Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Trace

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Water traces curves
Of showered, moist skin, fingers
Follow down to play

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Buff

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Buff is a box
An almost fraternity
They try to squeeze you in
At any cost.

Some of us
Obviously won’t fit
So are discarded
Straight away

We are the ones
To watch
We are the ones
That bring the change

We are the ones
To fear

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Detonations

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Magical detonations
Stars dying
Dust flying
Seeding us
Not all explosions
Bring death

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Memories

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Sunlight pleases him
Teases him with memories
Blotting out real life

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Catapults and Boiled Sweets

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Catapults and boiled sweets
Sailing boats and jam jars
Watching tadpoles
Playing in the woods
Hunting newts
Swings and roundabouts
Wistful thinking
For the days
That never were

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Creative Writing, Family, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Holding Hands

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Tiny, warm, fragile
Fingers tightly holding mine
Treasured memories

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Work, Writing

Sailing, Unfettered

By Scott Bailey © 2017

I am a ship
Crowded into the harbour wall
Anchored sound
And safe
But I can see the sea
Beyond the gap
Calling
Lulling
The storms come
The harbour shields
But still, I am tossed
And battered by
Uncaring waves
The chain is strained
The anchor holds
For now
So many storms I have seen
How many more
Before the chain breaks
Setting me free
Lost at sea
Sailing unfettered
Unmoored

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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 feeling
Moving 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 falling, morning calling,
Pull the chains on, shoulder the yoke.
Down to business. Down to labour.
Moving downwards, moving down.
I don’t like this, what am I doing?
I don’t really want this, what is to be?
Enter the shaft that takes us downwards.
The light is dimming as our dreams descend

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Work, Writing

Qualm

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Calm your qualms
It’s all change
It’s all good
Still
The trembling
Still

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Collaboration

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Collaboration
Is knocked out of us
Systematically
In the school system
Filling us up instead
With competition
And greed
Perfecting us
As the ideal consumers
The perfect wheels in the
Machine
Those who hold the levers
Know
Collaboration
Could bring them down

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If you liked this poem check out my novel – the theme of this poem is the central theme of the book – see below.

Mankind Limited

Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution.

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of state and self-doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

On one level this is a story about how different people react to the ever-growing and relentless pressure of everyday oppression. It explores their journeys as they are broken and rebuilt and investigates their modes and motivations for rebelling.

At another level, it is a critique on the darker side of capitalism and free markets and how that has driven us further and further away from the evolutionary advantage that gave us supremacy in the first place. It questions whether the human race has doomed itself or whether we still have the capacity to wrench ourselves from the track we have so tightly committed our society upon.

Read an excerpt here.

Available as

Kindle

or hardback

from Amazon

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Karma

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Let not victory
Excite you too much, karma
Has her eye on you

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Official Hospitality

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Government Guide to Hospitality
We welcome you with open arms
If you can afford it
If not, go to hell

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Creative Writing

Buffalo

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Sunset of the plain
Buffalo are running fast
Into leaden death

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

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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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

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, 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.

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Grey

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

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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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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

The Eye

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

Butterfly Wing
Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Curse

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Wonders

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

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.

Available as

Kindle

or hardback

from Amazon

Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

On the Cusp

By Scott Bailey © 2017

On the cusp
Of hell and
Something else
Who knows what

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Prudence

By Scott Bailey © 2016

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

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Seasons

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Parlay

By Scott Bailey 2017

We swing from lack of
Parlay to way too much talk
Blessing or a curse?

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Free

By Scott Bailey 2017

Let the wind blow me
On the course of its desire
The ocean’s freedom

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Hesitation

By Scott Bailey 2017

I hesitate
Vacillate
Dissemble
Hold back
Yet the words I need
To express to you
Are bursting
In me
They need freedom.
I
I
OK
Here goes

Um.
Where did you go?

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Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Quicken the Resistance

By Scott Bailey 2017

Maybe
The danger we face
The sheer wall of darkness
Will quicken the protest
Flesh the resistance
Hasten the day
The snowballing
Of the revolution

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Mankind Limited News, Poetry, Writing

The Secret

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The ancient secret
Burns in our hearts and our blood
Obscured by sharp lies

If you really want to know the secret check out Mankind Limited

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Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Difference

By Scott Bailey 2017

You say center
We say centre
You say color
We say colour
We are different
Guess that means
You will build a wall against us
Ban us
Make war on us

One day


 

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Family, General, Poetry, Writing

Intentions

By Scott Bailey © 2015

“It was just a bit of fun”

To the broken hearts and home

“I meant no offence”

To the victims of riot and guns

“I was just following my dreams”

To the crushing weight of debt

“I will never do it again”

To the frightened wife and child

“I was trying to save some cash”

To the shattered future lost

“I thought I knew best”

To the chances that are gone

“My intentions were good”

To the consequences of action

 

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Sharp

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Silk slides on the breeze
Meets the flow of sharpened steel
Leaves a perfect tear

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Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Oversight

By Scott Bailey 2017

Inevitable
Our downfall will be caused by
A small oversight

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Poetry, Writing

Successful

By Scott Bailey 2017

Have you
Noticed
That the books
That teach us
How
To succeed at this
And
Win at that
Don’t teach us
Why

Meanwhile
Authors count their cash


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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Kissing the Flame

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The meteor dares
To kiss the flames of the sun
Then slingshots away

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Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Exposure

By Scott Bailey 2017

Sleek steel aperture
Widens for a brief moment
Exposing a truth

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Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Aesthetic

By Scott Bailey 2017

Thinking aesthetics
Is vaguely anaesthetic
Trying hard to write

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Poetry, Writing

Unseen

By Scott Bailey 2017

Unseen, unheard, forgotten
We
The people
Scorned
Belittled
Bled

We see, we hear, nothing is forgotten
We
The people
Have dignity
Might
And reserves

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Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Capable

By Scott Bailey 2017

I’m not capable
Of writing a good poem
Tonight. Worn right out

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Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Someday

By Scott Bailey 2017

Someday, one day, soon
After that important thing
That I need to do

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Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

The Little Monkey

By Scott Bailey 2017

Little monkey clings
Tightly to his mother’s back
Ancient lizard flies

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Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Uneven

By Scott Bailey 2017

Life in unbalanced
Uneven
Unfair?
Karma is bunkum
Days, weeks, years of effort
For each small gain
Each small good
None reached with ease
While all around
The bad rains down
Good luck seems rare
Bad luck the normal
The scales uneven
It seems

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Coasting

By Scott Bailey © 2017

This car is coasting
Familiar road ahead
Time to go off-road

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Space

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Feel the space around
Everywhere that I can see
Breathe, release and live

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Discover

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Discovered knowledge
Treasured sweeter than any
Teacher could serve up

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Enthusiasm

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Dead enthusiasm
Passion for mundane labours
Seems to be required

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Fortune

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Fortune eludes me
Sink to the bottom again
Currents stir rich silt

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Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Another Anthem

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Ring the bells of life
Every heartbeat tolling on
So jingle them well

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