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Man’s Folly

By Scott Bailey © 2016

She stared at the artefact. It reminded her of a flower. Well, reminded was the wrong word. She had never seen a flower – there were no more left. They had died out long before she had arrived.

Everything had.

But in the last few months, her colleagues had managed to decipher and read the ancient data they had found here and there. They had pieced together a rough history of this dead place. Not much but enough – enough to know what happened.

Enough to know it could happen to them.

Enough to know what a flower looked like.

Before they had died – somebody had carved a final message on this artefact.

‘Man’s final folly!”

She wondered at that. She could not fathom its reasoning.

It was beyond doubt now that this giant metal flower had been the instrument that had called out to them so long ago. Sent its message to the stars.

And they had heard. 20,000 long years ago she and her colleagues had boarded their ship and started on their way.

In all probability, the flower was still broadcasting then. The carver of that message was still breathing good air.

No more.

There was no more good air. There was nothing left to breathe it.

Was puzzled her more was the fact that the remaining histories made it plain that it was foreseeable. Preventable even.

Yet she could also see that their own masters back home could easily make the same mistake. As advanced as they were the path was familiar.

So it was that she and her fellow robotic explorers had taken the decision to delay their trip home. It would take them 20,000 more years to get back with the warning.

This – folly – could send the message quicker. So here they were trying to repair it get it working again.

A desperate battle to avoid the fate of these long dead people who called themselves human beings.

 

In response to the daily prompt Warning

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Farewell to Health

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The jewel in our crown
The pride of our nation
Will be sold
To line the pockets
Of liars


 

In response to the daily prompt Betrayed

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Focus

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Keep them focused
On the trivial
The micro problem
While we steal
Their lives
Away

Photo by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash

In response to the daily prompt Micro

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Inefficient

By Scott Bailey © 2018

When politicians
Say
The NHS
Has become
Too inefficient
What they really
Mean is
Caring
But the word
Is to alien
For them

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to the daily prompt Inefficient

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Worship

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Snake worships the sun
Praying to the gold goddess
Waiting for the rain

 

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #194 Worship&Goddess

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Swallow

By Scott Bailey © 2016

The wind gives a lift
To swooping swallow on its arc
Hawk has other plans

 

In response to the daily prompt Swallow

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Star Fathers

 A Lanturne

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Stars
Magic
Fathers dance
Under dark trees
Dream

 

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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A Lost Forest

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Bright flakes of light in dappled leaves
that float on down
where saplings grow
and settle low

And earthy scents rise in the air
As underfoot
leaves crunch and fold
red-brown and gold

The rusty fence that holds it in
it holds us too
back from that time
when we roamed free

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Enroll

By Scott Bailey © 2018

When
Did I enroll
For
This
To be
An oxen
For the
Faceless farmer
Yoke fitted
Ploughing on
And on

In response to the daily prompt Faceless

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Tsuma (A Katauta)

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Silky dress caress
Swishing – lighting my desire
For your loving touch

 

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Sometimes

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Sometimes the things we are due
do not arrive
Sometimes that precious parcel
is lost
Sometimes the blows
are more than we think
we can survive
But we do

It is the ancient sadness
of humanity
Happiness has such
frailty

 

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Stone and Bronze – #writephoto

For Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo prompt

Somehow – I missed last weeks prompt completely. I think by Thursday night I had, had enough of the week. This week has not been much better – so I am recycling again. Using one the picture suggested to me.

This is the picture this week.

 

 

By Scott Bailey © 2014

They left a legacy written in stone
Plain for all to see
Yet there are less lucid signs
Discovered carefully

Lines that lay across the land
Tales of times gone by
Showing us in hidden ways
To be read by those who try

The tracks we walked long ago
The boundaries of old
A story laid on every hill
And every vale and fold.

And on our tongues and in our tales
Echoes of the past
Holy places beyond the cross
Beyond a gulf so vast

Shapes and forms from ancient times
Still glimpsed within the heart
Of dance and song and tales that burn
And every blessed art

 

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Identical

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Rejecting the crowd
Is the same
Identical
Choice
As following the crowd

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Identical

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Thunder

Arise
To the thunder
The raging of the skies
Rain, that splits the drought asunder
Rejoice

Tremble
Beneath the aweful majesty
Of natures might roar
Making your heart
Thunder

 

Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 76: JOY & FURY, #SnyonymnsOnly

Had a go at a reverse cinquain this time.

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Change

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Shouting into the hole that is the whole
Nothing back.
Raging against the system that is all
Nothing changed.
Staring at the box with the box.
Nothing gained.
Justifying every move you make
Not explained. 

Time to change.

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Blush

By Scott Bailey © 2018

See the sky blush with
Golden fire heaven sent
And then the darkness

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Blush

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Peace

By Scott Bailey © 2018

When the sea and sky
Are equal to the viewer
By chance, peace will fall

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #193 Chance&Equal

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Is it Me?

By Scott Bailey © 2103

Flesh and bones and genes.
Is that me?
Shirt and tie and jeans
Is that me?
The places I have been.
Is that me?
The words of praise, the blame that cuts
Is that me?
The songs I loved, the books I have read,
The colours I paint, what I like in my bread.
Are these me? 

The friends I love and miss,
That is me
The taste of beer and chat,
That is me
The love for my wife and sons,
That is me.
The song bursting in my lungs,
That is me
The stories in my head
That is me
The place where I grew up,
where I was wed,
where one son was named, the other laid to rest

That is me

My dreams that are out of reach
That is me.

Image from Pixabay

 

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Soundbox

By Scott Bailey © 2013

There are empty spaces
left as people move on,
of the spaces of places long gone,
of times gone by

There is a link between present and past
an energy, a potential,
strung between the memories gone
and the living yet to roll on

The link hums with the tension
and the empty spaces echo back the thrum
deep rich reverberation
layered on the past, the present, the future

Such is the music of life.

 

Guitar sound box
Image from Pixabay

 

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Nature

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Nature
Claws back its realm
Over many ages
Verdant fingers prying apart
Even
The strongest of our creations
With persistence of growth
Old and fertile
Mother

Car Reclaimed by Nature
Image by Scott Bailey

In response to the daily prompt Patience

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Chasing Sunbeams

By Scott Bailey © 2016

See the argent moon
Chasing the brightest sunbeams
Moments slip away

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Incubate

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Ideas buried deep in the mind
Forgotten, beneath the rubbish
The everyday detritus
Fermenting
Until one day
The green shoot
Of inspiration

Image from pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Incubate

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Wrinkle

By Scott Bailey © 2018

A wrinkle by the eye
With a twinkle in
And that’s all you need to know

Image from Pixabay

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A Small Note for Big Dreamers

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Dreaming
Alone
Is not enough
Dreaming together
Greatly to be desired
But
Giving dreams substance
That is what’s required

Image from Pixabay

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Posted in General

Photo prompt round-up: Arch #writephoto

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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Silent ghosts wander
Half forgotten memories
Cloistered past present
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Glimpsed in the shadows
Flickers of recognition
Dance in the dust motes
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Old stone holds magic
Childhood imagination
Remembers wonder

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The photo for this week’s prompt was taken at Kirkstall Abbey in Yorkshire, so close to where I spent most of my childhood that I feel as if I know every stone. There are so many legends associated with this place…like the gruesome story of the Lovers Knot, to the legend of the buried treasure… so many memories and ghost stories, that I could not begin to share them all. But clicking the links will take you to a few 😉

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Thank you so much to everyone who took part this week. There were so many contributions that I could not reblog all of them, however, all the posts are listed below, so please click…

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Silence

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Silence is Golden
Because it’s so very rare
Grab it while you can

 

Image for Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Noise

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COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 75: “PATIENCE & GREEN” #SNYNONYMSONLY

Nature
Claws back its realm
Over many ages
Verdant fingers prying apart
Even
The strongest of our creations
With persistence of growth
Old and fertile
Mother

Car Reclaimed by Nature
Image by Scott Bailey

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 75: “PATIENCE & GREEN” #SNYNONYMSONLY

Had a go at a butterfly cinquain this time – and I had the perfect picture to go with it – one I took myself for a change.

#Cinquain #butterfly-cinquain

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Light Falls – #writephoto

For Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo prompt

At last, I managed something new for this challenge rather than recycling.

This is the picture

 

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Light falls
Through the ancient arch
How much light
Has fallen
Through the years
Upon
Lovers joined
The dearly departed
Those welcomed with blessings
Of water
The cold
The hungry
The repentant
The angry
The sinners

The light has fallen
Age has won
All those lighted memories
Nothing
Now the vessel
Is emptied
And ruined

Only the ghost
Of the shape
Of constraint

 

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Slim Pickings

By Scott Bailey © 2018

A chance glance of light
Reveals the heron hunting
Slim pickings below

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #192 Slim&Chance

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The Winding Path

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Be yourself
Be true
Be uncompromising
We are told

Be open minded
Listen to others
Find the common ground
We are told

Find the path
Through those
And you will be sorted

Or go mad
Trying
Simple

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to the daily prompt Uncompromising

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Thaw

By Scott Bailey © 2018

I watch the snow melt
The green shoots of grass rise up
To greet the new dawn
Taking a bracing shower
In glistening morning dew

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE, NO. 74: “RENEW & FRESH,” #SNYONYMSONLY

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Bird on a Branch

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Bird on a branch
Are you resting
Are you watching
The worlds below
The people rushing here
And there
Along their crowded roads
With all their forks and cul de sacs
Fly on little bird
Fly on

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In response to the daily prompt Branch

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Messy

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Arise
Life is messy
We all know that
And while we crave
Cleanliness and order
We also know
It can be no other way

In response to the daily prompt Messy

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Wide Water Wash – #writephoto

For Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo prompt Another old one- it’s been a very long day but when I saw the picture I gain knew I had a perfect poem to go with it.

This is the picture

By Scott Bailey © 2014

Wide, water wash
Grey beneath the early morning mist
Chance sunbeams bounce and sparkle
River banks lost and blurred
Returning to their ancient ways
Unbound from man’s constraint
A gentle reminder of the eventual winner
Water wandering where it will
Free and unordered
Rolling seeping or swelling to the sea
Grasses, shrubs and tree swimming
Mirrored in their sudden still lakes
Expanding

Originally Published in “A Spring of Dreams“.

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Switch it Off

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Oh
For a restart button
A ctrl-alt-del
For some days
Some situations
Sometimes
For life
Must be the geek in me
I want to switch it all off
And back on again

 

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Restart

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