Poetry & Prose Round-Up: Out with the old and in with the new

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Out with the old and in with the new
But keep the memories is what you should do
2015 – well, that is all gone
2016 – move up, and move on

Victoria Welton 5th January 2016

Welcome to the January edition of the Poetry and Prose Round-up. Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy and harmonious 2016.

I really do enjoy the festive season and turn of the year for all of the creativity it brings out in people. It seems to make everything magical – including people’s imaginations.

There were some great seasonal pieces of fiction. Maddy from Writing Bubble, my Britmums round-up co-editor, wrote a two-part Christmas Ghost Story which I found sad but a really great read. Antonia from 38to39 shared a great piece of writing – with some very recognisable names for this time of the year, there was a lovely short and snappy piece of fiction from Fifty-Something Fruit Cake and Agent Spitback shared her version of the Christmas List.

Whilst I am on the subject of fiction, I absolutely loved the gripping three-parter from One Frazzled Mum entitled ‘There’s Something I Need to Tell You’. She is looking at turning it into a full book – and I really wish her well with this.

There were a number of Christmas-related poems including My Helpful Little Elf from Pickles and Pords (although it could be used for any time!), the brilliant Arthur’s Letter to Santa from The Brightness of These Days and Mrs Teepot with a poem to help us remember those less fortunate at this time of the year.

Christmas is also a time for lots of us to reflect on many different things. Glasgow Dragonfly does it beautifully in her Deep Midwinter Reflections, whilst Leigh at Headspace Perspective asks How Long is Forever? Mum Turned Mom looks at Gratitude and Jo at Ojos World asks What is Love?

Being a parent at this time of the year brings with it so much happiness and I enjoyed the fact that this shone through in a poem from Collecting Moments.

I love being able to look back on the year that has gone before, acknowledge what has happened, learn from the bad memories, take the good ones with me and then say farewell. All year I was following a set of photography and poetry prompts and I was able to look back with my very last prompt, Reflect’. I wasn’t the only one to look back and say goodbye to 2015. Lisa’s Life reflected fondly on Christmas, The Uncheshire Wife says goodbye in a funny fashion – which I can certainly relate to – and, finally, The Parent Game looks forward to a far more organised 2016.

All it remains for me to do now is to wish you a wonderful January and try not to let the Christmas excesses weigh you down – roll on pay day! 

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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.


  1. 07 January 2016 / 10:40

    Thank you so much for the mention and for all your support too I really appreciate it xx

  2. 07 January 2016 / 20:29

    Thanks for including my spooky story in another great roundup! Xxx

  3. 08 January 2016 / 18:52

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