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Jason Bayliss

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My name is Jason Bayliss and I have written poetry since I was a young boy, a habit I have continued all the way up to the current day which is my 50th year on the planet. I do a tough and demanding job and in my down time I like to write and also love a bit of archery out in the woods. I've seen a fair bit of life. I tend to always write in rhyme and make no apologies for that, I put it down on paper how I hear it in my head. Although I love reading prose. I just love the insights that people share no matter how they share them. One of the greatest joys of the English language is it's complexity and how many of the words have several different meanings depending on context of their use, and I love the fact that you can write so many meanings into a poem with the use of just one word in the right place. The explicit often hides the implicit and I choose my words very carefully. In life, I laugh, I love, I'm a bit sarcastic (but only in a loving way) and I care. The creeping dragon that I use as my avatar is actually a painting of the Jabberwock, a nickname I picked up as a kid. In many cultures the dragon represents chaos, the opposite and antidote to order and the birthplace of creativity. The fact that it's creeping always reminds me that the dragon is always at your shoulder. The fact that it's framed reminds me that I control it (most of the time) and that it's my dragon. But you can't keep a dragon controlled forever.


Written in memoriam of my wife's mother who loved Wrens: Little Wren The summer was sweet and warm and long, The wheat and the barley grew high, And each day was graced by the joy of your song, But little wren, it's time to fly. Your chicks have grown swift and nimble and strong, They've taken their place in the sky, You've taught them well, taught them how to belong, So little wren, it's time to fly. We know you can't stay, can't stand winters grey, Must find a new place warm and dry, So open your wings and trust when we say, With our love little wren, time to fly.

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 23:50

thanks for the kind comments on 'Monday Morning -9AM' Jason - glad you liked it Mate

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 18th Apr 2019 18:53

Hi Cynthia, I think you're thinking of Babyliss for the beauty products and Trevor Baylis for clockwork radios.

I honestly didn't know about the menorah until you asked, funny isn't it, I've loved this picture for years and yet never researched it. Not even sure who the artist is now.

J. x

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 18th Apr 2019 09:33

I also thought the 'fork symbol' had a connection to the Jewish menorah. Ancient symbolism is an amazing 'study', and still so apt in our modern world. Like whether a) the circle embraces the square or b) the square embraces the circle. Huge concepts for human life, emphasising the 'why', not the 'what, when, where or who'.

I think I recognise 'Bayliss' as a famous 'brand' name, but I can't remember what product, or line of products. Body care maybe? I do have a vague idea that the products were both fine, and expensive. Am I way off course? I'm just curious, not nosey. Tell my beloved mother that! Who preached: 'Curiosity killed the cat!' And my flippant return: 'And satisfaction brought it back!' I'm surprised I didn't get smacks. But she just chuckled. Time and time again.

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Ankita Srivastava

Wed 17th Apr 2019 20:19

Thanks Jason for stopping by, reading and liking my poetry "gift of sky". It makes me so happy. Yes rainy season is really beautiful season infact more beautiful than the poetry 😊

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 17th Apr 2019 14:56

cheers Jason - glad you liked 'from the attaic' laughing and sinister just about describes me - so glad that came through πŸ˜‰

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 15th Apr 2019 14:55

thanks for your kind comments re 'with banners held high' Jason - it is in the development stage as a song which I'm hoping to perform at a festival of the same name on 18th May - glad you liked it mate

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Laura Taylor

Thu 11th Apr 2019 13:48

Thank you for your lovely comment on Once Upon A iTime. Appreciate that πŸ˜ƒ

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Jason Bayliss

Mon 1st Apr 2019 22:23

To be perfectly honest Cynthia I didn't know, so I found out and it seems to be some sort of stylised Menorah or seven branched lamp stand πŸ•Ž.

I don't know the significance of it in this picture, if any. All I could find out was:
stands for light, wisdom, and Divine inspiration. In this period of darkness, we welcome the approaching Festival of Lights and the timeless lessons of the Holy Menorah.

J. x

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 1st Apr 2019 11:43

Interesting bio, Jason. Why would anyone look askance at someone else writing in rhyme! It boggles the mind.

I also choose my words very carefully, and I highly value my dictionary and thesaurus, often searching for the exact 'word', the nuance I want to 'cultivate'. IMO, poetry is deliberate.

I look forward to reading more of your work.

I do wonder how sarcasm is ever 'loving'.

What does the symbol imply? The jagged teeth one, like a fork?

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 12th Mar 2019 13:47

Thank you Jason for your comment on 'mum'. It's been 60 since her death, and I often forget the loss. Bieng 4 at the time the loss is strange in itself. Thanks again Tommy.

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Tue 5th Mar 2019 09:02

I wish I could take credit for saying that, but I've brought that bit of wisdom along with me through the last couple of decades after hearing it from a college English instructor. She may not have been a favorite of most of the students, but she was no-nonsense with quite a lot to offer if you were willing to take some criticism.

Thanks for looking in,


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Erin Quinn Buckley

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 12:37

I haven't read much yet either of your stuff. Leave me a comment when you check out more of my work and tell your followers about me. I will read more after I finish some of my other poetry things I am in the middle of. Thank you for the support and kind words.

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Ged Thompson

Sat 2nd Mar 2019 00:30

Thanks for the comment

steven arthur

Thu 28th Feb 2019 20:36

you're one for an age, Jason.

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Mae Foreman

Sun 24th Feb 2019 09:12

Hey Jason! Love your new bio. I absolutely feel the same about the English language and about, well...pretty much everything you said!🎈

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Mae Foreman

Fri 22nd Feb 2019 10:45

Hey Jason! Thank you for all the support! I'm glad you like my reciting and writing and I'm so greatfulI for the encouragement! Your poetry is excellent!🎈
Thank you


Wed 20th Feb 2019 14:06

for some reason I am no longer getting Notifications
from WOL. so...i did not see your comments on
Ce'st la Vie.
Anyway appreciate you reading the poem and commenting.

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Wed 13th Feb 2019 18:27

Thankyou for your lovely comments the poem was about lymphodema troubled all my life and just found out some thing could have been done years ago if people took notice and listened . Let’s hope people start listening and show they care . Lots of love Wendy xx


Sun 10th Feb 2019 11:11

thank you for your comments on my poem Jason.
wish i could have done better.


Thu 7th Feb 2019 22:44

Jason I am sure we have a great deal in common.

You write like a true poet.

You are indeed one to watch. I look forward to reading more of your musings/

Thank you for reading some of my stuff.

I always enjoy finding other poets that I can connect with.

Great works my friend



Thu 7th Feb 2019 11:55

Legs or breasts
jump start the heart,
both are delish
like chicken parts!


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Stephen Mellor

Wed 6th Feb 2019 05:48

Hi Jason
Thanks for your words.
I'm a little like you, in that I hear a lot of what I want to write in rhyme.
I started writing nearly 12 years ago, at the tender age of 60.
My first wife had died and I found it helped putting stuff down on paper, but I was put down a wee bit (by those more experienced) because my poems rhymed.
Whatever my writing is, I was saved (in a writing sense) by reading Langston Hughes's poems. I could actually understand them!
I persevered, and it was poetry that brought about marriage number 2. Much to be thankful for.

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Jason Bayliss

Sun 3rd Feb 2019 17:42

John, thank you so much. It was a tough write, it was a difficult passing. Neuroendocrine cancer. So glad you could see what I was trying to say, thanks.

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John Marks

Sun 3rd Feb 2019 16:34

Your sample poem dedicated to your wife's mum really affected me. I could feel tears welling up at all that you didn't say. You demand that your reader reads between the lines which is, in my opinion, the essental step to developing an authentic voice of your own. You have talent Jason. Use it. All good wishes, John E

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Jason Bayliss

Thu 17th Jan 2019 19:40

Thank you both very much, it's really nice to hear positive things.


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Dave Caplan

Thu 17th Jan 2019 18:42

You write well, and reading between the lines of your biography I would say have had an interesting, and no doubt dangerous life so far.

I look forward to reading more.

Big Sal

Thu 17th Jan 2019 17:12

That’s a great sample you posted.πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’―

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