Daily Archives: April 4, 2013

NaPoWriMo Day 4# 4/30 Tribute to Iain Banks


Up until today my NaPoWriMo poem posts have only been an extract (for publishing/copyright reasons) however, today’s poem was written as a tribute and it doesn’t seem right to post it in part.

Mr G. is a BIG Banks fan & like millions of others has been shocked & saddened by the recent news. I used some of the spines of his book collection as a starting point to this tribute poem. (Originally titled ‘Tribute to Banks’.)

The Boy

A young lad walks
along the canal
kicking small stones beneath
his feet,
shoelace working itself undone.

He picks up pace as the greenery
turns industrial.
No time for bricks
and smoke.
He darts past the Wasp Factory
open mouthed,
hoping not
to catch any.

He makes his way over
the green fences at the side
of the canal path
and trails slowly
zig zagging
to Espedair Street.

The rush has left his feet
These bones are in no hurry.
He looks up at Crow Road,
taking his eyes off his shoes
for a minute.

This is where his Dad used
to have the business.
Before he lost everything,
Before he became a stranger to
the boy,
Before his ambitions
turned into a song of stone.

The boy doesn’t want to remember,
he walks on with his stone mouth
the past all forgotten.
Left to drown in canal dreams.

The boy can hear the
faint splutters in the dead air.
He keeps going, eyes forward,
eyes down,
eyes forward.

Eventually he makes it,
his last leg.
The steep approach to
He looks down at his laces,
Inhales deeply
and makes his way
up the hill.
Running like a
school boy
who is late getting home!





Camp NaNoWriMo Day 4# 4/30 Another Sunny Day



Another day of sunshine in camp, the manuscript is developing, although I have started jumping forwards a little and will need to come back to fill in the gaps later. I confess (rebel warning) the current word count (1500) entered today was written and ‘banked’ from the overspill of Wednesday’s writing, as I am busy today and won’t get to write until this evening.

I have been into camp to have a walk about, add word count and copy my stats.

Average Words Per Day 1,667

Your Average Per Day 1,730

Words Written Today 1,500

Target Word Count 50,000

Total Words Written 6,920

Words Remaining 43,080

Current Day 4

Days Remaining 27

At This Rate You Will Finish On April 29, 2013

Words Per Day To Finish On Time 1,596 2013-Participant-Campfire-Facebook-Profile




Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Texture



This is something I wanted to touch…

It has been a long time since I joined in with Cee’s Photo Challenges, I’m sure she would love you to check out the others.