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
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Seasons

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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

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Another Anthem

By Scott Bailey © 2016

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

Photo by Az Aay Chhetri on Pexels.com
Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Swift

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Swifts swoop and dazzle
Aerobatics in the sky
Still, we watch in awe

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Deep Green

By Scott Bailey © 2017

I stand on the shore
Unsure. Intimidated
By the great green deep

Photo by Matt Hardy on Pexels.com

Also inspired by an old and longer poem -> here

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Green Shoots

By Scott Bailey © 2017

In the red embers
The wake of the forest fire
Fresh green shoots arise

Photo by Matthis Volquardsen on Pexels.com
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, Poetry, Writing

Lark

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Lark perched by a lake
Reflected in dark water
A train rushes by

Photo by Rajukhan Pathan on Pexels.com
Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Clouds

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Sunlight streams through clouds
Warm, cascading waterfalls
Dispelled by a breeze

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Swift

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Swifts swoop and dazzle
Aerobatics in the sky
Still, we watch in awe

By pau.artigas (Falciot #2 Uploaded by Snowmanradio) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Harvey Milk
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Milk

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Renowned Harvey Milk
His life anything but smooth
His legacy shines

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Pride

By Scott Bailey © 2019

The pride fights as one
The king of the beasts leads them
But the queen provides

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #260 Pride&Fight

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

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Northern Wonder

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The sun reaches out
And excites the northern sky
A watcher’s pleasure

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #164 Pleasure&Excite

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Rivers

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Rivers carve the land
Rocks turn flows: who can resist
The river of stone

 

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

 

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Temptation

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Tempting like a tart
Sweet nectar awaits inside
So the dance begins

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #190 Tart&Sweet

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Swift

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Swifts swoop and dazzle
Aerobatics in the sky
Still, we watch in awe

By pau.artigas (Falciot #2 Uploaded by Snowmanradio) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Breathing

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Only hear the stream
Babbling toward to ocean
The breath of the air

Image from Pixabay

In response to https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/02/19/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-189-zennoise/

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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River

By Scott Bailey © 2018

River slips quickly
Rolling by under the bridge
Until the freeze falls

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #188 Quick&Slip

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Sunset

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Sun shy of setting
The horizon blushes pink
While the east grows dark

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #187 Shy&Blush

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Prowling Fox

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The fox prowls the woods
Hot on the scent of dinner
The body is close

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #186 Body&Close

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Peace

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Peace is the echo
Of the voice of the songbird
Across the still lake

 

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #185 Sing&Peace

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Press

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The Press will touch all
The raw places to ensure
Peace will not prevail

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #184 Press&Touch

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Testament

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Deep in the singed earth
Lies the burners testament
And the seeds of life

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #182 Singe&Deep

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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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.

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

 

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Giant

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The giant sun burns slow
Swells red and bloated, gassing
It’s life into space

Red Giant
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In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #180 Slow&Burn

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Dim

By Scott Bailey © 2017

 

The light that burns bright
Will burn twice as fast. My light
Must last forever

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #180 Slow&Burn

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Steam Engine
Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Days of Steam

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Steam Engine

Brass gleams, drips with steam
Flaring in a beam of light
Driving on the wheel

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #179 Flare&Steam

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Eagle High

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Daring the currents
Of the rare higher airways
Bold the eagle flies

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #178 Bold&Daring

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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The Oak

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The heart of the oak
Old and strong, steadfast: yields to
The will of the wind

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #177 Strong&Heart

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Bridge

By Scott Bailey © 2017

White swan flies over
Broken, crumbling, old stone bridge
River rolls on by

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #176 Broken&Over

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Short

Two this time – makes up for a drought of anything new 🙂

By Scott Bailey © 2017

His first attempt at
Sexy was short lived, painful
Full of lasting woe

 


Short , sweet and sexy
She came swishing to my world
And I longed for her

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #175 Short&Sexy

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Snow

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The hand of winter
Smooths the land with a cold, white
Blanket of deep snow

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #174 Smooth&Hand

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Madness

By Scott Bailey © 2017

A touch of madness
In the powerful is wrong
But in the writer

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #172 Wrong&Touch

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Bats

By Scott Bailey © 2017

In the spooky night
Bats flitter with deadly skill
And the moths shiver

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #173 Spooky&Night

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

And to get into the spooky mood some more – try my collection of short stories.

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Mirror

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The lake’s smooth surface
Is as calm and still as glass
Perfect winter’s ice

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #171 Lake&Calm

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Creative Writing, Family, Haiku, Health, Poetry, Writing

Sore Heart

By Scott Bailey © 2017

My wife’s precious heart
Is in need of attention
The surgeon awaits

 

Well, these two prompt words could not be more apt! My wife is facing major heart surgery this weekend! Consequently – I may be a little quite on here for awhile.

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #170 Heart&Need

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Silk and Skin

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Silk slowly sliding
Over soft smooth skin, caressed
Brushing fingertips

Picture sourced at pexels.com

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #169 Silk&Skin

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Snap

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Tempting sweet nectar
Scent drifts on the summer breeze
Snap! Fly trapped for lunch

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In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #168 Sweet&Scent

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Distant Touch

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Does the earth miss
The hard and distant touch of
The rocks from the stars

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #167 Touch&Miss

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Dancing

By Scott Bailey © 2017

With playful passion
Light dances on the ripples
Until the freeze comes

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #165 Passion&Play

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Late

By Scott Bailey © 2017

He should have taken
The holiday he needed
Forever too late

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #165 Late&Holiday

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Luck

By Scott Bailey © 2016

No rhyme or reason
Bad luck keeps on reigning down
Good luck’s hard to find

 

In response to the daily prompt Rhyme

#DailyPrompt #iamwriting

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Northern Wonder

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The sun reaches out
And excites the northern sky
A watcher’s pleasure

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #164 Pleasure&Excite

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Holiday

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Resting on the coast
The soothing sounds of the sea
Fill this empty shell

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #163 Shell&Coast

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

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Hope

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Hope holds back the tide
Stays the shifting golden sand
Thin mist arises

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #162 Hope&Stay

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge