November appears with a pop and a flash
With warming food like bangers and mash
The days are short, nights spent by the fire
Let’s cuddle up as the flames get higher
The decs appear and the lights go on
We start to hear some familiar songs
May your hearts be full of the good cheer
It won’t be long before Christmas is here!
© Victoria Welton 4th November 2013
Welcome to this months poetry and prose round-up. Firstly I must say a big warm welcome to my new co-editor, Maddy from Writing Bubble. Maddy has been linking up to Prose for Thought for as long as I can remember and is a fabulous writer (especially of limericks and her commentary posts with Bill and Bob). Maddy is also the co-host of the What I am Writing linky along with Muddled Manuscript.
Paper Swans are still looking for submissions for two of their anthologies that they are planning to publish. The subject ‘The Darker Side of Love’ closes for submissions on 30th November, whilst you can send the ‘Schooldays’ entries all the way up to 1st March next year.
With the nights now drawing in and plenty of seasonal events taking place, many of the poets out there have turned their minds to the time of year. Lisas Life has written the wonderful ‘Ode to Autumn’, Vai at Rambling Through Parenthood has written about the ‘Changing Seasons‘ Eco-Gites of Lenault can Sense Autumn and Clarina’s Contemplations wrote ‘Our Autumnal Week‘. Sarah’s daughter over at Catching the Magic has written an acrostic poem for Halloween whilst Maddy at Writing Bubble, The Uncheshire Wife , Wicked World of Lucas and RedPeffer have all created pieces for Halloween. I also think that everyone can associate with The 40 Year Old Domestic Goddess and ‘Wet Socks’!
In various guises there has been a number of poems about the Internet this month. I wrote a ditty for Twitter over on Verily Victoria Vocalises, there was a poem about The Internet from Muddled Manuscript and Life on Vista Street wrote a poem entitled ‘An Ode: Online Grocery Shopping’ which really shows you can write poetry about pretty much anything!
There were a number of great poems about parenthood. I always find these either highly amusing or very emotional depending on how they are written. And Then The Fun Began wrote The Unanswerable Questions of Parenthood, Ojo’s World asks are you ‘Just’ a Mum, Life As It Is talks of Family Roles Reversed and Autism Mumma wrote about her ‘Not So Little Boy’.
As ever, our poetry expressed our emotions with the thoughts of loss this month. We experienced our own loss in the form of our cat Muse. Little Hearts, Big Love wrote An Ode to her Dad and, with Baby Loss Awareness Week during the month of October, Big Trouble In Little Nappies wrote the poem ‘Sometimes We Lose Things’.
Sara over at Mum Turned Mom has a linky named The Prompt and this goes from strength to strength every week for me as I see people who link to her also linking up to Prose for Thought. Last month she had a prompt around the theme ‘Opposites Attract’. Sara wrote a poem and Dad Blog UK wrote a piece of fiction with a great twist.
So all it remains for me to say is have a great Christmas(!) and don’t forget that Maddy will be here with her first round-up next month so please come and support her.