Friday Freeforall. What, Again?!

10 Aug

9:12 a.m. — Atlanta

I hope all of you are well. While I am enjoying the Olympics, it takes enough of my time and attention that my poet brain has snuck off somewhere. While I look for it [sort of], here are this week’s assortment of prompts.

Donna and The Poetry Mixtape  give us a Lorca poem on the guitar. The phrase ‘smashed goblets’ should take you over to check! As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday!

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Thirty-one: ekphrastic ecstatic where Joseph presents us with an interesting selection of abstract modern art. He describes ekphrastic writing as, You allow the work to tell a story and summon up emotions in you.  I have always loved ekphrasis and find abstract art easier than more realistic genres. Visit and read Joseph’s thoughts on this, as well as his suggestions. Wander around while there. Visiting Joseph’s blog is like visiting him as he sits sipping coffee in his cafe.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele talks about apologies. In a serendipitous moment, I jotted down something about the word ‘sorry’ last night, so was amused to see this. She offers, as always, many approaches. 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.

Poetic Bloomings wants us to think of accomplishments in which we take pride. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt. You might look around and check out their latest in-form prompt, and their interview .

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our words based on her week on a houseboat. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Keith has signed up for another year of Mr. Linky. I hadn’t realised that it had to be paid for. Show your appreciation and visit for a line from Shakespeare.  Check Carry On Tuesday for the line and a link to the monologue which it opens.

It is time for Limerick-off Mondays. I’m smiling already. 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, a painting by John Singer Sargent, one of my favourite artists. The painting is one of those that pays for close ‘reading’. Start at the bottom left corner and move up and across, jotting what you notice. You can write about the scene, the woman, a thought, or memory, triggered by the painting, or focus on one part of the painting.

Mary at Poetry Jam wants us to think about values, what we value. She offers several suggestions for possible directions as well as several quotes.

For a new entrant and a different type of prompt, visit Elizabeth’s new venture, Musical Notes. I will give you the general blog URL, as the new song will go up every Tuesday, and your response can be posted Thursday. You will need to remember that, but I will leave this in as a continued reminder. This one is fun to play and tinker with, not only because the inspiration is a song, but because the response must be done in 15 words. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Show up next Tuesday!

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. This week we have a tribute to the founder, so dance on over to check it out.

The three words for Three Word Wednesday are crumble, drawn, and uneasy. 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 of a naked lady, the flower that is. Carolisle suggests that fun can be had with this. I agree. Go to it.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads, we have A Word With Laurie. Visit to find out the word and to wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems presents us with an image and asks us to use it as a spark to a possible love affair: Write a poem, howsoever you feel inspired, by this image of that far far landing on Mars. Head over to view the image and read the rest of the prompt.

At Poets United, Ella says: Think of this as an invitation to get others curious about a book… That’s right, we are being asked to combine our love of books with our love of writing. What can be better? Well, yes, coffee, but I thought that went without saying. Visit and read what else Ella says.

dVerse offers a prompt based on techniques developed by the Impressionist painters, who wanted to capture moments, the play of shade and light with few and quick brush strokes. Head to the Bar and read the rest of the prompt. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us several options to use as resources. For those of you fascinated by clouds, this is your chance. An interesting possibility, Patricia 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!

As we near the end of summer, I am gearing up to reopen Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts. This means if you have something you want announced: publication of your work [because you are shy about saying anything on your blog, or because you need us to buy your book!], an article you think we will enjoy, or find interesting, a writing contest, a workshop… anything to do with writing, really, send it along. If it is time sensitive, be sure and tell me. You can give me your announcements either in the comments section, or email me:

The other use for Thursdays is to discuss an aspect of writing that you want to discuss, or know about. Send topics, or questions!

I shall see you next Tuesday for a Tryout… some kind of freedom is involved; and next Friday for the Roundup. Should a request for a time sensitive announcement arrive, I’ll reopen Thursday early.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 10/08/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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6 responses to “Friday Freeforall. What, Again?!

  1. carolisle

    11/08/2012 at 2:01 am

    So many prompts so little time 🙂 Thanks for keeping us informed!

    • margo roby

      13/08/2012 at 9:28 am

      You are welcome, Carolisle! I know what you mean. Can’t even keep up with my own stuff.

  2. markwindham

    12/08/2012 at 5:27 pm

    Where oh where has
    dear Margo been?
    Has not posted a wordle
    in I don’t know when.
    Home from vacation,
    organizing the den,
    or sidetracked by that
    forgotten bottle of gin?

    😉 😉 😉 😉

  3. margo roby

    13/08/2012 at 9:27 am

    Gin, gin, gin…
    where do I begin?
    Figuring out the scene
    to what was once routine:
    the house. Now I am back
    must remember the knack
    to opening the brain
    and letting words reign.



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