Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompts to Tempt You

27 May

9:20 a.m. — Atlanta

Another weekend, another show…yes, it does sound like I am ready for summer, doesn’t it? And here I thought retirement would be peaceful. My mother did keep saying: “Just wait!” You would think I had learned to listen to her by now.

We start our going into the weekend with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that some of you will fall on with glee, and some will throw up defensive shields. But, I promise you that this kind of prompt will take you unexpected places. Remember that it is ultimately, your poem. If part of the prompt doesn’t work, change it. You are allowed. Donna includes her attempt at it and I find with this type of prompt it is helpful to have an example to hand. No, I haven’t shown you anything…you’ll have to visit.

We sail to Writer’s Island next where the word of the week is sizzle. Think of all the connotations the word holds for you and what a wonderful sound it makes. Head to the island to read their associations.

The next site is a wordling whirl of Sundays. Visit them to see their wordle and to read up on how they work, if you wish to post responses. Otherwise, enjoy a weekly wordle, the words of which come from responses to the previous week’s wordle. Fun!

The line chosen by Carry on Tuesday is : What if god was one of us/Just a slob like one of us/Just a stranger on the bus/Trying to make his way home, from a Joan Osbourne song. Go to the site for a link to hear the song.

Sunday Scribblings has changed their modus operandi this week and offers a phrase: better late then never.

Our single word site, One Single Impression, offers us rambling. I noticed that they say in their about: One Single Impression is a community of poets writing and sharing haiku and other poetic forms.You might check out some of the participants’ offerings.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James has two photographs ready for you to look at. The one with the parasols is particularly inviting. If you use one, consider submitting your creation to ‘Sunday Snaps: the Stories‘  a collection of 52 photos and stories/poems.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays.

Jingle Poetry’s ‘Monday Potluck’ offers us Sketches, Images, and Impressions. Remember to pop by and watch the video with which they accompany their prompt. Next week they are giving us Thunderstorms, Floods, and Water Fury.

One of my favourite types of graphic prompts is over at Magpie Tales. They have posted Banquet Scene with a Lute Player by Nicolas Tournier. This type of painting offers many possible roads: focus on a single person, on the story of what is happening with the group, on a detail. But start by jotting down every single thing you see [as well as any comments or connections your brain is making].

For you alliterists out there here is ABC Wednesday‘s letter for this week: Say! This is Sylvia and guess what? It’s the S day and Sam Schnauzer and I are ready to climb into our Sailboat with a bouquet of Sunflowers, a bowl full of Salad, a Salami Sandwich or two to Satisfy our appetite and, of course, a pitcher of Sangria to Sip on as we Sit Safely on the Sand at the beach! Go on over for the rest of the intro and to see the lovely illustration of S.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are grin, jumble, and naked. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source.

So many times we sweat over our poems – and that’s good, but sometimes it’s also good to kick off your shoes and dance, to write for the sheer joy of it. So grab your rhyming dictionary. Time to play! That is how We Write Poems starts its prompt. Head on over and find out what we are dancing to.

MMMMM chocolate just saying and thinking about it makes my mouth actually water. Yep! That’s all I am giving you of the Poets United ‘Thursday Think Tank’ prompt. How can you not go see what that is about? You know you want to look at photos of chocolates and read more about chocolate. And, just say the word slowly: cho…co…late.

For our last prompt we have Scribble & Scatter’sAlpha to Omega Thursdays‘. We are onto gamma this week: The gamma words for my ‘Alpha to Omega’ challenge are gynarchy (a government run by women) and graphicsVisit for a look at the root meanings of the words.

That should keep you entertained and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. If you have questions ask. If you write in response to any of these, both the people whose blogs you visit and I would love to read your responses. So, post!

I shall see you Tuesday for a relaxing prompt [i.e. no form], Thursday for more words to avoid, and next Friday for more of the same. Happy writing, everyone.


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13 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompts to Tempt You

  1. anjum

    27/05/2011 at 11:11 am

    I came
    I saw
    I read

    I came again
    I began

    to gather

    in words
    in smiles
    from miles


    peaceful, I

    I wrote
    and hundreds

    of words
    I came again
    I saw spaces

    I looked for words
    I met ‘a void’
    a command

    ‘Go, Go, there
    tow, jingle, whirl,

    ‘I looked again

    No, I should
    not ….
    Thou art good
    when in prose

    Now that I know
    I cannot, I shouldn’t
    I will not….

    I’m sorry
    I’m thankful
    I came

    I saw
    I go….

  2. margo roby

    27/05/2011 at 11:58 am

    As I have said, continue finding poems on my blogs, Anjum! They are delightful and a very different style. I think because you are focused on the page your mind does not stray and you hold the twins in check 🙂

    • anjum

      27/05/2011 at 12:41 pm

      if I am good at prose why am I writing ‘poetically in short lines and phrases?

  3. anjum

    27/05/2011 at 12:39 pm

    when you say ‘they are delightful’ do you mean’ the lines that I write as poetic’ or ‘the poems on blogs linked here, written by other gifted poets?

  4. margo roby

    27/05/2011 at 1:05 pm

    “They” are your poems and when I say finding poems I mean that you are making found poems from many of my blogs and you do it well, Anjum

  5. anjum

    27/05/2011 at 2:23 pm

    ‘They’ are sent down by The Divine Spirit and The Divine Muse-Thank you M
    I have written Family Reports in ‘Mock epic prose style’ and filled them with a touch of humour-I just wish to share my expressions with special people in my life like you who are writers teachers and guides and possess many qualities as friends .
    I will send one report just for reading.
    I found ‘ myself writing poems in this style because of You M Thanks again.

  6. bluebell books

    27/05/2011 at 8:22 pm

    you are so very thoughtful about these writing prompts.
    brilliant post.

    • margo roby

      27/05/2011 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you, BB, for your kind words. I enjoy putting these together.

  7. johnlmalone

    29/05/2011 at 12:47 am

    I read your post. As a member of two writing groups I am quite familiar with the procedure which certainly helps if you are stuck for ideas.I lioke the sizzle. Already I have an idea for a poem: ‘A Poetry Sizzle’

  8. margo roby

    29/05/2011 at 9:11 am

    Love the idea of a poetry sizzle, John. Post a link if you come up with something. May I ask which groups you are a member of? Are they local, or everywhere [so to speak]?

    • anjum

      01/06/2011 at 4:04 pm


      banished poets

      would not be
      seeing so many
      writers thinking
      and writing poetry



      are not fighting
      nor are they blasting
      nor putting innocents
      to eternal sleep



      by inspiring prompts
      may repair wrongs
      in lives and lines
      making people strong

      change lives
      for the better

  9. Madeleine Begun Kane

    01/06/2011 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning my Limerick-Off Mondays.

    Great blog! I’ll be blogrolling you shortly.

    • margo roby

      01/06/2011 at 6:20 pm

      My pleasure, Madeleine! And thank you.


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