Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Sharp

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Silk slides on the breeze
Meets the flow of sharpened steel
Leaves a perfect tear

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Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Oversight

By Scott Bailey 2017

Inevitable
Our downfall will be caused by
A small oversight

Image by Schäferle from Pixabay
Poetry, Writing

Successful

By Scott Bailey 2017

Have you
Noticed
That the books
That teach us
How
To succeed at this
And
Win at that
Don’t teach us
Why

Meanwhile
Authors count their cash


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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Kissing the Flame

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The meteor dares
To kiss the flames of the sun
Then slingshots away

Image by WikiImages from Pixabay
Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Exposure

By Scott Bailey 2017

Sleek steel aperture
Widens for a brief moment
Exposing a truth

Image by Frantisek Krejci from Pixabay
Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Aesthetic

By Scott Bailey 2017

Thinking aesthetics
Is vaguely anaesthetic
Trying hard to write

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Marathon

By Scott Bailey 2017

Life is a marathon
They say
I disagree
A marathon is a race
Has a goal
They whip us with that line
Life is a marathon

Life is a song
Every
Note
To be
Savoured
Listen
Or sing
Or play
For
Life is a song

Image from Pixabay
Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Exquisite

By Scott Bailey 2017

Exquisite black lace
Sheer black nylon
Spicy perfume air
Smooth black hair
Blood red lips
Deep blue eyes
Soft warm skin
Hot pulsing blood
Cool night beckons
Exquisite black lace

Image from Pixabay
Poetry, Writing

Unseen

By Scott Bailey 2017

Unseen, unheard, forgotten
We
The people
Scorned
Belittled
Bled

We see, we hear, nothing is forgotten
We
The people
Have dignity
Might
And reserves

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Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Capable

By Scott Bailey 2017

I’m not capable
Of writing a good poem
Tonight. Worn right out

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Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Someday

By Scott Bailey 2017

Someday, one day, soon
After that important thing
That I need to do

Image by Eduin Escobar from Pixabay
Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

The Little Monkey

By Scott Bailey 2017

Little monkey clings
Tightly to his mother’s back
Ancient lizard flies

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Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Uneven

By Scott Bailey 2017

Life in unbalanced
Uneven
Unfair?
Karma is bunkum
Days, weeks, years of effort
For each small gain
Each small good
None reached with ease
While all around
The bad rains down
Good luck seems rare
Bad luck the normal
The scales uneven
It seems

Image by Paolo Trabattoni from Pixabay
Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Coasting

By Scott Bailey © 2017

This car is coasting
Familiar road ahead
Time to go off-road

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

The Forest of Dreams

By Scott Bailey 2015

Dark, thick between the trees
No light shines off
The dull black armour
Of the horseman as he rides
Slow through the forest of dreams.

Pale the winding path
The black knight follows
His weary steed plods steadfast
As its burden heavy grows
Head hung low

This quest was not the glory
He dreamed of in his youth
Like the birds that flew this morning
On dreams that seemed to be
A promise of life and growth

He followed the flighty birds
As they danced upon his dreams
Into this tree locked realm
And the winding path so thin
They drew him deeper in

And the vines of need reached out
With curled dependency
Wrapped around his limbs, his heart
Sinking deep their thorns
The pain shook him from his dreams

To the vines, he must cling
To keep his dreams at bay
Though they drag him deeper down
And hamper his faltering way
They are a part of him

He no longer sees the birds
Riding on his dreams
Now he knows the awful truth
That only dragons truly fly
The dragons he should slay

He could unsheath his sword
These vines to cut
Roar fire and leap to the sky
Instead, he forges onward
To endure until he dies

Image from Pixabay
General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Twines

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Silver twines
intricate wires
thin and delicate
stretching from misty past
to infinite future
Each one a story
a thread of life
Twisting they come together
Winding, entwining
Further down the road
The twines form a rope
Stronger
Older
Wiser
Thicker
Stiffer

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Gravity

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Gravity
When specific
Has strange effects
Things get wibbly-wobbly
Certain lines
Get bent
Other lines
Get crossed
So watch
The specific gravity

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Floating

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Layers of smoke float
Blue in the heavy darkness
While lazy jazz plays

Jazz Bar
Author: Jimmy Baikovicius from Montevideo, Uruguay
Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Gone

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Gone
The blue eyes sparked with new
Gone to shadows

Gone
The play, the cowboys and indians
Gone to payments and tax

Gone
The times to stop and breathe
Gone to endless turmoil

Gone, gone gone

A little magic
A little luck
Is needed

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Interior

By Scott Bailey © 2017

What’s inside
Distorts and shapes
The exterior
All those dreams and hopes
Hates and fears
That make up the interior
The moiling
Boiling
Packed and stacked
Stretched and tense
Earnest pretence
That inside us all
Makes us all
What we are
Rather than what
We wish

Image from Pixabay
Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Space

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Feel the space around
Everywhere that I can see
Breathe, release and live

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Discover

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Discovered knowledge
Treasured sweeter than any
Teacher could serve up

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Enthusiasm

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Dead enthusiasm
Passion for mundane labours
Seems to be required

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Fortune

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Fortune eludes me
Sink to the bottom again
Currents stir rich silt

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Another Anthem

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Ring the bells of life
Every heartbeat tolling on
So jingle them well

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War Scape
Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Relax

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Relax
It’s just the end of the world
Relax
As the wall tumbles down
Relax they say
It will all work out
In the end

If you down in the dumps
Smile
It’s the positive attitude
That wins the day
Which is just another way
To say
It’s your fault

Relax
It’s just the end of the world
Relax
As the wall tumble down
Relax they say
It will all work out
In the end

Tell that to the man
Asleep in the door
Tell that to the maiden
Dead on the shore
Tell it to the lonely
Tell it to the lost
To the OAP bitten by frost

Relax
It is the end

War Scape
Image from Pixabay
Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Moody

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Brooding skies
For moody times
Thunderous justice
For shady lies

A storm is coming
Be prepared
For the arising
Of the weak and the scared

 

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Fishing

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Kingfisher fishing
Silver treasure in the dark
Ice seals the lake shut

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Maddening

By Scott Bailey © 2016

It’s a maddening
Saddening state of affairs
That everyone knows
The rulers don’t care
And nobody does a fucking thing
And the includes
Me

The shadows around us
A deep as the night
Masquerade as stars
Shining vile light
Showing the way
To the promised land
Lead by the hand

There it awaits us
The cage of our choice
Fully charged senses
Completely blocked voice
Thus is the fate
Of all but a few
All of us damn lazy
Fools

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Creative Writing, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

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.

What 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.

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Conundrum

By Scott Bailey © 2016

The humdrum conundrum
Of life rumbles on
The pounding of
A thousand thoughts
The tension
Between the chains
Of convention
And the delicious
Whips of vice
Dreaming ends
Life rumbles on
On on
The beat of the master’s drum