It is that time of year, come what May
With more than one Bank Holiday
Barbecue weather, dine al fresco
Bought from Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco
Looking forward to summer sun
With holidays, play and lots of fun
Victoria Welton 6th May 2014
Well, here we are. May already and only six and a bit weeks to go until BritMums Live! I don’t know about you but I am just a bit excited…. although that is somewhat of an understatement! Of course, it also means that the BiBs 2014 Shortlist has been announced. Congratulations to all the bloggers who made it through. I was extremely honoured to find I was among them when I found my name in the INSPIRE Category, so I marked the occasion by writing a poem – what else?! – it is called ‘The ‘I’se Has It‘ to say thank you. I wasn’t the only one who wrote a poem either. Sarah Miles from Hello Wall is on the shortlist for WRITER and wrote a poem asking for your votes (you may recall that I put her down as one to watch in the New Years list). As well as Sarah, The Uncheshire Wife has written ‘Roll Out the Red Carpet’ written about the variety of blogs that have made the shortlist.
Last month saw the very last round-up from Helen Braid, my co-editor here on the Poetry and Prose round-up. She has started up as a freelance illustration and graphic designer and her work is stunning. She took a step down as she is getting very busy but still found the time to write an excellent poem over on All At Sea entitled ‘The Writer’.
That means that I have a new co-host, which some of you may be familiar with. Stephanie Arsoska from Beautiful Misbehaviour. She too was on the ‘One to Watch’ list at New Year and she runs a poetry site called Paper Swans along with Sarah Miles which supports budding writers. Stephanie is also shortlisted in the BiBs 2014 in the FRESH VOICE category.
A blogger that is going from strength to strength is Lisa from Lisa’s Life. She completed the challenge to write a blog every day in April and one of the wonderful pieces to come out of it was ‘Time Marches On’ – it reminded me of my Granddad who had an obsession with watches and clocks! I also enjoy reading The Poetry Wagon who has a wonderful way with words.
One of the writers that regularly links up to Prose for Thought is Maddy from The Writing Bubble. She wrote a wonderful piece called ‘A Mother’s Love’ this month that brought tears to my eyes. In fact, there were a number of wonderful Mother and Baby poems this month including ‘I Love the Way Babies’ from Wry Mummy (BiBs Shortlist for LAUGH), a fabulous poem from Katie at Happiness in Learning on her children growing up called ‘Grown-ups Play’, a poem on miscarriage entitled ‘Rainbows’ from And Baby Makes Three and the worry of losing a child from Emily at Tealady Mumbles called ‘In Case There’s No Tomorrow’. Jen at Instinctive Mum writes brilliantly about the feelings of Post Natal Depression in ‘At Night’.
One of the many things that I love about poetry is the fact that you can write about pretty much anything! The very clever Tracy at Patchwork Parent wrote about the unwrapping of Easter Eggs in ‘Foiled Again’, Sara at Mum Turned Mom wrote what appeared as fictional entitled ‘That Was Unexpected’ – I won’t tell you what it was about as I don’t want to spoil it for you! Vaichin at Rambling Through Parenthood wrote about her ‘Teeth’ while Mayfair Mum wrote about their trip to ‘The Tower of London’.
There were a number of poems which brought matters to peoples attention and raised awareness of bloggers own difficulties or, of those around them. Emma from Crazy With Twins (BiBs Shortlist for COMMENTARY & CAMPAIGNS) wrote bravely about her Ectopic Pregnancy. Chelsea from MS Mummy of Two explained that we are not all scroungers in her letter ‘Dear Mr Cameron’. Ojo’s World wrote a poem for Autism Awareness Month and, over on Three Boys and a Cat (BiBs Shortlist for FRESH VOICE), Grace shared her blog space with her Mum who wrote a brilliant poem for Team Honk called ‘This Baton’.
There were a few poems about relationships including the powerful ‘Blockade’ from Supper and Syntax, the wonderful words of ‘Dining With You’ from Waiting to Blossom and a poem by Emily S Page which reminded me of the film ‘Brief Encounter’ entitled ‘A Station Bench’. Jenny from Lets Talk Mommy (BiBs Shortlist for FRESH VOICE) wrote about the relationship with her home country in ‘Out of My Window’, while Judith from Secrets of the Sandpit wrote ‘Jellyfish’ regarding the relationship with herself and Michelle over at Mummy From the Heart wrote a wonderful piece about her relationship with God in ‘ The Bench Outside My Door’.
There are always the poems and creative writing that make me chuckle and nod my head. ‘Contradictions’ was a fabulous poem from Distressed Housewife which had me sympathising in agreement, kidGLloves wrote a letter just before they went off to review Forest Holidays on their blog and Cathie at Wicked World of Lucas wrote some Haiku with a difference!
Finally, there are many talented fiction writers out there. I really enjoyed the beginnings of a thriller called ‘Snowfall’ from Morgan on Shaking Away the Cobwebs and a fabulous story outline from One Frazzled Mum. David from Oddly Active proved his versatility as a writer when he shared not one but three stories he had written as the result of a photograph prompt. All of which were fantastic.
All it leaves now is for me to say have a wonderful May, enjoy BritMums Live and I will be back to round it all up in July. Stephanie will be with you next month with her very first round-up.