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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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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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Owners Guide to Cattle

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Keep them on the vergeOf being panickedKeep them unsureAnd afraidWhip them into a frenzyThen collect the coin they makeProd them where you need them to go Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

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None

By Scott Bailey © 2017 None can understand meOur inner teen criesAnd so the world hurlsAnd churnsOn and on and on Image from Pixabay

Sir Richard Francis Burton Biography Cover
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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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Blind (Etheree)

By Scott Bailey © 2013 Weare blindto the truthEverydaySuffering goes onAnd we deny it allUnable to find a wayThrough the maze of our modern livesTo a place where we can be ourselvesAnd hold out that hand that helps our neighbour Instead we clench our hand in a tight fistHolding tight onto what we have gainedNot… Continue reading Blind (Etheree)

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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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Sweet 16

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Sweet 16 When I was just sixteen I wanted to change the world Bring peace, fix all the problems By twenty one I knew that was not to be Instead, I would leave a legacy Something by which the future would remember me By thirty, the world was down… Continue reading Sweet 16

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Rules

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Breaking the law I have lived in fear of breaking the rules While the party of fools And partied Why Did I fear Adhere Keep clear Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

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Run up and down the scales

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Apply yourself Run up and down the scales Patience they say is the key To be a master of music Run up and down the scales Run up and down the scales Repetition and I don’t agree It’s just not how I learn Run up and down the scales… Continue reading Run up and down the scales

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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 Photo by Daniel Watson on Pexels.com

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Hesitation

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, In a crisis  Vacillate, hesitate That would be me In a crisis I know But I would not be alone We should be thankful For the impetuous In a crisis In these days They are a pain Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com

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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 Photo by Janko Ferlic on Pexels.com

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Polite Company

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Polite Company Polite company Will not let you grow It will smother you With comfort Only the harshest critics Will allow you To find the best seeds To sow Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels.com

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Lost at Sea

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Ripped from the headlines The headline on the BBC news website was. Channel migrants: Thirty rescued as man dies off French coast. He was running from fearFrom death itselfButDied alone and coldIn the seaBecause we did not want himWe wanted to be leftTo dine in peaceOn our cheese and… Continue reading Lost at Sea

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The Green Wizard

By Scott Bailey 2006 I cannot believe this! If anyone were to stop them, this mob of hungry hunters raging through the forest, then nobody would believe the explanation. The people of the village, the county planners, the farmers, the surveyors, the members of the RSPB, all are hunting in the night. They are hunting… Continue reading The Green Wizard

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What Ifs

By Scott Bailey © 2014 What ifs hang onLike poisoned barbsEven in the face of realityAll reason tells youLet them goRip them from the fleshYet deep they goSharp their pointsBeyond the anaestheticOf mere wordsSo rise upFrom the riverOf doubtRip that flesh and bleedStep on the shore of tomorrowHealing first needs hurt Image from Pixabay

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My Favourite

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, My Favourite I miss you My favourite Those times Oh, those times we spent! In the twilight hours The world between worlds When the world beyond Was no more No more cares No more worries Now My life is one long slog One long fight Back to find My… Continue reading My Favourite

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Questions

By Scott Bailey © 2014 She came out of the store just in time to see her young son playing on the sidewalk directly in the path of the gray, gaunt man who strode down the centre of the walk like a mechanical derelict. The boy looked up at her once the man had passed,… Continue reading Questions

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Quote Me

In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Quote Me A little explanation need for this one. The quote I always come back to is one from Frank Herbert's Dune. The only constant is change I come back to this when times are tough, to remind me - nothing is forever. Even the hard times will end.… Continue reading Quote Me

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Kick It!

Let’s kick it into touch Bucket lists! Resolutions! Traditions. All they are really for Is to transform you Into the perfect consumer Leeching away All of you. Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Kick It

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Moments

By Scott Bailey © 2015 The world clashes with meOr I with itIts movie reel passes before meAnd I watchObserveBut I am not of itOccasionallyIt brushes mePricks meInterrupts my viewMy observationsAnd the things I should enjoyI don’tUntil I can observe themAgain one dayMy moments passSlippingI can never seemTo be in them Image from Pexels

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Resolve

Resolutions Made again Broken again Closure? Endings? Realise  Instead Endings are beginnings We should not Resolve But Revolve Photo by Miguel u00c1. Padriu00f1u00e1n on Pexels.com In response to Scott's Daily Prompt, Resolved

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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

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Scott’s Daily Prompt 01/01/2022

Today's prompt is. Stroke of Midnight Where were you last night when 2021 turned into 2021? Isthat where you’d wanted to be?

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New year, new challenge.

So last year I had a plan. To not post anything new on my website. I figured that by posting all my new work I was then eliminating that work from competitions etc. So the plan was, keep the site going by reposting old stuff, while waiting new stuff in the background. Well, that didn't… Continue reading New year, new challenge.

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The Forest of Dreams

By Scott Bailey 2015 Dark, thick between the trees No light shines off The dull black armour Of the horseman as he rides Slow through the forest of dreams. Pale the winding path The black knight follows His weary steed plods steadfast As its burden heavy grows Head hung low This quest was not the… Continue reading The Forest of Dreams

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Gravity

By Scott Bailey © 2017 GravityWhen specificHas strange effectsThings get wibbly-wobblyCertain linesGet bentOther linesGet crossedSo watchThe specific gravity Photo by Prem Pal Singh Tanwar on Pexels.com

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Floating

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Layers of smoke floatBlue in the heavy darknessWhile lazy jazz plays Author: Jimmy Baikovicius from Montevideo, Uruguay

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Gone

By Scott Bailey © 2017 GoneThe blue eyes sparked with newGone to shadows GoneThe play, the cowboys and indiansGone to payments and tax GoneThe times to stop and breatheGone to endless turmoil Gone, gone gone A little magicA little luckIs needed Photo by Ron Lach on Pexels.com

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Interior

By Scott Bailey © 2017 What’s insideDistorts and shapesThe exteriorAll those dreams and hopesHates and fearsThat make up the interiorThe moilingBoilingPacked and stackedStretched and tenseEarnest pretenceThat inside us allMakes us allWhat we areRather than whatWe wish Image from Pixabay

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Conundrum

By Scott Bailey © 2016 The humdrum conundrumOf life rumbles onThe pounding ofA thousand thoughtsThe tensionBetween the chainsOf conventionAnd the deliciousWhips of viceDreaming endsLife rumbles onOn onThe beat of the master's drum

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Bespoke

By Scott Bailey © 2016 Are we lucky?A comfortable generation?Or is it justThat our chains fit us perfectly?

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Abide

By Scott Bailey © 2016 Here I abideAmidst the cratersOf too much cultural shellingHere there residesResidual echoesOf now silent voices Stranger music silencedThe pale lord voiceless tooMany last departuresMany miss the fewClinging to the final notesAs lovers do In dark and empty cratersBubbles shadiness and greedA fecund vile concoctionUpon which the beast will feedNeed is the… Continue reading Abide

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Missing

By Scott Bailey © 2016 Never ending beachThe crashing waves repeatingPermanence missing Image from Pixabay

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Still

By Scott Bailey © 2016 Stood before a wallDreaming of the road beyondStill before a wall Image from Pixabay

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Vanish

By Scott Bailey © 2016 You must rememberWhen waking from reveriesAll your dreams vanish Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com

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Seafarer

By Scott Bailey © 2015 Seafarer wandering over the waves Fine hair glistening with rime Roaming and riding forgetful tides Living away from life But living True A man Wandering Along forgotten paths Following the ancient ways Expanding his mind in ancient ways Speaking to the earth and the animal guides Silent ghosts that leave his… Continue reading Seafarer

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Blues Bars

By Scott Bailey 2015 It sits right downSits all the way downThen flies above the cloudsSoars high above the cloudsAnd II can’t get thereCan’t weave thatMagic weave The harmony of the heartThe harmony of dreams and thoughtWith the making in the worldThe making of the dayI craveCrave that pathSweet blue pathOf blues bars

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The Lord of the Trees

By Scott Bailey © 2006 I am Herne the Hunter, Lord of the Trees,and you are a leaf blown on the breeze.Echoes and whispers inside your head,set you on the path you were destined to tread. Head of a wolf, eye of a hawk,in the forest, the hooded man shall walk.A man of balance not of gold,Is it… Continue reading The Lord of the Trees

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Ages

By Scott Bailey © 1999 In a crumbling house, we gathered,sat around the ancient fire.Logs burnt slow in the hearth,warmed our expectant hearts.Firelight flickered in the darkening eve,We gathered around the elders.sat in large and comfy chairs.Red light upon our faces.We heard of times gone by,and smelt the burning wood.The shadows held safe the past,we… Continue reading Ages

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Soul

By Scott Bailey © 2015 A soul fullOf tear-stained dreamsAs substantialAs vapourAt the mercyOf whispering winds A storm approaches Image from Pixabay

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Anticipate

By Scott Bailey ⓒ 2017 I anticipateThe dissipationOf the allThe scatteringOf goalsThe rise of dreamsTo rideUpon the mistsTo be blownUpon the windsTo resideIn cloudsAnd hideIn treesTo sleepIn earthDrink waterSup sunlightWeep rainAnd sigh Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh on Pexels.com

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Wolf in Snow

By Scott Bailey © 2015 Hard the mud did cakeMatted fur, red blood flowingOn snow-covered wolf Image from Pixabay

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Repetitive History

By Scott Bailey 2017 Tyranny answersAs the replacement chosenFor austerity In response to the daily prompt Replacement #DailyPrompt Image by DaKub from Pixabay

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Filter

By Scott Bailey 2017 The filter of social mediaKeeps us warm or angryReaffirmsThe wall goes upAgain Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com