Posting Poetry Prompts: Friday Freeforall

17 Feb

7:32 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. I hope everyone is well, as we sashay into another weekend. February is flashing past. We have two new entrants to try, one poetry and one flash fiction [thank you, Paula].

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape where she shares with us an Elizabeth Bishop poem. Reading a Bishop poem is reason enough to visit and Donna’s suggestion for writing asks us to do some dreaming… maybe some wishing.

And I thought last week’s ‘Reverie‘ might be intimidating. Wait ’til you read this week’s. Joseph has us trying Viking verse. If you read it and fled, let me reassure you: yes, it is difficult and yes, you might pull some hair, but, like the phonetics exercise [and all the exercises Joseph gives us], what we learn from the struggle outweighs any frustration. If you haven’t tried yet, do. Don’t we all have a secret Viking in us? If you have and are shy to post, go read the ones that are there and remember: everything is a draft until you say it isn’t.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, is new this week. The prompt changes Saturdays, so visit quickly. This week’s prompt is intriguing as it asks us to think about things which haunt us. To find out what sorts of things and to explore the blog, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to consider morals. No, not ours, but those with which writers deal. To find out more and to read our hosts’ poems, head over.

At The Sunday Whirl, this week’s words come from Brenda’s husband and the true crime book he is reading. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. As always, we have a fun group of words to work with.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening lines of Angel, by Sarah McLachlan. To read the line and for a link to hear the song, head over. Like last week’s line there are several possibilities, to include dividing the line, or using it as a refrain. You might want to avoid reading the lyrics until you have your own idea down.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy. It doesn’t much matter if you don’t want to write a limerick; reading them brightens a day. Fact. I smile as soon as I see the site next on my list.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for the next few weeks is the military, soldiers, veterans, or poetry dealing with physical, mental, and emotional healing. The caretakers of the Garden are taking a three-week break and suggest that we post at any time during that period. They will return refreshed, March 1st.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to my weekly visit with great anticipation for what the magpie will bring in. This week’s image is fascinating. I had quite a visceral reaction to it. If you have not seen the image yet, be ready to jot down your immediate reactions/thoughts.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Chris, this week. She asks us a simple question about something that we, as poets, should be particularly aware of.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday gives us several things to play with aside from the week’s letter. The intro is an interview with Roger, one of the many contributors [and co-designer of the interview questions] and Roger gives us a couple of links for our Enjoyment. One is the most gorgeous photographs of hamburgers I have ever seen; the other a link to a song. If you are trying to avoid something, this will help you.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are angelic, foster, and ruin. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words, before you go on to visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words. Reading the definitions allows me to see possibilities and connections.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two for one visit. Grace offers a Wednesday Form which gives us a discussion of Haiku. While we seem to drown in haiku, sometimes, this is a good essay which Grace makes newly interesting because of her style and viewpoint. We have A Word With Laurie. This may have changed by the time you get to the Garden, as it is a Friday prompt, or she may be up earlier than I and have changed it already. To discover the word and the prompt, visit.

We Write Poems is taking us back into nature. Trees. So much we can do on the subject of trees. Head on over to read the rest of the prompt.

At Poets United, Ella is helping Robb out with the ‘Thursday Think Tank’ and suggests we write about home, this week. For the rest of the prompt head over.

‘Meeting the Bar’ over at dVerse, offers us a look at heroes with an interesting discussion, some things to look at regarding the writing about, and ‘Ulysses’ by Tennyson as an example of heroic form. Visit for a good read and the challenge.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her ‘Weekend Haiku & Limericks’ has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. I mean, cannibalism and insect urban legends? Don’t you have to find out what else? It might be fun to connect the three choices in a poem.

The final posting is an offer for those among you who write, or are trying out, flash fiction. If you visit Flashy Fiction, you will find several names you will recognise among the contributors. While I was exploring, I found the variety of images offered fascinating and fun to see who chose what. Go on over and say hello and give it a try.

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!

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? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts.

See you Tuesday for a prompt on place; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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18 responses to “Posting Poetry Prompts: Friday Freeforall

  1. whimsygizmo

    17/02/2012 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks, Margo! It’s so fun to look at this list this week, and already have done so many of the challenges. One of these weeks I am going to put on my thinking cap and tackle something of Joseph Harker’s. Maybe. **she says, trepidatiously** So far his prompts have made my head explode, just slightly. Enough to utter a low guttural whine, pour a little more coffee, and write something more simple. Like a sestina. Ha. 😉

    • margo roby

      18/02/2012 at 7:49 am

      De, You are good for my soul. My daughter was visiting when the first Harker came in and my reaction was much the same as yours. She told me to try entering his prompts backwards. It worked. Sometimes I come in sideways. I find the element I can do and work out from there. A sestina… ha ha.

    • margo roby

      18/02/2012 at 1:49 pm

      De… now I am trepidatious. I have concocted a Viking thingy from your own words. May I paste it in? For heavens sake say no, if you want to.

      • whimsygizmo

        18/02/2012 at 2:26 pm

        Yes, please! Immediately! 🙂

        • margo roby

          18/02/2012 at 2:34 pm

          De’s head explodes || wraps round the room.
          Waves of coffee splash walls || fair maiden weeps
          writes something simpler || writes her heart out
          pours a little more French roast || Vikings run for the hills.

          See, you can do it 🙂

          • whimsygizmo

            18/02/2012 at 2:45 pm


          • Hannah Gosselin

            20/02/2012 at 11:02 pm

            Ha!! This is great!! I just read through Joseph’s prompt! Wow….too late to try to start something so intense. Love your list, Margo! Thanks for directing me to this, De!!

            • margo roby

              21/02/2012 at 7:39 am

              Oh Hannah! It’s never too late 🙂 Joseph’s prompts are so good for my writing skills that even if I don’t have time, I do them!
              So glad you found me, Hannah — with thanks to de 🙂

              • Hannah Gosselin

                21/02/2012 at 9:03 am

                Thank you, Margo! I agree. Sometimes even if I just read and internalize the prompt idea it helps. Thanks for the encouragement and welcome! 🙂

  2. pmwanken

    20/02/2012 at 12:26 pm

    SMILING at the exchange between two of my dear friends!

    …while my head remains fully exploded from just reading the first reverie prompt…

    If ever I get unstuck from shadormas, I, too, might attempt some of the trickier assignments. Meanwhile, I’m thoroughly enjoying my foray into flash fiction! 🙂

    *hugs* to you both, margo and de!

    • margo roby

      21/02/2012 at 7:45 am

      It was a fun exchange, Paula. But then everything about de is fun.
      I’m glad you are stretching your writer’s wings. Nothing is wasted by doing so.

  3. MiskMask

    21/02/2012 at 8:55 am

    I’ve combined Joseph’s Reverie 6 and 7, as I’m still trying to push myself on those viking dodads.

    • margo roby

      21/02/2012 at 9:04 am

      There is something about them, isn’t there, Misky. I have a strong desire to go back… meanwhile I shall come read yours.


      • MiskMask

        21/02/2012 at 11:25 am

        I rather think that this one might qualify for your prompt today! Do you think? It’s certain is ‘place’…

        • margo roby

          21/02/2012 at 2:15 pm

          Misky, I will let you know as soon as I get over.


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