June is here – don’t you just love this time of year? Long, light evenings, the air full of the scent of blossom and freshly mown grass, the sun high in the sky… driving rain, hail, high winds… ah, our dear old British summer time!
Funnily enough, this month’s poetry and prose round-up is very much like our summers – an eclectic mix and you never know what you’re going to get next. I usually like to pick out a theme for my round-ups and have previously found that one has jumped out at me as I’ve read all the great creative pieces out there. This month however, your poetry and prose sent my brain in all sorts of directions and I couldn’t tie myself to a single theme apart from eclecticism itself!
For a start we had some wonderful posts inspired by motherhood, beginning with the hilarious Toddler-o (a Mummy’s alternative to The Gruffalo) by Claire at Life, Love and Dirty Dishes – a must read! Inspired by Claire’s piece, Laura at Life with Baby Kicks produced its perfect companion – The Toddler-o’s Daddy (her take on The Gruffalo’s Child) – I loved them both. Another piece that had me laughing and empathising in equal measure was Muddled Manuscript‘s ‘Monday Morning‘ poem while, as a mum of three boys myself, I couldn’t help but be drawn to Panto Mum‘s poem ‘Mum of Boys‘. Funny, touching and bursting with love, it’s definitely one I’ll be returning to.
Moving away from motherhood’s humorous side, Becky from Diary of a Fat Bottomed Girl shared a lovely poem – ‘Wonder‘ – about the way children see the world, and my lovely co-editor Victoria of Vevivos wrote a touching poem imagining her own daughter as a mother one day.
The loss of a child is something no parent should ever face, but tragically, all too many do. Leigh at Headspace Perspective has impressed me for many months with her ability to talk openly about her baby son’s death, raising awareness of birth trauma, prematurity and life after baby loss, while keeping her precious Hugo’s memory alive. Her piece ‘The Feigned Calm of the Broken-hearted Mother‘ brought tears to my eyes – incredibly moving.
Grief can (sadly) hit us at many points in life and Reneé at Mummy Tries captured the emotions around the loss of a mother in adulthood beautifully in her short story, ‘What Kate did next’. Also giving voice to more difficult emotions, Nikki Young Writes shared an emotive piece of fiction that gave me a clear sense of the panic that her character was experiencing and Livi at Mrs Teepot wrote a powerful, personal poem about fear.
I like to pop to Story Scavenger to read Natalie’s #LastLineFirst flashfiction challenge – people share short creative pieces in the comments and I was particularly drawn to Denise Sparrowhawk’s simple and poignant ‘Heartbreak’ and Shirley Golden’s ‘To Hear the Birds‘ (there are other fab stories alongside Shirley’s in the comments above it too!) Last Line First is on a break at the moment but it’s well worth looking at and joining in with some time (I keep meaning to).
So… motherhood, humour, grief, fear, love… what next? Well, Antonia at 38to39 wrote a wonderful short piece that I have difficulty classifying at all! It’s called ‘Disappearing People‘ and takes place on a wedding day – the most I can say about it is that it involves what goes on below the surface of a calm exterior… which is something that was also evident in this flash fiction by Sarah Miles. Sarah always impresses me with her ability to say a lot (and beautifully too) with very few words. I was similarly impressed by Jo at Thoughts of Fifty-Something Fruitcake, who wrote a moving poem about a sense of self that left me with a smile.
Elsewhere (and also completely unrelated to anything else!) Honest Speaks wrote a wonderful poem – ‘Springstorm‘ – about blossom, The Uncheshire Wife shared a great poem about blogging (that I’m sure many of us can relate to) and, over at Writing Bubble, I shared two tiger limericks (I think I liked the grisly one best!).
Finally, over at Mum turned Mum, Sara seemed to have hit a poetry groove. I struggled to choose just one of her poems to share here, but I’ve decided to pick this one titled ‘Calm‘ since it’s something we could all do with a bit more of in our lives I suspect! Read it and relax. Ahhhh.
I’ve loved reading and sharing all these pieces with you and I hope you enjoy them. I’d encourage any creative types out there to share your work with the Prose for Thought or Friday Fiction linkies and I can recommend The Prompt as a great source of inspiration. You’re also very welcome to join in with my linky What I’m Writing if you want to share anything about the highs and lows of a writing life.
I’ll be back in early August and will leave you in Victoria’s capable hands for next month’s round-up. Wishing you lots of sunshine!