Poetry Prompts Freeforall: Pick and Choose

30 May

7:49 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Rascal Flatts singing These Days

Hello, everyone. This is the final Friday roundup until August, so if you like having one source to check each Friday, rather than having a dozen bookmarked, just bookmark this page and you’ll find your way to each site’s most current prompt. Teachers: you are almost there. Hang on.





Sepia Saturday, is a site that has been up since 2009! Their thing is photographs, old ones, yours or theirs. This week, long hair: you have to go look! I like this site more and more, partly because they lay out what’s coming up, but mostly because they suggest possibilities with each photograph — themes can be specific or universal. Head over and be sure to read ‘Ask Auntie Miriam’.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda has our fourteen [Yes, fourteen. Deal.] weekly words. I love the source: Today’s words came from a Facebook conversation I had with fellow poet Pamela Kaler Sayers. We both contributed words to this week’s Whirl. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele talks about transport and travel. She gives us a little context in her arriving at the prompt and then her always fabulous guidelines and tips and examples.

There is an art to writing a limerick that transcends the form’s notoriety. We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays, my guaranteed smile of the week — I laughed this week. At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for the week’s line.magpie

Over at The Mag [Magpie Tales], Tess gives us quite a challenge. You can stare at the image for quite a while and be overwhelmed by the muchness of it. I notice not many have responded [at The Mag, 32 counts as not many]. Remember: you do not have to write about the whole image. Sometimes you can write to just one tiny part of the whole. Go on over.

At Poetry Jam, Peggy gives us age and aging of more than just people. Visit to see what she says.

carol Carol, at Light Words,is not quite at the dancing on tables stage, but she is back with a rocking prompt. Do you know what a palimpsest is? Whether you do or no, head over to see what she says. I found it fascinating as a possibility for a poem, either as structure or focus.

At the Found Poetry Review we are asked to remix a master remixer, Dylan — or erase.  Don’t forget to stop by their weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. See what the Review is all about. All things found live there.

Poets & Writers suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. This week we have street naming, pet matchmaking, and underwater. Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, I couldn’t choose between Margaret’s new topic of sketch poems or Isadora’s curse poem. Go look at both. Go play with the toads.

wewritepoemsRed Wolf Poems gives us an image prompt, a painting of the River Walk in my home town, San Antonio. Visit Red Wolf.

The Mid-Week Motif at Poets United, is best friends. Susan has several possible sources of inspiration for us. Head over.

dverseOver at dVerse, Meeting the Bar and Björn introduce the haibun, one of my favourite forms because of its versatility. Look around while you’re there. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place and the ice is clinking.

Flashy Fiction Friday  isn’t up yet, so check a bit later.

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 and leave your links with them!

The first summer prompt goes up Tuesday (explanation for newcomers).

OCALHand_WritingHave a wonderful summer (winter). Happy writing, everyone.

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14 responses to “Poetry Prompts Freeforall: Pick and Choose

  1. julespaige

    30/05/2014 at 10:37 am

    OK…so this is another from a comment turned prompt:

    • margo roby

      30/05/2014 at 12:13 pm

      Funny. I just filled out an index card with a prompt idea I got from one of your recent poems. I love when that happens.

  2. barbcrary

    30/05/2014 at 10:38 am

    Yea! Have a fine trip, Margo!

    • margo roby

      30/05/2014 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you, thank you. You have a task in Rehoboth, Barb: Walk the Boardwalk; walk main street; duck into the shell store; wave at the ocean. I’ll want a report.

      • barbcrary

        30/05/2014 at 12:54 pm

        I have grandchildren -each of these tasks is a given. Also Funland.

        • margo roby

          30/05/2014 at 2:38 pm

          How funny. I was about to put Funland on the list, having spent many happy hours there, but thought you would have no reason!

  3. Yousei Hime

    30/05/2014 at 12:04 pm

    In San Antonio today, and yes, it’s hot. Off to Michigan for my youngest graduation this weekend. Happy summer to you.

    • margo roby

      30/05/2014 at 12:12 pm

      Yousei, you can take the heat with you. My brother is freezing in Minnesota, at the moment. Congratulations on the graduation! Happy summer!

      • Yousei Hime

        30/05/2014 at 12:14 pm

        I’ll take the heat if I can bring back the cold. Sweating, not my favorite thing. 😉

        • margo roby

          30/05/2014 at 12:15 pm

          Deal! I loathe heat. And there we both are, abiding and aboding in Texas.

          • Yousei Hime

            30/05/2014 at 12:17 pm

            Right? I was driving through those lovely storm on Monday and Tuesday. Crazy rabbit.

  4. Carol Carlisle

    31/05/2014 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks for including me even when I was out of commission. I’m at least up and typing (blogging) again, dancing soon. 😀
    If you get out this way soon drop me a line.
    Crazy rabbit should come here our fog season just started 😦

    • margo roby

      01/06/2014 at 7:33 am

      Carol, I am flying out your way today. We are moving my mother to San Antonio and I am the first wave.


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