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A few days off

Having finished National Poetry Writing Month and it being a bank holiday weekend I decided to take a few days off from blogging. And boy does it show. Stats have dropped to zilch, nada, a big fat zero.

But hey – it’s not about the stats – however much I obsess over them. Honest. I am doing this to try to stretch my writing muscles, build my confidence and build a join a community of friendly like-minded people. I have certainly done that.

But I am not taking on any more daily challenges. I will still try to post but on a less regular frequency now. And it will be more of a mix of writing and journal entries hopefully.

I am going to spend some more time on the relaunch of my book and the launch of my second (very different) one. So watch this space.

But talking of journalling  and the bank holiday weekend.

We took the opportunity to get out and about this weekend. We left chores and work and all other plans to one side and had some quality family time. It had to be done on a tight budget but we had a good time. We spent one day in a park, trying to find and photograph as many wild birds and flowers as we could. Didn’t really see many wild birds. Saw quite a few flowers (have no idea what any of them are) and on the trip back we also saw a mangy looking fox roaming the town in broad daylight! The park also had a play ground with a giant slide and a secret tunnel. They boys were in their element – as well as many fallen branches and sticks as could be carried.

Our eldest is obsessed with Minecraft at the moment and decided he was going to collect enough wood to make himself a real life crafting table.

The next day we managed to fond cheap tickets to go and see Home – which I can really recommend for younger kids. They loved it. We then spent the rest of the day down the sea front. The day after was also spent at a fair by the sea.

So it’s been an outside in the sun and wind weekend, and I think it has done us good.

Here’s a few shots from the weekend.

 

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NaPoWriMo Day #30

I’ll end as I began..

Yggdrasil

By Scott Bailey © 2015

There once was a grouchy old poet
Who desperately tried not to blow it
So he strived hard to be
Like the tall world tree
Wisdom above and below it

 

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NaPoWriMo Day #29

Tradition

By Scott Bailey © 2015

Tradition is the echo of oppression
The long shadow of old power
The dark night of the poor
A back drop for wealth’s fireworks
Yet its the poor who cling
Fast to slow-moving tradition
As the controllers far above
Play their fears like violin strings

 

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NaPoWriMo Day #28

Broken Shell

By Scott Bailey © 2015

eggshell

Broken shell
Evidence of new life or life cut short
A new hungry mouth
Or a hunters hunger sated
Either way
Life is given
Evidence found
In our humble garden

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NaPoWriMo Day #27

On prompt today with a Hay(na)ku. Had fun with this one – the visual form subverts the poetic form. And it’s still a haiku of sorts as well.

Hay(na)ku

By Scott Bailey © 2015

 

Procrastination
Happy allusion
A city station

 

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NaPoWriMo Day #26

Black Hole

By Scott Bailey © 2015

 

A black hole is not
As dark as my mood today
So I rage silent

 

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NaPoWriMo Day #25

Actually on prompt today with a Clerihew

Deaths Sorrow

By Scott Bailey © 2015

 

Sir Terry Pratchett
His humour – well no one could match it
Now his pen is laid down
Death’s grin now a frown

 

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