Poetry & Prose Round-up: The summer of love

poetry2 thumbnailSo, where did that go then?! No sooner do we settle in for the summer holidays than September knocks on our door and the kids are all off back to school. I don’t know about you, but I was glad to take it fairly easy on the blogging front over August and only wrote one poem in the end. I had found the beautiful Chard Reservoir and wanted to express my love for the place using the written word.

Over on my blog, I held a Summer of Love guest post series and it was lovely to see a couple of regular poetry writers get involved. The first was Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love and the second was Tracey from One Frazzled Mum who wrote two pieces – Love at First Tweet and 

It was lovely to see the variation coming from the creatives who did write over the summer. In a similar vein to me, Lisa at Lisa’s Life wrote a poem called ‘A Walk with Nature’, Turning Up Devon shared her piece ‘Turning Up in France’ and My Real Fairy took us on a short poetic journey through her life called ‘We Are One’.

It was great to see not one, but two parodies this month. The first was from Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham and his take on ‘Money, Money’ Money’ by Abba – renaming it ‘Mummy, Mummy, Mummy’ and Lucy from The Parent Game cleverly constructed a Camp Fire song from the tune to ‘My Favourite Things’ from The Sound of Music.

There was lots more beautiful poetry and prose from a collective of different bloggers including ‘Mirror’ from Mummy Here and There, ‘Worth’ from And Then There Were Two and ‘Memory’ from Teaching Tiny Minds.  There were a couple of bloggers displaying their poetry in a slightly different format this month too. I loved the piece of performance poetry from Dreamcatching and ‘Seeds and Switches’ and Nat at Handful of Halfpennys published a poem on her Facebook page.

In the last week or so, I have noticed a little bit of unrest in the blogging world so I thought that Maria at Collecting Moments came up with a timely reminder with ‘How to Be a Kind Blogger’. Let’s try and remember to support each other in this online world!

Finally, my favourite piece of the last month comes from Words and Rhyme and a poem entitled ‘A Caravan of Camels and a Collective Bunch of Bonkers’ – and it reads brilliantly!

With the summer over and everything returning to normal (whatever that is!), everyone seems to be back to their usual routine. If you are looking for a creative writing linky to join up with then I can thoroughly recommend four that may interest you. The Prompt over with Mum Turned Mom is published every Sunday evening, with the linky opening for your submissions every Friday morning. Carol at Virtually Allsorts runs the Wonderful World of Writing on the first Wednesday of the month. My co-editor, Maddy at Writing Bubble runs What I’m Writing which opens every Tuesday and finally, I run Prose for Thought over on my blog Verily Victoria Vocalises which opens every Thursday. To get your writing seen by more people, why not link up to all four?! 

Maddy will be back with you next month, so it just remains for me to say have a great September everyone.

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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.