Poetry Prompt[s] — Friday Freeforall

04 Nov

9:18 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. I have noticed that many of us are sounding lethargic, grumpy, a little dozy maybe, even apathetic in regards to our writing. May I suggest this is a normal cycle and not to worry too much. One possible strategy is to withdraw from your brain all the choices you give it every week. Choose one prompt and one prompt only and see what happens.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck [I can’t believe I will not be able to start with that soon] and a prompt that says, in part: Today we are going to use some lines from heavy hitters to inspire some writing. Head over to the tow truck to read what Donna wants us to try. She gives us three options to play with.

Over at dVerse, the prompt says in part: So today’s poetic challenge is to write a call & response poem, a poem with two or more people interacting – verbal or nonverbal. Visit to read the rest of the exercise.

Poetic Bloomings prompt asks us to try a form: the Shadorma. Visit the site to read the rest of the prompt, and the poems by the hosts in response. And, yes, I do sometimes ignore a site’s actual prompt and choose something else they offer. It’s all about stretching…okay, and fun.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are from Mike Patrick at The Poet’s Quill. The challenge will be to use the words in unexpected ways. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle [and its gorgeous autumn colours] 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 the last words Beatle George Harrison said to his wife. To read the phrase and to read more last words of famous people, head on over.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt focuses on the word operation. Visit to see what they suggest as possibilities. And One Single Impression gives us sunset, which I know you know can be literal or metaphoric.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. 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 anything haunting, dark, orange color related, or autumn related.  And looking towards next week, they will focus on Feathers,  Fidelity, Figment, and  Fables. How about all four in one poem…

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. I find an irony in the photograph, given how I started this post. Note the crumpled paper, clearly belonging to a troubled writer. As with any picture, you can focus on the whole, or a small piece, or you can write on something the picture triggers in you.

For you alliterationists out there,  ABC Wednesday wants us to Please do Participate.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are carnage, jerk, and puncture. 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.

We Write Poems starts, Tell us about when life just seems to be going a different way than you. Hmmm, another nudge at those of us who are experiencing difficulties with our writing? Or, did you have plans that have gone awry?

Over at Poets United it’s time for Ella’s photograph. Head over to read what she says.

Weekend Haiku & Limericks includes seals and surfers in their possible topics. I know, that’s last week’s. It appears Patricia hasn’t been able to post today’s new prompt. Perhaps when you wander over she will have. 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 myths we have run into with regard to 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 will be easy on your brains, I hope; and Friday for the roundup.

Happy writing, everyone. And, don’t worry about it too much, in any case.


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6 responses to “Poetry Prompt[s] — Friday Freeforall

  1. ldsrr91

    04/11/2011 at 11:29 am

    “I have noticed that many of us are sounding lethargic, grumpy, a little dozy maybe, even apathetic in regards to our writing. May I suggest this is a normal cycle and not to worry too much. One possible strategy is to withdraw from your brain all the choices you give it every week.”

    Have you been reading my site again?


    Have a good weekend.


    • margo roby

      04/11/2011 at 11:44 am

      That’s WHY I read your site, DS.

  2. Donna Vorreyer

    04/11/2011 at 6:38 pm

    Margo – You are being very sweet, but I am not going away completely, just shifting focus. I have decided that I will be posting (every Saturday in 2012) a poem that has taught me something or been meaningful to me in some way – BUT, at the end of each post, there will still be a suggestion for writing based on the poem I share. So, it won’t be the Tow Truck, but there will be a sort-of prompt there. Don’t desert me yet! 🙂

    • margo roby

      04/11/2011 at 9:08 pm

      Don’t worry, Donna. I’m with you. Your idea sounds fun and exciting. It reminds me a lot of being in the classroom with my kids giving them an appreciation for good poetry. I’m looking forward to the poems!



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