‘”Stella!” It’s Friday Freeforall!’

15 Jun

8:39 a.m. — San Antonio

Hello, everyone. I’m so glad to be back in touch — you would think I had been gone for weeks. Welcome to all the new names I saw in my email  inbox on my phone. That’s as far as I get tech-wise, or I could have kept up with comments. I am on borrowed time, as my husband and I are sharing a 3G modem. We hope to have our wifi connected later today and I hope to respond to everyone by weekend’s end. Let’s see what we have to play with:

Donna and ‘The Poetry Mixtape’ will be taking a two week break. For anyone who has not visited Donna’s blog, Put Words Together. Make Meaning, I will leave a link here so you can visit and explore.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Twenty-three: poetic rhetoric. This week we receive a lesson in poetic rhetoric, and can finally go around calling the rhetorical devices by their original names. Besides sounding nifty, the words sum up long explanations in single words, so we can say: ‘I am using a series of hendiadys,’ instead of, ‘I am going to use several conjoined words for emphasis’. Bonus: If you have a background in Greek, which I do, you can see how the words mean what they do. Then, there is zeugma. Bonus: a great word to say.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog the topic is music as muse. Music makes a wonderful starting point for ideas and Adele gives us several directions to try. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, and to be given links to corresponding poetry, visit.

Over at Poetic Bloomings we are diving into water. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. Marie Elena and Walt have plenty to announce, so stop by their home page, as well.

Have you whirled? At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle words from the poems of the new U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the first words of a 1972 Johnny Nash hit. Head over to read the line and for a link to listen to the song. It took me right back. Love the music from that time period.

It’s that time: Limerick-off Mondays. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Stay to shoot the breeze. 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.

I love the image this week. So many possibilities, especially if you can read and translate the words that can be seen. This is the type of visual where you can focus on one element, or link a couple of items, or take the whole. Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt and to read how others approached this image.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, is taking her two week break from connected madness. I am giving you her blog’s general link, so you can wander through word lists if you need one. Shawna’s approach to word lists: ‘To participate, write a poem or short passage/story using at least one of the words listed below. Feel free to use word variations (e.g., “chancing” rather than “chance”) as necessary.’

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary M, who wants us to celebrate. So many possibilities. She provides us with some photographs and quotes to give us a start. Head on over and see what the party is about.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. This week’s introduction offers, along with the introduction, a Video.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are cling, murmur, and taken. Sounds like a Harlequin romance. 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. TWW has a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, Kenia is here with her Wednesday Challenge, where we are introduced to the poet, Vera Pavlova, and challenged to write a message to the world. The fun part is what we do with it, so head over and read the challenge. Mary’s Mixed Bag comes with a twist on the dream nightmare category of prompt. Visit and read her post. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems wants more on not a cento cento. The new twist is a humdinger, so head over to take it in. I was sorry to miss the posting date this week. I had great fun writing my non-cento cento, using Anne Rice’s The Mummy!

At Poets United, opportunity knocks. Visit to find out the result.

At dVerse’s FormForAll, Gay gives us a form I haven’t come across by name, before, the Triversen. Read her thoughtful essay on ‘modern’ poetry and give the form a try. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu. It’s margarita week. You might find several of us propping up the bar. They make us feel welcome.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us several options to use as resources. Snake sex? Come on! Tell me you aren’t going to check that out. An interesting possibility, she suggests, is to look at the comments and pull a poem from them. 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. While Thoughts is going down for the summer, I would love to build for Autumn. What do you have for me?

I shall see you Tuesday the 19th, to see how you are doing with the summer rotation of Tryouts and to discuss cinquains and possibly the next item on the list; then, Friday for the next roundup. Lovely to be back among you. I am heading for my comments, now… okay, after I fetch a cup of coffee.

Happy writing, everyone.


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10 responses to “‘”Stella!” It’s Friday Freeforall!’

  1. JulesPaige

    15/06/2012 at 12:23 pm

    Couldn’t find your ‘not a cento’ is it posted?
    Anyway here is my attempt:

    • margo roby

      15/06/2012 at 1:09 pm

      No, Jules. With that site, this is kinda late. I’ll be over to see yours soon. Am still trying to catch up.

      • neil reid

        15/06/2012 at 3:11 pm

        Oh yea, you know Margo how tough we are about “the rules” over at We Write Poems, indeed!

        But seriously, like for real, never too late to post a comment, but just who is gonna come look at see? That of course is the rub! But I’ve a simple solution for you my friend – simply post both poems when next week’s Wednesday chance comes around. And we won’t tell a soul that you’re cheating! Doing a twofer, my goodness!

        But part two, kind of an interesting wrinkle, yes. Don’t know if my current vacation away from the old homestead will let me do that much, but perhaps…

        • margo roby

          17/06/2012 at 8:24 am

          Neil, I’m grinning. No guarantee I will have a second poem but I have no problem sliding the first one in. I seem to remember doing that with the bear in the photo prompt. Thank you for the reminder that I am at heart a subversive.

  2. Rosanna

    15/06/2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Margo. I’m new to this group and have participated in three “events” – and I’m enjoying myself thoroughly. I’m glad I found your blog. Here’s to a happy trip for you and your hubby!

    • margo roby

      17/06/2012 at 8:26 am

      Rosanna, welcome! I am so glad you found us — it’s a great group. I look forward to seeing you around.

      Thanks for the good wishes.

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    16/06/2012 at 11:06 am

    Margo!!! Thank you! So nice to see you! 🙂

  4. Madeleine Begun Kane

    16/06/2012 at 2:03 pm

    Welcome back! And thanks as always for linking my Limerick-Offs!

  5. mliddle

    16/06/2012 at 10:51 pm

    A surprise! A surprise!
    She said.
    Dancing around if there
    Was nothing in her head
    To keep her stable & not fall down.
    But that didn’t matter to Margo;
    Because it’s not what’s in the package, you see
    But what has come in its stead.
    So head on over & look for your name;
    But don’t cheat & skim the text reaching for fame.
    It will come soon enough, my friend
    And that’s all – TA TA!

    Stop by, Margo for that surprise –

  6. Meena Rose

    16/06/2012 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Margo: I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award… Come check it out:

    As an added bonus you get to learn 7 random things about me 🙂

    Also thank you for this comprehensive list on all things poetic. I continue to expand my resources everyday.


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