Friday Freeforall: Are We There Yet?

07 Dec

7:31 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Steel Rail Blues by Gordon Lightfoot — I had forgotten how much I love this singer

Hello, everyone. Are we all hanging in? Grimly? It will get worse, you say? I know, but I do love this season. I think I have everything ordered; I don’t know what I would do without Amazon. If you need a retreat, check these out:

At The Poetry Mixtape Donna introduces us to Erin Elizabeth Smith and her  poem ‘Four Photographs of House with Mother’.  I love the structure and idea of the poem. Visit and read what Donna says. As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday! Whichever, visit.

In Reverie Forty-eight: euphony, eyephony, we all phony,  Joseph discusses sound structure. Sound is vital to all styles of poetry, maybe even more so for writers of so-called free verse. Head over to read Joseph’s essay. Then go play with sound. I’m always tickled pink when I achieve a thread of internal rhyme. It’s a device I appreciate more than any other.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele discusses waiting, a concept that originally meant to watch out for [makes sense]. 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 and her husband brainstormed the list and came up with a great bunch of words. 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 and increase your vocabulary! 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 photograph, by Man Ray. As soon as I saw the image, I thought of Adele Kenney’s prompt based on waiting. The two might work together in interesting ways. Head over.

At Poetry Jam, Peggy Goetz gives us a little background on the historical Sinterklaas, as  context, before giving us a prompt based on people we might honour with a poem. Visit to see what she says.

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.

At Carol’s blog, Light Words, the photograph and accompanying poem focus on mushrooms as an entry to a couple of important themes. She tells us she can’t quite get to where she knows she’s heading, but invites us to try. Go on over.

At imaginary garden with real toads, I’m giving you the general link, as there are a couple of things to delight us. We have prompts, interviews, photographs and other interesting challenges. Wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems has a topic I have been working on for, well, years! Have you ever thought of your life as a poem? Head over to read what Neil has to say about it.

At dVerse, we are trying a form, people! Gay Reiser Cannon introduces us to quaterns. Those who can handle rhyme and metre rejoice. Those who can’t, guess what? You can still write this form because it’s all about the refrain and its placement and that part is fun. Visit. Wander around. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place. Is it eggnog, yet?

Patricia K. Lichen, Author: Monday’s Nature Quote is one I found so compelling, I broke from the traditional Friday link. I thought you would like to read it and possibly to use it as the basis of a poem for yourself, or even, still, for the Friday prompt posting. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest.

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 a prompt to do with your road less traveled; and next Friday for the usual.

Happy writing, everyone.


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11 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Are We There Yet?

  1. vivinfrance

    07/12/2012 at 9:28 am

    Great collection, Margo, with lots of interesting trails to follow. But I am restricting my web wanderings, and trying to write better poems as a result. My Life as a Poem is taking lots of thought, and is incubating slowly to be ready for WWP next Wednesday

  2. margo roby

    07/12/2012 at 9:38 am

    I know just what you mean. If I didn’t have this as an excuse, ViV, I would see maybe four of the above.

    • margo roby

      07/12/2012 at 9:40 am

      Oh, and may I tell you how good it is to see you? I hadn’t realised how much I had internalised your almost always being the first responder to my blogs, until you weren’t.

  3. carolisle

    07/12/2012 at 12:10 pm

    The act of writing is putting words together, but the fact of writing is passing on wisdom…it seems to me. All this to say is you get me and the others of us who have found our way to your weekly forums. In other words gee thanks ! 🙂

    • margo roby

      07/12/2012 at 12:55 pm

      Carol, you are welcome, with a big accompanying grin.

  4. sonofwalt

    09/12/2012 at 2:23 am

    I love playing with internal rhyme and sounds. I’ll check it out. I appreciate the links, and wish I spent more time looking into them all!

    • margo roby

      09/12/2012 at 11:47 am

      One of my favourite things to do, sonofwalt. I hear you about time. It doesn’t get better… ever. Best bet is to come up with a system, and when you do, let me know.

      • sonofwalt

        09/12/2012 at 10:50 pm

        Haha, you’ll be the first to know.

  5. Hannah Gosselin

    09/12/2012 at 4:28 pm

    There’s something to be said for quality over quantity…I’ve limited by wanderings, too but it’s always good to have this and you to come home smiling to!! Never know when there might be an extra poem for the writing. :)’s

    • Hannah Gosselin

      09/12/2012 at 5:25 pm

      Yeah, there was an extra poem in there…The Mag image was a fun one to write to!! 🙂


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