Friday, 22 August 2014

photo courtesy of Magpie Tales and R.A.D Stainforth

Sad news this week about the death of Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall.  There are many quotes attributed to her and here is one of my favourites,

 'Imagination is the highest kite one can fly'. 

I found the Magpie picture a challenge this week but let my kite of imagination have a little blow in the breeze ....

It was a Sunday.  It was always a Sunday …

‘All aboard and ready to write?’ Captain Tess called.

‘All board and ready to write’, chorused the Magpies.

Several squeezed into the island ferry bound for The Sound of Yell. Many were still struggling with jet lag from the online get-you-there-quickly jet.
Everyone keen and enthusiastic for Magpie’s first ever ‘Words on Water’ tour.
The smug travel coordinator smiled about the commission she would make from this particular trip from the Mainland to the Sound of Yell.

Whose idea was it anyway?
It really didn’t matter,
Word was out
And the Maggie bookings came thick and fast.

The first ever-writing retreat on the water
Competition was intense
Heads down,
No distractions.
Maggie writers scribbled hard and fast
Words in wisdom, words in rhythm,
Words repeated line after line.

Creative juices did ebb and flow
Writers’ block had nowhere to go,
Sharpened pencils and a fountain pen
Words repeated again and again

Laptop writers typed the prose
Questionable poetry, god only knows.
The poets, the scribblers, the dribblers of rhyme
Tut-tutted and longed for time.

Engines slowed and
The foghorn blew
‘Writing stops’
Shouted one of the crew.

The “Words on the Water’ tour must end
To Magpie Tales, my tale I send!
A woeful rhyme, I must confess
But I’ve had some fun, so thank you, Tess.


  1. The first ever-writing retreat on the water--
    I like that idea!

    1. HI Theresa, I imagine there would be some tall Magpie tales by the end of the journey!

  2. ROFL . . . . .
    What a great idea . . . both for your fantastic poem and for the idea of a get together. "Beam us aboard, Mary"

    I laughed so hard when I saw, "writers block had no-where to go!"
    Chuck it overboard and keel trawl it, skipper!

    So sad about Lauren Bacall - did not know this news - I really loved her.
    Great write Mary - isn't it great that we all have so many differing takes?
    Cheers ~ Eddie

    1. Hi Eddie, glad you enjoyed the write. Wouldn't it be fun to gather the Maggie writers together for something like this?

      Great advice on 'the writers block' ... maybe we could create a sea shanty to go with that?

  3. Sign me up! That sounds like a brilliant writing retreat!

    1. Hi Other Mary ... welcome on board. Just off to organise pens, paper and complimentary cocktails to assist with the writing flow .... on line creativity knows no bounds ..hurrah :-)

  4. Ha! Loved this. Perhaps because I wrote my little novel while living on a boat this cracks me up. Thanks

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

    1. Hi Cloudia, impressed that you managed to write a novel on the water ...! Just been visiting your site and enjoyed your pictures and prose.

  5. That would be a cruise I would want to attend.


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