Poetry and Prose Roundup – lazy days

seaIt’s August! Summer holidays are here – hooray! Or perhaps that should be, “Argh – summer holidays are here!” But whether you’re enjoying frolicking in the sun with your little ones, off exploring the world or are staring out at the rain wondering how on earth you’re going to keep everyone entertained and happy till September, there’s something in this roundup for you. Through the poetry and prose of our talented community of bloggers I will bring you passion, inspiration and a heap of relaxation all topped off with a sprinkling of humour. So, find yourself a chair, sun-lounger or bit of room in the sofa-cushion fort and read on…

Given the season, this fun poem about the beach from Lisa’s Life seems the perfect place to begin – it had me reaching for my bucket and spade! I suspect a love of the sea is something many of us share; the ocean can be so soothing can’t it? This was something that Nikki Young Writes captured in an extract from her novel. I felt myself calmed by the sounds and smells of the sea just reading it. Sara’s beautiful poem about the beach had a similar effect; in fact, even looking at the poem was restful as the verses form the shape of waves – impressive stuff. Soothed by all these pieces though, I was even more surprised by the twist in this short story – set on a beach – by Fifty-something Fruitcake.

Beaches weren’t the only aspect of the natural world to inspire bloggers last month. Carol at Virtually All Sorts wrote a down-to-earth (excuse the pun) poem about the simple pleasures of being in her garden, Verily Victoria Vocalises shared her beautiful reflective poem, ‘Sunset’, written from the point of view of an old man, and the setting sun also inspired Mrs Teepot to write this powerful poem about depression.

On similar deeper themes, Sarah Miles wrote ‘Misty-eyed’, a gorgeous piece of flash fiction that brought tears to my eyes, Emma from Life as It Is wrote a searingly honest poem about postnatal depression and Rachel at Honest Speaks posted a poignant poem – ‘puddles’ – it’s definitely one worth jumping into. 😉

But despite life’s difficulties, there is hope; this was reflected in Becky’s poem about about seeing our own worth, and in Leigh from Headspace Perspective‘s positive self-evaluation, creatively written in the form of an appraisal. Wry Mummy also wrote a wonderful poem, ‘If’ (based on Rudyard Kipling’s poem of the same name), which looks at some of the tougher aspects of parenting and sees them as a badge of honour. I loved it.

Finally, for that sprinkling of humour I promised you, Reneé at Mummy Tries wrote an amusing poem about Marmite and, over at Writing Bubble – at my Harry-Potter-obsessed son’s request – I wrote two limericks about the fictional sport of quidditch. Can you guess what rhymes I came up with?

That’s all for this month folks. I hope you have fun in the sun this summer!

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About Maddy Bennett

Maddy lives on a windy hillside in beautiful Northumberland with her husband and three young children. Between school runs (and when the toddler can be distracted with a biscuit) she writes flash fiction, short stories and poetry, much of which you can find on her blog Writing Bubble. From there, she also hosts ‘What I’m Writing’, a supportive linky for writers, poets and bloggers. She has a particular fondness for limericks – the sillier the better – and has been published by Iron Press. She is currently writing picture books and (very slowly) working on her first novel.


  1. 11 August 2015 / 19:52

    Thank you so much for including me 🙂

    • 13 August 2015 / 22:20

      You’re welcome Liv – it’s a moving poem.

  2. 11 August 2015 / 21:57

    Thank you Maddy. You’ve made my day 🙂

    • 13 August 2015 / 22:21

      Hooray! You’re welcome Carol!

  3. 12 August 2015 / 20:50

    Thanks for including me Maddy, really chuffed you enjoyed my marmite poem 🙂

    • 13 August 2015 / 22:22

      It was the perfect little giggle to round things off Reneé!

  4. Anna
    13 August 2015 / 08:28

    Ha ha ha! Just read your limericks and laughed out loud!

    • 13 August 2015 / 22:23

      Thanks Anna – I do like to make people laugh (and the rhymes really were ridiculous but what choice did I have?!)

  5. 18 August 2015 / 17:32

    A great round-up Maddy – and thank you for including my ‘Sunset’ poem x

    • 18 August 2015 / 20:36

      Thanks Victoria and you’re welcome – it’s such an evocative poem.