TGIF Freeforall

11 May

7:36 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. Ready for a weekend? Then let’s get to it. I spotted some fun prompts as I criss-crossed the sites this week.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she introduces us to Marie Howe and her poem ‘What the Living Do’. With Donna’s help, my collection of poems that move me strongly is growing fast. Head over to read the poem and Donna’s suggestion for our own poems.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Eighteen: Singing the World, which introduces us to an unusual and lovely form, the sijo. Go on over to read the whole, because you know there is a whole lot more to it, and to give the form a try. A series of linked sijos might make for an interesting poem.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog she focuses on imagery and reminds us of all the things imagery isn’t. As usual, she provides us with poems that reflect what she says. Adele also suggests signing up for Diane Lockward’s newsletter, a suggestion I heartily second. I have been receiving it for over a year and look forward to its arrival each month. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we have several things to do. The prompt suggests we find a favourite something. To know what that refers to, go on over. Then we have an interview with Michael Grove AND, we have a link that takes us to an interview with Walt over at Claudsy’s blog. They never stop these two. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle list from her daughter’s Teen Vogue. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening line to Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. To read the line and hear the song head over. I am going to pause a second and do just that. Love that song. Okay, if you live in the U.S. go to the link I have here. Keith’s link doesn’t like us, or me.

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. It’s oddly normal. Head over to see what we have.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, has her word list up. It is an unusual list, yet I feel compelled. Maybe when I am done here… amygdala… mastodon… In case your brain screams, Shawna has included a later list with, as she terms them, ‘prettier’ words.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary Mansfield, who joins the other Jammers this week. She wants us to focus on the different aspects of blindness, so head over to read the prompt.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. I cannot believe we are already at this end of the alphabet, again. Head over.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are dampen, keep, and tremble. 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 with her final format challenge. She provides us with links to the various forms she has shared with us over the past months and also gives us the text of the renga which many of us had such fun writing. We also have Laurie who finds a word amongst the toads. Visit to read the prompts. Check the rest of the week too. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems sends us back to the beginning. To find out what that means, visit. I think I may piggyback my Tuesday prompt on this. Hmm.

At Poets United, we are asked to consider the news. One possibility offered is a Blackout poem. If you haven’t tried these, they provide directions and a link to Austin Kleon‘s website. If you go there, scroll down, and you will find a delightful video interview with him. For the rest of the prompt, and some wonderful images, head over.

At dVerse Chazinator waxes poetic about machines in Meeting the Bar. His essay is fun and informative and ends with possibilities for our own machined poems. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us our options to use as resources. By the time you visit, this week’s blog may have turned over, so check.  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. Remember that we often get a possible direction along with the image.

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.

I shall see you next Tuesday for a prompt that looks at your life [so start with WWP’s prompt :-)]; Thursday for announcements, or a topic [send them in if you have any]; and next Friday for the roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.


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9 responses to “TGIF Freeforall

  1. JulesPaige

    11/05/2012 at 9:40 am

    So many prompts, so little time…
    I guess though I’m just fond of where a word list can take me. If you are so inclined, enjoy:
    That is for Rosemary Mints’ mid week list of 15 words.

    • margo roby

      11/05/2012 at 9:55 am

      I’ll be over, Jules.

      • Shawna

        11/05/2012 at 10:53 am

        I would be so excited if you joined in! Thank you for the mention. 🙂

        • margo roby

          15/05/2012 at 10:17 am

          Shawna, thank you. I can barely manage The Sunday Whirl, but I will keep visiting and my brain may take over!

          • Shawna

            15/05/2012 at 10:51 am

            I plan to do the whirl every week and can’t seem to manage it. 😦

            • margo roby

              17/05/2012 at 10:01 am

              Here’s where you went to, Shawna. I wonder why WordPress feels the need to toss you into my spam queue. Do you get the whirl words early? Several of us get them from Brenda on Friday night. Otherwise you would never see us!

              • Shawna

                17/05/2012 at 10:24 am

                No, I don’t! How do I get on that list?

          • margo roby

            15/05/2012 at 12:23 pm

            Hmmm. Shawna, why do you suppose WordPress keeps tossing you into my spam? I found your first comment languishing there and un-spammed it. The second comment should not have gone there. I’ll have to make sure I check regularly!

  2. JulesPaige

    11/05/2012 at 10:37 am

    Oh goodness grief another good prompt I from Poetry Jam….


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