TGIF: Friday Freeforall

30 Nov

7:35 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Come O’er the Stream Charlie by The Corries

Hello, all. NaNoWriMo-ers, congratulations. Update on ViV who regularly gives us heart attacks. We have learned the signal: when she disappears from the waves, things are not good. Visit her site for the latest from ViV’s daughter, Sally. In short, despite a real scare, she is recovering fast and will be up for dancing on tables, soon. Meanwhile:

At The Poetry Mixtape Donna introduces us to Marilyn Nelson and her gorgeous poem ‘Dusting’.  If nothing else, go read the poem to see how unlikely words, seemingly unpoetic words, can make a great poem. Head on over . As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday! Whichever, visit.

In Reverie Forty-seven: freeing the verse,  Joseph suggests that we don’t let grammar stand in the way of [y]our poem. I know. Pretty radical. You may recall I suggest the same thing often. Now you have another voice. Head over to read what he says about the mechanics of poetry, with an eye towards free verse.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele discusses romance, a state not necessarily involving love. Head over. Remember that Adele is always a good source for poems to read, even if a prompt doesn’t jumpstart your mind.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda chose the words from a Robert Frost poem and gives us the link to read it. It’s always fun to see how a writer’s words are used when we don’t know the context from which they came. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

At Carry On Tuesday,  Keith is traveling, so has left two lines for us to work with, one a Beatles’ song, the other by Lennon. Both are titles and work well separately and together. Head over to see the line and for a link to hear the songs.

Time to get your limerick on! Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. 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 first image prompt, a compelling photograph. I sat and stared for several minutes before recalling you all. You’ll see why when you visit. If you check the link for the photograph’s source, plan to have quite a bit of free time. I really almost did not come back. It’s quite a party over at The Mag. I was told I would be number 85, should I have a poem. Wow!

At Poetry Jam, Dani is taking us to the land of nostalgia. It’s make believe time. Visit to read the prompt.

For November, Elizabeth says: the Musical Note Prompts will probably return after the new year. At this point in time, I would like to offer image inspiration for the November PAD (poem a day) Challenge, beginning November 1st. Each of the images is the result of my creative play with digital art and will be offered separately (one a day) through the month. Each image will include a title which may be used, or not, as part of the prompt.

Back to Wednesdays at Carolisle’s blog, Light Words. Gorgeous photograph and wonderful statement from Rilke. Go on over.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Mary’s Mixed Bag is upon us. Her focus is with connections. Head over to read what she has to say. There are other interesting challenges. Wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is giving us a fun topic: transitions in time and season. They have a very cool excerpt of poetic prose from the Brothers Grimm, as an example. Head over.

We are Meeting the Bar at dVerse with Anna. She would like us to play with erasure poetry, so go read what she says. It’s an interesting form and the good poems I have read awe me that someone saw the poem amongst all the words. Visit. Wander around. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place. Hot rum toddies, anyone?

Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks  has at least one article and one photograph to use as prompts for a haiku, or a limerick [and if it sparks something else, wonderful. Just because you can’t post other, doesn’t mean you should ignore inspiration. Am I right?]. The images of flowers, alone, are worth the visit. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest. A comforting feel to it.

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.

If that is not enough, look straight up, at the top of the blog and you will see a new tab: Freeforall: Even More Prompt Sites. The sites won’t always be up-to-date, but the links will get you there.

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!

I shall see you Tuesday for our image prompt; and next Friday for the usual.

Happy writing, everyone.


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7 responses to “TGIF: Friday Freeforall

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    08/12/2012 at 11:58 pm

    :)’s to you, Margo and thank you…the dVerse link will come in handy I’m embarking on a project with a poet to create one of these erasure poems from a journal space that we’re sharing for the month. Should be fun!

    • margo roby

      09/12/2012 at 11:43 am

      Coolness, Hannah. And you meant to say: with another poet :-). Let me/us know how the experiment goes and what you learn about the form.

      • Hannah Gosselin

        09/12/2012 at 4:26 pm

        Oh, like I’m a poet, as well so it should be another poet or grammatically it should be that way…hmm I’m thick. 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes!! Thank you, Margo!!

        • margo roby

          09/12/2012 at 5:26 pm

          It’s ‘cuz you’re a poet, woman 🙂

          • Hannah Gosselin

            09/12/2012 at 5:27 pm

            Margo!! Thank you..sometimes I forget that I’m one, too!! 🙂 You’re good for my heart.

            • margo roby

              09/12/2012 at 5:33 pm

              That’s okay, Hannah. My mentor always tells me ‘Leave it to others to name you poet’. Wise man. You are so named.

              And, please, if we are going to talk about good for the heart! I’ll have a heart attack the day you disappear for what ever reason [shopping collapse, children gone too far, husband not so cute day…].

              • Hannah Gosselin

                09/12/2012 at 5:37 pm

                Haha!! Yes, those kind of days though, they drive me even closer to the craft!! Disappearing into my comfortable creative zone…ahhh.

                No heart attacks for you.

                Thank you for the naming..the boost, so timely. 🙂


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