Prose for Thought – First Day #firstday

Welcome lovely people to this week’s Prose for Thought.

On Tuesday evening, I was thrilled to be able to join in with the Open Mic Night hosted by Stephanie over at Beautiful Behaviour. Also present were Helen from All At Sea and Sarah from Supper and Syntax. We all read out our pieces and had a lovely chat (both on air and off!). It put things in such a different perspective to hear the pieces live for the first time. I really enjoyed hearing everything that the others had written. The theme was ‘Love’ although Stephanie was kind enough to let me deviate from the path in order to raise awareness of the Save the Children campain, #firstday, which I wrote about on Tuesday as this was the first day of their launch. We had a twitter chat and managed to get the subject trending. Please go and read my post to find out more.

One of the things we discussed at the blogger conference was how people’s lives may have been affected if you had never been born. What I have tried to encompass in my poem is the fact that you don’t have to be a parent to understand that lives can be affected. Stephanie paid me one of the biggest compliments when she said that my poem reaches out to everyone. I wanted to capture all walks of life; from Team Honk to Thomas Edison, to famous inventions to my own personal life.  I hope I have. I would love your read your thoughts.

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What if your first day had been your last
How would this have affected the past
Would the deadlines have ever been made
Would those lives have ever been saved
Would that feat have been achieved
Would the people have got what they need
No one to hold a baton for funds
No one to walk, or cycle, or run
All those people not passing their test
The athlete not setting his personal best
No Bell’s telephone or Newton’s gravity
No Edison’s light bulb to help us all see
No humanitarian aid getting through
No one there to support or guide you
Now think of the children who will never be
The one’s whom this life will never see
Not given a chance to stay very long
In an instant they’ve come and then gone
So tell me, what if you first day had been your last
How would this have affected your past?

Victoria F J Welton 25th February 2014

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11 Comments

  1. March 2, 2014 / 7:52 am

    Lovely to listen to you read this the other night. A very clever and thought provoking angle on a topic that many people would consider as not being relevant in their lives. We have all been newborns – we are all lucky to have survived our first day x

  2. Distressed Housewife
    February 27, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    Absolutely love this poem, hun, very thought-provoking. You’ve already got my vote for Most Innovative – I get exhausted just thinking about all the different things you do and get involved in! xx

  3. February 27, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    Wow, really amazing Vic. It actually brought tears to my eyes.
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  4. February 27, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing poem. It is one of life’s little ironies that you never appreciate life until you lose someone. As it says in Desiderata: “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”
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  5. February 27, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    This is powerful Vic, your words are amazing. What a great way to highlight such an important thing. Glad you had fun with some other bloggers on open mic night. That’s great to hear your prose out loud. I would be so scared. You are so very brave!!! I bow to you. 😉 Once again thanks for hosting and I truly enjoy all your poetry.
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  6. February 27, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    Wow Vic those are powerful words, and Stephanie was right it does reach out to everyone. Such an important thing to highlight too – well done you. Thank you for hosting honey xxx
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  7. Sarah Miles
    February 27, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Great to *see* you the other night! Powerful words about such a dreadful subject. I wrote a piece of FF about Syria’s children. Heartbreaking.
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  8. Wicked World of Lucas
    February 27, 2014 / 10:23 am

    This is an absolutely fantastic poem hun. So emotive. One of my favourite posts from you. Got a right lump in my throat now xxx

  9. Maddy@writingbubble
    February 27, 2014 / 7:52 am

    This is one of your most powerful pieces I think Victoria. It encompasses so much and really makes me think. It reminded me of ‘It’s a Wonderful life’ (I love that film) where the main character gets to see what life in his town would have been like if he had never been born and realises the massive impact he had even without realising. We are all important to each other. No first day should be a last day. Well done for all your work highlighting Save the Children’s important campaign.
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