Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Senryu, Writing

Traffic

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Brushed by death today
Twice.
Metal boxes speeding
Too fast, too near me
Driven on by the wrong thoughts
Or expensive wanderings

Image from Pixabay
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Sparks

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By Scott Bailey © 2013

A sad shadow falls
Casting gloom over our dreams:
Sparks dispel the dark!

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Sway

By Scott Bailey © 2019

All
That I
Survey is
Under my sway
That is what they say
The evidence is slim
So I start to understand
How perfidious is the world
And the darkness begins to seep in
The entropy of hope, and dream slayer
So I must strive to remember the truth
My eyes are my window to the world
What dwells behind them in my world
My kingdom and my domain
So here I shall remain
That is what I say
Under my sway
In my eye
That is
All

In response to COLLEEN’S 2019 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 132 #SYNONYMSONLY

Influence & Perception

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A double Etheree

#Etheree

Posted in Creative Writing, Etheree, Poetry, Writing

The Solace of the Night

By Scott Bailey © 2018

When the fire goes out
The heat is dissipated
Darkness falls again
Only then do the creatures
Of the night find their solace

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 112, “COLD & SAFE,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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A tanka this week.

#tanka

Posted in Creative Writing, Etheree, Poetry, Writing

Engage

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Life is engaging
Creatures decipher the truth
They peruse it all

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 110, “PLEASANT & READ,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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A haiku this week. Keeping it simple.

#haiku

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Remembrance

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Gone
The sound
The thunder
No silence reigns
And the poppies bloom
Nodding respectfully
To the brave that lay beneath
The swathe of red that remembers
The blood that was shed here for freedom
And the folly of man to his brother
So we may never forget all that pain
To ensure it will not come again
We respect them with silent thoughts
Resist any violent trends
Talk, build bridges, not walls
While the poppies bloom
While silence reigns
Honour those
That are
Gone

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 109, HAPPY NOVEMBER – “POETS CHOICE OF WORDS”

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A double mirrored Etheree that is fitting for the time of year – particularly this year.

#Etheree

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Senryu, Writing

Future

By Scott Bailey © 2018

This is serious
The future makes me tremble
These frightening days

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 108, “AFRAID & GRAVE,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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A senryu (sort of) this week. Very late and a little hurried

 

#senryu

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Lost Realm

By Scott Bailey © 2018

For a sweet moment
This green forest was all mine
My own secret realm
Now, it is fenced off, private
Playground of the privileged

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 107, “HAUNT & SPELL,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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A tanka this week.

#tanka

Posted in Cinquain, Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

The Long Dark Night

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Orange
King of the hues
When autumn starts to fall
Slowly, fear steals over the land
Chilling

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 104, HAPPY OCTOBER – “POETS CHOICE OF WORDS”

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And if you are feeling in the mood to get creepy – check out this

#CINQUAIN

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Arise

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Water
Drops from the sky
Yearning to reach the sea
It’s path always heading downwards
Tumbling

Humans
Are not water
Humans yearn for the sky
They strive and climb up and up
Struggling

Sliding
Down from the heights
Steps faltering and weak
Bringing us down into the deep
Failing

Thinking
Measure the path
Assaying obstacles
Planning with forethought and wisdom
Reason

Rising
Against the rain
Climbing the steep ascent
Aiming for the sky, for the stars!
Soaring

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 103, “FALL & TRY,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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Had a go at a crown cinquain this week

#crown-cinquain

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Youth

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The passion of youth
Fires the body to action
After a lay in

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 102, “VIGOR & ENERGY,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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A quick senryu this week

#senryu

Posted in Cinquain, Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Follow

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Starting
Taking small steps
Closely follow the guide
Take every instruction to heart
Ending

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE RECAP NO. 100, “POET’S CHOICE OF WORDS”

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A cinquain this week

#cinquain

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Senryu, Writing

No Change

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Screaming at the storm
The words lost in the thunder
Storm undeflected

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 99, “CHANGE & DEFY,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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Another senryu – I have taken the opposite of one of the words this time so a bit of a cheat.

Image from Pixabay

#senryu

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Dying Dreams

By Scott Bailey © 2018

My pen to paper
The dream I just cannot grasp
Er, except for now

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 98, “SAD & WRITE,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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I think this qualifies as a senryu?

 

Image from Pixabay

#senryu

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Sun Cycles

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Dawn spills on the land
Sharing its free, warm bounty
Nurturing the seeds
Feeding the grazers in turn
Then stolen by the hunters

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 90, “Give & Receive,” #SYNONYMSONLY

An attempt at a Tanka

#Tanka

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Triumph

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The white wolf’s triumph
Hunt over, hunger sated
No howling tonight

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, DIGNITY & SUCCESS, #SynonymsOnly

A haiku again this week. My brain is too fried for anything more.

#haiku

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Snake

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Basking in the sun
The snake saw lunch in his mind
Movement brought him back

By Thomas Brown [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 82 – BELONG & DREAM #SynonymsOnly

A haiku this week. I have inferred the given words rather than use synonyms so breaking the rules a bit. This post was also prompted by the fact that on a country walk yesterday my eldest nearly stood on one of these – an adder – the only venomous snake on these isles. I think it was a juvenile as it was small but definitely a viper rather than a grass snake.

#haiku

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Swansong

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Swansong
All clap along
As the end approaches
And the triumph lifts us all high
Cheering

Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 82 – The May Day Edition: SING & CELEBRATE #SynonymsOnly

A cinquain this week

#cinquain

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Shoots

In exultation
Shoots arise, reaching skyward
Until sharp blades sweep

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S 2018 #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 78, GROW & HONOR, #SNYNONYMSONLY

Tenuous synonyms for my haiku – again

#haiku

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Thunder

Arise
To the thunder
The raging of the skies
Rain, that splits the drought asunder
Rejoice

Tremble
Beneath the aweful majesty
Of natures might roar
Making your heart
Thunder

 

Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 76: JOY & FURY, #SnyonymnsOnly

Had a go at a reverse cinquain this time.

#Cinquain #reverse-cinquain #CinquainPoetry

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Blush

By Scott Bailey © 2018

See the sky blush with
Golden fire heaven sent
And then the darkness

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Blush

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Nature

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Nature
Claws back its realm
Over many ages
Verdant fingers prying apart
Even
The strongest of our creations
With persistence of growth
Old and fertile
Mother

Car Reclaimed by Nature
Image by Scott Bailey

In response to the daily prompt Patience

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Chasing Sunbeams

By Scott Bailey © 2016

See the argent moon
Chasing the brightest sunbeams
Moments slip away

Image from Pixabay

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 75: “PATIENCE & GREEN” #SNYNONYMSONLY

Nature
Claws back its realm
Over many ages
Verdant fingers prying apart
Even
The strongest of our creations
With persistence of growth
Old and fertile
Mother

Car Reclaimed by Nature
Image by Scott Bailey

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 75: “PATIENCE & GREEN” #SNYNONYMSONLY

Had a go at a butterfly cinquain this time – and I had the perfect picture to go with it – one I took myself for a change.

#Cinquain #butterfly-cinquain

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Thaw

By Scott Bailey © 2018

I watch the snow melt
The green shoots of grass rise up
To greet the new dawn
Taking a bracing shower
In glistening morning dew

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE, NO. 74: “RENEW & FRESH,” #SNYONYMSONLY

#Tanka

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

If Only

By Scott Bailey © 2018

 

If only I knew
What I know now years ago
My time would have been
Spent in a much better way
Less effort on silly things

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE, NO. 73: ENERGY & KNOWLEDGE, #SNYONYMSONLY

#Tanka

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

One Liner Wednesday – Short and Sweet

A Spring of Dreams

#1linerWeds.

Some poems, short and sweet, unlike me.

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Forward

Forward

Maybe
From the chaos
From all the death and anger
We can find a better answer
We Need

I used the American form rather than the didactic.

 

 

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 72: Breakthrough & Movement, #SnyonymsOnly

#Haiku

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The Cock

The resplendent cock
Struts and crows, feathers rich red
While the hens scatter

Cockerel
Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 71: Character & Affection, #SnyonymsOnly

#Haiku

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Colleen’s Weekly 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 70 “DESTINY & CHALLENGE”

The earth will arise
Topple all fences and walls
A spark in the night

In response to Colleen’s Weekly 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 70 “DESTINY & CHALLENGE”

#Haiku

Posted in Blogging101, Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, General, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

Next Year

I am in a quandary – what to do with this blog next year.

This year I set up prescheduled posts – three a day for a whole year! Then I posted each day as and when I could.

This has resulted in two things.

  1. A lot of repetition, the same posts being seen over and over again.
  2. The highest number of views ever – more than doubling any previous year

This got me thinking – how do I match it? How do I keep the momentum going?

Then I thought again. Do I want to?

I realised as I was trying to plan out a new schedule of posting I thought about what it meant. What was the reason for it?

Last year I wanted to increase my views – but the reason for that was to increase exposure of my books – and try and boost their sales. Sure I enjoy the writing and enjoy the challenges I have become a part of. It has helped build up a and strengthen a little network of fellow bloggers that I now value.

But it has had detrimental effects too. As mentioned it has filled my blog with reams of duplicate content. But worse – it has taken up all the precious writing time I had. All of it. This means I have done nothing else.

On top of that – it has not boosted my book sales at all. So it failed at its main aim.

So, I have decided that this year I will take a new approach. I will probably try and write every day – do Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge on Monday’s as well as something for the Daily Prompt.  But, I am not going to get hung up on stats and trying to reach targets. I am going to step back and try and produce some more books. Another poetry collection, and maybe another collection of short stories.

But I won’t be disappearing.

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Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Apprentice

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Over in the US
The new boss has his eye on you
You are all apprentices now
All in the firing line

In response to the daily prompt Apprentice

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting

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Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Calm

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Calm my beating heart
Racing for the beauty of
My beloved wife

In response to the daily prompt Calm

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting

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Posted in Creative Writing, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Review, Self Publishing, Writing

Another Fantastic Review!

This one for my Poetry Collection!

“Great concept to write a poem a day for a year and provides an insight into copying with difficult family circumstances – a recommended read for anyone who has struggled in such situations. Some poems were obviously more personal than others (my favourites were those when the writer cherishes the ‘small moments’ in life such as going to a fireworks display with his wife and son) but he also branches out into more political territory. Look out for the funny poems scattered through-out the book too, one in particular made me laugh out loud! A good read and Scott Bailey shows talent as a poet. Recommended.”

Check out the original here!

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Dark Truths

By Scott Bailey © 2016

It is dark but true
Uncomfortable evidence
When we dig deeper

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A Spring of Dreams – Words

 

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Words

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Wherever words roam
Over fantastical lands
The heart rests at home.

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Posted in Creative Writing, Family, General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Poem a day challenge #249 (Dressing Up)

Dressing Up

By Scott Bailey © 2014

 

Watching dressing up
A mini ninja dancing
Whirling all in black

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Poem a day challenge #94 (Web)

Web

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Glistening silver
A delicate spider web
Fallen tree around

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Rage, rage against the result

or – chill out and relax – lose yourself in some poetry

A Spring Of Dreams

The result of a year-long challenge to write a poem a day for a year. Raw and accessible poems of many moods.

Presented as they were written and so reflecting my mood, my life and my time constraints at the time.

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Available as

Kindle

or hardback

from Amazon

or CreateSpace

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A Spring of Dreams has a Spring in Sales

Well a bit anyway – but how’s this for a jump in sales rank!

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A jump of 923,067 ranks! Come on! Buy a few more people – just a couple – I might get to number one!

Thank you whoever brought the latest copies – my ego needed it.

 

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Beginning

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Lightning flash charges
The rain drenched primordial dawn
A spark of life stirs

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #96 Lightning&Rain

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

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A Spring of Dreams – Quote 6

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Nation

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Kerching! Kerchang! Pow!
Our economy picks up!
Soul still desolate.

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A Spring of Dreams – Quote 5

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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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A Spring of Dreams – Quote 4

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Sparks

By Scott Bailey © 2013

A sad shadow falls
Casting gloom over our dreams:
Sparks dispel the dark!

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A Spring of Dreams – Quote 3

 

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Words

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Wherever words roam
Over fantastical lands
The heart rests at home.

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Dragon’s Jaws

By Scott Bailey © 2016

A silk-lined invite
Lures the hedonist inward
Down the dragon’s jaws

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #95 Dragon&Invite

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

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A Spring of Dreams – Quote 2

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Senryu: Cross

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Fleeing from killers
The child runs desperately
To fill out a form.

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A Spring of Dreams – Quote

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Lantern

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Old light from the past
Is still illumination
Wisdom echoes far

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Thought

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Pearls of wisdom fade
Becomes as hard as diamond
Implacable thought

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #94 Diamonds&Pearls

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge