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Trace

By Scott Bailey © 2016 Water traces curvesOf showered, moist skin, fingersFollow down to play Photo by Ron Lach on Pexels.com

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 31/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Odd couple Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?

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Buff

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Buff is a boxAn almost fraternityThey try to squeeze you inAt any cost. Some of usObviously won't fitSo are discardedStraight away We are the onesTo watchWe are the onesThat bring the change We are the onesTo fear Photo by Mister Mister on Pexels.com

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 30/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Five a day You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

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Trading spaces

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Trading spaces To be another Would it bring wisdom Or confusion Would it destroy Our sense of selves Or broaden it Photo by Anete Lusina on Pexels.com

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Detonations

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Magical detonationsStars dyingDust flyingSeeding usNot all explosionsBring death Photo by Damir Mijailovic on Pexels.com

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 29/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Trading spaces Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for a day? What do you think life would be like?

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Tears

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Happy Happy joy joy Tears of joy They warmed my cheeks When you first smiled at me My son These days Teardrops are frozen With a thousand Fears Photo by Kindel Media on Pexels.com

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Judgement Day

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Judgement Day Perhaps Today's leaders Don't fear Judgement They know There will be No one left to judge Them Photo by Viridiana Ortiz on Pexels.com

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Spiral

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Deja Vu History repeats Only more intense It's not a cycle It's a spiral Down to doom Photo by Francesco Paggiaro on Pexels.com

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Memories

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Sunlight pleases himTeases him with memoriesBlotting out real life Photo by Mathias P.R. Reding on Pexels.com

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 28/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Happy happy joy joy We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

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Old

By Scott Bailey © 2017 I am nothing to beholdI am weak and I am oldMy mind has given upMy bodyWas always a schlup Now should come the switchThe uplifting twist in the tailBut my mind has given upAnd once again I fail Photo by Craig Dennis on Pexels.com

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 27/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Judgment day If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?

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Let It All Out

By Scott Bailey © 2017 This is is ageOf SHOUT firstAsk questions laterOf passionWithout pauseOn consequencesWith no apparent causeDenialBlameAnger Just think Image from Pixabay

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 26/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Déjà vu Have you ever truly felt déjà vu, the sensation that you’ve already had the experience you’re currently having?

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A Dream I have

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Idyllic A well kept garden A hidden nook at the edge By a stream Overlooking a valley I sit and write It is a dream I have Fishing hut on the River Teviot by Oliver Dixon is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

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Bruised

By Scott Bailey © 2013   He would never see his son again. Unless… Unless he went made it through today. Found the strength from somewhere. Put aside his pain. The trauma his son had suffered had not been at his hands. Logically there was no responsibility for it on his shoulders. Logic was a weak fence… Continue reading Bruised

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 25/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Idyllic What does your ideal community look like? How is it organized, and how is community life structured? What values does the community share?

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Competition

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Competition StatsAnd myselfThese are my competitors When did the statsCreep in?

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Catapults and Boiled Sweets

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Catapults and boiled sweetsSailing boats and jam jarsWatching tadpolesPlaying in the woodsHunting newtsSwings and roundaboutsWistful thinkingFor the daysThat never were Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 24/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Competition What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?

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Roots

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Local flavour Here my roots are deepI am nourishedI can reach out to the worldI don't need to go there

Tip of the Flame
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The Tip of the Flame

Image from Pixabay By Scott Bailey © 2015 The glint in the dark From the deep of the cave The thirst that draws The primitive out Out from the dark Out from the safe Into the harsh Changes of life Leaping from age to age The fire that burns inside Connecting us over time To… Continue reading The Tip of the Flame

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 23/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Local flavor Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.

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Alone

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Stranded All alone Stranger in a strange land But alive Next step Taken in fear? Or as a chance To start again Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

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Holding Hands

By Scott Bailey © 2016 Tiny, warm, fragileFingers tightly holding mineTreasured memories Image from Pixabay

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 22/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Stranded You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?

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Swords and Bows and Lore

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Bedtime Stories Swords and bows Chivalry and Justice Robbing to rich To pay the poor King’s who were not above the law And magic Ancient lore These were the stories That filled my head before bed What happened to those times? Photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels.com

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 21/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Bedtime stories What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

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In the night

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, INTJ I like to walk Late at night In peaceful darkness Treading by starlight Comforted by silence Secured by solitude and peace The parties are overrated Photo by Josh Hild on Pexels.com

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Menagerie

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Menagerie Life these days Sometimes it seems Those who profess To lead our countries Are nothing but a menagerie of animals But animals do not seek war Or wealth Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

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Impossible

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Impossible Life these days Seems impossible We have to remember These obstacles These weights and walls Were made by us We just have to find the strength To remove them Photo by Martin Lopez on Pexels.com

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Bone of Contention

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Bone of Contention You fly the yellow and blue flag You welcome them with open arms This is all good It is the least we can do But you Left children to drown in terror Because they did not look like us Their bones Will contend you Photo by… Continue reading Bone of Contention

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Show and Tell

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Show and Tell Leaders It is time Words are not the measure Of your worth Show us Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

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Comfort Zone

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Comfort Zone Fires rage But not here Bombs fall But not here People starve But not here Only when this comfort zone Is breached Will we really act But our ability to do so Will be inadeqaute Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

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Blogging Struggles

It's getting a struggle to keep going lately. I have missed four or five days of my own daily prompts - which I am about to go back and try to catch up on. But it all seems a bit pointless right now. None of the effort seems to be paying any dividends. It is… Continue reading Blogging Struggles

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Adrift

By Scott Bailey © 2017 AdriftLostFloatingFreeNo goalsNo directionNo chainsJust reflectionSparkling starsBurning sunGentle wavesLife undoneFreeFloatingLostAdrift Image from Pixabay

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 20/03/2022

Today's prompt is. INTJ Do parties and crowds fill you with energy, or send you scurrying for peace and quiet?

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Sailing, Unfettered

By Scott Bailey © 2017 I am a shipCrowded into the harbour wallAnchored soundAnd safeBut I can see the seaBeyond the gapCallingLullingThe storms comeThe harbour shieldsBut still, I am tossedAnd battered byUncaring wavesThe chain is strainedThe anchor holdsFor nowSo many storms I have seenHow many moreBefore the chain breaksSetting me freeLost at seaSailing unfetteredUnmoored Photo… Continue reading Sailing, Unfettered

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 19/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Menagerie Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?

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Always Descending

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Always descending, never ascending.Moving downwards, moving down.I can’t get used to this feelingMoving downwards, moving down.Is it really like this? What are we doing?Do we really want this?Is this the thing to be?The chains that pull the valves and the levers,That drive the steam through pipes of dreams. Dream worlds… Continue reading Always Descending

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 18/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Impossible “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland.What are the six impossible things you believe in? (If you can only manage one or two, that’s also okay.)

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Mankind Limited – The Sky

The sky to the west was as dark as a promise of Armageddon. It was punctuated occasionally by a piercing fork of blue-white lightning. As piercing as the eyes that watched. Mankind Ltd. Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 17/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Bone of contention Pick a contentious issue about which you care deeply — it could be the same-sex marriage debate, or just a disagreement you’re having with a friend. Write a post defending the opposite position, and then reflect on what it was like to do that.

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Qualm

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Calm your qualmsIt's all changeIt's all goodStillThe tremblingStill Photo by Gugulethu Ndlalani on Pexels.com

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 16/03/2022

Today's prompt is. Show and tell You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation.

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Collaboration

By Scott Bailey © 2017 CollaborationIs knocked out of usSystematicallyIn the school systemFilling us up insteadWith competitionAnd greedPerfecting usAs the ideal consumersThe perfect wheels in theMachineThose who hold the leversKnowCollaborationCould bring them down Photo by Dio Hasbi Saniskoro on Pexels.com If you liked this poem check out my novel - the theme of this poem… Continue reading Collaboration