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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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Boxy

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Worn out, knackered, doneA brimful of boxy funIn old Legoland Image from Pixabay Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Sir Richard Francis Burton

By Scott Bailey If ever you are looking for a good and somewhat different biography to read them try Burton: A Biography of Sir Richard Francis Burton by Byron Farwell. I am not one for biographies myself - I only read this one due to the fact that he was featured in one of my… Continue reading Sir Richard Francis Burton

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The Siege of the Stupid

By Scott Bailey © 2017 We have handed over our passportBattered down the hatchesIn a siege of our own designingSome feeling smug justificationOthers wondering if they should have done moreAll responsibleAll of usRemember thisHuddled behind our wallsWhen the hunger strikes Photo by Anthony Beck on Pexels.com

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Fortune

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Fortune favours the boldRisk equals successPeople stop seeing riskAnd hand over their cashTheir timeTheir labourTheir livesThe minority shineThe majority are mesmerisedWhile they fall

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Territory

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Territory shrinksAs the walls rise againAnd the drawbridge is raisedThe world is smaller The worst of timesFrom long agoAre opiumEntertainmentSleight of mind MeanwhileTerry the TorySniggers behindFake prideAnd cheap beer ProtestIs the latest sportAvariceThe virtue of power Photo by Aaditya Arora on Pexels.com

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The Elixir

By Scott Bailey © 2017 The ElixirSwept through the voidHuntingStars glinting off theSilver skinThe peak of human inventionEmpty and silent Photo by SpaceX on Pexels.com

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Intentions

By Scott Bailey © 2015 “It was just a bit of fun” To the broken hearts and home “I meant no offence” To the victims of riot and guns “I was just following my dreams” To the crushing weight of debt “I will never do it again” To the frightened wife and child “I was… Continue reading Intentions

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Twines

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Silver twinesintricate wiresthin and delicatestretching from misty pastto infinite futureEach one a storya thread of lifeTwisting they come togetherWinding, entwiningFurther down the roadThe twines form a ropeStrongerOlderWiserThickerStiffer Image from Pixabay Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Mankind Limited – Succumb

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… Continue reading Mankind Limited – Succumb

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Mankind Limited – Nothing Changed

Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon

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Mankind Limited – Pebble

http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon

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Where the Dark Wolf Dreams

By Scott Bailey © 2014 Image from Pixabay A deep and dark filled caveUpon a mountain highWhere no light dares enterAnd no echo finds replyShallowThe dark wolf dreams A rumble from withinDeep in the dark wolves throatThe echo of the growlThe terrifying noteFitfullyThe dark wolf dreams Strong appear the chainsThat bind him in his sleepBut… Continue reading Where the Dark Wolf Dreams

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So It Goes

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Stereotypical headlinesReactions just the sameAmple opportunityTo apportion blame Night time is for thinkingSorting truth from liesBut in the sunshine mornDreams just fly So it goes Image from Pixabay Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Mankind Limited – Fascinated

http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon

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Daggers

By Scott Bailey © 2014 A dagger can be subtleNot just a sharp stabbing toolCan slowly cut away supportsUntil they fray with timeAnd then it only takesA single little pluckAnd all comes crashing downThe betrayers hand unknown Photo by Jaime Reimer on Pexels.com

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Red

By Scott Bailey © 2013 RedSwathes in fieldsToo many Black and whiteThe headlinesThat sowed the seed GreyThe problemsThe ethicsThe guns Yellowthe gasand the memories RedRemembranceand ledger Photo by Bogdan R. Anton on Pexels.com

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Eyes (A Septolet)

By Scott Bailey © 2013 EyesRed and rawSeen too much FilledWith workand billsand tears Image from Pixabay

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A Deep Green Canopy

By Scott Bailey © 2015 A deep green canopyBack-dropped by a swathe of goldCornSwaying in the windAn overwhelming urgeTo dive into that green seaThe climb and swingAnd screamWith primal joyBut there is a mountain of timeBetween me and that greenEdenMade of commitments and constraintsBurdens and dependenciesSo it dwindlesIn my rear windowA deep green canopyIn mist Image… Continue reading A Deep Green Canopy

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Goodbye

By Scott Bailey © 2006 It’s not fair. He started it, I didn't. He called me names. I had to do it to stop him. How come I get told off? It’s not fair. It’s a shameful waste. What they do to our world today. The forests they cut down, the whales they kill. The fields… Continue reading Goodbye

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Seas

By Scott Bailey © 2015 IdeasDreamsDecisionsGoalsAll swept awayIn the rolling seasOf other'sPerceivedRealities

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Time Between Times

By Scott Bailey © 2015 This is the half-lightThe magic timeDeep blue lightFresh born starsTales weavingIn expectant airFirelight dimmingShadows creepTales weavingDreams conceivedPast is closeThe dead draw nearTo hearTales weavingWith living breath Image from Pixabay http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Vampires

By Scott Bailey © 2014 KillersCold and ruthlessHungryFor bloodHot vibrant blood Stepping outOf dark and mistsStrikingFrom dark pathsAnd winding ways Wearing fearLike flowing cloaksChilling hearts that seeStilling lifeUnseen NowThey walk by dayWoo us with tragedyShake our handsEnamour us withTheir smiles Drain usAs we admire their teeth Image from Pixabay

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Heavy Hands

By Scott Bailey © 2014 The blood of a million children Is heavy in my hands Slipping through my fingers Like eternal sands Not the consequence of acting But the consequence of not A stain upon my conscience And ever-growing blot So I consume and I create And so I spend and save Consumer and… Continue reading Heavy Hands

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The Ripple Effect

By Scott Bailey © 2006 Six flashes of gold beneath the mirrored air.Ripples reach out to my feet.Blurred images pass here and there.Their intrusion indiscreet. The casters of these images,against their prison rail.Disgust contorts their visages.Behind a lacy veil. What is true they scorn and spurn.Blurred figures in a shaky land.To look up! They will… Continue reading The Ripple Effect

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The Piranha

By Scott Bailey © 2002 The flesh-eating Piranha fishIs not as rare as you thinkMuch more common than one would wishThe flesh-eating piranha fishBeware, you may be their next dishIf into the water you sinkThe flesh-eating piranha fishIs not as rare as you think Image from Pixabay

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Only Us

By Scott Bailey © 2014 We don’t understandThe fight between them and usThere is only us (Inspired by the Peter Gabriel song of the same name.)

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The Jellyfish That Froze

By Scott Bailey © 2014 The jellyfish sighed, in a jellyfish way. It wobbled awake. Another day after another rough night. The little jellies were disturbed, heavy currents last night. They had needed lots of comfort. He had wrapped himself around them and rocked them to sleep against the waves. Mrs Jellyfish had bumped up… Continue reading The Jellyfish That Froze

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Where the Red Fox Roams

Where the Red Fox Roams By Scott Bailey © 2014 Image from Pixabay The timid beasties scatterWith tiny racing heartsThe scent of blood approachesThe herd all ways it partsFor hereThe red fox roams The scent of fear it risesAnd fans the fox's fireInto enslaving passionTo raise the killer higherThusThe red fox roams Filled with hate… Continue reading Where the Red Fox Roams

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Where the Grey Wolves Grieve

By Scott Bailey © 2014 Image from Pixabay On a barren plainWhere food and joy are sparseThe desolate packs wanderWatching slow time passHereThe grey wolves grieve With rose stained eyesPatrolling their border widePreserving what is leftOf what they hold insideIt’s whyThe grey wolves grieve They gaze across the deltaTo far off distant timesWhere game and… Continue reading Where the Grey Wolves Grieve

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The Coalman

By Scott Bailey © 1999 With his faithful tartan cap, its bobble flicking black dust into the air.Holding in that tousled and already greying hair.With half hundred weight of coal to deliver down the street.With his smiling green lorry, tiny windows at his feet.Walking up the narrow path, a smile upon his face.Care worn lines… Continue reading The Coalman

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Perhaps

  By Scott Bailey © 2013 In an unremarkable flatNext to a noisy tapas barIs where, perhaps, Hawkins might dieFolded in his chairIt will not be rememberedUnlike his remarkable mindSuch are the vagaries of life and deathBoth ridiculous and sublime Read more in A Spring of Dreams

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Ring of Justice (Kyrielle)

By Scott Bailey © 2013 In golden age where steel was kingRich voices of great bards there ringThe rising pride of knights there swellsAround the ring where justice dwells Behind the throne where power liesThe dark intent deep in his eyesThe ancient druid gathers spellsAround the ring where justice dwells The jealous son holds his… Continue reading Ring of Justice (Kyrielle)

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Alcyone (Pleiades)

By Scott Bailey © 2013 English: Alcyon, in Pleiades Star Cluster (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Another spirit lostAwash in the swell and foamAnguished over lost loveAnger dealt him the blowArising from the seaAlighting on the airA bright bird arises http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Mankind Limited – Fascinated

  http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk Read an excerpt here. Available as Kindle or hardback from Amazon or CreateSpace http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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News

By Scott Bailey © 2013 What’s behind the storyWhat is the reason for that newsWho gets the benefit, the prizeThe envelope with the breadThe law successfully passedThe company tracked greasedSomebody’s life made easierAt the cost of somebody else  www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Steely Stress

By Scott Bailey © 2013 The lights on the corners of the boxes of steel Are giving me a pain in the head Like the fools who drive slowly in the outside lane They are driving but their brains are dead They have a purpose those lights you see And I expect them to flash… Continue reading Steely Stress

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Divine

By Scott Bailey © 2013 ImagineMeI kill without discriminationfor race, for age, for sex or sexualityI take saints and sinnersI take your loved onesin returnI deal you painwithout explanationwhen askedthe answer isthat you cannot hope to understand meAs a manyou would lock me uprevile meor label me insaneBut I am divineSo that’s OK then Image… Continue reading Divine

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Web

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Glistening silverA delicate spider webFallen tree around Image from Pixabay Originally published in A Spring of Dreams http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Memory Lane

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Sound, sound, drumbeat hardToo loud, who cares, light flashing.Thumping beat, hot air, alcohol haze.Saturday nights of days gone by Image from Pixabay Originally published in A Spring of Dreams http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Evening Beach

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Splashing on the beach Throwing pebbles in the surf With red sun sinking Originally published in A Spring of Dreams http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Intolerance

By Scott Bailey © 2013 I am a tolerant man no more Intolerant of inequalityAnd all who promote itIntolerant of injusticeAnd all those who peddle itTime to make the worldThe way it should be Image from Pixabay Originally published in A Spring of Dreams http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Society

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Is societyTension on the webs betweenElites and masses Image from Pixabay Originally published in A Spring of Dreams http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk

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Poor Race

By Scott Bailey © 2013 As a raceWe should step upTo eliminate the gapBetween the haves and the have-notsBetween the singers with their bling and the slaves on the lineBetween the bankers with their blank cheques and the children in povertyFor most of history most men women and childrenLived in misery, died hungry.We are a… Continue reading Poor Race

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Wonder Shore

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Photo Credit: Scott Bailey 2013 Back from the shoreInto my arms.After an exploreIn a world of charms A world full of wonderMystery and funOf beaches and crabsAnd space to run Breathing salty airHearing laughter ringDancing without a careOf what tomorrow may bring So dance some more my sonEnjoy the sun… Continue reading Wonder Shore