Creative Writing, Fiction, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Thirteen Tales, Writing

What’s that Noise?

Behind the door?

Was it something moving?

Someone?

Just ignore it. Dive back under the covers, carry on reading…

Thirteen Tales of Ghosts

By Scott Bailey

A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Other are not. Some scare, some are fun. Some play with the concept of a ghost. There are ghosts who are out for revenge and the living avenging the spirits that curse them.

Ideal for sitting around a campfire and late at night under the covers. Or maybe not if the stories themselves are any guide.

Check it out on Amazon and Smashwords and other online e-book retailers.

paperback version is now available for those who prefer the feel of the paper while huddling by the fire – on your own – in the dark – with that noise behind you……

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Blue Star

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Blue star beam
Slides by a smoky moon
Dances through Saturn’s rings
A lone abyssal tune
Lingers by the Jovian storms
Then on to lunar dust
Down through cool and silent sky
Drawn down and down like lust
Brief it touches silken skin
Pauses for a spell
Then down into the darkness
Of the iris that does swell.

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Scotts Daily Prompt Angel

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Angel

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Glory Days

By Scott Bailey © 2013

So the soldier walks alone
beneath the
starry night
He has no aim but distance
from the bloody fight
But the war it still pursues him
snapping at his heels
He slips into the forest deep
beyond those broken hills

O glory days
Those glory days
They’ve shattered
and they fade
They only left a rumour
A shadow
where they laid

So the sword is silenced
with a deep and lasting chill
In his heart, ​the war goes on
the beating never still
Behind the hallowed orders
that laid so many low
Is revealed the empty truth
the sickest, cruellest blow

O glory days
Those glory days
They’re gone
they never were
So the soldier walks away
from guilt
that he defers

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Scotts Daily Prompt Handicap

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Handicap

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Tuesday Blues

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Crisis everyday
When did this start?
When will normality
Return
Is this the price
Of years of hard work
Maybe I should just sweep roads
Noble simplicity

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Scotts Daily Prompt Muscle

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Muscle

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Criticize

By Scott Bailey © 2017

I can’t criticize
I am too little
Too belittled
I probably can’t
Even spell it

Image from Pixabay

In response to my daily prompt Criticism

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Helms – Wordless-Wednesday

Photo by Scott Bailey

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Red

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Red
Swathes in fields
Too many

Black and white
The headlines
That sowed the seed

Grey
The problems
The ethics
The guns

Yellow
the gas
and the memories

Red
Remembrance
and ledger

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Creative Writing, Fiction, Short Stories, Thirteen Tales, Writing

Fear

We have a love/hate relationship with it.

We do not want to be afraid. We want safety and comfort.

Or do we?

Underneath, secretly we crave it. The thrill of fear, the arousal of danger.

So turn off the lights. Open the pages and delve in.

Find the thrill in the words.

Thirteen Tales of Ghosts

 

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Scotts Daily Prompt Criticism

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Criticism

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Sun Cycles

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Dawn spills on the land
Sharing its free, warm bounty
Nurturing the seeds
Feeding the grazers in turn
Then stolen by the hunters

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 90, “Give & Receive,” #SYNONYMSONLY

An attempt at a Tanka

#Tanka

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

The Golden Sprig of Broom

By Scott Bailey © 2014

The invaders became the natives
And the empire grew and grew
Still one tongue ruled, another served
Ambitious chances were few

Once King extended the lands
Far across the sea
A golden time of riches
For those who were still free

In wars the riches squandered
By the lion and the snake
Rebellion loomed open the crown
As liberty crawled awake

So some power leaked away
Through the reluctant pen
That signed the future of the land
Hope was found again

For many years this house ruled
Until the roses clashed
From golden empire this dynasty
To war and bloodshed crashed

Image from Pixabay

In response to my daily prompt Native

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Eyes

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Eyes
Red and raw
Seen too much

Filled
With work
and bills
and tears

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Creative Writing, Fantasy Fiction, Fiction, Mankind Limited News, Poetry, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

Dip Into Something New

Slip away for a few hours, into other worlds – away from all the troubles of this one.

 

Perhaps into the future – a near future – dark and disturbing and yet – so close. There follow the fates of four people worn down and broken – or angry with the system. Who break out of it and try to break it. Who question why they did and falter in their resolve only to be thrown back into the fray to discover the truth within themselves. A tale that questions rebellion and its motivations while railing at the oppression around us. Try it.

Mankind Limited

 

Or if not the future – the other worlds – supernatural ones – that impinge onto ours from – where? Some other dimension? The afterlife? Our own minds?

Where ever they come from – try these Thirteen Tales of the Ghostly variety.

Thirteen Tales of Ghosts

 

Or forget them all and take a moment each day  – to read a little poetry and think. Three hundred and sixty-five poems in all shapes and sizes sprung from dreams and emotion. Published day after day for a year. There are haiku, sonnets, katauta, lanturnes and many other forms – including free form. The moods are as varied as the forms and often reflect my mood on the day. There is sadness and grief, joy and love.

A Spring of Dreams

 

 

 

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Scotts Daily Prompt Native

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Native

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

No Safety

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Child lacking safety
Will grow to fear the wide world
And narrow their mind

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #207 Child&Safe

Photo by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash

#amwriting, #postaday

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Parachute

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Life
Where every step
Is a leap
Without a parachute
Forget that
At your peril

Image from Pixabay

In response to my daily prompt Parachute

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Word Journey

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Clang, chip! clang chip! Clang chip! Blow.
Scratch, dip. Scratch, dip. Scratch, dip. Flow.
Block, press. Block press. Block, press. Squeeze.
Click, roll. Click, roll. Click, roll. Please.
Clackety clack. Clackety clack. Clackety clack. Slide.
Tip tap tap. Tip tap tap. Tip tap tap. Pride.
Stone to scroll to press to type to screen.
Where next the word?

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Scotts Daily Prompt Parachute

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Parachute

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Debt

By Scott Bailey © 1998

Do not lightly discard them
with tales of the foolish bold.
They sat for weeks, for months, for years
in trenches freezing cold.
Sometimes feet simply mouldered
in the sucking mud.
And now and then they’d rise and run
and spill their loyal blood.

Do not belittle the suffering
of soldiers now long dead.
With nothing but talk and songs and bombs
bursting in their head.
Bound together with chains of love
shattered by leaden death.
They ended as they had begun
with cries upon their breath.

Do not lightly remember them
with only paper flowers.
they faced the fear, the pain, the cold,
for hours and hours and hours.
They ran together and fell alone
upon those foreign fields.
Protecting those they loved
those frightened human shields.

Do not read these words and think
that these things are passed.
Do not think you will not hear
that deep and dreadful blast.
Do not sit in decadence
and take for granted peace.
You owe a debt to those who died
and that debt will never cease.

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In response to my daily prompt Commemorate

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Snoring

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Snoring on my chest
Warmth and love resting at peace
An early night in

Photo by Rachel Bailey

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

A Spring of Dreams – Trench

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Trench

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Dancing with my wife,
last week the telegraph came:
Coughs ring round the trench.

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Scotts Daily Prompt Commemorate

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Commemorate

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Deport

By Scott Bailey © 2018

A simple solution
Deport the deporters
Problem solved

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In response to my daily prompt Deport

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Dive

By Scott Bailey © 2013

There was a young diver called laurel
Who spent her life in the coral
Of the men of the land
She dismissed them offhand
As she found them just far too amoral

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Creative Writing, Fiction, General, Mankind Limited News, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

Mankind Limited – Succumb

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Would all the earth succumb to the concrete blanket of mankind? Was that the best legacy they could leave? Was their vision that limited?

One day there would come a time when it would be more profitable to tear these trees down than to leave them. Then there would be no power on earth that would save them. Even concerned consumers couldn’t stand in the way of profits anymore.

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Read an excerpt here.

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Scotts Daily Prompt Deport

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Deport

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

The Hiding

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Come the hiding of the sun
And the rising of the dust
Dark Kings will reign over the land
Seas will bleed

Come the hiding of the moon
Rivers will falter
Weeds will claim the land
Towers will fall

Come the hiding of the stars
The ice bears will rend
Thunder will rule the air
Mountains will weep

Come the dying of the fire
The turning will end
The scattered will fail
Nothing more

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to my daily prompt Hide

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Time is Up

By Scott Bailey © 2013

The fat white man
Built a castle
And ruled within his walls
Lived with impunity
and flowing wealth
A harem for his use
and other toys
spiced and prepared
He slumps
In his foetid
white
flesh

Those without
devalued
cheap
Turned cheapness to gold
Built better
Bigger castle

The fat white man
Never noticed the decline
The decaying walls
The deserters
The fall

Time
is
Up

 

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Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Creative Writing, Fiction, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Thirteen Tales, Writing

Shipwreck – Thirteen Tales

Shipwreck

Explorers – or pillagers? The line is thin on the high seas, in strange exotic lands. Those that operate without fear of consequence soon learn their folly. There are older powers in the world than gunpowder and steel.

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Thirteen Tales of Ghosts

By Scott Bailey

A collection of short stories concerning ghosts. Some are traditional ghost stories in the tradition of M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe. Other are not. Some scare, some are fun. Some play with the concept of a ghost. There are ghosts who are out for revenge and the living avenging the spirits that curse them.

Ideal for sitting around a campfire and late at night under the covers. Or maybe not if the stories themselves are any guide.

Check it out at Amazon and Smashwords and other online e-book retailers.

A paperback version is now available for those who prefer the feel of the paper while huddling by the fire – on your own – in the dark – with that noise behind you……

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Scotts Daily Prompt Hide

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Hide

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Common Perception

By Scott Bailey © 2018

We all see it
All perceive the truth
Children in cages
We know what it means
Here come the memes
The outraged status
Rules the day
Governments
ISSUE STATEMENTS
Then
We turn away
Muttering
Up next?
Ovens
Prepare your placards!

Or is all as it appears?
Where is the truth in what we see?
If we cannot believe what we see – we will give up belief.
And there’s the point.

 

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In response to my daily prompt Perceive

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Short and Sweet

A Spring of Dreams

Some poems
Short and sweet
Unlike me

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Highlands

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Tarns tributaries tumble down
heather cloaked hills
red-brown tufts twitching in the wind
Cold water, cold air, eagle riding the high winds
Wolves range over moors
Sheep shiver, shepherds huddle
Fire crackles, broth steams
Tarns tributaries tumble down
heather cloaked hills

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Scotts Daily Prompt Perceive

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Perceive

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Storm Birth

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Where the great desert
Meets the rolling of the waves
And sand and sea seethe
The wind is stirred to battle
Between heavens and earth

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 89, “DRY & WET,” #SYNONYMSONLY

An attempt at a Tanka

#Tanka

Creative Writing, Short Stories, Writing

Dawn – #writephoto

For Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo prompt

Another bit of fiction – another continuation of previous entries that I have decided to collate in one place – here. Very late this week – it’s not been easy in our lives lately. Hopefully not too late but if it is – hey – I need to keep it going for my sake.

Here Sue’s photo for this week.


Dawn

By Scott Bailey © 2018

All night she had waited. Watching that dark cave. She knew it was occupied – there had been a fire lit there.

Yet something has held her back. Fear – of what?

Well, for one thing, she did not know how many people were in there. Or what their reception to a stranger might be.

But she was in just as much danger hanging around out here. There were too many wild beasts that would finish her easily.

And she was cold and hungry and alone.

She had nothing left to lose – she told herself. But though she was young, she had lived long enough to know exactly what else she could lose. He life was the least of it.

All night this battle had raged in her, fear of the night, fear of the cave and that fire.

And beneath it all, grief boiled and churned. Tears flowed silently for the family she had lost to that treacherous wave.

Was there a family up there? Huddled in warmth and safety around that fire. She could recall many such scenes with keen sharpness and pain.

Then a thought struck her – if her family had been there they would have posted lookouts. Maybe there were not so many occupants in that shelter.

As she thought over that the sun rose, burst over the cliff top and spilled light like new hope onto the plains.

She stood. Her decision made. She started to climb to towards the cave.

#writephoto

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

I Love a Title

By Scott Bailey © 2015

I love a title
My name underneath
The first few paragraphs
The format
The shape

I love beginnings
I love endings
It’s the struggle in between

Image from Pixabay

In response to my daily prompt Love

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Employ

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Employ your words well
To communicate
Not condemn
Listen to all the depths of meaning
Conveyed
Instead of correcting
To shore up
Your sense of superiority

Image from Pixabay

In response to my daily prompt Employ

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Brothers – Wordless-Wednesday

Photo by Scott Bailey

#wordless-Wednesday

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Around and Around

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Electron around and around an atom’s core
Atoms around and around each other
Mass around mass and air around rock
Rock around and around rock
Moon around and around earth
Earth around and around Sun
A billion suns around galactic core
Spiralling into the dark
A billion galaxies dance their endless dance
Around and around and around

I stand still

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Creative Writing, Fiction, Mankind Limited News, Politics, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

Read It! Don’t let it come to pass!

Humanity reduced to a bottom line.


Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self-doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

One one level this is a story about how different people react the ever growing and relentless pressure of everyday oppression. It explores their journeys as they are broken and rebuilt and investigates their modes and motivations for rebelling.

At another level it is a critique on the darker side of capitalism and free markets and how that has driven us further and further away from the evolutionary advantage that gave us supremacy in the first place. It questions whether the human race has doomed itself or whether we still have the capacity to wrench ourselves from the track we have so tightly committed our society upon.

Read an excerpt here.

Available as

Kindle

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Now also available at Smashwords, IBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and many other outlets.

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Scotts Daily Prompt Love

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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I will not be able to review them or comment on them but feel free to join in and use them as an inspiration for your own work. They have been randomly generated by this site so there is a chance they have already been used by the Daily Post.

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Love

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Scott’s Daily Prompt: Wolf Tetractys

The Bag Lady

The eyes’ expression on this one.

Wolf

Wily

Beautiful

Family man

Always watching, searching, safe with the pack

The colors on this one.

🔅🔅

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Sparrow

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Sparrow, sparrow in my way.
Briefly tell your tale today.
Tell me if my love is dead.
Do I waste the tears I shed?

Briefly, now I’ll tell my tale.
Pray your courage does not fail.
You do not waste the tears you shed.
Alas I say, your love is dead.

A sharp, cold sword did spill her blood.
She tried to stem an angry flood.
But peace that day she could not win.
So fearful war will begin.

Thank you bird for being true.
Nothing’s left for me to do.
To take up arms and pursue strife.
Slay the spoilers of my life.

I bid you, sir, think awhile.
Turn from this dark path so vile.
Listen to my humble song.
Step not where your lover’s gone.

Just a simple bird am I
But far above this land I fly.
And see its beauty spread below.
See ahead, where you might go.

Lay down your sword with forgiving heart.
Do not tear your land apart.
Still your rage and vengeance cease.
Follow rather a path of peace.

Humble bird I hear your song.
But my love is dead and gone.
So I raise my sword today.
And will make those killers pay.

The enemies that broke my heart.
And now have torn the land apart.
Upon their heads is all this blood.
For I must release the flood.

Then sir, I shall shed a tear.
For the future I do not fear.
Yet for now I swiftly go.
To make way for the crow.

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Creative Writing, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Words

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Wherever words roam
Over fantastical lands
The heart rests at home.

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Available as

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Scotts Daily Prompt Employ

These Daily Prompts are my attempt to fill the hole left by the now retired Daily Post.

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Today’s prompt is:

Employ

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Lines

By Scott Bailey © 2014

Back and forth
Criss-crossing
Thick and thin
Loose and taut
A complexity of lines
Just
To go forward

Photo by Scott Bailey

In response to my daily prompt Line

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