Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompts for That Summer Something

08 Jul

9:13 a.m. — Walnut Creek

Hello all. I hope you have had a good week and will have a relaxing weekend.

We start, as always, with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and an interesting prompt that says in part: We are talking word families here, words that are related through etymology!… To find out the steps and read two examples, head over to the Tow Truck and check out the rest of the prompt. I have already seen results from a couple of you.


The next site is The Sunday Whirl. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Otherwise, enjoy a weekly wordle, the words of which come from responses to the previous week’s wordle. This week’s is from three poems, one of which, I was tickled to see, was mine. And be sure to go over to see what others have done.

Poetic Bloomings, hosted by Maria Elena Good and Walt Wojtanik, has a regular prompt and a wild card prompt, this week. Visit the site and look it over, read the prompts and the poems by the hosts in response.

The line chosen by Carry on Tuesday is the first line of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem “First Fig”: “My candle burns at both ends“. I love the possibilities; play with it before going over to the site to see what others have written and for a link to read the poem.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is: woods. And One Single Impression offers us crater which can be interesting metaphorically. To find out more go over to the sites. You might check out some of the participants’ offerings.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James has three photographs ready for you to look at. They play with visual texture and colour. If you use one, consider submitting your creation to Sunday Snaps: the Stories’  a collection of 52 photos and stories/poems. Susan is finalising submissions for her next book and has posted a deadline. Head to the stories’ link to read up on it.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I enjoy the whole site more every week. It is plain fun to browse. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides [I notice, this week, that she is becoming addicted to acrostic limericks, so if you need an extra challenge…]

Jingle Poetry’s ‘Monday Potluck’ offers us Siblings, Cousins and Friends. Remember to pop by and check the image that accompanies the prompt and also a new feature that involves music. Next week they are giving us a free topic week.

Visit Magpie Tales for our other image prompt. The painting is Wheatfield With Rising Sun, by Van Gogh. The colours are gorgeous, and I have seen at least one response from among you. If you aren’t sure what to do with a landscape, think of it metaphorically, or ask yourself what story just happened, or is about to happen, here.

For you alliterists out there, here is ABC Wednesdays letter for this week: Y. Again that is all I am giving you. The intro writer has been particularly creative to use the letter y. You should visit to enjoy the creativity. Read it for fun, if you don’t play.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are cease, heat, and nasty. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source. I realised, this time, why what intrigues me more than the words are the definitions. A mini found poem can be written from them. When you look at the definition each week keep that in mind.

We Write Poems starts its prompt with: Oft it is suggested to writers, find your own unique voice in how you write. Good advice. However this week we’re asking you to find, understand, and use another’s voice in the poem you’ll write! Head on over and find out what else is suggested. This will be interesting to watch, as the poems come in. I initially quailed, but the brain has started working on it.

Poets United asks us to Please pen a poem about reading; you can be general or specific. They always have more to help us choose possible paths, so go over and read the rest of the prompt and view the photograph.

Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays‘ is back after a brief vacation to continue the challenge. The letter this week is eta. Head over to see the two words chosen and to read their definitions.

And, while not a prompt, I want to remind people to check out Elizabeth Crawford’s new discussion site Writers Speak where she asks writers of all genres to stop by and talk about the life of a writer. She will post new topics every week around Friday. This week’s topic is on revision of work, so is something we all should have an opinion on and interest in. I’ll revisit later in the week when the hammerers, cement layers, fibreglassers have finished the deck.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. If you have questions ask. If you write in response to any of these, both the people whose blogs you visit and I would love to read your responses. So, post!

I shall see you Tuesday for a new form [cue music for Jaws], Thursday for a discussion of a reader generated topic: freewriting, and next Friday for more of the same [and a new contender for those who write the occasional prose pieces]. Happy writing, everyone.


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7 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompts for That Summer Something

  1. pmwanken

    08/07/2011 at 3:38 pm

    I love prompts and enjoy this listing of yours, Margo. Many of these sites I frequent throughout the week, but you list some I’ve not yet visited…will have to give some of the new ones a try. Thanks!

    I also enjoy combining prompts. I’m not sure if it’s an added challenge that I like…or if it’s simply because there are times the prompts just seem to fit together. Regardless…here’s what I’ve been doing this past week (and — anyone who wants to give this newbie some pointers, please do!):

    The Sunday Whirl/Poets United Thursday Think Tank:

    Poetic Bloomings/Sunday Scribblings (“hitch” from last Sunday, not “woods” posted early for next Sunday)/Poetic Asides/We Write Poems:

    Carry On Tuesday:

    Your “Tuesday Tryouts” exercise:

    Poetic Asides prompt to write a poem from the perspective of a group of people, other living organisms, or even objects…which fits with Thursday’s We Write Poems “I hear voices!” prompt (provided by Viv!), to write a poem using another’s voice (already posted to PA, but will add it to WWP on Wednesday):

    I’ve also been enjoying Elizabeth’s “Writers Speak” postings/discussions!

    Oh! For Three Word Wednesday (note words provided in post, above) I didn’t write a poem. I simply added a comment to their post:
    I live in South Texas:
    “Cease, nasty heat!”
    Need I say more!? 😉

    Thanks again, Margo!! 🙂


    • margo roby

      08/07/2011 at 4:13 pm

      First, Paula, I adore :Cease, nasty heat!” I am adopting it for us, with attribution, of course. We have been super hot for a week.

      You do realise, don’t you that you aren’t going to be able to pull off the newbie bit for much longer 😉 ? Your poetry is too good.

      I have, since getting to know several people in the We Write Poems/The Sunday Whirl circle, noticed that several of you hit many of my prompt sites and have been trying to figure if there is a better day for me to put out the list. The only one I can think of is Wednesday, but I don’t want to blog three days in a row…hmmm…maybe switch with Thursday Thoughts…I miss fewer new posts on Friday but it gives those many Sunday prompts scant time. I’ll have to think on that.

      I like having all your posts collected in one spot so I can visit and read 🙂


      PS Revisit Thursday for Mike’s comment. Lots of stuff to think about.

      • pmwanken

        09/07/2011 at 9:05 pm

        hi margo…

        I’m finally getting back to my laptop…it was a busy (and EARLY) day today. And in preparation it was early-to-bed last night. It always feels odd to me when I haven’t made my usual rounds of the blogs before sleeping!

        RE: “Cease, nasty heat!”…I’d say, if the phrase fits: USE IT! 🙂 We continue to melt, here.

        RE: Being a newbie…I’d almost venture to say that in spite of days of feeling like an “oldie”, I’ll forever feel like I’m a “newbie” when it comes to poetry. But thank you for your kindness!!

        RE: Posting Prompt Sites…well, no matter what day you choose to post, you’ll always have days that have passed, and the risk that some of your readers will have already been prompted to write. You list more than I have looked at…and seeing them here not only reminds me they’re out there, but what their prompt is…saving me the time from looking, or sparking my creative juices and getting me over there. Quickly! 🙂

        RE: my summary of posts…Good! Because I didn’t want “overkill” on responses to prompts!

        RE: Mike’s comments…yes, I read them…and will do so again now that I have a bit of quiet time at the keyboard. He had already recommended, and I have already purchaed, the Edwards book. I will explore it soon.

        Thanks, as always, for all you do!!


      • margo roby

        09/07/2011 at 9:15 pm

        @ Paula. I have no idea where this comment will place itself as I had to reply to MY comment.

        Re heat: We melted but today woke up to a cold snap. Love the Bay fog.

        Re newbieness: I do know what you mean. I will forever [or at least for the foreseeable future] feel like I am the student of my mentor, still learning how to write.

        Re when to post: Good point. I’ll stay where I am 🙂

        Re overkill: Listing them all like you do gives options. I can come back and I know where to find them.

        Re Mike and book: Yay! You will be surprised how quickly you learn to draw. It is a great feeling.

        You are welcome 🙂


  2. jhon baker

    21/07/2011 at 12:42 pm

    Excellent – I can always use more inspiration!

    • margo roby

      21/07/2011 at 12:56 pm

      My pleasure, Jhon. So can we all!


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