Poetry Freeforall: A Baker’s Dozen

20 Mar

first photo 38:20 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Humble sung by Audrey Assad

Hello, all. Oh yeh. Feel the caffeine… don’t mind me. I’m drinking my first cup of coffee. I do love coffee. It’s funny how little things can make our day. If you have been reading the WordPress contretemps in this blog, you know there is a mode war happening. This morning, I held my breath, clicked the bookmark I made, and here I am, Classic mode, baby!

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is Haiku with HA. Partly it is the interesting post that accompanies the prompt, and partly, the intriguing thought of capturing the idea of The Scream in a haiku. The photograph of pink balloons, also…Check out their other prompts for the week.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda asks us to leave our Wordle links in the comments of her blog. If you join The Sunday Whirls Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink

 Pink.Girl.Ink. Stacy has designed another guided poem for us. This one is simpler, less hands on (on the guiding part). We are asked to include an item in each of four stanzas. Head on over to find out what the items are.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog: Adele asks for limericks, in honour of St. Patrick’s. The poems don’t have to have anything to do with him, or his holiday. It’s the form.

Speaking of limericks, Madeleine is the Queen of limericks. Make tracks to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. Read several. They are in the comments so you don’t even have to leave the page. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short, so 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  It was odd to have the post come up and know exactly where I was with regard to the scene. I have walked along this street. We have, Petergate, with a view of York Minster, York, UK, photo by Tess Kincaid. Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Peggy asks us to look back. Visit to find out what we are looking back at.


Found Poetry Review Beth talks about the losing of words from our natural history lexicon. Even if you do not write found poetry, the post is well worth reading (I was horrified at the words chosen to remove from the Oxford Junior Dictionary), as is the article from The Guardian.

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 vulnerability, alternative words, and virtual friendship. A whole little poem right there. Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

At imaginary garden with real toads Susie asks us to play with spam before we consign it to the delete forever button. Go read what her idea is. Go play with the toads.

At Poets United Midweek Motif Susan gives us sun as our motif. Visit to read the quotations, facts, and poems Susan has chosen. sasha

At The Happy Amateur Sasha explains wikems. This week we have two for the price of one. Head on over and see what she does with progress and pi.

dverseOver at dVerse we are losing another familiar voice. Victoria is withdrawing. She has one last topic for us, one particularly dear to my heart. She says: I tried to eliminate not only adverbs and adjectives, but also forms of the verb “to be” which goes hand-in-hand with passive voice and deadens the flow of the poem. Head to the bar to read her good-bye and final words of wisdom.

That should keep you busy. I shall see you Tuesday for my prompt; Thursday for poetry month links; and Friday for the roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.



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3 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: A Baker’s Dozen

  1. julespaige

    20/03/2015 at 9:51 am

    And a wonderful first day of snowy – Yes we have snow! (3 – 4 inches arriving)… of SPRING???
    Here’s my HA-Q (OK that wasn’t planned but it works)…

    You might also like the Wikems that is dated March 19th. 🙂 Had me some pi(e) and a new word!

    • margo roby

      20/03/2015 at 10:13 am

      My son told me that Vermont gets snow into May, sometimes, so you Northerners no longer surprise me so much!

      I’ll head over in a bit, also to the other poem waiting for me. I have Jules time :-D.

      • julespaige

        20/03/2015 at 10:15 am

        Not sure if I’d make it in Alaska. More adaptable to Maui…except for the high prices of everything. 🙂

        It is all in what one is used to.


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