#PoetryReadathon – Meet poet and blogger

Poetry readathon

Today I am introducing you to poet, author and blogger, Ritu Bhathal. Ritu has selected a lovely poem from her book Poetic RITUals to share here today.

From Twinkle to Reality

Let me take you down that road,

Much-travelled through eternity

The journey to become a mum,

From twinkle to reality.

The plans you make at a young age,

Full of gurgles and laughter,

The horror as you realise,

What really does come after!

The fun of trying,

The monthly wait.

The disappointment,

That feeling, you hate…

The years of trying,

Full of hospitals and checks,

The medication taking you over,

You feel like total wrecks…

Then finally, the day comes

That positive is clear

The goal that you were aiming for,

Has suddenly come near.

The months of fascination,

Your changing body grows

The feeling of satisfaction

That only you can know

Those pain-filled days or hours

To reach the prize you sought

The feeling of satisfaction

That this little bundle brought.

I gaze at you in wonder

Are you really here?

I’m overwhelmed with happiness

And a tiny bit of fear.

Will I be able to give to you

All you want and need?

As you look at me, wide eyed

Snuggled close while you feed.

Little blessing, sent from God

My heart is filled with joy

I will do all I can for you,

My darling baby boy.

And so the cycle continues

The waits and checks again

We’re gifted with a gorgeous girl

After a little more pain.

My life is here with me right now

Some twinkles from my eyes.

But I’ll never forget those twinkles

That now, do grace the skies…

I chose this poem to share as there are many women out there who struggle to have a family, as many as there are women who appear to fall pregnant at the drop of a hat. I experienced this as I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovaries and had my own struggles to overcome before I was able to finally hold my own two bundles of joy.

Thank you, Ritu, for sharing this lovely poem and its meaning here today.

Ritu is in the process of finalising her first novel, Marriage: Unarranged. I have read a few short extracts from this book and it sounds very interesting.

About Ritu Bhathal

Ritu Bhathal

Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin. This colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her. From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother. The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry. Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes. A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing! Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which was awarded first place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. Ritu is happily married, and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the furbaby Sonu Singh.

Having published an anthology of poetry, Poetic RITUals, she is currently working on some short stories, and a novel, to be published in the near future.

Find Ritu Bhathal

Social Media Profiles Blog Website: http://www.butismileanyway.com

Author Website: http://www.ritubhathal.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RituBhathal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ritubhathalwrites/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/butismileanyway/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RituBhathal/

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/bhathalpadhaal/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/56854412-ritu-bhathal

Mix: https://mix.com/butismileanyway

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ritusmiles

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritu-bhathal-48941648/

Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/@ritubhathalpadhaal

My review of Poetic RITUals

This is a delightful book of poetry with a lot of variety in the tone and content of the poems. They are all written from a very human perspective and cover the day-to-day life of a Mother of two, wife and employee with a lovely twist of humour. As all of these things myself, I found the verses to be very relatable. The book is divided into four sections which each deal with different aspects of life, namely, Family RITUals, Life rituals, Rituals of the heart and Rituals to make you smile.

Who could not enjoy such words as the following:

“Snuggled close while you feed.

Little blessing, sent from God

My heart is filled with joy”

This took me right back to those first days as a Mother and the closeness of cuddling your new-born and breastfeeding.

“A cough or sniffle, fever, rash

You wish you could

make them well

but other than love, and Calpol

It’s a parent’s

Form of Hell”

As a Mother of a child with a chronic illness, this verse had me nodding my head in agreement and feeling Ritu’s anguish.

I would recommend this book which is a keeper. A book to delve into for a smile when life gets heavy going.

Purchase Poetic RITUals

64 thoughts on “#PoetryReadathon – Meet poet and blogger

      1. I was on a drug called Clomid and could only take it for 6 months due to the danger of cysts forming in the ovaries (I was checked monthly by a gaggle of specialists and interns- ugh!) and it was the sixth month that I became pregnant 🙂

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      2. I was on Clomid when trying for my son… Had it for 2 months and it caused me migraines.
        After a few months break, when my hormones were more settled, it worked on the second round. I know what you were feeling xx

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. You know, I wrote that poem in 10 minutes one day, when, as I ran a bath, words started playing in my head. Then I left the taps running and rushed to the computer. I feel it’s one of my most beautiful, heartfelt poems 💜

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  1. Although I’ve never tried to have a baby, I know many women who have struggled with it and the poem speaks to their experiences. Thanks for sharing it, Robbie, and good luck to Ritu.

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