Ah, April, my good friend – welcome! Step this way! What’s that you’ve got with you? Sunshine and clear blue skies? Oh, excellent… and is that crocuses I see too? And tulips? Brilliant! And hey, you’ve even brought the Easter Bunny!
Yes, spring is officially here and as I sit compiling the Poetry and Prose Roundup for March I can see blue sky out of my window. For one bold moment I even though of writing this outside… but the bracing breeze has convinced me to leave that until my next round up in early June!
Regardless of the weather outside though, doing this roundup has brought a lot of metaphorical sunshine to my computer screen through the many words of love that were sprinkled throughout your poetry and prose. In a month that featured Mother’s Day, this perhaps wasn’t surprising, and I’ve read many wonderful pieces prompted by this date, such as Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love‘s poignant poem about the ‘beautiful, fleeting moments‘ that make up motherhood, Collecting Moments‘s touching letter to her daughter and Wry Mummy‘s fabulous poetic reminder to us all that, though we might not be perfect, we’re still the best mums for our own kids.
Also on a motherhood theme, Emily Organ’s flash fiction piece took me right back to those ‘am I / aren’t I?’ anticipatory moments that I’m sure are familiar to most mums, Big Trouble in Little Nappies made me smile with a wonderful poem encouraging us to seize the sunshine where we can (since parenthood isn’t easy!), and Teacup Toria made me laugh with her poem about enjoying Mother’s Day regardless – or because of – of soggy cereal and burnt toast. StupidGirl45 also shared a captivating short story centring on a bonding moment between mother and son, and Becky from Diary of a Fat Bottomed Girl wrote a beautiful little poem about her love for her children while Antonia from 38to39 provided us with an intriguing glimpse into a step-parental relationship.
Romantic love also featured in many creative pieces, with Reneé from Mummy Tries writing a gripping tale of love blossoming in difficult circumstances, Victoria of Vevivos sharing a touching love poem using all the senses and Lisa’s Life composing a 100-word flash fiction which tantalised us with the notion of a proposal!
Over at Mum Turned Mom, Sara’s short extract (of what I’m fast suspecting will become a novel) also hinted at romantic love with a dash of intrigue, while Lexie at Those Words She Wrote took things a step further with her tale of friendship with an added sizzle.
As we all know though, a capacity to love also opens the door to pain and this was evident in Sophie’s heart rending tale of love and loss, and also in Nikki Young’s beautiful, yearning story of ‘The Girl On The Outside‘. Mrs Teepot also wrote a poem, shot through with pain, that spoke volumes about the importance of loving someone for who they are and not how they look. Finally, I want to share Sarah Miles’s beautifully-crafted flash fiction told from the perspective of a young boy – it made me cry – an absolute must-read!
As ever, I’ve throughly enjoyed reading everyone’s creative pieces and, if you’ve got something you’d like to share, I can recommend linking up your poetry and prose with ‘Prose For Thought‘ hosted on Thursdays over at Verily Victoria Vocalises and with ‘Friday Fiction‘ at Nikki Young Writes. If you’re looking for inspiration then ‘The Prompt‘ over at Mum Turned Mom and (for flash fiction) Last Line First at Story Scavenger could be just the thing. I’d also love you to join in my ‘What I’m Writing‘ linky on Tuesdays over at my blog Writing Bubble (and co-hosted on alternating weeks with Muddled Manuscript) with any of your creative musings – we have a lovely, supportive community of writers just waiting to welcome you! My latest #WhatImWriting roundup should give you a flavour of recent posts if you’re wondering what it’s all about.
That’s it from me; next month, Victoria will be doing the roundup and I’ll be back in early June. Until then, I wish you lots of happy reading and writing in the sunshine!