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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adrift

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

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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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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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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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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

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U-Turns

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, 180 Degrees Politicians Are vilified For their U-turns Personally I admire those Who can admit they are wrong And stay to deal With the consequences Photo by Zachary Kyra-Derksen on Unsplash

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Karma

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Let not victoryExcite you too much, karmaHas her eye on you Photo by Eva Elijas on Pexels.com

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The Dragon

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Silver screen Look into the eyes of the dragon and despair.The beast is released.They thought it tameThought it was a gameNowIt's freeAnd they will pay the consequences Of their fear Image from Pixabay The quote, the first line of the poem, is from my favourite film, Excalibur by John… Continue reading The Dragon

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Official Hospitality

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Government Guide to HospitalityWe welcome you with open armsIf you can afford itIf not, go to hell Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

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Erasure

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Erasure There are daysWe wish to eraseBut would we be the sameWithout the painWithout the shameStill…

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Ghostlife

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Ghostwriter I don't need a ghostwriterI need a ghostwriterGhostparenterGhostloverI need someoneTo live my lifeWhile I write

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Lab Rats

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Lab ratsIn a mazeLooking forThe exitThe PrizeThe BIG CHEESESuppressingSuspicionSure knowledgeThe maze is itThe maze is all Photo by Tanner Johnson on Pexels.com

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Playlist

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Playlist The story of the impossible The impossible climb Save the last dance for me While the world burns around us I’m a believer But I cannot believe what I see Walk away Never really a choice Nights in white satin But no knights to defend Photo by Pixabay… Continue reading Playlist

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Pink

By Scott Bailey © 2017 PinkA delicate shadeOf colourHijackedBy toy makers and marketersTo smash young mindsInto shapeAnd conformityGive it backTo salmonAnd cold autumn eveningsTo flushed skinAnd lipsAnd artistsAnd leather bound booksAnd bank notesAnd fresh inkPink Image from Pixabay

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VIP

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, VIP My wife My life My every breath Together Forever Until death This is the way We need more today Love

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Fantasy

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Fantasy Looking after their friends Interests It’s what they excel at Imagining them being able to cope beyond that Is just fantasy Welcome to your government

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Glory Days

By Scott Bailey © 2013 So the soldier walks alonebeneath thestarry nightHe has no aim but distancefrom the bloody fightBut the war it still pursues himsnapping at his heelsHe slips into the forest deepbeyond those broken hills O glory daysThose glory daysThey’ve shatteredand they fadeThey only left a rumourA shadowwhere they laid So the sword… Continue reading Glory Days

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Seven Days

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Seven Days In only seven days The world was turned upside down The lovers of peace Watched it drain away The shadow looms The wall is too high Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

Lonely Tree
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The Lonely Tree

By Scott Bailey © 2016 The lonely treeStood atop the blasted hillStarkBarren branches snatchingRays from a mist-shrouded sun Every now and thenUpon an errant breezeFlits a weary birdResting one more timeOn its final flightThen falls All around the rootsDead birds and ashGiving meager succourTo the lonely tree One dayFrom that blood-soaked soilThis tree’s seed will… Continue reading The Lonely Tree

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Screaming

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Grown up In our depths There is a repressed scream Distant Held back Leaking through As stress As inexplicable grief As depression But what that scream really is Is the child inside Yearning for escape Photo by imustbedead on Pexels.com

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Sonnet for our Times

By Scott Bailey © 2013 So it seems to me that beyond the newsBeyond the web of the media spinThere are places still where the only viewsAre battlegrounds full of unearthly din I see the most pious places burningWhere the holy words still hold high accordWhere simple souls for peace are still yearningThe peace that… Continue reading Sonnet for our Times

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Perspective

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Perspective Some say they are liberatorsOthers say they invadersThis conflict dominates the newsBut the only view that countsIs the victims

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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 Photo by Jozef Fehu00e9r on Pexels.com A quick one - a haiku written without the letter o.

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Planet of the Savages

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, No Thanks Visitors from the stars Passing by Would be appalled And leave well alone Abandon us As the hopeless savages we are Photo by Somchai Kongkamsri on Pexels.com