Poetry Freeforall: Take One

05 Jun

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7:51a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Firehead sung by Infinity Girl

Hello, all. It looks like a sunny day outside. My husband is at his final day of work and then he will be retired, officially. We were bemused to see a piece of paper he was handed earlier this week, titled: Separation Notice. Yikes! The state of Georgia is divorcing him. Texas, here we come.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie  The prompt that caught my eye this week is the photograph. As with poetry, a viewer’s interpretation may not be what an artist intends. The image is titled Beyond Hope. I see almost the opposite. Check out their other prompts for the week.adele kenny

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog: Adele talks about a personal poetry pharmacy from which we can draw for our therapy poems. Poems centred around deeply felt emotions are some of the hardest to write well. But, their importance as therapy is boundless. Visit to see what she says on the topic of therapy poems.

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 Pink.Girl.Ink. Stacy wants us to let a coffee shop be our poem starter. Head over to read what she says.

Feeling blue? Need a laugh? Need warming up? You need to read a limerick or two. 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 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 — read several, write one.magpie

Magpie Tales gives us a black and white photograph by Toni Frissell. It’s one of those photographs that holds on, both while studying it and after leaving it. Remember, as with any image prompt, you can focus on one aspect rather than the whole. Take a look.

Found Poetry Review The FPR is looking at propaganda posters. Beth gives us a wonderful link to a page of poster thumbnails — if you hover your cursor over a thumbnail, it will show you the text. Head over. (If you find a different prompt, Thursdays is changeover day.)

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 maps, specialty dishes, and tributes.  Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

At imaginary garden with real toads Susie gives us flowers. She has images and quotes to help us on our way, but the most inspirational thing in the post, for me, is when Susie says imagine surfing through velvet brilliance or the sky smelling of orchids. Check it out.

At Poets United Midweek Motif Susan gives us sustainability as our motif. Visit to read Susan’s quotes and a poem by Ginsberg.cooltext1387356024

Jeremy’s Weekly Challenge I have to laugh at myself. When I see this site coming up, I begin to happily anticipate what Jez has put together for one of his multi-faceted prompts (It’s okay, Jez — after a month you’ll be a regular and I won’t keep putting you to the blush). Check out the possibilities.sasha

At The Happy Amateur Sasha explains wikems. Head over to see what she does with summer.

dverseOver at dVerse I chose the Open Link Night. I don’t think I have done that before, but Bjorn talks about us using images with our poems. As many of us do, I thought you might like to see what he says, but, more importantly (:-)), he gives us a fabulous link. I don’t know if you know of Wikiart, but if you head to the bar, Bjorn is waiting.

See you Tuesday for the next dream prompt; Thursday for links and such; and the following Tuesday (I hope — I’ll have our dates sussed out at some point) for the third dream prompt. Wordgathering will be dark next Friday, while my husband and I drive to Missouri.

Happy writing, everyone.


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15 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Take One

  1. b_y

    05/06/2015 at 10:32 am

    Whistle when you get to Nashville. Buy you a cup of coffee.

    • julespaige

      05/06/2015 at 10:51 am


      • b_y

        05/06/2015 at 2:22 pm

        You, too. More=merrier

        • julespaige

          05/06/2015 at 2:24 pm

          Really enjoying your prompts. I might miss a few.
          While I’m ‘free’ now… I’ve got lots to do, even if it is at my own pace – until late August. 🙂

    • julespaige

      05/06/2015 at 10:51 am

      (Well actually I’m still home).

    • margo roby

      05/06/2015 at 11:27 am

      The road goes through Nashville? I’ll have to haul the map out. Meanwhile, it’s a deal.

      • b_y

        05/06/2015 at 2:25 pm

        24 and 65 both pass through town. If you can find the football stadium, I can find you.


    05/06/2015 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for these, Margo. Please wish your husband a very happy and healthy retirement.

  3. julespaige

    05/06/2015 at 10:53 am

    Retirement… That’s still a long dream away for ‘our house’ …
    You might enjoy this piece for Sasha and Q:

    • margo roby

      05/06/2015 at 11:29 am

      Well, this is wishful thinking, Jules. He may go back to work at something part-time!

      • julespaige

        05/06/2015 at 1:36 pm

        Sometimes a dramatic change can be to much.
        Watch his health – keep him active.
        Even volunteering might be a good thing if funds are not a priority.

        • margo roby

          05/06/2015 at 1:37 pm

          I will, Jules. I think the volunteering is the first thing he’ll look at.

  4. barbcrary

    05/06/2015 at 2:25 pm

    It’s a journey – and not just to Missouri. Remind him to have fun along the way.


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