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Memories

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Sunlight pleases him
Teases him with memories
Blotting out real life

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Posted in Creative Writing, Family, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Holding Hands

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Tiny, warm, fragile
Fingers tightly holding mine
Treasured memories

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Karma

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Let not victory
Excite you too much, karma
Has her eye on you

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Posted in Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Scotts Daily Prompt, Writing

No o’s

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Twenty Five

The blackbird perches
High in the silver elm tree
The wind tests the trunk
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A quick one – a haiku written without the letter o.

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Concert

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Speaker throbs with bass
Notes leap higher and higher
Feedback thrills the crowd

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

The Eye

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Behold the great eye
Watching through the trees, maybe
Just a butterfly

Butterfly Wing
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Curse

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The tiger curses
Beautiful, perfect pelt
The hunter’s desire

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Wonders

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Starlings swooping down
As they spy the big city
Wonders await them

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Seasons

By Scott Bailey © 2017

I’m fresh out of spring
Beyond the long summer days
Winter is coming

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Posted in Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Scotts Daily Prompt, Writing

Air Miles

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Think global, act local!  

We must treasure those
Who are close and are willing
To help those afar
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Posted in Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Scotts Daily Prompt, Writing

Fire

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Burning down the house

The mountain rained fire
Castle trembled, emptied of life
In time, forgotten
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Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Haiku, Music, Poetry, Writing

Warm Crackle

By Scott Bailey © 2017

There once was a time

When the crackle of vinyl

Was the path to love

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Twist and Shout

By Scott Bailey © 2017

A shout from the earth
Twisting rivers of fire
Cascade to the sea

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Home

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, free association.

The rain on the soil
Leads us to the homeward road
Where roots are deepest
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Posted in Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Scotts Daily Prompt, Writing

Knowledge

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Toot your horn

A tenuous connection but that’s how my mind works.

Knowledge is nothing
To admit your ignorance
That is true wisdom

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

The Colourful King

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The kingfisher marks

The day with a drip, drip, then

Flashing, splashing colour.

Posted in Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Scotts Daily Prompt, Writing

Clean Slate

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Clean Slate

Rain washes the slates
Grey sheen shines in the sunlight
Ready for the moss
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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Parlay

By Scott Bailey 2017

We swing from lack of
Parlay to way too much talk
Blessing or a curse?

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Free

By Scott Bailey 2017

Let the wind blow me
On the course of its desire
The ocean’s freedom

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The Secret

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The ancient secret
Burns in our hearts and our blood
Obscured by sharp lies

If you really want to know the secret check out Mankind Limited

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Posted in Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Scotts Daily Prompt, Writing

Stroke of Midnight

The brush of midnight

Sweeps darkness across the sky

Sprinkled with white stars

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Stroke of Midnight

Posted in 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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Posted in Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Oversight

By Scott Bailey 2017

Inevitable
Our downfall will be caused by
A small oversight

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Posted in 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
Posted in 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
Posted in Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Aesthetic

By Scott Bailey 2017

Thinking aesthetics
Is vaguely anaesthetic
Trying hard to write

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Posted in 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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Posted in Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Someday

By Scott Bailey 2017

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

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Posted in 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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Coasting

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

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Posted in 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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Posted in 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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Posted in 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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Posted in 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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Another Anthem

By Scott Bailey © 2016

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

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Fishing

By Scott Bailey © 2016

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

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Flee

By Scott Bailey © 2016

The cold swallows flee
Riding currents to the south
Rivers take their time

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Missing

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Never ending beach
The crashing waves repeating
Permanence missing

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Swift

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Swifts swoop and dazzle
Aerobatics in the sky
Still, we watch in awe

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Still

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Stood before a wall
Dreaming of the road beyond
Still before a wall

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Vanish

By Scott Bailey © 2016

You must remember
When waking from reveries
All your dreams vanish

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Pets

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Let’s play with our pets
Keep them happy and content
While we milk them dry

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Cold Morning

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Golden sunlight fills
The air where the songbirds spill
Their song while frost kills

image from Pixabay
Posted in Andervayne's Dream, Cinquain, Creative Writing, Etheree, Fantasy Fiction, Fiction, Haiku, Mankind Limited News, Nonet, Poetry, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Senryu, Short Stories, Tanka, Thirteen Tales, Writing

All my books are now available in Hardcover

Yes, if you fancy a bit more luxury, you can now get all four of my books in hardcover format!

For quick links to them all jump over to my Amazon Page.

Or read on.

Mankind Limited

Marc trudged on with life, marching in line with his fellow workers. Weighed down by the everyday burdens of life, the pressure to conform, to succeed or face destitution.

Yet he knew, in his heart that it was all wrong, the questions squirmed like fiery dragons in the pit of his heart, beneath his deepest darkest doubts.

Until they grew and burst his sanity, set him on a path of defiance and rebellion. A path that would cross three others – all like him seeking answers.

A path of danger and adventure that would see him marked as a terrorist and fleeing for his life. It would see him find love and heartbreak, hope and despair, Most of all, it would open his eye to the possibility of an ancient and powerful secret that might answer all his doubts and fears.

If he survived.

In a world obsessed with measurement and success four rebels question everything – including themselves.


Andervayne’s Dream

In these times of quick gratification and short attention spans, I decided to try and buck the trend and present something not only with greater length but also depth.

The poems in this collection were written over a long period and for different purposes. They are varied but they are all long. And they all represent challenges. Each was a challenge to myself, to sustain a quality of writing for a long period and within tight constraints of form while still telling a story. They also represent and challenge the reader. To throw off the pressure of everyday life, the pressure to hurry, hurry, hurry to take the time to read something, absorb it over time.

Such effort needs reward, these poems should not be a one-time quick fix. If the reader is going to put that effort in then there should be a payoff, they should be able to continue to get something from it afterwards. Whether that be from contemplation of what they have digested or from revisiting, rereading and seeing things they missed the first time around. So the final challenge to me was to provide this depth of content – not just quantity.

Something not only with greater length but also depth


Thirteen Tales (of Ghosts)

As the title says – thirteen tales about ghosts. Yet, while ghosts feature in them all – not all are traditional ghost stories.

You will find the vengeful spirit but also the plaintiff one. The haunting message from the past and the playful spirits capturing the joy of their past lives.

Some of these visitors from beyond lead the haunted to peace and joy – others take them on much darker paths to places with no return.

Enjoy them – just don’t get too comfortable.

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


A Spring of Dreams

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. If nothing else – these can provide a small moment in everyone’s stressful lives to stop and contemplate the world in a different way.

The result of a year-long challenge to write a poem a day for a year. Raw and accessible poems of many moods.


Enjoy!

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Holiday

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Resting on the coast
The soothing sounds of the sea
Fill this empty shell

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Hope

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Hope holds back the tide
Stays the shifting golden sand
Thin mist arises

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Painted Ladies

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The painted ladies
Thousands fly from Africa
To be lunch for birds