Prompts Friday Freeforall

13 Apr

7:27 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, everyone. You’re almost half-way through your poem-a-daying. You can practically see the end date.

Let us start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she discusses Douglas Goetsch and gives us a prompt based on the title of one of his poems.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Fourteen: Ghazal Bootcamp, which takes us through the basics of ghazal-ing. This is a form that took me years to conquer [mostly years spent avoiding actually trying it], but which gives me immense satisfaction. There is beauty in the rhythm of a ghazal. Besides, it’s fun to wrestle with a form.Go on over to read the whole.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog gives us something a little different for the month: ‘I offer you an inspiration word or phrase and a related poem for each of April’s thirty days. You may wish to read, write, or do both. Keep in mind that writing a poem a day doesn’t mean that you have to “finish” each poem immediately. You can write a draft each day and set your drafts aside to work on later‘. Adele has the entire month listed and waiting. To read all the possibilities, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are asked to make a comeback. To find out more and to read our hosts’ poems, head over. While you are there, stop by and read the interview with Hannah Gosselin. Those who don’t know her will love meeting Hannah and those who know her will love it because they know her.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda tells us the words are from Joy Harjo’s poem ‘Equinox’. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening to ‘Lines on a Clock in Chester Cathedral,’ by Henry Twells. To read the line and the poem, visit Keith, who warns us he will be dark for a couple of weeks while he travels. He will leave Mr. Linky open.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. She calls it a humour blog for a reason. 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.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week’s image is a painting which continues the vein of surrealist images in which Magpie has been indulging. This one is going to drive me nuts because of its title? artist? It’s not a surname… Head over to see what we have.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy, this week. She wants us to look at mysteries. Go on over to see what else she says. If you are having a hard time coming up with a mystery in your life, ask yourself ‘I wonder why…’ and see where your brain goes.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. The introduction lets us read a little about Mrs. Nesbitt, founder of the ABC project.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are draft, locate, and serenity. Check out the meanings of draft. I’m not sure I have seen a word with such a diversity of meanings, which means I’m off to the etymology dictionary. Hmmm… from draw, Old English dragan, to drag. Now go back and look at the meanings the site gives us with that in mind.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.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two for one visit. First, we have Grace’s Challenge and what a challenge it is. She would like us to build a renga! Head over to see how she suggests we build this community poem. It has already started, so read what is there and write the next stanza. I have mine ready as soon as I post this. We also have A Word With Laurie. Visit to read the prompt. Check the rest of the week too. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems wants us to consider spirits, the spirit, spirit. Each has a different connotation, doesn’t it? Visit to see what it’s about. Also, WWP is one of the sites offering a place to post your poems for the month.

At Poets United, we are asked to think about keys, more specifically, the keys in our lives. For the rest of the prompt, and some lovely images, head over.

Over at dVerse’s we are given a fascinating essay by the Chazinator on science and poetry. Throughout, he references poets and gives examples of what they have to say on the topic, through their poems. The prompt asks that we reference in some way the scientific spirit of our time. To read the essay and his suggestions for how we approach the prompt, head over. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks focuses us more narrowly than usual, asking us to get our inspiration from two sources.  Visit for the possibilities and because it’s fun to wander through the site.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

The final posting is for Trifecta, I have given you the link to the Instructions page. They have an interesting shtick. Visit and find out what.

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 @ Thursday Thoughts.

The blog is dark until May, except for Fridays, so I shall see you next Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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8 responses to “Prompts Friday Freeforall

  1. brian miller

    13/04/2012 at 10:14 am

    thanks again for the mention of the pub margo…hope you have a great & poetic weekend…

    • margo roby

      13/04/2012 at 10:17 am

      You are welcome, Brian. Thanks for serving my kind of beer!

  2. wordsandthoughtspjs

    13/04/2012 at 3:45 pm

    Margo, stopping by to thank you for sharing Adele’s blog. She has a plethora of information on her site. I even linked up her “writing poetry” article on my blog. Such good stuff!

    Happy Friday! (hope to see you at the whirl this week)

    • margo roby

      14/04/2012 at 10:05 am

      Pamela, Isn’t Adele’s blog wonderful?! If only I had time to explore, lol. One of these days.

      I hope to be in the whirl too. I couldn’t make the words gel last week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. Annette Mickelson

    13/04/2012 at 4:32 pm

    Happy writing Margo!

    • margo roby

      14/04/2012 at 10:07 am

      Thank you, Annette! Good to see you.

  4. Hannah Gosselin

    13/04/2012 at 5:27 pm

    Margo!! Thank you, so sweet! Smiles to you!


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