Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Entrapment

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The things that we hoard
Entrance us and enslave us
A lifetime of toil
To sit on an empty throne
Why not take the easy road

Image from Pixabay
Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Enchanted Forest

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Forest
Verdant, alive
Roots reaching out and down
Branches stretching up to the sky
Spellbound

Image from Pixabay

#Cinquain

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Merry

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Hobbit
Brave Brandybuck
Bringing sense to his friends
Finding honour in Rohan’s ranks
Small knight

#cinquain

Cinquain, Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Passion

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Passion
Wanes while years pass
Becomes something finer
Matured, refined, rich with wisdom
Mellowed
Do not be fooled by its calmness
Maturity and depth
Do not weaken
Passion

Image from Pixabay

#Cinquain #Butterfly-Cinquain

Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Entrapment

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The things that we hoard
Entrance us and enslave us
A lifetime of toil
To sit on an empty throne
Why not take the easy road

Image from Pixabay
Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Enchanted Forest

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Forest
Verdant, alive
Roots reaching out and down
Branches stretching up to the sky
Spellbound

Image from Pixabay

#Cinquain

Creative Writing, Etheree, Poetry, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Nonet, Poetry, Writing

Galaxy

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Swirling, whirling milky clouds of stars
Spiralling down to the black hole
Supermassive hungry dark
Swallowing all it can
Axle of the wheel
Sparkling star arms
Shining cloud
Holds our
Home

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 113, HAPPY DECEMBER! POETS CHOICE OF WORDS

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Going for a Nonet as it now included – plus, I am really lacking time so here’s one I made earlier 🙂

#Nonet

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

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

Creative Writing, Etheree, Poetry, Writing

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

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Senryu, Writing

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

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

Creative Writing, Etheree, Poetry, Writing

Blind

By Scott Bailey © 2013

We
are blind
to the truth
Everyday
Suffering goes on
And we deny it all
Unable to find a way
Through the maze of our modern lives
To a place where we can be ourselves
And hold out that hand that helps our neighbour

Instead we clench our hand in a tight fist
Holding tight onto what we have gained
Not seeing what we are losing
What slips away from our grasp
Diminishing our souls
Focused on our goals
With such passion
That we are
simply
Blind

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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Not feeling very well and as it is the poet’s choice of words and the Etheree has been added to the list of forms – thought I would include this double Etheree  I did some time ago.

#Double Etheree

Cinquain, Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Senryu, Writing

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

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

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

 

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

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I couldn’t think of two words to start with – harder than doing an actual poem! I also ran out of time so this is a complete cheat – I am using an old one,

#senryu

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Senryu, Writing

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

Cinquain, Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Passion

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Passion
Wanes while years pass
Becomes something finer
Matured, refined, rich with wisdom
Mellowed
Do not be fooled by its calmness
Maturity and depth
Do not weaken
Passion

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 97, “LOVE & TIME,” #SYNONYMSONLY

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I had a go at a butterfly cinquain this time around.

 

#Cinquain #Butterfly-Cinquain

Cinquain, Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Soaring

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Soaring
High in the sky
In synchronicity
Gathering, readying to leave
Flocking

 

Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 96, “Congregate & Passion,” #SynonymsOnly

A Cinquain this week, I am sure I have used this theme and certainly this image before, but it suits

 

 

#Cinquain

Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Entrapment

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The things that we hoard
Entrance us and enslave us
A lifetime of toil
To sit on an empty throne
Why not take the easy road

Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge NO. 92, “Bewitch & Treasure,” #SynonymsOnly

A tanka this week

#Tanka

Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Enchanted Forest

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Forest
Verdant, alive
Roots reaching out and down
Branches stretching up to the sky
Spellbound

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 91, “Magic & Green,” #SYNONYMSONLY

An attempt at a Cinquain

#Cinquain

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Storm Birth

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Where the great desert
Meets the rolling of the waves
And sand and sea seethe
The wind is stirred to battle
Between heavens and earth

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 89, “DRY & WET,” #SYNONYMSONLY

An attempt at a Tanka

#Tanka

Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Dancing Waves

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Celebratory
The warming rays of the sun
Making the waves dance

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 88, “PRAISE & EXCITE,” #SYNONYMSONLY

A quick haiku as I am behind and ill.

#haiku

Creative Writing, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Together

By Scott Bailey © 2018

A little more give
And a lot less just taking
More uplifting hands
If we just stop competing
Ivory towers will fall

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 87, “CARE & SHARE,” #SYNONYMSONLY

An actual Tanka this time. Of sorts. Not strict to the form though beyond the syllable counts.

#tanka #tanka-tuesday

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Merry

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Hobbit
Brave Brandybuck
Bringing sense to his friends
Finding honour in Rohan’s ranks
Small knight

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 86, FANTASY & MERRY, #SYNONYMSONLY

Late again for this – a cinquain – of sorts – this week. A little bit of fun this time around.

#cinquain

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Running

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Running
So fast we run
Stay ahead of the game
This is the story we are sold
Suckers

Justyn Warner

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 85, HURRY & LAST, #SYNONYMSONLY

Late again for this – a cinquain – of sorts – this week.

#cinquain

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

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

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

The Song

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Plainsong
Rolling, chanting
Granting the air a form
Bestow shadow and light purpose
Singing
The crafting of ancient wisdom
To bear us something new
Brightly shining
Lyric

Image from Pixabay

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

A  butterfly cinquain this week

Also – by serendipity – for the Daily Prompt Bestow

#cinquain #butterfly-cinquain

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Pillows

Cloudy
Dusky pillows
Huddle in the valley
Like a giant’s bed covers
Misty

Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 80, GATHER & SOFT, #SynonymsOnly

A cinquain this week

#cinquain

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Murmurations

Dusk murmurations
Like a ballet in the sky
Whirling evening swirls
Ordered by some hidden sign
Steeling for the long flight home

Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 79, DANCE & COMMAND #SynonymsOnly

Actually did a Tanka this time

#tanka

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

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Mayfly

The day follows night
Repeating the witching hour
Except, the mayfly

 

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S 2018 #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 77: CHARM & TIME, #SNYONYMSONLY

Tenuous synonyms for my haiku

#haiku

Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

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

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

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

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