Poetry Prompt[s] in Case You Aren’t Doing PAD or NaNoWriMo — Friday Freeforall

18 Nov

7:55 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. I know. It’s before eight in the morning where I am. Good grief!

My mind was set going by a lovely email, written in the form of a poem, from one of the editors of the Origami Poems Project. They are getting ready to publish a second collection of mine, and I am feeling chuffed [to my American friends, that’s a good thing]. If you don’t know them, visit. It’s a wonderful project.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck where we are asked to try our hand at an abcedarian poem. This is fun play. And, even better, Donna gives options, so head over to the tow truck to read the options and for a link that will explain abcedarian poems.

Over at dVerse, I am ignoring the form post [which you can wander around and find for yourselves, if your brains are not wrapped up in PAD or NaNoWriMo], and going for a suggestion from them that we play with idioms. They offer a couple of options and a link to a whole lot of idioms, if you are just curious. Let me add an option and that is to let the idiom kick off the initial draft of your poem and then remove it.

Poetic Bloomings asks us to take on one of the most written about, and therefore hard to do well, emotions, and that is love. You might combine your idea with one of the forms they suggest this week, the nonet, or the etheree. Both forms work well with this emotion, as one closes down and the other unfolds.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are brought by Barbara, who pulled them from Henry Reed’s poem, ‘The Naming of Parts’ [you will find a link on Brenda’s site. Even if you don’t wordle, this is a poem worth reading.]. 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 the first line of a poem by John Clare, written in 1821, called ‘Autumn’. To read the line and to read the poem, head on over. The line is one of those wonderful ones that can be metaphorical, or literal.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt focuses on a phrase that can be part of a poem, or used to spark an idea. And One Single Impression gives us hourglass, which comes with the challenge of not sounding clichéd. Head over to read an example [or several, if you check out what contributors have written].

My guaranteed weekly smile. 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 Childhood, Dreams, Books, and Role Models.  And looking towards next week, when the U.S. thanksgiving seems to have morphed into a general week to remember to be thankful, they will focus on This is what I’m thankful for in life! Again, the challenge is to not sound clichéd.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. Whoever chooses the paintings for Magpie Tales, always hits the nail for me. I am going to have to find how they find their prints. A Googling I shall go.

For you alliterationists out there,  ABC Wednesday is chock full of good stuff this week. Not only is there a magnificent piece of alliteRation, but links to a couple of pieces of music I haven’t listened to in a while. Go on over and enjoy.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are impetus, solace, and vindication. 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 asks us to write an epistolary poem, a poem-letter to be specific. Here is your chance to use the second person correctly, in a poem. Head over to read the rest.

Over at Poets United we are given This week start a poem with I. I love the photographs that accompany the prompt. I know, I always love them, but seriously, they are cool, or fun, or beautiful, something that evokes a response from me, every week, so even if you have no time to write, go see the photos.

Weekend Haiku & Limericks includes truffula trees in their possible topics. How can you not go check it out? 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 topics we avoid, or find difficult when writing about them. I think most of us have subjects we have never, or won’t, or don’t want to touch. Here is a chance to talk with others about it. 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 another prompt that will be easy on your brains, I hope; and Friday for the roundup. Friday will be this post again, as I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our daughter and my brother and his wife. Nope, not taking the computer.

Happy writing, everyone.


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3 responses to “Poetry Prompt[s] in Case You Aren’t Doing PAD or NaNoWriMo — Friday Freeforall

  1. tmhHoover

    18/11/2011 at 1:08 pm

    FYI- this came through fine! 🙂

    • margo roby

      18/11/2011 at 1:12 pm

      Mine too…wonder what happened Tuesday? Ah well. One of life’s little mysteries. Thanks, Teri 🙂


  2. Yousei Hime

    19/11/2011 at 10:55 pm

    I didn’t ignore the form post at dVerse, but I did miss the deadline. Here is my attempt, if you’re interested.


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