The Time Is Now

The Time Is Now

The time is now, so make a choice
And use your mind, your hands, your voice
No waiting for what may not be
Some action now could make you free

Yet what to choose in such a land?
So many still can’t understand
That life is ours to make or break
A life asleep or life awake

And lies, yes lies, are daily spread
What makes us believe what we are fed?
The hope that maybe all is well
Whilst thousands drive the road to hell

So harsh at times these words may seem
But look around, it’s not a dream
Some change we need so let’s ask how
Get up and try, the time is now

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2014

When Things Go Wrong

When Things Go Wrong

When things go wrong, as they can do
Don’t fight too hard to find the clue
It might be something else to blame
But start your search within, with you

The world spins on, not much has changed
Of course life’s gifts are rearranged
Yet basic truths will never die
And likewise, neither you nor I

So have some faith that all is well
Although we know that time will tell
Some shocks, surprises perhaps in store
Despite disguises, life gives more

Go onwards, upwards, never stop
It’s never too busy at the top
For billions searching down below
Are looking upwards at the show

It’s quite a scene, there’s much to see
It’s not quite everyone’s cup of tea
But some will wonder if there’s more
And what their life might have in store

These souls will rise, they’ll not know why
Yet something draws them to the sky
And way beyond, where stars are born
A peaceful haven from life’s scorn

There isn’t a chance, with faith and hope
Your mission could fail – you know you’ll cope
Whatever life throws, however things fall
When things go wrong, stay standing tall

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2013

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Always seek beauty here on earth
This world where you were given birth
For nothing else sees the way you see
Your life’s your own to wander free

Don’t be concerned by others’ scorn
Or what they think of clothes you’ve worn
You don’t owe things to earthly whim
Look beyond, for much is grim

There always will be minds that judge
Someone always bears a grudge
Don’t be the one I’m speaking of
Seek only beauty, truth and love

So simple you might think it seems
Deluded thoughts, all hopes and dreams
Yet hopes and dreams are where it’s seeded
These are things so badly needed

So then, don’t dismiss this verse
Because it didn’t drain your purse
The truth is free as are these words
And beauty flies with bees and birds

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2013

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Open Minds

Open Minds
Never be fooled by the daily grind
You can’t each day a miracle find
Sometimes you just trudge blindly on
Exhausted, working, can’t unwind
But everything you daily do
Will circle through the endless stew
And reach a few who somehow care
You may not see before you’re through
So never give up your greatest quest
You know deep down how well you’re blessed
It’s timeless, formless to the world
But everything will have its test
You have to work on every piece
You can’t allow this work to cease
It’s only you who’ll make it right
Completion is what brings release
Remember from this moment on
You had a light which brightly shone
Without a mind that’s open now
Your future is as good as gone
Then don’t give up!  You must persist
And you’re just one in digital mist
A billion souls with open minds
Exciting future!  Shouldn’t be missed.
(c) Simon J. Halliday 2013
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Another Man’s Pain

Another Man’s Pain by Simon J. Halliday

Struggling through a field of pain

Is brave for any soul

When it’s sunny you don’t want rain

Peace and quiet, your goal

And if you look around and see

Another’s pain is real

How can you hide within your peace

And not attempt to heal?

It’s never too late to change your mind

Whilst still alive on earth

The future’s calling all souls in

To unknown joy and worth

So give give give, but never give up

And then you’ll see it plain

Another man’s struggle will help you both

Your sun shines through his pain

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2013

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The Wishing Well

The Wishing Well by Simon J. Halliday

If, in your world, numbers rule

You’ll never want to look the fool

You might just be afraid to lose

Because, you know, the world is cruel

Whether it’s striving for top grade

Or making money in light or shade

You’ll never quite reach the highest bough

Because the games are daily played

So peering deeper into prose

And searching meaning, finding flows

You might begin to sense much more

Beyond the columns and the rows

The rose and hedge, the bird and bee

The wild geese fly, the fish swim free

And there you sit with screen and pen

Now choosing either wine or tea

Expand your vision beyond these walls

Reach out before your life now falls

The images, sounds of cellular pain

Are screaming, echoing round your halls

And where’s the well of wishes true?

Why is it hiding from your view?

The things which matter most of all

Seem distant, always mocking you

Yet now’s the time to rise and say

I’m not allowing those things to stray

My field of vision is growing strong

My love, my dreams can’t slip away

I’m holding on, I’m getting mad

The well of wishes such beauty had

And never can my mind forget

There’s never a reason for staying sad

So, simple though these words may be

Please take some of the mystery

You’ll make your life by what you do

So make your wish, it will come true.

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2013

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The Dawn Riders

The Dawn Riders by Simon J. Halliday

Did you wake to sounds of birds

Or was it grinding, steel machines?

The world provides a million ways

To take our hopes and steal our dreams

Yet through the complex thoughts which spin

The light is there for all to find

A single life is nothing much

Unless it’s connected to mankind

The point is not to say hello

Or copy and paste a few old words

The need is far much greater now

To look beyond, to learn and grow

For every whim and passing fad

Will be replaced and leave you cold

Today a phone or perhaps a horse

Tomorrow will seem a little old

Although the passing time is real

You’re not a prisoner to this game

The money goes and so do friends

But new things come, so have no blame

No good comes from looking back

Without the hope of another dawn

In years of searching time’s rich web

I finally see the future born

It’s just beginning for us all

And this, more true for older minds

For death is just a new beginning

When no-one cares, the searcher finds

If all this seems a little odd

And lost you somewhere in the midst

I can’t make an apology

There’s too much waiting on my list

You see the time is pressing on

I’m just like you, I have to go

And writing isn’t everything

It just helps keep me in the flow

So think on words and think on thoughts

Remembering that they’re not your own

The Riders of the dawn were here

Long before our lives had grown

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2013

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