Pushing Prompts and Poetry: The Friday Freeforall

02 Dec

7:24 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. We are now officially in the month of madness, whether we celebrate, or not. Keep your heads down, keep an eye on January. We’ll get there. If you, like me, enjoy this month, then revel, and don’t let the madnesses get to you.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck just because I am not ready to not start with the tow truck. However, remember that Donna gave us two prompts last time so she could enjoy her son’s visit. I have left the link, as I suspect many only had time for one prompt, if that. Now you get another chance.

Over at dVerse,we are asked to Wander in the wild, lasso a poem, reel it back. Even if you do not have time to follow the prompt, visit, read the post, watch the video, follow the link. We are offered intriguing thoughts by Mark. And you can always come back on your own time.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Elena and Walt ask us to consider the aspects of our lives for which we remain thankful beyond one week a year. Head over to read the prompt and the hosts’ offerings.

AtThe Sunday Whirl Brenda says: This week’s words were inspired by a visit to Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge. After visiting, I came home and brainstormed a dozen words. I let the sounds of the words direct me as much as my experience at the refuge.Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Be sure to go over to see what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening lines of the pop ballad All By Myself. Did you know the melody is from Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto in 1901? To read the lines and hear Celine Dion sing her version of the song, head on over. Keith reminds us we can use part of the lines if we wish, and in this case, each of the four lines can spark a poem on its own.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt gives us investigate. As a sign of how busy we all are, the number of people who have posted is tiny compared to the usual legions. Visit and investigate [sorry, could not resist], the offerings. One Single Impression gives us a phrase, from Leo of I Rhyme Without Reason, which has many possibilities, both for approaches and playing with tone of voice. Head over to read an example [or several, if you check out what contributors have written].

My guaranteed weekly smile. I hope Madeleine never becomes tired of writing these. 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 November, Winter, Change, and  Hope.  And looking towards next week, they will be asking us to focus on my life in free verse. Yep! Taking a look at ourselves.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. You can write about what you see in the photograph, or something it suggests, like out of placeness, or standing outness, or individuality, or juxtaposition. I want the job of finding the images for Magpie Tales! Next best: seeing them each week.

For you alliterationists out there,  ABC Wednesday is already at T. I feel like we were here moments ago, and can’t believe we are already back. The alliteration is presented in the form of a poem, done so well, I became oblivious to the fact of alliteration. Go on over and enjoy.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are behave, jettison, and mob. Hard not to think of the Occupy groups, and beyond them the groups in the different countries of the Middle East, as they reach for a different form of government. 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 about an ending. But WWP has put an interesting twist on the way we look at the ending. Head over to read the rest.

Over at Poets United we have image week and one of Ella’s photos to work with. Go over and read the accompanying text and to visit with the image.

I have been happily presenting this blog since finding it, without giving the blog’s title: Patricia K. Lichen, Author. This week her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has a twist on their twist. 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 posts new topics every week around Friday. This week gives us a chance to talk about reading whether it’s what we receive from reading, or what we read, or how reading affects our writing. This is another topic on which we probably all have something to say. If you have been hesitant to add your voice, go over and note that your voice can be as short or as long as you wish. We don’t get many chances to talk to each other about our craft. Here’s a chance. 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, the people whose blogs you visit 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. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know?

I shall see you Tuesday for a painless prompt [does this mean painful prompts requiring much agony, and hair pulling, lie ahead? Oh, yes. I have been reining in my dark side. I shall unleash all in January. Shall I start with a form?]; and Friday for the roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.

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