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Progress, achievements and heartbreak

Well yesterday kept getting better.

After the good adoption news and because of the fact that I had the day off I actually had some time to do some writing. And I had done yesterdays poem the day before so was ahead of myself there too. So After blogging yesterday’s news I sat down and did the final part of editing for my book.

Its done! Finally finished. – Oh there’s a part of me that wants to go back and make some tweaks but I am resisting that now. It’s just further procrastination and delay. It would be never-ending. Time to draw a line. I want to move on to a new one.

Still go work to do – collating all the chapters into one manuscript, formatting for e-book and creating the cover – but essentially it’s there! So watch this space.

But all this was overshadowed for me by the terrible story about Daniel Pelka. Perhaps hitting home more than it would normally as he was the same age as Alexander is now. I imagined how he would feel to be put through what Daniel went through…. it’s horror in its worse form.

I like to think I am liberal-minded and I have never – ever condoned the death sentence but if my finger were on a button for an electric chair for those two – I don’t know what I would do next. I would hope be bigger than them but….

What makes me despair more though is the inevitable reaction that has already started. The anaesthetic approach, the refusal to look in the eye of the horror of what two individuals have done and instead start to break it up and parcel out the blame to faceless organisations and scapegoats. The story will be about failing systems and incompetent staff.

Of course the enquiry is necessary but I can’t help thinking that if we put as much money and energy into studying the two individual who are the ones who, in the end, are responsible – we might learn something that would help us start to eradicate this kind of behaviour?

But that would mean looking direct into the face of “evil” and I think it scares us too much. Not the evil itself, but the enormity of the task. So we look away and try to find easier tasks.

Surely we can do better in the 21st Century?

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Poem a day challenge #63 (Cold Cold News)

Sometimes the news leaves you despairing of humanity.

Cold Cold News

By Scott Bailey © 2013

The news chills today
The child killers found guilty
Will justice suffice?

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Poem a day challenge #62 (The Conduit)

So this is the one I am thinking of entering into a competition the theme being “The Book”

The Conduit 

By Scott Bailey © 2013

English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade...
English: Stack of books in Gould’s Book Arcade, Newtown, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A conduit, a bridge or a gateway.
It goes under many old names.
Open it with wonder and reverence,
For the spell will then be underway. 

The weakest of hands can undo it
The portal of magical ways
Connecting one mind to another
With a delicate ethereal wave. 

Some portals are heavy and dusty
Some dance with electrical sparks
But they all do the same, all show the way
For strange dreams from heart to heart. 

There were even once living gateways
Who opened the way with a look
Always there’s one right beside us
The conduit, the gateway, the book.

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Poem a day challenge #61 (The New)

The New 

By Scott Bailey © 2013

The new can’t replace the should have been
The should have been haunts us forever
Though the new will be a healer
And receive all our love just the same.
It’s pointless being angry at fate
But that doesn’t stop the burn
The frisson on top of everyday stress
For the should have been we always yearn.
The new will have it’s own should have been.
So maybe we will understand.
And make a happier will be.
At least that is the plan.

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The Girl with Vermillion Hair

I wanted to show this one to all. It’s by a close friend of mine who like me writes mainly as an outlet and for personal reason. For me though this one stands out as something exceptional and I thought it deserved a wider audience.

qlb4's way out of a quiet crisis

The Girl with Vermillion Hair
By QLB4 copyright 2013

Peter told me about
The girl with the most beautiful
Vermillion hair
Who hid it
Denied it
And would not dress to celebrate it

Because it came from her father
Whom she did not like

And yet it was a beautiful part of her
That stayed denied
And so
No doubt
She cried

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Poem a day challenge #60 (Winter)


By Scott Bailey © 2013

Nothing, nothing, blank.
Beneath winter’s hard black ice.
Water flows freely.

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Poem a day challenge #59 (Trees)


By Scott Bailey © 2013

Two trees
Old as memory
Some leaves fallen
A root cut off.
Two trees
Noted down.
Two tree drawn together
Forever entwined.

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