My writing. Long and short.


Inside, outside, there’s no escape. Everywhere I look. I’m surrounded.

Who to trust? Suspicion consumes me. Where can I go, to feel safe?

I turn down an alley, hardly able to breath. Pushing myself into a doorway where no-one can see me.

But there is still someone watching. I still feel consumed by terror.

Who can it be? Where are they?

Then, a realisation. Me. I’m the observer, the follower, the spy.

Who to trust? Trust no-one.

Doubt all, even self.



via Daily Prompt: Betrayed

© Neil Hayes and neilhayeswriter



Neurones fighting

Firing at each other

Gladiators battling

We all want peace

Let’s start inside



© Neil Hayes and neilhayeswriter

via Daily Prompt: Messy

Tick, tock

Dry, wet, the whole gamut

Choking, smothering the sound

The sounds of an old man

Coming from my body?

Surely not!

Things change

Time keeps moving

Grey whiskers in the sink

Grunts of effort

My way or the highway



© Neil Hayes and neilhayeswriter


Gleaming, wet pavements

Still the early stages

Temperatures drop

A change of form

No longer liquid

Happening so fast

No time to react…

Now, looking at the sky

Birds are singing

Stars are appearing

Oh, my head



© Neil Hayes and neilhayeswriter


Senses overload

Reading the words, smelling the paper

Memories triggered

Childhood mealtimes

Smiling, relaxed, content

Sounds, smells, colours of the kitchen

Neighbours heads popping through the back door





Daily Prompt: Nest

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First Sight

© Neil Hayes and neilhayeswriter

Another Day: Fiction

When I wake up, it feels like the world has stopped. No movement, only my breath. Stale air in, stale air out. No change, only stagnancy.

From my point of view, nothing much does change. The same journey every day, the same job, the same tasks. “Clean this, move that, do it better, do it different”, says the boss. Yes, even all in one sentence.

All I want is a surprise, just something small,along the way. Someone to treat me differently, a chance encounter or even an adventure. Wouldn’t that be nice?

I honestly don’t think that I have ever had an adventure. Even when I was young, my parents were so careful. And now, that seems to be ingrained in me. Approaching 30 and still treading water. I spend so much time thinking, and worrying about it. But it seems so hard to make the change. I can only watch so many motivational videos before I have to think, maybe I am just one of life’s failures.

We are told we are all special, but I don’t believe it. We are certainly unique. But what can we do to make ourselves exceptional, to shine, to be remembered? Well, people will remember this day. They will remember my name. I will not disappear.

Standing here, looking out of this window, I can already feel it. Maybe I won’t be around for much longer, but I know that I will finally be noticed today. Click.

© Neil Hayes and neilhayeswriter

Daily Prompt: Exceptional


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via Daily Prompt: Leaf

Information Age


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