Poetry Prompts — Friday Freeforall

28 Oct

7:22 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. Ready for a weekend of writing and frightening?

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that begins: “Good poets borrow; great poets steal.” Many of you know this already. Head over to the tow truck [where we are counting down the final ten] to read what Donna wants us to try.

Over at dVerse, the prompt at the bar says in part: At times we as poets can be too linear in our writing. Visit to read the rest of the exercise that hopes to lead us down a less linear path.

Poetic Bloomings prompt says, in partWe are all a little weird. Yes, we are. For a chance to share a little weird, visit the site to read the rest of the prompt, and the poems by the hosts in response.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are from Poetry 180 [the link is in the post]. 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.

Carry on Tuesday gives us words by the 8th century High Tang poet Wang We. To read the phrase and to read more of Wang We’s work head on over.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt focuses on place. Visit to find where you are going. And One Single Impression asks us to do a little exercise.

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. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is to write a poem to do with Nature, Forests, Rivers, or Mountains.  And looking towards next week, they will focus on… what else? Halloween – Trick or Treat?

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week they have a super cool photograph. As with any picture, you can focus on the whole, or a small piece, or you can write on reflections, or reflecting.

For you alliterationists out there,  ABC Wednesday wants us to Opt for O.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are figment, inclined, and vulnerable. 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. And, how can you resist a chance to use figment?

We Write Poems simply gives us the phrase Trick or Treat. Maybe the challenge is to use it in an unexpected manner.

Poets United focuses on something we all deal with in some form, even if we don’t name it writer’s block. For the rest of the prompt and some photographs, visit.

Weekend Haiku & Limericks includes seals and surfers in their possible topics. What I like about this particular blog is that they focus us in an unusual way. Head over to see what I mean.

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 gives us a chance to talk about the rough patches we hit in writing. 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 Tuesday for a prompt that depends on rules; and Friday for an uptodate roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 28/10/2011 in exercises, poetry, writing


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9 responses to “Poetry Prompts — Friday Freeforall

  1. Russ L

    28/10/2011 at 3:05 pm

    Great Referrals! Thanks!

    • margo roby

      28/10/2011 at 3:06 pm

      My pleasure, Russ. Doing this helps me keep up too.


  2. julespaige

    29/10/2011 at 10:18 am

    I took your… or rather the We Write Poems ‘Trick or Treat’ Prompt #78 it is my daily piece for at in the Daily Gatherings group for 10/28/11 Thanks!

    • margo roby

      01/11/2011 at 8:17 am

      Hey, Jules! Can you give me the exact URL where your poem is posted? Right now the link takes me to a general page.

      😉 Margo

      • JulesPaige

        01/11/2011 at 2:34 pm

        I’m not sure what that is or how to do that so I’ll just post it here…
        Fri 10/28/11 We Write Poems Trick or Treat Prompt #78

        Food for Thought

        Cake recipes must be followed

        There is very little margin for error

        I’ve made the basic mistakes

        Like adding salt for sugar

        Forgetting the rising agent

        And my biggest pre-packaged blunder…

        Leaving the brownies in for several hours

        Could have used them to build a new pyramid

        I think I ruined the baking pan then too

        Other dining dilemmas

        Were not of my own making

        Though I have learned

        That High Fluty restaurants really don’t like little folks

        Much less want to cater to them – children that is…

        One can’t order one poached egg as an appetizer

        The whole table with get them in spite ~

        And parents will feed their children bugs

        In chocolate just to see them make a face!

        The trick in being successful with treats

        Is to not experiment on company

        And if you want to make fudge or meringue…

        Well let’s just say for me

        The store bought varieties work best

        I think I shall never quite be a ‘Sweet Genius’

        Though watching the show on the Food Channel

        Has given me a few Ideas…

        Though I think maybe I ought to stick with ‘Sandra Lee!’


  3. pmwanken

    29/10/2011 at 8:56 pm

    • margo roby

      01/11/2011 at 8:10 am

      Hi Paula! I’m heading over 😉



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