Winds Of Change

Winds Of Change

Strongly blow the winds of change
This world at times can rearrange
And all you thought you knew so well
Transformed beyond what you can tell

A strange and happy twist of fate
An answer coming now, so late
Don’t ask the reason for this shift
At times we just receive a gift

The sender lives so far away
Beyond the clouds, no night or day
Another world, another plane
Aware of all our loss and gain

So sleeping we receive the news
And somehow change and build our views
To vistas rich with good intent
A beauty which will not relent

Within this veil of earthly charms
We notice also men of arms
Still hoping war moves out of range
And love’s swept in on winds of change

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2014

Choose A Book

Choose A Book


Choose a book, put down the gun
A book, you’ll find, is much more fun
A fool can shoot and nothing’s gained
But if he reads, his mind is trained

So much to learn, there’s always more
A reader you could never bore
For life’s alive to such a mind
And joy is gleaned from each new find

A saga or a mystery
Romance or perhaps some history
A gentle yarn or twisted tale
The choice is yours, just find the sale

Such little cost for treasures great
A friend that all its life could wait
Please take the time, just have a look
Adventures thrive, so choose a book

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2014

Wide Awake

Wide Awake

Despite the dark I’m wide awake
I see some give and others take
I’m watching from a place of hope
And forming words to help us cope

The games play on, folk live and die
Whilst ships of light are in the sky
And eyes of wisdom watch in vein
As mankind seals its fate again

A planet lost in violent greed
Whilst beauty waits in every seed
A painful lesson for the young
That songs, at times, are left unsung

So where’s the hope?  I hear you cry
These words are willing us to die
Yet die we must, one day in time
Then what’s the value of a dime?

You see my friends, all things will pass
And that’s the key, we’re like the grass
One day to grow and play our part
Then time to sow as we depart

Think positive then, our time is now
To truly learn what we’ll allow
The future world is ours to make
How shall it be?  Stay wide awake

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2014

Read and Learn

Read and Learn


With every book you’ll read and learn
Your soul may soar or it may burn
The pains and pleasures of life’s ride
No longer from our minds may hide

The stories are of human folk
Reminding us life’s not a joke
And all are part of one great mass
Each day things change and come to pass

So where then is your mind today?
A place of work or state of play?
As seeds are planted on the land
Your dreams and visions now are planned

Then let’s dream peace and grand designs
Your mind each picture now refines
And searching is your inner soul
To reach that long-expected goal

The outward world will try to take
Each blissful dream once you’re awake
But it will fail, for deep we yearn
And more each day we read and learn

(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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A Friendly Word

A Friendly Word by Simon J. Halliday

The world can be confusing

No-one could disagree

Whilst wars rage on and crime still pays

What’s left for you and me?

But never will a negative thought

Be helpful for our cause

The only way is up, they say

So don’t forget what’s yours

Hold on to every memory

And everything you know

For times will come when all these things

Will help your life to flow

I’m speaking to the lost and lonely

People who don’t know

The future’s bright for those who love

Yet have nowhere to go

The dawn of hope is ever-near

The power of life runs deep

You only need a friendly word

To wake you from your sleep

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2013

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Tomorrow’s World

Tomorrow’s World by Simon J Halliday

When the day has passed once more

Don’t sit and stare down at the floor

You have no time to feel alone

For people wonder where you’ve flown

Your friends are wondering if you’re fine

Or if you crossed a dangerous line

For when no contact has been made

You risk their minds to grow afraid

I don’t know who you have to call

But modern times allow it all

So don’t hold back when thinking deep

The power you have you  just can’t keep

Reach out and make the effort now

You might not realise why or how

But something soon will make you act

And change the future into “Wow!”

I’m not afraid to speak my mind

I’m not afraid to write the truth

So if you find me soon my friend

Then don’t come asking me for proof

I tell you that the future’s great

It’s yours to take or leave, old mate

I don’t have anything left to hide

Tomorrow’s world is open wide…

(c) Simon J. Halliday 2013

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