Friday Freeforall: Come and Get Your Poetry Prompts

29 Jul

9:00 a.m. — Walnut Creek

Hello all. I hope you have had a good week and will have a relaxing not too hot, or cold, weekend.

We start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a fun but tricky prompt that says in part: Clichés can be the bane of a writer’s existence. So today, we are going to make them work for us. To find out how, head over to the Tow Truck and check out the rest of the prompt.

Poetic Bloomings‘ prompt centres around goals, setting them, achieving them, not achieving them. Visit the site and look it over, read the rest of the prompt and the poems by the hosts in response. You might also check their in-form offering which is the etheree we met on Tuesday Tryouts a few weeks back.

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 three responses to previous wordles. And be sure to go over to see what others have done.

The Found Poetry Review focuses on fairy tales this week. For more on the prompt, and for links to help, visit.

Carry On Tuesday gives us a line from Amy Winehouse’s song Valerie: In my head I paint a picture. For a link to the lyrics and to hear another song, visit the site.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is focused on distant: Distant can be spatial or emotional or just about anything you like. The site suggests a couple of possibilities, so head over. And One Single Impression gives us: need. Go to the site to read the poem offered.

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

And another image site: Creative Writing Ink. I have looked through some of their past images and they have a fun collection, so head over to take stock. This week’s is an old castle and waves crashing on rocks. Enough to spur a fairy tale or two…

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 Nature and Life. Remember to pop by and check the image that accompanies the prompt. Next week they are giving us Love and its not being there. Sounds interesting. If you have the time, explore the site, as they offer a lot.

Visit Magpie Tales for our final image prompt. This week they have a poster and it is fun. You can focus on the title alone, the poster as a poster, or the image and what that sparks in you. Or, any combination of the above.

For you alliterists out there, here is ABC Wednesday‘s letter for this week: B and they have made it a tribute post even if only by implication: Among people participating this week, and indeed in previous weeks, months and years even, are friends in Norway. Go on over to see their topic and read a poem on the subject.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are banter, fumble, and glance. You saw a scene immediately didn’t you? As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source.

As it happens, we have a fourth image this week and a fun image it is. We Write Poems gives us a girl, a bed and a bear. Irresistible!

Poets United says: Today is tomorrow and here I am inviting you to write about grass. You know you have to go over and find out what that’s about. They always have more to help us choose possible paths, so go over and read the rest of the prompt and view the photographs, green and grassy.

Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays‘ gives us: cranium and kleptomania. 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 guess, technically it can be considered our fifth image, as even though the site is for flash fiction, there is no reason you can’t use it to inspire a poem.

Remember 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 is about our personal rules for writing, so if you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! It was fun to think about, and even more fun to read others.

That should keep everyone 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 [yes, I am feeling kindly], Thursday I am off, and next Friday for more of the same. Happy writing, everyone.


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6 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Come and Get Your Poetry Prompts

  1. vivienne Blake

    29/07/2011 at 12:01 pm

    Margo, thank you, as ever, for giving us this prompt roundup. It takes more than a simple click on your link to get into the new Poetic Asides – it takes persistence, nay, bloody-mindedness to get in – we have to be members, and once registered, we have to put Poetic Asides in the search box and then when we see Robert’s bearded face, enter Wednesday Prompts into the next search box.
    Well worth the effort, but I do hope all the stushie dies down so that poor Robert can get on with what he does best.

    Here is my link to this week’s prompt-inspired poem.
    I have spent all afternoon getting together my 8 poems to enter for the valuable Plough Prize. I was disappointed not to be able to submit what I think might be my best ever poem, which was the 40 line limit. Does anyone know of a worthwhile competition for longer poems?

    • margo roby

      19/08/2011 at 9:59 am

      I have caught up, almost, on emails and comments. I had this tagged to come back to because of your query about competitions. Try googling. I entered: competition for poems 50 lines or longer and found a couple of possibilities.

      I tell you, it’s a good thing we are all so fond of Robert’s smiling bearded face because getting to it is not fun. It will be interesting to see what he says in his first newsletter after getting back from vacation, or did I miss one?


  2. pmwanken

    30/07/2011 at 12:27 pm

    hi margo 🙂

    My response to Brenda’s prompt at The Sunday Whirl (7/24/11) and Sunday Scribblings (7/24/11):
    Distant Memory

    A combination of two prompts were used for this one…Poetic Bloomings (7/24/11) and Carry On Tuesday (7/26/11):
    In My Head

    Four prompts in one for this one…you Tuesday Tryouts (7/26/11), Poetic Bloomings In-Form Wednesday (7/27/11), Poetic Asides (7/27/11), and Three Word Wednesday (7/27/11):

    Theme Thursday’s letter (7/28/11):
    Return to Sender

    July is almost over…but I have continued to write a stone a day.

    And of course, I absolutely love the discussions at Writers Speak. The topic has changed now…it’s all about prompts! I look forward to reading what others have to say on the topic. 🙂

    I’m working on my poem to go with the picture at We Write Poems…and I believe there’s still a poem about grass bouncing around in my head for the Thursday Think Tank. Meanwhile…I just might have to look at the image prompts you listed. I’ve used an image only a couple times…these don’t come as easily for me, so perhaps a little challenge for my weekend.

    Thanks, as always, for the round-up! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. brenda w

    13/08/2011 at 11:16 am

    Now that I’m home from vacation, I miss you. May your travels bring fodder for poetry. 🙂

  4. b_y

    15/08/2011 at 10:51 am

    Hey, Margo. Having a good vacation?

    • margo roby

      16/08/2011 at 11:36 am

      Hey Barbara! And how are you? I had a great vacation, although not as much vacating as I would like, having discovered that when one has retired and goes on a long vacation one still does the same things. Now I’m thinking, September when I visit my uncle at rehoboth Beach, that will be a vacation! Am glad to be back with all of you.



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