Poetry & Prose Round-up: Writing around the Christmas tree

snowflake-baubleIt’s December: nearly Christmas! I love this time of year – a combination of mince pies, mulled wine and festive music makes everything feel that little bit magical, I think. And then there’s the feeling of goodwill that, no matter how the year’s been, always manages to creep in around the edges. It all warms my heart.

Certainly some of the positivity of the season appeared in the poetry and prose I read this month: Lisa at Lisa’s Life penned a poem about appreciating the little things, Mummy Here And There wrote about an inspirational person and Pickles And Pords shared a touching tribute to her parents. I also enjoyed Words Rhymes And Rambles’ poem about “Winter 2016” which journeyed from bleakness to warmth, while Carol from Virtually All Sorts showed us how good things can come out of bad – a lovely message.

Also spinning positivity, this time through laughter, were Turning Up In Devon with this hilarious post about fencing (of the pointy-sword type) and Tim from Slouching Towards Thatcham with his parody song ‘Smells like Boys Bedrooms‘ (you can sing along if you like!). The Strawberry Fountain‘s poem about a blogging event also made me smile as did My Real Fairy, who was having an illicit affair… with her blog!

If you’d like some more thoughtful pieces to chew with your mince pies, I can recommend Cara L Mckee‘s poem about a force of nature, Sara from Mum Turned Mom‘s poignant piece, ‘Mirror’ and the fourth and final part of Everyone Else Is Normal‘s beautifully written short story… which left me wanting a part five! I also found Mumzilla‘s poem for a child who will never be, heartbreakingly touching and I challenge you not to agree with every line of Jude from Dreamcatching‘s powerful spoken-word poem about the expectations society places on our daughters.

Of course there’s one clear theme that I’ve not touched on yet… Christmas! I loved Teacup Toria‘s fun poem about how to cope with the festive period (wine may be involved… ) while Rhyming With Wine‘s poem about the chaos of choosing a chocolate advent calendar really made me laugh, as did David from Lovely To CU with his short and sweet(ish!) ‘disposable Christmas poems‘. Also ‘short and sweet’ are the festive limericks I shared over at Writing Bubble… I say ‘sweet’ advisedly – you have been warned!

In keeping with the season, I felt uplifted by Antonia from 38 to 39‘s touching modern version of the Christmas story, by Lucy at The Parent Games‘s version of “Twas The Night Before Christmas” which was full of hope, and finally, by this poem from Victoria at Verily Victoria Vocalises which summed up why I love Christmas so much!

That’s it from me! Victoria will be back in January to share more of your creative pieces so, until then, I wish you all the warmest, sparkliest and happiest of christmases and the quite simply loveliest of new years.

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About Maddy Bennett

Maddy lives on a windy hillside in beautiful Northumberland with her husband and three young children. Between school runs (and when the toddler can be distracted with a biscuit) she writes flash fiction, short stories and poetry, much of which you can find on her blog Writing Bubble. From there, she also hosts 'What I'm Writing', a supportive linky for writers, poets and bloggers. She has a particular fondness for limericks – the sillier the better – and has been published by Iron Press. She is currently writing picture books and (very slowly) working on her first novel.

One Response to Poetry & Prose Round-up: Writing around the Christmas tree

  1. Rhyming with Wine 20 December 2016 at 09:25 #

    Thank you so much Maddy! That has absolutely made my morning and I’m thrilled to be included in such a great round up of posts! Hope you have a lovely Christmas xx