Fry, Baby, Fry-day’s Freeforall

06 Jul

8:13 a.m. — Walnut Creek

Hello, everyone. How’s winter going, Down Under? Hot enough, USA? Out here we are hanging by our fingernails onto the marine layer, but it’s dissolving. Maybe I can help you distract yourselves.

Donna and The Poetry Mixtape are back with Galway Kinnell. If you have not read his poetry, it is compelling. Both prompts Donna offers look fun/interesting. I’m looking forward to going back and looking at them again. As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday!

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Twenty-Six: Pangrawit. He is taking us on a foray into Indonesian culture. In case you missed Reverie Twenty-Five and a half, Joseph has given us an abcedarian prompt with a theme. If you haven’t tried this form, do, just to find out what works and what doesn’t.

Over at Adele’s, The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, she suggests we try an invective poem. Fed up with the weather? Furious at your phone provider? Here’s your chance to get it off your chest and have fun doing it. Adele has a gorgeous example from Shakespeare and another by Diane Lockward. 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.

At Poetic Bloomings we are asked to think about a resting poem, particularly as Walt continues to have difficulty sleeping, hindering his recovery. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. Yes, even Walt. His poem is particularly poignant at this time. PB has put up a list of those of you who still have not sent in your bloom and bio. Don’t get left out. The deadline is extended until tomorrow.

Have you whirled? At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle words from Sherman Alexie’s blog. I love how sometimes we meet a poet we might not know, learn about things we might not have discovered otherwise, and find new sites to investigate. All this and a wordle! Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the title and last line of a David Whalen poem. For the poem and other tidbits, Keith includes, visit.

Yaaaay! It’s that time: Limerick-off Mondays. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Look around while you are there. 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, an intriguing take on Ophelia. I love the colours. You can choose to include the knowledge this is Ophelia, or you can block that and look at the image as it is, a picture you stumble across, a young woman sleeping… dead?

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, gives us her Monday Melting list. 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, who asks us to consider the topic of forgiveness. Head on over and read what she has to say on the subject, as well as some quotes she has gathered for us.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. This week’s introduction alliterates Y.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are buffer, transition, and unity. 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.

Wonder Wednesday gives us a photograph and, if we wish, a word. Visit to meet Carolisle and have a look at the photograph and what she has to say about it.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, we start with Out of Standard with Izy. She presents us quite a challenge: a parody of our own style. Go on over and read what she has to say. We also have A Word With Laurie. Head over to find the word and some definitions and images. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems wants us to find poetry in the supermarket, the grocer’s, the wherever you shop for food and household products. Head over to read the rest of the prompt.

At Poets United, we are given an artist to inspire us. The poem might address a specific painting, the style in general, the artist, even the title of a piece. Go investigate.

At dVerse I’m giving you a grab bag day. I have given you the general link. Head over, scroll down to where the week’s offerings are listed, close your eyes, point your finger at the choices and take what comes to you. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu.  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. 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 at Tuesday Tryouts and talk a little about diamantes (I believe); then, Friday for the next roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.


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14 responses to “Fry, Baby, Fry-day’s Freeforall

  1. JulesPaige

    06/07/2012 at 3:07 pm

    Just posted this over at Rosemary Mint…Too many word lists not enough time!

  2. markwindham

    06/07/2012 at 4:13 pm

    agree with Jules, so much to write, so little time…

    • margo roby

      06/07/2012 at 4:28 pm

      … maybe if we go in on a lottery ticket together!

      • markwindham

        06/07/2012 at 4:48 pm

        I’m game! Start a poor poets pool. You can be the treasurer.

        • margo roby

          06/07/2012 at 6:03 pm

          Happy to. Where’s your contribution?

          • markwindham

            06/07/2012 at 6:10 pm

            Need a pay pal account of something.

            Need some summer reading material?

            • margo roby

              06/07/2012 at 7:17 pm

              Yes, please, on the summer reading.

              • markwindham

                06/07/2012 at 9:07 pm

                Ok, I will get you something this weekend. No editing required. But maybe an opinion or two. 😉

  3. carolisle

    06/07/2012 at 9:54 pm

    Dang I forgot to check the numbers on the lottery ticket I bought last week. LOL 🙂

    • margo roby

      06/07/2012 at 9:57 pm

      Next time, Carolisle, next time 🙂

  4. Hannah Gosselin

    06/07/2012 at 11:30 pm

    It’s not too bad in Maine! I hope this simmers down for those who it is intolerable for. :/

    So you were talking about thinking about Autumn and Misky and I had a conversation recently that might interest you!?

    It’s good to see your smiling face, Margo!! 🙂

    • margo roby

      06/07/2012 at 11:58 pm

      Hannah, hello! Maine? Are you always in Maine? It’s not bad where we are in California.

      I would love to do something along those lines. Maybe we start with the three of us and get a feel for how to work things? I took a critique workshop online and will try and see if I have the notes somewhere that laid out pros and cons.

      Smiling 🙂

      • Hannah Gosselin

        07/07/2012 at 12:02 am

        Nice!! Yes, I’m always in Maine….born and raised! That sounds like fun…I figured I’d add it to your basket before we forgot about it! Smiling in return!! 🙂


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