Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Candles

By Scott Bailey © 2013

One lumen
The light of a candle
It can be seen they say
For many miles
Candles burn tonight
One for each lost angel
Light that will been seen over many years
Still bright in our minds
A million candles
A fiery sun of bittersweet memories
The burning potential
Of lives that never were

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

The Pool

By Scott Bailey © 2013

They trickle in
The protesters, the bitter, the dispossessed, the poor
They swirl in slow currents
Exchanging thoughts, views, ideas.
An oasis for the outcasts

The Man sits by the pool
And fishes
Taking what he needs
Watching the rest

The pool holds no threat

Image from Pixabay
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The Forest

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Places

The forest
Is always calling
Deep in my heart
The scent of fern and bark
Takes me back
To where I belong
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Bubbles Bursting

By Scott Bailey © 2014

All around me
Lies
The ruins of young
Dreams
Away from me hope
Flies
Bursting at the
Seams
So where to go
Now
The truth has been
Exposed
When you don’t know
How
To let go what you
Supposed
Find a new path to
Walk
Step up to the
Task
Start the do and stop the
Talk
Start the make and stop the
Ask
Man up and face the
Truth
You’ve faced worse and
Survived
You’re longer in the tooth
Time to come
Alive

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Wormhole

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Back to the Future

I whispered through a wormhole
Sending back words
Of wisdom to myself
Be braver - I said.
Take risks - have more confidence
Avoid this safe, stable life I look back on

It must have worked
Now, I rule the world with terror
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Memory of Dreams

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, First light

I awoke
I remembered my dream
My oldest friend
And I
On holiday
On a strange island
We were going glassblowing
He dashed ahead
I lost him
I panicked
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I know dreams don’t really mean anything – but this surely means my dreaming mind is more creative than my waking one.

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Tragedy of Apathy

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Comedy of Errors

It’s 2022
It true
But still
There’s a madman
With his finger on the button

Our zenith has passed
We missed the chance
To progress beyond
Our nature
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OK – nothing to do with the prompt really – apart from that’s all that came to mind when I read it.

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Owners Guide to Cattle

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Keep them on the verge
Of being panicked
Keep them unsure
And afraid
Whip them into a frenzy
Then collect the coin they make
Prod them where you need them to go

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Happy Ever After

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Happy ever after

Happy ever after?
We all know
This is consigned to fairy tales
Why
In this century
Are we still driven by greed
To war?
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None

By Scott Bailey © 2017

None can understand me
Our inner teen cries
And so the world hurls
And churns
On and on and on

Image from Pixabay
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A Bird in the Hand

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Cliche

A bird in the hand
Is not worth
Two in the bush
The two in the bush are free
The one in the hand will wither
The two in the bush will multiply
Bring forth bounty
The one in the hand will need feeding
Care and Tenderness
The hand that holds
Is neither tender nor caring
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15 Years

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Buffalo Nickel

I found a coin
From 2007
I was newly married
Brown was a new PM
Helicopters and coaches crashed
Here and there
I started a new job
We were still in Europe

We didn't know the joys
And the horrors to come
In the next 15 years

By the end of the next 15
I should be retired
What will happen between now
And then

What were you doing in 2007?

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Concert

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Old Silver

By Scott Bailey © 2014

The purr of the projector
Warm popcorn scent
Dust motes dancing in the light
Deep, dusty heavy red drapes
Mumbles and fumbles in the shadows
Hand brushing hand by chance
Close, sweet breath and perfume
The excitement of the old silver screen

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Boxy

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Worn out, knackered, done
A brimful of boxy fun
In old Legoland

Image from Pixabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Deep Roots

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The roots of the trees are deep
In the deep of the old old forest
Digging in the dirt, drinking in the earth
Long are the memories
The past seeping slowly from
Root to trunk to branch to leaf
Contemplating
Ripped up.
Houses built.

Image by Filipes from Pixabay
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Grey

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Gunmetal grey
Blood-red letters
Professional presentation
Businesslike
Guns and Blood and Business
Bedfellows for eternity

Image by Pexels from Pixabay
Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Latecomer

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The latecomer arrives
The straggler
Moving slowly and surely
Youth spent
Only to find
Everyone else departed
Leaving him
With only their mistakes

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The Eye

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

Butterfly Wing
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The Swan

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Mentors

The Swan glided by
Remembering
Its days as a cygnet
Mesmerised by its mentors

Now it knew
Their lessons were empty
Now he chose
His mentors more wisely
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Curse

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

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Pride

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Proud

I have been proud
Recently
My colleagues, friends, loved ones
Told me 
Well done
I swelled
Ah
I am easily led
To that fall
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Ode to my Wife

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Cupid’s Arrow

Through glass doors, I saw your eyes
They struck me that very first time
And as you waited, I felt surprise
And bells began to chime
I had been resigned until that day
To accept a single life
Now it seemed I must find a way
To make this girl my wife
I opened up those doors that day
And let you in my life

You sashayed by in your silky skirt
More than my heart arose
I wondered if would just be hurt
If this road I chose
History did not promise much
My track record did not shine
But your perfection I longed to touch
Could it be that you’d be mine?
To the smallest hope, I would clutch
And revelled in your shine

Your beauty, your smile they stole my heart
I longed to hold you near
To be your friend was a shaky start
Al least I could be near
Until that day we made took the leap
We became more than friends
Then my heart was forever deep
With a love that never ends
And though age and time forever creep
This love still never ends

Your ever happy shining heart
Lights my life through every waking hour
You are a living work of art
A beauty like a flower
You stir my lust, you stir my love
You want to make me grow
You are sunshine from above
A perfect warming glow
You are my hope bringing dove
May your light forever flow
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Wonders

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

Image by Unachicalinda from Pixabay
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The Politician’s Apology

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Shoulda, coulda, woulda

Shoulda done more
Coulda done more
Would have done more
But
There was this 
And there was that
We did our best
Under the circumstances
We did
Better than them
Better than we thought
So
We apologise
For earth we left you
We enjoyed it while we could
So now you can’t
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Blind (Etheree)

By Scott Bailey © 2013

We
are blind
to the truth
Everyday
Suffering goes on
And we deny it all
Unable to find a way
Through the maze of our modern lives
To a place where we can be ourselves
And hold out that hand that helps our neighbour

Instead we clench our hand in a tight fist
Holding tight onto what we have gained
Not seeing what we are losing
What slips away from our grasp
Diminishing our souls
Focused on our goals
With such passion
That we are
simply
Blind

Image from Pixabay
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I Write

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, All about you

I can’t contain my dreams
So I write
I can’t speak with eloquence
So I write
I cannot fly
So I write
I cannot stand and fight
So I write
I cannot remember
So I write
I cannot still my fears
So I write

There is so much to dream for
So many arguments to win
So much to fly from
So much to fight against
So many memories to cherish
So much to fear

So
I write
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Fragmented Memories

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Whoa

Ballons in a duvet
An attack on the Martian Embassy
Wome in bras jogging
In the moonlight
A car overturned
Sneaking through
The grounds on MI5 
Wouldn’t you like to know….
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A Spring of Dreams – Trench

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Trench

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Dancing with my wife,
last week the telegraph came:
Coughs ring round the trench.

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Childhood

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Childhood revisited

Don’t be so afraid child
Fear will stifle you
Fear will cage you in
Nothing is as bad
As you fear
So live
Smile
And savour passion
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On the Cusp

By Scott Bailey © 2017

On the cusp
Of hell and
Something else
Who knows what

Photo by @joagbriel on Pexels.com
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Sins

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Karma Chameleon

The sins I must have committed
To deserve my luck
I hope I enjoyed them
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Prudence

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Prudence
Saves me
From rash acts
And decisions
Damn prudence
I need to fly!

Image by Public Co from Pixabay
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Civilised

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Right to Health

Can we call ourselves civilised?
If we do not care
For every last person
Who needs it
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The Siege of the Stupid

By Scott Bailey © 2017

We have handed over our passport
Battered down the hatches
In a siege of our own designing
Some feeling smug justification
Others wondering if they should have done more
All responsible
All of us
Remember this
Huddled behind our walls
When the hunger strikes

Photo by Anthony Beck on Pexels.com
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Fortune

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Fortune favours the bold
Risk equals success
People stop seeing risk
And hand over their cash
Their time
Their labour
Their lives
The minority shine
The majority are mesmerised
While they fall

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Phone

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Call me maybe

A phone
Is a clock
A calculator 
A camera
A notebook
A console
A radio
A TV
A movie screen
A book
An encyclopedia 
A chain
A cage
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Territory

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Territory shrinks
As the walls rise again
And the drawbridge is raised
The world is smaller

The worst of times
From long ago
Are opium
Entertainment
Sleight of mind

Meanwhile
Terry the Tory
Sniggers behind
Fake pride
And cheap beer

Protest
Is the latest sport
Avarice
The virtue of power

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Changes

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes 

Green and quiet
With a gentle breeze
Sunlight warming
A cool drink
Solitude
Then I am ready
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The Elixir

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The Elixir
Swept through the void
Hunting
Stars glinting off the
Silver skin
The peak of human invention
Empty and silent

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Writing room

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Writing room  

Green and quiet
With a gentle breeze
Sunlight warming
A cool drink
Solitude
Then I am ready
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Seasons

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

Photo by Jessica Lewis Creative on Pexels.com
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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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Blue Eyes

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Blue eyes turned purple
Deep purple and very still
Watching all my life

Image from PIxabay

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Flangiprop

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Flangiprop

Flangiprop: Iscis tulartart

Iscis tulartart
Savvy savvy sah
Holah iniquit
Everar tala

Notah
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Purple Eye

By Scott Bailey © 2014

From the purple eye of death
The last exhaled breath
Comes an aweful doom
And darkness starts to loom

It dims the roads once bright
Quenches golden light
Sends tremors through the land
Like my trembling hand

Trembling on the key
That sets the danger free
Releasing purging fire
Born from grief and ire

Fear will bring the dark
And there is no lighted ark
So hide your fears away
Until the final day

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Burnt

In response to Scott’s Daily Prompt, Burnt

Ashes
to
Ashes
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Purple Star

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Deep bright purple star.
Piercing from the depths of roiling blue gas clouds
And a million billion stars
Outshining Venus and Mars
Swathes like silver​ paths
Some gathered in spiral wheels
And between them in the sparse dark spaces
Ships blink and travel on by.
A memory from the deepest well of childhood.
A memory that could not have been.

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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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Meaningless

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Meaningless
Less meaning
All our words
Our angry words
Falling on deaf ears
Met with serious frowns
Hiding sneering laughter
Less
Less
Nothing
Only the attempt
Gives us life