Simple Lives

Simple Lives

Simple lives can bring such joy
That complications can destroy
Take time when choosing how to live
A gift we have, so what to give?

The daily message we receive
Might not be helpful, try to believe
The media and the voices tell
Of grim despair, a living hell

Yet what’s beyond the tales of doom?
In our small lives there must be room
For joyful times and kindly deeds
Prepare the future with these seeds

For all will grow from here and now
A change of heart we should allow
Stay open-minded, much arrives
When happy with our simple lives

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2014

Beyond The Tears

Beyond The Tears

What may wait beyond the tears?
A brand new day without those fears
A chance to change and start once more
Whilst great new visions wash ashore

The world is vast and yet so small
We’re all just waiting, on the ball
As outside forces bide their time
Observing every hope and crime

Take time, reflect, and don’t rush in
There is no end, so why begin?
A reason for each thought and move
So ask yourself, what must I prove?

Believe beyond the worldly grind
There’s always more to keep in mind
Move on right now, waste no more years
For life awaits beyond the tears

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2014

Between The Words

Between The Words

What may lie between the words?
Is language pure, as with the birds?
Words may be twisted and controlled
Hear deeper into things you’re told

For disappointments seek the mind
Which takes as read all it can find
Too quick to believe and then to act
Each input makes a deep impact

And yet let’s not be closed or cold
We’ll take a look at what is sold
But will we buy it?  Take some care
You’ll find illusions everywhere

This world won’t stop, although we must
Let’s take a break from worldly lust
Step back and see who’s happy here
Some great surprises could be near

The ones who like to learn and grow
Who keep it simple as they sow
And then each day will reap some gain
Who can embrace both joy and pain

Don’t shy away from what is said
But check what’s entering your head
For information may be found
Between the words, without a sound

(c) Simon J. Halliday

Be A Friend

Be A Friend

It never costs to be a friend
It’s give and take until the end
Some times are hard but some are fun
The good times, only just begun

A call away on any day
True friends just know they’ll find a way
With simple trust in who we are
A friendly word can go so far

Be kind then whilst we’re here below
We all have faults, and far to go
Forgive each day and help friends grow
Some things, for sure, you’ll never know

And come the end of this short life
With all the doubts and hatred rife
We’ll be so glad, if in the end
We took the time to be a friend

(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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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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