Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Trace

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Detonations

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Work, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Work, Writing

Qualm

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Fog

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Kept in deep dark fogWith tantalising beaconsBut we remain lost Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Lust

By Scott Bailey © 2017 In all the bluster and noiseThere is lustHidden Photo by Jose Francisco Fernandez Saura on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Pest

By Scott Bailey © 2017 In the deepest darkThere is a pestHidden Photo by Jack Gittoes on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Moxie

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Moxie not talentSeems to be an effectiveQualification Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Tailor-Made

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Tailor-made suitsTailor-made holidaysTailor-made experiencesTailor-made careersTailor-made relationshipsTailor-made friendsTailor-made lives You knowNo matter the tailorClothes just don’t fit me wellConsider meThe scruffAnd happy to be Photo by The Lazy Artist Gallery on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Buried

By Scott Bailey © 2017 In the few idle moments of the dayThe fewThe very fewI thinkI dreamBig plansAnd smallHow I can achieve my goalsHow I will relax tonightA film?A beer?Finish my masterpieceFind fame and fortuneAnd then the moment's goneReality bitesDecisions are taken awayAnd I am the whim of everyone else againMaybeI should stop thinkingStop… Continue reading Buried

Creative Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Caper

By Scott Bailey © 2017 The caper is upThe plot has escapedFrom all those lords and ladiesIn their ermine capesWe know their gameTime for revolutionIs that what we'll do?Or just carry on the same? Photo by Naveen Annam on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Music, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Red Sails

By Scott Bailey © 2017 The red sails are risingIn the grey of the dawnThe grey spume is partingBefore the forlorn Drawing out passionPromising dreamsTo the young and the lostInto the sea they stream The red sails are goneOver the blueLong is the draughtOf its bitter brew The red sails are partingTearing apartLovers and mothersFrom… Continue reading Red Sails

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Carrier

By Scott Bailey © 2017 The secret passengerScampers aroundJust looking for a snackInnocent, unawareOf the death that he carries Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Music, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Rested Wheel

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Why aren’t we railing?Why aren’t we mad?Why do we sit in silence?In apathy so sad. Is the sickle blunted?The hammer dropped and cracked?Has the guillotine lost its edge?Has liberty backtracked?​ The peasants have moved onFrom field to factory to desk.Is it beautiful progressOr captivity grotesque So day after dayafter day… Continue reading Rested Wheel

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Cringe

By Scott Bailey © 2017 We all have those momentsThat we cringe to recallShould we try to wipe them?Or are they signposts to us all? Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Music, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Illusion Time

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Time for illusionFor magic to be castFor the world to fadeAnd dreams to ascend Photo by Kaique Rocha on Pexels.com

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A Blank Piece of Paper

By Scott Bailey © 2017 ABlank piece of paperHasLimitless potentialTo becomeA planeA swanA hatOr an idle doodleOr a poem of griefOr loveOr rageA protestA pleaA stiff complaintA soft seductionOrThe startOf a whole new world Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

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Meddler

By Scott Bailey © 2017 We should meddleWith the peddling of their liesWe should obscureAll the surety of their spiesWe should extrapolateWhat they obfuscateTo find truthWe should hold handsIn bands and landsOf support Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Work, Writing

Relieved

By Scott Bailey © 2017 The suits stand readyTo relieve you of your cashThus I am relieved Photo by Dziana Hasanbekava on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Spin the Bottle

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Is life just spin the bottleAs the bottle maker laughsOr a game of hopscotchLines drawn in shifting sandChildren’s games and distractionsCarried over timeMethods and controllersProgramming sublime Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Puncture

By Scott Bailey © 2016 Ugly the scar We leave upon this earth As we puncture And drill, and frack and crack A long, searing scar If this is what marks The passage of our lives What then will mark Our passing? Photo by Tom Fisk on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Taper

By Scott Bailey © 2017 The red taper burnsSlow, slow, slowTill the orange flame gives upAnd its wispy soulRisesBlue and greyFinally black Photo by Top 5 Way on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Volume

By Scott Bailey © 2017 The greater the volumeOf opinionThe more stress upon the foundationThe higher the lofty moralsThe shakier the ivory towerOh how the papers wailHow the timelines howlThe mad feeding frenzyOf the trollsWho rule Photo by Anete Lusina on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Triumph

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Hot metal smellAnd petrolShining chromeAnd deep green metallicThe Triumph roars Photo by Stephan Louis on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

The Dragon

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Spit and polishIron and washPut out the binsFace awash Head off to workStuck in a jamGround to a haltIn the program Morally soundEthically coolQuestioning newsNobody’s fool ButStillThe DragonStirs Alok Ranjan Art Alok Ranjan Art Studio is a fine arts and digital artist studio.

Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Non Uniform

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Just like school The non-uniform times Are when our true colours show So what does that say About school About life Photo by Patrick Case on Pexels.com

Health, Work

Taking on negativity – one text at a time

As we can all do with a lift from time to time - here' something from my day job. I usually keep that off here but - this is something different. The world's first texting switchboard... #TextForHumanity. Send a positive message to a stranger. And receive one in return. Text JOIN to +1 833 421-4726.… Continue reading Taking on negativity – one text at a time

Creative Writing, Self Publishing, Work, Writing

Winding Down to Take a Break

As the year starts to come to an end I am thinking forward to the new year. How will I approach blogging this time? Last year I started off with the intention of dialling back. It didn't work out that way. As I watched my stats dwindling in the first month I couldn't take it.… Continue reading Winding Down to Take a Break

Creative Writing, General, Health, Work

Normal service will be resumed shortly

Illness, workloads and life, in general, is just getting in the way at present. So only scheduled posts and others when I get the chance. Delays in approving comments and links (Sorry). Will catch up on doing my own Daily prompts all in one hit - when I can.

Family, Health, Journal, Work

Beers Against Adversity

I am not a big drinker, for a number of reasons. I couldn't afford it! I can't take it. I very rarely get the chance. Well, I had the chance this weekend. And I needed it. It's been trying. My wife has been unwell, her heart condition being exacerbated by viruses and colds. We have… Continue reading Beers Against Adversity

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Goodnight

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Goodnight. Sleep tight. Love you with all my heart. One snuggled cosy in bed. One in the earth. Mother and Father Forever hurt. In response to the daily prompt Bury #DailyPrompt, #amwriting http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk  

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Music, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Outside `The Daffodil and Pen’

By Scott Bailey © 1999 I wandered lonely as a brick That sinks and dives in stream and lake, When all at once I was so sick, And an awful mess I did make. Beside the lake, beneath the trees. Splattering my stomach in the breeze. It must have been the bread I had Or… Continue reading Outside `The Daffodil and Pen’

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Drawn

By Scott Bailey © 2017 I am drawn By slightly parted lips Swaying hips Twinkling eyes A smile I am drawn   In response to the daily prompt Magnet #DailyPrompt, #amwriting http://www.scottandrewbailey.uk  

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Music, Poetry, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Sunny

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Sunny She was And the shadow she cast were long We long for her Now the winter is here And the long long night descends Bright was her smile White and bright her smile Deep and black her skin And we wanted in From afar Memories of sun In the… Continue reading Sunny

Family, General, Health, Work

Bouncing Frogs and Manic Birds

It's been a strange week. I have taken some time off. Partly because the kids are on half term. Partly because a week today I start my new job so not sure when I will next be able to take time off for a while. Partly because we are still reeling a bit from the… Continue reading Bouncing Frogs and Manic Birds

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Journal, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Fleeting Thoughts

Creative Writing, Family, Financial, Health, Work, Writing

Long Time No Write!

So this month is turning into a nightmare - writing wise - and in other ways. This has largely been down to the fact that I have felt ill for most of it. Running a high temperature and feverish. I can't afford to take any time off sick and have been crawling into work, making… Continue reading Long Time No Write!

Creative Writing, Family, Health, Poetry, Self Publishing, Work, Writing

Blogging Lull

I had one last week. May continue into this week. I was on annual leave last week. Note leave - not really a holiday - most of the days were spent in hospitals, job interviews and other appointments. But still, did manage some days out with the kids including a trip to London to the… Continue reading Blogging Lull

Family, General, Health, Journal, Work

What a Week

I have been quiet - nothing but my scheduled posts ticking away to keep the blog going. There has been good reason. I just had the week from hell. First, there was work. I have been feeling like crap but struggling to work only to get there and the stress levels have gone stratospheric. Everyone… Continue reading What a Week

Work

Surprise Job Role from the Past

As I am actively looking for a job now I am signed up on all kinds of job boards, I get an inbox full every morning. Sometimes I get some really odd ones - that have nothing to do with what I have searched for. Maybe one day one of them will be the dream… Continue reading Surprise Job Role from the Past

Creative Writing, Family, General, Health, Journal, Mankind Limited News, Review, Work, Writing

What a Week

It's been a hell of a week - hence a quiet one on here for me. My wife went to a very emotional funeral to send off her Uncle. While My parents got to see the granddaughter they haven't seen for nearly 10 years! My wife also had an appointment about our youngest's diagnosis of… Continue reading What a Week

Politics, Work

Where is my country?

The town where I work has - in the past - been the host of Asylum seekers - it is also a port of entry for visitors from abroad. It's fair to say that it has seen its fair share of social tension.  Where I worked before that and lived for a while - Dover… Continue reading Where is my country?

Creative Writing, Family, General, Health, Journal, Poetry, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Technology, Work, Writing

Thoughts and updates

So his blog has been a bit quiet lately - mostly reblogs. I was ill for a while, then my kids were ill. Work has been stressful as usual and life has been in the way. But I have managed to do some writing, just not for blogging purposes. I have edited my latest collection… Continue reading Thoughts and updates

General, Work

Musings

Driving home from work tonight I ended up behind a Range Rover Evoque This was my view. All I could think was - it looks like a Stormtroopers arse. Quickly followed by Oh God! I am turning into Jeremy Clarkson!  

Creative Writing, Family, General, Work, Writing

Absence and the heart

You know what they say - hopefully there' something in it as I have been a bit quiet on here lately. Work has been hectic and have been doing a lot of late nights. This is partly due to trying to get everything done before this coming week - as we are off on our… Continue reading Absence and the heart

Technology, Work

Maths, maths, maths!

Today I have wrestled with weighted linear regression, multiplying and inversing matrices and trying to convert an extremely complex excel spreadsheet full of formulae I had never seen before in my life into a PHP function! So that was fun! Still I am not as bad as this guy. http://www.theladbible.com/articles/some-people-on-the-internet-are-really-struggling-with-quite-simple-maths