Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompts and More Poetry Prompts

22 Jul

12:23 a.m. — Walnut Creek

Hello all. I hope you have had a good week and will have a relaxing weekend.

We start, as always, with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and an interesting prompt that says in part: Today, I will ask you to take one of your “ugly” words and transform it into something beautiful.!… To find out the steps, head over to the Tow Truck and check out the rest of the prompt. Donna gives us three options to try out.

Poetic Bloomings‘ prompt centres around animal, vegetable, or mineral? How many of you played that game? Visit the site and look it over, read the rest of the prompt and the poems by the hosts in response.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. Visit 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 a Wallace Stevens’ poem. And be sure to go over to see what others have done.


We have an interesting new entry this week: The Found Poetry Review. I love writing found poetry of all sorts and to have a prompt to suggest ideas, thrills me no end. This week’s centres around the backstage: this week, write a found poem from the tour rider of a famous musician or band. For more on the prompt, and for links to help, visit.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is: captivate. You might look up the root word which offers more possibilities than what we tend to associate with the word. And One Single Impression says Leo (I Rhyme Without Reason) has invited One Single Impression to the anniversary celebration of his meme, Haiku Heights. So haiku people get writing.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James has three photographs ready for you to look at. They are all landscapes this week. If you use one, consider submitting your creation to Sunday Snaps: the Stories’  a collection of 52 photos and stories/poems. The deadline is next weekend for this series.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I enjoy the whole site more every week and find myself wandering around reading and grinning at the clever 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 Painting Whispers. Remember to pop by and check the image that accompanies the prompt and Shashi’s poem in response. Next week they are giving us nature and life.

Visit Magpie Tales for our other image prompt. This week they have a mask. Mask poems can be great fun. You can write about something the mask triggers, the story behind the mask, something metaphorical, or write to the mask.

For you alliterists out there, here is ABC Wednesdays letter for this week: Interesting thing about A, which, unlike some other letters, seems to appear in most every alphabet, and in the beginning, no less. This is their ninth round and we start again.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are early, jiggle, and quality. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source. How can you resist a poem where you have to use jiggle?

We Write Poems ends its prompt with: Try writing a poem using one or both of these two methods of parallelism. Head on over and find out more about parallelism.

Poets United asks us to Sit back and think of the night. Think of sunset and moonlight. Think even of the first rays of light peaking over the horizon… They always have more to help us choose possible paths, so go over and read the rest of the prompt and view the photographs, suitably dark.

Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays‘ gives us: Some playful words for the ninth week of our alpha to omega challenge.  We have hilarious and idiot. Head over to read the origins of the two words and the Greek letter with which they start.


And here is Mr Knowitall’s Friday Flash 55.

I want to remind people to check out Elizabeth Crawford’s discussion site Writers Speak where she asks writers of all genres to stop by and talk about the life of a writer. She will post new topics every week around Friday. This week’s topic gives us ten questions to answer regarding ourselves as writers, so if you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! It was fun to answer the questions, but even more fun to read others.

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! And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources.

I shall see you Tuesday for an open prompt, Thursday I am off, and next Friday for more of the same. Happy writing, everyone.


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2 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Poetry Prompts and More Poetry Prompts

  1. pmwanken

    23/07/2011 at 11:12 pm

    hi margo –

    Checking in with my round-up of responses for the week thus far (there were some challenges, resulting in some poems taking a different path), and to see what some of the other prompts are that I missed.

    The Sunday Whirl (7/17/11): Ominous Observation.

    Poetic Bloomings (7/17/11): BLTs.

    Carry On Tuesday (7/19/11): Trust.

    And another multi-prompt piece…
    Tuesday Tryouts (7/19/11), Three Word Wednesday (7/20/11), Poetic Asides (7/20/11), Thursday Think Tank (7/21/11), We Write Poems (7/22/11)Empty Nights.

    I continue to write a small stone a day for A River of Stones.

    And this week I had the privilege of answering some interview questions for the “Web Wednesday” poet interview at Poetic Bloomings.

    As I mentioned, it’s been a challenging week. But oh what fun. Thanks again for bringing such a fine “menu” together for us each week.


    • margo roby

      27/07/2011 at 5:21 pm

      You are welcome [yes, we are half-way into the next week!], Paula. I would keep submitting the menu if you were the only person viewing it, I am so fascinated with your output 😉 Keep writing!



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