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Elegance

By Scott Bailey © 2017

From the unimaginable
Power
Of supermassive black holes
To the delicate
Dance of quarks
It all contains
Elegance
Beautiful and precise
In the conclusion of horror
And the breaking of joy
The shining of rain
And the sweep of the dune
From the swell of the tide
And the retreat
Elegance
Rules

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Degrees

By Scott Bailey © 2017

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Third-degree burns
First-degree murder
How we like to measure things
That hurt

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The Gorge

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Cheddar Gorge
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Cheddar Gorge
Deep
With memories
Camping with friends
Caving
Rich smell of loam
Aroma of cheese
The chill of the cave
Holidays with family
Children eyes
Reliving the wonder
Of my youth
Deep runs the gorge

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Saintly

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Through saintly blue hues
The predator emerges
Teeth all pearly white

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Going South

By Scott Bailey © 2017

It’s all going south
So let’s all relocate there
It’s hotter at least

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Jenga Man

By Scott Bailey © 2017

A piece of me is demanded
Every waking moment of my life
One day the critical piece
Will be withdrawn
And the inevitable
Tumble will come
The final fall
The end of the game

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Age

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Age is the revealer
It strips away the lies
And wears us down
With harsh reality
Pares us to the bone

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Tenterhooks

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Waiting on tenterhooks
For the next Big Idea
The next Winner
The next Wedding
The next Divorce
The next Leader
The next Messiah
For some
Just
The Next Sale
In the meantime
We are bled
And the fruits of our labours
Snuck out of the back door

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The Age of Reason

By Scott Bailey © 2017

This is the age of reason
Apparently
What reason then
Behind the starving child
Tortured by hunger pains
What reason
Behind the women
Sold as toys
What reason
The stockpiling and use
Of weapons of blood
One reason
One alone
That pounds every moment
Of our lives

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Dancer

By Scott Bailey © 2014

Defying downing gravity
To delight in dazzling dance
Shimmering, shining sparkles
Showering tiny tears

Photo by Scott Bailey

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Caged

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Gorilla
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Noble, graceful, caged
So like us yet so far apart
Our bars are our own.

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Snippet

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Snippet
Clip it
Crimp it
Crumpets
Strumpets
Trumpets

The clear, pure note of a trumpet
Filling expectant silence
With celebration

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Rambling

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The sparrows scatter the pine cones
Down the valley and down
The salmon and jumping the ladders
The bears are shiny and brown

The river digs through the mountain
Too deep to hold any sin
The current rolls over and over
As ruins come tumbling in

Deep in the widening desert
Rumbles mistakes from the past
Mad birds scatter their debris
The light is shattered and cast

The stars shine high in the nighttime
Burning the rocks bare below
Melting resolve of the greatest
Like newly laid snow

Darkness pushes the light
Further and further apart
Stillness covers the chaos
Silence claims every heart

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No Turn

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Time is a one way street
There is no going back
A Saturday now is not a Saturday then
Monday morning comes again

Time drips
Dreams trip
Words will see us through

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The Bite

By Scott Bailey © 2017

It’s the bite
Of anger
That reminds
How little we have travelled
Anger?
ASD?
Helplessness?
Toddler
Child
Politician
Out of their depth
Gambler
On the wrong side
The toddler
Never
Really leaves

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Husks

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The scrabble for the dream
Prevents the dream
As we fill every moment
Chasing here and there
To get things done!
We never stop to ask
Why
The things we are chasing
We will never have time for
As we are too busy
Chasing
Mankind and I
Have become
Empty husks of purpose

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The Hunt

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The percussive beat
Of a heart pounding with life
Stilled by quick, sharp teeth

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Nest

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The robin in his nest
Perched in the naked branches
Of the blasted tree
Three winds blown
Over the black, sore plain
Wisps of smoke rise
And stings his eyes
Faint embers glow
All around
The hot storm has howled
Now the beast is grounded
Never to rise again
A hard winter will fall
The nest will freeze
No more tears
Will wet the plain

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Holding Back Gremlins

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Holding back gremlins
Behind breaking fences
Seems to be the purpose
The never ending task
The why
Long forgotten

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Underdogs

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The underdogs are many
Trampled underfoot
While they fetch and roll
And play dead
Until the day
They remember
They are
Wolves
And the pack arises

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Trench

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Dancing with my wife,
last week the telegraph came:
Coughs ring round the trench.

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Interest

By Scott Bailey © 2017

We are borrowing time
The interest is piling up
The bills are on their way
Have we enough flesh to pay

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Crumbs

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The smallest of crumbs
Of hope keep us all trying
Generating cash

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Elevation – My Sweet Lord

When I say today’s daily prompt ~ Elevate all I could think of was Daleks!

“Elevate! Elevate!”

I couldn’t get that episode out of my head – so I didn’t think I would end up writing anything. In a way that’s still true – I am just waffling here.

But the tenuous link is the kind of elevation that can be experienced when listening to a particularly good piece of music. Tonight a good piece has been returned to my consciousness courtesy – of all things – to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2!

Now it has many good tunes some of which are on my regular playlists already.  But watching it tonight one jumped out at me – that I haven’t heard for a long, long time. It grabbed me and lifted me and I didn’t even wait for the film to finish before I was on the phone downloading it! (Og the wonder of the internet!)

Yep – My Sweet Lord by George Harrison. What a simple but beautiful song. Perfection. Elevating!

 

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Goodnight

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Goodnight. Sleep tight. Love you with all my heart.
One snuggled cosy in bed.
One in the earth.
Mother and Father
Forever hurt.

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Outside `The Daffodil and Pen’

By Scott Bailey © 1999

I wandered lonely as a brick
That sinks and dives in stream and lake,
When all at once I was so sick,
And an awful mess I did make.
Beside the lake, beneath the trees.
Splattering my stomach in the breeze.

It must have been the bread I had
Or maybe that old Milky Way.
This puddle of sick smelt so bad
Along the margin of the bay.
Ten pints I had drunk, at a guess.
Tossing my head, I felt a mess.

The waves in my head danced, and they
Dashed my weak legs from under me.
A poet could not be so gay
As the one who stood over me.
He gazed and gazed and then in glee
Threw up and fell down next to me.

Next morn when on my couch I lay
In vacant and in pensive mood.
I swore I’d give up drink that day.
And swore some more, it was quite rude.
But soon, once more, the cider spills.
I’ll sleep again with daffodils.

 

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Drawn

By Scott Bailey © 2017

I am drawn
By slightly parted lips
Swaying hips
Twinkling eyes
A smile
I am drawn

 

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Sunny

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Sunny
She was
And the shadow she cast were long
We long for her
Now the winter is here
And the long long night descends
Bright was her smile
White and bright her smile
Deep and black her skin
And we wanted in
From afar
Memories of sun
In the dusk

 

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Fleeting Thoughts

Change is the only constant

One of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite books – Dune by Frank Herbert.

In times of stress and trouble, it helps to remember that all things pass, even the things that darken our days. So savour the moments that count, enjoy them.

My biggest problem is that while intellectually I accept that, try to live that, in my heart, I crave conformity and security. Safety and predictability.

A dangerous and seductive train of thought that I am finding harder and harder to resist. Getting old maybe?

Well, it’s time to shake things up. I will be starting a new job in a few weeks. Life is forcing changes on me whether I want it or not. Time to wake up, embrace the change and revel in the storms.

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