scott Bailey 2018

Oxfam and the Government
Feels like tit for tat
A fight of spite
All the while
The hungry still go hungry
The victims remain
Victims

The very existence of charity
Condemns those who rule

Image from Pixabay

 

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Mnemonic

By Scott Bailey 2018

I am in need of a mnemonic
For my life
Memories slip away
Photographs
Have no justice
Trying to cling
To long lost joys
The answer
Make new ones
Instead

 

In response to the daily prompt Mnemonic

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Empty Tales

For SocS

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “tail/tale.” Use one, used them both, you decide. Enjoy!

Kind of used my lack of inspiration today as the subject.

 

Empty Tales

By Scott Bailey © 2018

I have no tales to tell
Rather
I have
But the retelling of them
Empties them
Of their worth
Tales of today
Seem
The same

Image from Pixabay

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Insist

By Scott Bailey © 2018

A thought
Insists
Am I doing enough
Or is it
The machine
Wearing me down?

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Insist

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Puzzle

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Where has my time gone?
Where has my freedom gone?
Time is gone.
Freedom is gone.
Never had time.
Never had freedom
Sigh.

No more.

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Puzzled

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To the Tax Dodging Coorporations

You do not provide us with jobs, we provide you with labour and a safe haven to make your profits.

 

 

In response to #One-Liner Wednesday, #1linerweds

 

 

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Bewildered

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The bewildered
Wildebeest wondered
What it was
The lions were
Running from

Image from pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Bewildered

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Chunks

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Break it down
Into smaller chunks
The homework
Your daily work task
Your project
Your life
Until it is bits
Digital
And you never see
The whole again

Image from Pixabay
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Colleen’s Weekly 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 70 “DESTINY & CHALLENGE”

The earth will arise
Topple all fences and walls
A spark in the night

In response to Colleen’s Weekly 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 70 “DESTINY & CHALLENGE”

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Child Arising

By Scott Bailey © 2018

It is inevitable
A child will arise
And topple
The obstacles
You put in their way
Grow strong in spite of them
Grow strong because of them
And set the world aflame
With angry hope
Think on that
And tremble

Note – this was inspired by Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge – but doesn’t qualify in any way. Not sure how can credit her without creating a pingback. Check out her main site and you will find the challenge section. This is not in any of the forms required but came to me in a flash and I liked it so I am putting it out there anyway.

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Ooops

Somehow posted a blog twice today.

Hey ho.

Getting views and likes on both versions

😁

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Permit

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Permit me to speak
Permit me to say
The truth of our lives
Maybe if we shared
The healing could begin
We could escape
The electronic cage
If we listened
If we did

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Permit

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Five Star Review Received! Thirteen Tales — thehouseofbailey

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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 🙂

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Prowling Fox

 

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The fox prowls the woods
Hot on the scent of dinner
The body is close

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to the daily prompt Creature

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Deep Cold

 

By Scott Bailey © 2014

Disappearing into the gloom
Undulating side to side
Alien but of this earth
Slow, cold life
In the deep deep dark
So far from the hearth we know
The strange eel like creature
Eases in the deepest cold
Leaving divers dumb

 

In response to the daily prompt Creature

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Sympathise

By Scott Bailey © 2018

We sympathise
We the victims
Put up or flags
And tokens
Banners on our home pages
All sincere
But nothing changes
No actions
Behind the thought

 

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

In response to the daily prompt Sympathize

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In Need of Prompts

Now JusJoJan has finished I need some more prompts!

I use the WordPress Daily Prompt and Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge on a Monday. I could do with another for each day.

Anyone know of any good ones?

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Rhymes

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Words flow profusely
Anger pours freely
Action is stilted and slow

The world needs righting
In our minds, we are fighting
But to battles, we never go

Inaction just reaction
No satisfaction
This is a sign of the times

While all is disaster
We rush at it faster
Chiming protesting rhymes

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Profuse

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