Friday Freeforall: Prompting Poets and Poetry

23 Sep

8:00 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello one and all. We continue to be wet on the East Coast but the temperature is dropping. Yay!

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that says in part: Choose an “old-fashioned” poetry form: sonnet, limerick, haiku, ballade… Once you have chosen a form, write in that form using at least four or five pop culture references. Sounds challenging but fun, as most challenges in writing are. Head over for the rest of the prompt.

Over at dVerse, they have: The challenge for today is to write a train related poem. This could be a poem about famous trains like the Orient Express, this could also be about traveling in general, about arriving, departing or some train station story, train history and of course you could also use the train as a metaphor. That’s a lot of possibilities, and maybe some research, but that’s fun too. Visit for the rest of the prompt.

Poetic Bloomings prompt saysThe world is full of surprises. Visit the site to read the rest of the prompt,  and the poems by the hosts in response, which each provide surprises, delightful in different ways.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are taken from several contributors. 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 and be sure to go over to see what others have done. I can’t wait to see how people use the word sheep.

Carry on Tuesday gives the opening line from Howard Jacobson’s novel The Finkler Question: He (She / I) should have seen it coming. The host also suggests trying our hand at fiction if we wish, but stresses that poetry, as ever, is welcome. For more on the novel, head over to the site for a link.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is: easy. Might be interesting to check the word’s origins, or its other meanings. And One Single Impression offers betrayal, which offers possibilities for literal or metaphorical use. We have all felt betrayal. It can be a tiny thing and the definition is personal, different to different people. And, we have probably all betrayed. That’s another possibility for a perspective.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James offers a photograph of a cluster of small boats at dock. She presents it in a brand new blog theme, which looks quite snazzy! Head over for a look and to explore.

Now for the blog that makes me smile just thinking about it. Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides.

Over at The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is to write an object poem. Head over to the site for background, examples, and links. And looking towards next week, they will focus on Mythology.

Visit Magpie Tales for another image prompt. This week they have a Rousseau painting. I adore Rousseau’s style which allows for serious and lighthearted approaches.

For you alliterationists out there, Time to JUMP on board the ABC Wednesday train again. Head over to enjoy a Sesame Street video. Yeah, I know you can’t resist that.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are dull, race, and yawn. This week I think the challenge will be to not go for the obvious connection. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given word. My mind is beginning to view these as mini-wordles.

We Write Poems says: Fe-fi-fo-fum, I smell poem pie! What a gorgeous image. In another reader inspired prompt, we are encouraged to focus on our sense of smell. Head over to read the rest of the prompt.

Poets United asks: What is your rain fantasy? I love the question. But, as you know, Robb gives us far more in the way of possible paths. For the rest of the prompt and some photographs, visit.

Mr. Knowitall has entirely too much fun over at Friday Flash 55.

Weekend Haiku has added limericks. What I like about this particular blog is that they focus us in an unusual way. I try to give parts of prompts, so that people will visit sites, but if you haven’t been to this one, let me give you a specific example this week: feature one of the subjects discussed here in the past seven days, including crows, police, tickets, teenagers, or something from Monday’s nature quote. Now, admit you are a little intrigued…

Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays‘ has not been updated this week. I’ll keep an eye out.

And, finally, stop by and add your voice to Elizabeth Crawford’s 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 has to do with why any of us write. It is fun to see the different reasons people give, so if you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! Even then, there is no reason you can’t contribute to a past discussion.

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! And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources.

I shall see you next Tuesday possibly for a form. There are so many sites doing forms now, I am reluctant to be another. Yet, I want to give you the different forms, myself. Maybe we can think of it as the first site you try a form for is the teeth-gnashing attempt, and the second site is where you know you have written in the form once and can now focus on what you are writing, as well as how.

Happy writing, everyone.


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