Poetry Freeforall: Challenge Yourself

23 Jan

first photo 308:19 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Yesterday’s Songs sung by Neil Diamond

Hello, everyone. Another week down and a weekend to write. Winter appears to have fled far, far North. Anyone feeling uneasy about February?

First, a reminder to submit to Gnarled Oak. They are reading for Issue 3, due out 15 April. To get an idea of what they are looking for, visit.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week involves a bit of play. You don’t want to create a monster? Then the other prompt that caught my attention is the haiku one. Check out their other prompts for the week.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda is taking time off while she travels. Watch this spot. If you join The Sunday Whirls Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

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Pink.Girl.Ink. Whoa! Stacy has changed the look of the site. Focus, Margo: The prompt is fun and based on the art of Tarot cards. You don’t have to own a set, or even believe in it. Think of this as an image prompt. To see her example cards and read what she says, go on over.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, gives us birds. Adele asks for a theme that somehow relates to or juxtaposes bird life and human life. She also gives us a list of birds and their symbolic associations. Head over to read the full prompt.

Make tracks to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. I defy you to not enjoy writing a good limerick. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a photograph that would seem to be a What’s the story, kind of image. The photo needs close study, as there are many details not apparent, at first. Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Gabriella gives several choices for writing about writing, so visit to read her ideas.FPR-200

Oh, what fun. At the Found Poetry Review: “What does it mean when you dream you’re being chased by an elephant?” Or: “Can I get a book telling me how to be mistress of ceremonies at a musical orgy?” Go on over to find out what that’s about. I promise fun, even hilarity, even if you don’t end up with a poem.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also all work for prose. This week’s topics are stability, going backwards, and maladies. Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

Mama Zen is in the house, at imaginary garden with real toads, where she gives us a quote from Poe and a question, as inspiration. Go play with the toads.

Poets United Midweek Motif gives us fashion. Even if you are thinking ‘Fashion? Enh.’ go read the two poems Susan has chosen. See what she has to say on the topic and the other bits of inspiration she has for us.dverse

Over at dVerse Brian challenges us to a form… our choice. Then he wants us to, well, go see what he says. Head to the bar. They love visitors; I can hear the clinking of ice.

I shall see you Tuesday for my image prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for more prompt site roundups.

Happy writing, everyone.



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3 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Challenge Yourself

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    23/01/2015 at 2:58 pm

    I ♥ Poetry Prompts!! Thank you, Margo! 🙂

  2. julespaige

    27/01/2015 at 8:46 am

    This is the one for MLM haiku prompt:

    And I found out that while yes one only has to sit for federal jury duty once… they have to actually sit. So being called and rejected 47 times doesn’t matter. That or unless you turn 70 or have medical issues, etc. Oh, joy.

    Hoping this trip is ‘it’. I am tired of being ‘tagged’.

    • margo roby

      27/01/2015 at 8:47 am

      On my way, Jules.

      Maybe you’ll get snowed out!? Or, maybe just get it over and done. Maybe.


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