Poetry Freeforall: Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

17 May

7:26 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Mumford & Sons singing I Will Wait… you’ll need to wait a moment. I can’t do anything and listen to the lead singer.

Hullo, all. Ready for the weekend? I thought so. Here are some prompts to accompany you.

We start with Donna’s Put Words Together. Make Meaning and a dip into the Tow Truck archives. We are asked to use the work of other writers for our own purposes.  This time, choose a rhyming couplet from any poem by another author. To find out what you are going to do with the couplet, head to the Tow Truck.

Aaaand, he’s back, ladies and gentlemen. The Refinery is open once more for your viewing pleasure. Not only can you watch a master class in taking a poem apart and discussing how it works, but Joseph adds a prompt to do with relationships and celestial bodies. You all have your metaphor on this week. Go on over. Don’t forget to keep sending your poems in to Joseph, so he has a stockpile.

At The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.sunday whirl This week her central focus is letting go. Head over for her tips, her suggestions, and her example poems. Like I said, Adele offers much.

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from Time, a poem by Chris Martin. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us a phrase from the movie, Moulin Rouge. You might want to wait until you have written your poem before listening to, or reading the lyrics of, the song. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine always writes a limerick, as an example. This week’s has two stanzas (no, I didn’t know, either). Look around while you are there. After a year and a half of posting this link, I still smile as soon as I come to it on my list. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

What is going on at The Mag?! Only 41 responses to their photograph. Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. Remember that you do not have to address the whole image, or its subject. Find some small detail that sparks you and write about that. Me, I’m fascinated with the ‘these things are forbidden’ sign.

Mary, at Poetry Jam, has a prompt that makes me want to stop and play, immediately. Head over to see all the possibilities to do with crystal, some of which might be fun to work together into a poem. Finish by listening to Tommy James and The Shondells. Of course I stopped to listen. That’s my generation’s music!

This week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a photograph to spark a poem. Don’t forget that Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember that she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

At imaginary garden with real toads, the images in Margaret’s post are so cool, I didn’t look further. You can explore while you are over there. Visit. Investigate. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is asking us to focus on a protagonist for a few weeks. This week, Your protagonist is having a Zen moment. Head over to read the context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Anna has a wonderful post on one of the underpinnings in the art of poetry, specifically, the role of volition and velleity. This is another case of my going no further. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. I hear they’re thinking Sangria time is coming.

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 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. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for a guest prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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8 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    17/05/2013 at 10:03 am


  2. Jay Crider

    17/05/2013 at 10:33 am


  3. Madeleine Begun Kane

    19/05/2013 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks so much for regularly linking my Limerick-Offs for such a long time. I really appreciate it!

    And in response to your implied question, multi-verse limericks aren’t common, but they’re kosher. (I call them limerick sagas.) 🙂 I’ve written some as long as eight verses, Here’s the longest one of mine I can find in a hurry:

    Suitable Verse
    By Madeleine Begun Kane

    A man who owned only one suit
    Could afford many more with his loot.
    But he hated to wear’em
    And just could not bear’em,
    Which led to a workplace dispute.

    The co that he worked for was sold.
    “The new owner likes suits,” he was told.
    “That’s too bad,” he replied.
    “I just can not abide
    Dressing up and I won’t be controlled.”

    “Read my memo — now suits are a must,”
    He was warned. “You must look upper crust.”
    He replied, “Won’t comply!”
    “Then I bid you goodbye,”
    Said the buyer, with scorn and disgust.

    “But wait, there’s a suit that I like,”
    He responded. “I won’t take a hike.
    It’s a suit of this sort:
    I shall take you to court.
    Watch your legal bills mount up and spike.”

    The new owner refused to back down.
    He assumed that the guy was a clown
    Who never would sue.
    That assumption, he’d rue.
    He soon learned that this “clown” owned the town.

    Yes, he worked just for fun — that’s the hitch.
    He missed working — it gave him an itch.
    So he did file that suit
    And won even more loot.
    Then he bought out the co. Ain’t that rich?

    • margo roby

      20/05/2013 at 10:06 am

      Madeleine, you are one of my mainstays!

      I love the extended limerick. I am intrigued. Having a whole story gives the form a different effect. Great fun!

      • Madeleine Begun Kane

        02/06/2013 at 3:19 pm

        Thanks so much, Margo! The odd part is that I’m a terrible short story writer, Yet I can write stories via multi-verse limericks. Go figure. 🙂


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