For One-Liner Wednesday & #JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 31st, 2018



“The only Constant is Change”

Frank HerbertDune

Enough said.

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Truly Scrumptious

For #JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 30th, 2018

Just this – that’s all and a whole host of happy memories!

Truly Scrumptious
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From the movie that taught to love the magic of film.

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For #JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 28th, 2018


So, again I am coming to this late at night – the only time I seem to get to a keyboard these days. We have been out at parks and constructing trampolines in the back garden.

I am annoyed I haven’t had time for this prompt as it’s right up my street. My current work in progress – a collection of epic (by which I mean very long) poems, includes one titled “Will You Follow the Knight”. This is not in a state to be read yet and anyway, will feature in the upcoming collection.

So once again I am reduced to dipping into my “back catalogue” and there is no surprise that I have a few to choose from!

So I won’t choose – here are a few.

Red Steel

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Blood soaked steel
The sword of a knight
Held up proud
Aloft and bright
He hums to himself

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government
shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace”

With banshee scream
He storms on down
To hammer home peace.


by Scott Bailey © 2013

Coloured bricks
Red, blue, yellow, white
and many more.

Many shapes
Many sizes
No limits
Many surprises.

Build a fire engine,
A house, a school,
A lake, a park, a city, a town.
A space station and spaceships and an alien host.
A castle,a bridge a knight and a ghost!

All this and more build it all
And never ever build up your wall.

Sky Fight

By Scott Bailey © 2014

Flash in the dark blue sky
Clash of sword and bone
Roar of fire high above
Heaven’s thunderous tone

Samurai meets his nemesis
A dragon of the sky
Golden claw fights silver blade
Above the mountains high

Gods look down with fearful frowns
While people gaze above
Do they fear the fiery jaws
Or the hardened iron glove

The enduring will of the flying knight
Feeds his skilful blade
The ancient wisdom of the drake
Ensures he’ll not be played

Red streaks of fire on velvet sky
Silver streaks cut through
Showers of sparks come raining down
To birth a magic brew

And still the battle blunders on
All over every land
Until the both when both are stilled
By a cold and magic hand


It’s not just me – it run’s in the family. Here’s our oldest (from a few years ago) playing knights with some real ones!



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For The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan Daily Prompt, Jan. 27th, 2018

By Scott Bailey © 2018

There is a rising tide
It swells and grows
The recedes
Pauses and grows again
Lapping against the ancient
The stronghold
Of power
From long ago
Where gold grows
Around the feet
Of the rulers
Seemingly futile
The tide rises
Ebbs and swells
Eating away
Tiny piece by piece
Until one day
The stronghold will fall

Image from Pixabay

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For #JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 26th, 2018

Your address
Should be
Where your heart is
It has become
Your ID
Identifying you for what you are
What you stand for
Your worth
And most importantly

The most effective way to
Extract money from you

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For #JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 25th, 2018


Brain dead tonight – So I predict I won’t make it to the end of this…




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PS. If you want some predictive Science Fiction – you could always check out -> Mankind Limited 😉


The Secret

For One-Liner Wednesday & #JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 24, 2018


Read an excerpt here.

Available as


or hardback

from Amazon

or CreateSpace

Another cheat – it’s more than one line! Shhhh


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For JusJoJan 23rd Colours

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Image from Pixabay

The colours of the cross
Or the crescent
The sickle or the sun
Or nothing
They bring us together
To tear us apart
Make us belong
To a place
Where thoughts are handed out
With morals
But deeds are discouraged
Where greed in nurtured
And consummation


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For JusJoJan 22nd Liberty

By Scott Bailey © 2018

What is liberty
Without chains
How would we know
Without bounds
I have worn chains
For far too long
I am ready
To recognise


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The Bright Interloper

For JusJoJan 19th Darkness

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Darkness abounds
All around
Never ending
As far and the mind can see
Interspersed with light
Bright, beautiful, enchanting
Far-reaching and inspiring
Mostly there is darkness
All enveloping
Mysterious, powerful


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The Accidental Occidental

For JusJoJan 20th SocS (oc)

A word that starts with “oc”. For some reason – occidental immediately sprung to mind. Followed by this random nonsense.

By Scott Bailey © 2018


His mother was a missionary
Who succumbed to forbidden love
She was abandoned and so was he
An orphaned sickly dove

He was always seen as different
Never quite the same
Always outside the circle
Never in the game

With no one to rely on
He learned to keep himself
Learned to get what he needed
Leave nothing on the shelf

He could play the needs of others
Like a bard could play a harp
To get where he was going
His will was cold and sharp

He grew to be a king
Of an unseen empire wide
And nothing could fill the void
That swelled and grew inside

So he used he unrivalled power
To bring down all around
To reduce the home he hated
To debris on the ground

The occidental accident
Happens all time time
So watch out for rising emperors
Who play their tunes sublime


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For JusJoJan 3rd One-Liner Wednesday


Tradition is nothing but the empty echo of oppression


Me – Scott Andrew Bailey – 🙂

Quoted from here

Mankind Limited

Couldn’t resist a cheeky bit of promo.

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For JusJoJan 2nd Boisterous


By Scott Bailey © 2018

Our boy is a bundle
Of boisterous fun
But he doesn’t know
When to stop the fun
And hurts someone
(Rarely himself)
Because of his mental health.
What to do?
What to do?
I am no expert
And no expert
Seem to know
What to do.
Move him on
Move him on
Is all we get
But we will not give up
Like them
His challenges will be his victory



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