Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompt Madness

03 Jun

8:30 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello dear readers. Another week until summer vacation starts officially. Not that my status changes, except that as my husband works and is a teacher, he wants a real vacation, i.e. we go somewhere. Over the next few weeks I will be in different places, but still bringing you your weekly measure of fun and games.

We start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that some of you may have already come across and written to and that is an in memoriam prompt. Donna suggests: consider the soldier, current or veteran. But, if you want to change that, you can write about anything, in memory of. Head over and see what she says.

We sail toWriter’s Island next where they are changing their modus operandi. They are going visual for this prompt and ask us to: Please consider this fascinating image above from German surrealist, Michael Maier. To see above, disembark on the island to see the visual and to read their suggestions for approaching it.

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 usually come from responses to the previous week’s wordle. This week, Brenda has chosen words from her favourite Wallace Steven’s poem. I admit, I am having tremendous fun with her wordles.

The line chosen by Carry on Tuesday are the last words spoken by explorer Cecil Rhodes. Visit the site for the words and a link to other last words spoken.

Sunday Scribblings offers flock as their word for the week. Remember that it can be used as a verb, or noun.  And, our other single word site, One Single Impression, offers us manifest. They are both popular sites for contributors, so do visit if you are ever curious to see how others have used a word.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James has three diverse photographs ready for you to look at. I find I am liking her black and white photos, in particular. 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 Thunderstorms, Floods and Water Fury. Remember to pop by and watch the video which  accompanies their prompt. Next week they ask us to be inspired by a song. Check their site for their suggestions, but the possibilities for this one are endless.

Magpie Tales is taking a break, but as one of my favourite types of graphic prompts is over at Magpie Tales, I am posting them again. 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 Wednesdays letter for this week: TODAY it’s Time for “T”. T is TERRIBLY important. Go on over for the rest of the intro because they are such fun to read.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are erratic, luminous and omen. I hadn’t thought about it before, but read in someone’s comments that they think of TWW as a mini-wordle. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source.

Think of a child’s painting (like something on the refrigerator). What creatures might there be? I do love how We Write Poems starts its prompts. How can one not head over and find out what else is said?

Everyone seems to be going visual this week. Poets United is planning to offer a visual prompt on the first Thursday of every month. For their first they ask: What insight arrives when you see a photo, what memories speak to you, what do you see beyond the image, what words arrive? Visit to see the image and read the rest of the prompt.

We have Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays’. We are onto delta this week: The delta words for my ‘Alpha to Omega’ challenge are demon  and dendrology. Visit for a look at the root meanings of the words.

And the final entry is a new one for us, Haiku Friday on Patricia K. Lichen’s blog. Yep, that would be today, so if you want to post on this blog, you need to revisit it later today when she posts the prompt for next week. To give you an example of what to expect, last week’s prompt is: Write a haiku featuring one of the subjects discussed here in the past seven days: burying beetles, goshawks, or something from Monday’s nature quote. Feel free to mine the comments, too. Visit the site to read some of the haiku posted. As they are short they appear in the comments below the prompt.

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 the diamante form [doesn’t the name sound like something you want to try?], Thursday for the last words that clutter, and next Friday for more of the same. Happy writing, everyone.

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