Tuesday, April 29, 2008

With one day left to go, well done to all those who napowrimo'd all through April!

Two weeks of it was more than enough for me! I did think about joining in for the last week or so but I'd lost the momentum with the circumstantial interruption and when I tried writing again I was boring myself senseless with what I was coming up with and didn't see the point in inflicting it on you.

However I'm more than pleased with the 14 poems I've now got to work on and the whole thing made me realise how much more I can squeeze out of a temporary muse if I force myself to.

Though I live in a beautiful place it's practically impossible for me to make it to any poetry readings. Living on a peninsula and not being able to drive means I'm dependant on ferries.
I'd love to go to The Great Grog poetry readings run by Rob MacKenzie which always has a good line up of poets but being held in Edinburgh in the evenings makes it impossible for me.
Also, even though I'm not really that far from Glasgow I can't even make it to the vitalsynz poetry readings because they are always held on a week night and there are no late ferries during the week. Tonight they have Andrew Greig speaking 'the unofficial Poet Laureate of the mountaineering community' whom I would have loved to have heard.

Going to StAnza 2008 really made me realise how important it is for my own writing to be part of the poetry scene beyond the computer screen. Unless they start holding poetry reading during daytime it looks like I'll need to learn to drive!

Monday, April 14, 2008

No More NaPoWriMo

With a sick baby, a house that won't clean itself and visitors due to arrive I'm afraid NaPoWriMo is done with for this year.

Thanks to all those who followed my posts and encouraged me to keep going over the last fortnight.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

NaPoWriMo 13


A fishing boat and a yacht
share the open sea

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Saturday, April 12, 2008


Only nearly halfway through the month and I feel like my ears are bleeding with poetry.
NaPoWriMo 12

Looking Beyond

A rook flies
over sand banks,
over us

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Friday, April 11, 2008

NaPoWriMo 11


Clouds nestle
in the Kilcreggan hills.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

NaPoWriMo 10

Areopagus at Sundown

At my back in neon purple
floats the Parthenon temple

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

NaPoWriMo 9
A pitiful offering today but it's all I had time for.

Haiku (supposed to be anyway!)

Damp city streets

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Oh no not another poem about the sea...yes I'm afraid so!

NaPoWriMo 8

Let us Walk the Highway to the Sea

Let us walk the highway to the sea.
Do not stop, there is no turning back.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

NaPoWriMo 7


Above my head a tower
of sandstone ashlar leans

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

NaPoWriMo 6

Mourning in Spring

Wenn's regnet und die Sonne scheint,
so schlägt der Teufel seine Großmutter:
er lacht und sie weint*

( German Proverb)

The Clyde is alive with light.
Blue-grey waves ride into sun-glazed white.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

NaPoWriMo 5

A found poem from here.

Living off the Wreck
MV AKKA, 1956

Come, swim along her corridors
with cabins leading off.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

NaPoWriMo 4

Today was a struggle to come up with anything and it's only day 4...not so certain I'm going to last the course.

Walking you to the train station

The grass is clean with dew.
A pool of green surrounds

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

NaPoWriMo 3

Spring Snow

The hills are deep in snow.
My upturned hands have memorised

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Phew...this was tough, had a really busy day today. However I've made it to day two of NaPoWriMo!

Becoming a Rhododendron

The buds are fattening
on the blossom trees.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April is known as National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), where mad people the world over take on the challenge to write a poem for every day of the month of April -April being the cruelest month of course!
I've never participated but thinking of giving it a go this year, if I do then I apologise in advance for the quality of work and if I don't then just be happy you've not been subjected to my efforts. Anyway here's tonight's effort -

Castle Sands

All I see is daffodils
in the dying light of day

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