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!

4 responses »

  1. Pingback: April 4th NaPoWriMo poem | Quillfyre

    • Thanks it was an interesting write as it evolved from the titles of his books.
      You’re welcome (pingback) I have many more pending… I am never quite sure. Some blogs you see lots of pingbacks and others none at all.
      I look forward to reading more of your NaPoWriMo poems.

  2. Pingback: NaPoWriMo Day 5# 5/30 In the Night – Extract | awritersfountain

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