Poetry & Prose Round-up: Lots of news!

Welcome back to the BritMums Poetry and Prose round-up. Firstly, apologies for the lack of post last month – I am not going to list all the excuses save to say, well, you know, January! Plus, I think the poem ‘Take What You Need‘ which I wrote back in November pretty much sums up what has been going on.

I would like to start off by sharing some sad news. My co-editor, Maddy at Writing Bubble, has decided to call time on her position as my partner in crime and has decided to take more of a backseat on her blogging in a bid to concentrate more fully on her own projects. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to her for everything and wish her all the very best for the future.

Of course, with Maddy leaving, there was a gap for a new co-editor so, I am pleased to say that Dawn from Rhyming with Wine will be taking her place and her first round-up will be at the beginning of March. She has also kindly agreed to cover me for a few months when the baby makes its’ appearance. If you would like to know a bit more about my new co-editor then take a look at her fantastic poem ‘My Womb is a Squash and a Squeeze’  which is loosely based on “A Squash and a Squeeze” by Julia Donaldson!

The new year is generally about making new starts – I have already detailed some above! – and giving yourself a bit of a talking to and proverbial kick up the the backside. Cara L McKee expressed this beautifully in her poem ‘Even Though’. On top of that, it is about saying fond farewells as expressed by both Lisa’s Life and Fifty-Something Fruit Cake as well as not taking yourself too seriously like Kate on Thin Ice The new year also brings endless possibilities and excitement and I really enjoyed how Virtually All Sorts compared it to an adventure playground.

There are some wonderful pieces of fiction amongst our community and, over the past month or so, these have included Mummy Tries, Plutonium Sox, The Secret Life of Baby and One Frazzled Mum. I particularly love the satirical writing of Turning Up in Devon and her post about Wellington Boots really did tickle me! 

One of the things that I love is the fact that poetry can really make you think. The words from Mummy Here and Now in her poem ‘Bag of Nerves’ expresses anxiety beautifully and, Mum Turned Mom wrote one of my favourite pieces in the form of her one of her prompts called ‘History’. A piece that really makes you contemplate the world’s events right now.

Finally, I couldn’t sign off without leaving you with some poetry about being a mum. From the every day things like bed-sharing as written by Little Hearts, Big Love and the more challenging side of parenting children with special needs, beautifully written by It’s a Tink Thing in her poem Different, Not Less. 

That’s it from me for this month. Have a wonderful February and I will be back in April. Please look out for Dawn’s post next month.

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About Victoria Welton

Victoria is a forty something Mum to Grace and Rex, partner to writer and actor Ross and lives in the beautiful countryside of Somerset. A blogger since 2012, she has been writing poetry and lyrics for years and has been lucky enough to perform two of her songs on stage. You can find her blog at Verily Victoria Vocalises. From there she runs a poetry link ‘Prose For Thought’on the first Thursday of every month. She is also a professional photographer, having started her business on her return from maternity leave.

8 Comments

  1. 01 February 2017 / 12:05

    Thanks so much for your lovely introduction Victoria. I’m so sad to see Maddy leave – hers are some truly talented shoes to try and fill, but I’m very much looking forward to working with you moving forwards. Dawn x

    • 07 February 2017 / 16:18

      A complete pleasure Dawn. Look forward to having you on board x

  2. 07 February 2017 / 15:48

    Thanks so much for including me Vic, really chuffed 🙂

  3. 08 February 2017 / 09:53

    Thank you so much for including my post in this. Lovely to have Dawn as your new co-editor although sorry to see Maddy step down – wishing her all the best of luck with her projects.

    • 08 February 2017 / 11:57

      A complete pleasure Louise 🙂 x

  4. 18 February 2017 / 18:22

    Thank you so much for including me, in such wonderful company x

    • 20 February 2017 / 10:41

      You are really welcome Sara x