Prompts For Us: Friday Freeforall

02 Mar

7:24 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape where she has been having a crazy-busy week. In lieu of her usual, she offers a paragraph by Jane Hirshfield that says in part “Use your failures for paper.’ Meaning, I understood, the backs of failed poems, but also my life,” and a suggestion for what we might try for our own practice. Go on over and check it out, especially those of you who have been exploring prose.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries gives us permission to spend several hours in a coffee shop. Okay, anywhere, but that’s one possibility. He says: But there is another skill, character-building, that poetry can share with prose and other forms of writing as well. Visit Joseph to read the whole prompt. The exercise, like all of his, is important to developing our skills as writers, and it’s fun! Go on over to read the whole.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog has several intriguing possibilities revolving around dreams… or nightmares. One such is: or you might take on the persona of a dream and write as if you are a dream speaking. I don’t dream and I want to try this one. To read all the possibilities, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are invited to: Write one more for the road! To find out more, even to read the clever title, and to read our hosts’ poems, head over.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda tells us the words came from thin air. 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 line and title of a love poem by Courtney Kuchta. To read the line and for a link to read the poem, head over.

Here comes my first smile of the day: 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.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Olive Garden the theme for one more week remains the military, soldiers, veterans, or poetry dealing with physical, mental, and emotional healing. The caretakers of the Garden were supposed to be back. I visited and see signs of life: they are now an olive garden. No new posting yet.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week’s image is a photograph. I left it wondering why the young man needs so many paper towels and  whether I can get close enough to read the soup labels. Head over to see what we have.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. She wants us to write an Anaphora poem. It’s not as scary as it sounds. Most of us do this at some point and some of us love writing this type of poetry. Go on over to see what else she says.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. We meet another contributor. I am enjoying meeting the different people who, well, people ABC Wednesday.Head over to meet ‘GiGi’ and this week’s letter.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are crinkle, demand, and navigate. 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. Crinkle. Love saying that word. Crinkle.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two for one visit. It’s Fireblossom Friday, once again, and it’s all about people in uniforms. Head to the Garden to see the photographs. They have a fun collection. We also have the Wednesday Challenge which celebrates, what else, Happy Leap Day… toads, leap… you were there, right?

We Write Poems has invited us to a haibun party! Yay! Head on over to read the rest of the prompt.

At Poets United, we are told, Rebirth is change, growth, but it can mean so much more. For some seriously cool photographs and the rest of the prompt head over.

Over at dVerse’s Poetics, Ami Mattison says I’d like to highlight a few observations about spoken word poetry as an aesthetic style, examine a specific example, and then offer an exercise for writing a successful spoken word poem. The article makes several important points, particularly about point of view. Even if you never plan to read your poetry aloud [I know, but once you start, it’s addictive… still, scary as all get out.], the article is worth a read.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us the usual three options… sea cucumbers, anyone? Visit for the other possibilities and because it’s fun to wander through the site.

Oh God, I should not have tried to figure out FF’s photograph. Those with vertigo problems, don’t peer too closely. I’m still clutching my desk. The final posting is an offer for those among you who write, or are trying out, flash fiction. Check the photograph [carefully, carefully] over at Flashy Fiction, and the post’s title offers another possibility for a direction in which to take the poem.

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? I have thoroughly enjoyed last week’s and this week’s YS@TT. What else have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts.

Remember that I will be dark for a week. I shall see you Tuesday 13 March for our final prompt on place; Thursday for Part 2 of yesterday’s comments; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

San Antonio and little Miss Hazel, here comes Grandma. Happy writing, everyone.


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9 responses to “Prompts For Us: Friday Freeforall

  1. Yousei Hime

    02/03/2012 at 9:50 am

    I’m leaving a link to my entry at dVerse. It’s actually my youngest son’s poem. It’s rough, but as always, I’m delighted by some of the things he is able to put together.

    Btw, I really appreciate your blog. I’ve learned some things, enjoyed many more, and even discovered new avenues for writing. Yours has become one of my favorite places to visit. Just wanted you to know. You should give your son a thank you hug. 😉

    • margo roby

      02/03/2012 at 10:18 am

      I shall indeed give my son a thank you hug. I will be with him tomorrow!
      Thank you, Yousei, for your comments. If it weren’t for visits from people like you, this would not be as fun.
      Can’t wait to read your son’s poem.

  2. markwindham

    02/03/2012 at 10:51 am

    Just going to start printing this and using it like a shopping list: check that off, check that off, got that, out of that, check that, hmm, don’t like the smell of that, got that, eww, way to expensive, got that.

    Have a great week. Be working those cheek muscles or else going to be sore from smiling all the time.

    **(list in no way indicative of any opinion of the prompt sights or in any order)**

    • margo roby

      02/03/2012 at 10:57 am

      As per usual, your comment started working the cheek muscles. Got an out loud laugh. Despite disclaimer, a fun exercise, might be to go through the list and apply the different categories you lay out. After all, our reactions to prompts are often visceral! Love the expensive category.

      See you in a week, unless I can’t stand it and grab my husband’s laptop. I leave mine at home. Harder to use that way 🙂

      • markwindham

        02/03/2012 at 12:01 pm

        Laughter is good; been a bit short of that this week,s tress levels high. You should read my post for dVerse yesterday. Talk about in a mood.

        I am usually under laptop restriction on vacation. My job prevents me from being completely out of touch, so we create an appointment for me to check e-mails and voice mails each day. Usually while she is in the shower and getting ready. And then I sneak.

        • margo roby

          02/03/2012 at 12:11 pm

          No problem, with computer time in this family, Mark. Maybe the opposite. We arrange much of our lives around computer time. They are our destressors, our escapes, our fun. Enh… we’re in our sixties 🙂 We go wild on vacation.

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    03/03/2012 at 9:38 am

    I’ve really look forward to these postings, Margo. Super valuable information and creative prompts all over the place. So much fun! Thanks a bunch!! 🙂


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