Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompts to Keep You Out of Trouble

17 Jun

10:00 a.m. — San Antonio

While you read this, I am on the road, driving up to Fredericksburg, Texas, with our son and his wife, to eat chicken fried steak and peach cobbler. Or, I have already eaten. Yum! The magic of calendaring a post!

We start our going into the weekend with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that says: for today’s prompt, we will use the number eleven as our magic number for creating a new draft or two. Let’s start with possible topics…. Donna gives us several possible topics to get our brains in gear and one of Donna’s own creations as her example. Head over to the Tow Truck and check out the poem and the rest of the prompt.

We sail to Writer’s Island next where the word of the week is incomparable.Head to the island to read their definitions. But, also to read the farewell message. The island will be closing down in two weeks and we will be sad to see it disappear.

The next site is a wordling whirl of Sundays at a new site and renamed The Sunday Whirl. Visit them to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Otherwise, enjoy a weekly wordle, the words of which come from responses to the previous week’s wordle. This week’s is again a challenging collection. Visit to see what others have done.

The line chosen by Carry on Tuesday is: Slipping through my fingers, the title of an Abba song. The line has all sorts of fun possibilities, so play with it before going over to the site for a link to hear the song.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is also fun: the next step. I see possibilities combining that with Carry on Tuesdays line.  And One Single Impression, offers us miss. 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. I find them both lovely in their colours. If you use one, consider submitting your creation to Sunday Snaps: the Stories’  a collection of 52 photos and stories/poems. Susan is finalising submissions for her next book and has posted a deadline. Head to the stories’ link to read up on it.

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. and a lot more besides.

Jingle Poetry’s ‘Monday Potluck’ offers us Dictatorship, Autocracy, and Despotism. Remember to pop by and watch the video with which they accompany their prompts. They have a cartoon and poems as well, this week Next week they are giving us Void, Loneliness and Sorrow.

Visit Magpie Tales for our other image prompt. I love shells so am partial to their image this week.

For you alliterists out there, here is ABC Wednesdays letter for this week: Wednesday, a day that we all love because we get to share so many great things with each other. Time to lift the Veil of secrecy and come up with a Variety of items, ideas, words or even food that begins with the letter V. Go on over to enjoy the rest of the alliteration.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are grip, prefer, and thread. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source. These three words have a nice resonance to them. I may be back.

Observe, that’s the key, essential for any writer to do. That is how We Write Poems starts its prompt. Head on over and find out what we are to observe and what we are to do with what we observe.

Poets United asks us to: Escape the day’s worries and visit the beach on paper and with your pen. They always have more to help us choose possible paths, so go over and read the rest of the prompt and look at the gorgeous photographs that accompany it, and enjoy a song by the Beach Boys.

For our last prompt we have Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays‘. We are onto zeta this week: The zeta words are zeal/zealot and zoology  Visit for a look at the root meanings of the words.

That should keep you busy 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 an open prompt, Thursday for a discussion of poetic inversions, and next Friday for more of the same. Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 17/06/2011 in exercises, poetry, writing


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3 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompts to Keep You Out of Trouble

  1. Madeleine Begun Kane

    18/06/2011 at 3:57 pm

    I really appreciate your weekly mentions and your collection of these prompts. Thanks!

  2. margo roby

    18/06/2011 at 3:59 pm

    It’s my pleasure, Madeleine. And, you have such a fun site. I hope I can send readers and writers your way.

  3. pmwanken

    21/06/2011 at 11:19 pm

    Here’s a link to the piece I wrote in answer to SIX different prompts in one!

    🙂 ~Paula


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