Poetry & Prose Round-up: As the nights draw in

Bringing in the ’ember months and a new school year.

The ’ember months are in full swing and summer is now just a hazy memory. The lazy days of the school holidays have passed by in a blur, and for some of us it has felt like The Last Summer (The Parent Poet).   Those of us with little ones starting big school have experienced that heart-wrenching wave bye-bye.  We’ve left our little people sat cross-legged on the carpet, at the very start of their school days and walked away, perhaps choking back a tear.  (I’m not going to lie.  I sobbed like a baby!)

The poet’s among us have marked the occasion with fitting tributes like this beautiful poem from SpookyMrsGreen.  It has certainly been an emotional time for our family.  Our biggest little one was a new starter herself, and in some ways I felt as though I was handing over my most precious work to date.  I’m pleased to say that she has taken to it like a duck to water and really hope that all of your little ones are loving their new adventure too!

Susie at So Happy In Town (S.H.I.T) shared her Big Boy’s take on the build up to Big School, and Bella, star of Dear Mummy Blog captured her feelings around her new school uniform.  Now that we’re a few weeks in, the crisp new shirts are starting to look a bit less pristine each morning.  We’re all starting to find our new normal, and for some, experiencing our First Day of Freedom (Paramedic Parent Blog.)  Is it just me though or are the evenings now so much more chaotic with the never-ending list of new things to plan and organise for school?  Bedtime certainly feels that bit further away these last few weeks! As per this poem by Words and Rhyme.


For me this has been the first time that I’ve set foot in a school in over 20 years.  (Obviously I left school when I was 6 *coughs*.) Being back in the school environment has brought the memories flooding back.  I loved Carol’s (Virtually All Sorts) poem which looks back on her school and how it has evolved over the years.  Becky of And Then There Were Two also shared her poem The Ghosts In The Classroom which captures the memories from a teacher’s point of view.

Precious People From Our Past

Sara (Mum Turned Mom) came back from the summer with her link up The Prompt, and offered us “The Calling”. This evoked a collection of truly moving pieces which in many cases reflected on loved ones lost.  Sara’s own contribution: The Number Forty Four, along with Hello, It’s Me… by Inside The Rainbow are both emotive and powerful posts.  Lycrawidow shared her poem I Thought You Would Still Be There, also dedicated to a loved one, no longer with her in person, but very much still in heart.  Reading these took my mind back to a poem shared earlier this year by our co-editor Victoria.  Her post: Guardian Angel speaks so beautifully about her grandparents and the bond that they continue to share. 

As The Nights Draw In…

Jo’s Writing Space heard a Calling of her own with her haunting poem.  Of course as the October evenings grow longer and darker, things start to go bump in the night.  Where The Wild Things Were shared this enticing piece of micro-fiction with a touch of vampire.  One Frazzled Mum posted the first instalments of her gripping fiction series Ginny and James, starting with “A Love Long Lost”.  I also really enjoyed Sacrifice (Star Sparkle Blog), a short story filled with intrigue and fantasy.  For a lighthearted read, Jen at Poet 31 offered a fun Unicorn themed piece of Children’s poetry.

Shadows and Light

September saw the second PND Awareness Week of 2017, and with it many bloggers united to share their experiences in the hope of supporting others.  My Miracle and My Nightmare (Mummy Thomas’ Adventures) is a raw and heartfelt poem that speaks of her difficult journey through pregnancy, birth and beyond.  Motherhood can overwhelm us with needless feelings of guilt, and I think that we all lay awake worrying at times.  Rice Cakes and Raisins has written this touching piece: I’m Sorry Little One.  A post which really resonated with me as I so often feel this way about my own littlest one too.

Sometimes we just need to try to let go of the “Bulls**t Eating Inner Critic”, written so brilliantly here by The Mummy Bubble. Perhaps hush it so much that we can actually hear the supportive voices of those around us.  Popcorn For Lunch wrote this fantastic poem as a guest post for Muffin Top Mummy and her My Body Is Beautiful Because… series.  Reading it felt like a hug for the soul.

I’ll leave you with a light-hearted post from Autumn’s Mummy.  It reminds us that there are many noises in life that we cannot escape.  But sometimes, (mostly at nap time,) we need a touch of silence.  Sometimes, we just need to unplug the phone!

Wishing you all a great month and a happy (and very spooky) Halloween!

Dawn x

If have written an original piece of poetry or prose, please contact either myself or our co-editor Victoria . You could be featured in our next round-up! Please tweet us @rhymingwithwine @VicWelton using #britmumspoetry. We’ll see you next month!

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About Dawn White

Dawn is the often bewildered mum of two very busy children. The Girl is 4 and The Boy is 2. She lives in Yorkshire with her hubby who is fondly known as “Daddy Pig”, as he is of course “rather an expert at everything”. She writes, mostly in rhyme, about the general silliness & hilarity of family life, with the odd soppy moment thrown in just for the feels. Her blog is Rhyming with Wine: "Because whine rhymes with wine, in much the same way as tantrum rhymes with vodka and generally most things rhyme with cake!" Find her on twitter & Instagram @rhymingwithwine.

3 Responses to Poetry & Prose Round-up: As the nights draw in

  1. Victoria Welton 05 October 2017 at 11:11 #

    Another great round-up Dawn – and thank you for including me. Fantastic to meet you at the weekend xx

  2. Catherine Green 05 October 2017 at 12:55 #

    Lovely contributions, thank you for including my poem! 🙂

  3. ZM (Moonsparkle) 12 October 2017 at 21:31 #

    Hi Dawn, thanks so much for featuring my Sacrifice story! Will have a read of the other pieces featured. 🙂

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