Friday Freeforall: Peanuts, Crackerjacks, Poetry Prompts

02 Sep

10:04 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello one and all. East Coasters, I hope everyone survived Irene and that you and yours are drying out. Down Unders, congratulations on Spring arriving here and there.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that starts with: Rain can be tricky for poets. To find out why and so what, head over to the Tow Truck and check out the rest of the prompt.

Over at dVerse, they have an interesting tack this week that fits in with Elizabeth’s discussion topic over at Writers Speakto try your hand at not only receiving critique, but in giving it too. Even just a line – expressed however you feel, or can – pointing to an aspect/point of phrasing you feel could be improved on. Here is your chance to practice, both giving and receiving. Grab it with both hands.

Poetic Bloomings‘ prompt says, in part,Your poem will be a night poem. To remind yourself of aspects of night you may not have thought of visit the site to read the rest of the prompt and the poems by the hosts in response.

Nothing new at The Found Poetry Review but, if you have not checked them out, there is no reason to not wander over. I have given the link for their prompt page.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are taken from several wordle writers. 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 and be sure to go over to see what others have done.

The title and first line of a poem by Jessie Lucas: Love is like a river provides the kick off for Carry on Tuesday. For a link to read the poem head over to Carry on Tuesday.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is: muse. There are a number of definitions. The site provides a link. It might be fun to work on a poem using muse in its various forms. And One Single Impression offers wheat, which is certainly different. The site provides a definition and the etymology, which might give an idea of where to go with this.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James is back with a photograph that provides several possible directions in which to go. Pun? What makes you ask?

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.

Over at The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is Klimt’s The Kiss. Even if you don’t participate, this might be a fun one to visit and read some responses. The post also provides some background about the painting. And looking towards next week, they will focus on an object poem.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week they have a gorgeous photograph. I sat and looked at it for quite a while, noting details, speculating, wondering…You can speculate on the story behind it, or write a poem about a detail, or a poem of place.

For you alliterationists out there, here is ABC Wednesdays letter for this week: G

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are drag, mumble, and penetrate. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given word. And what a lovely challenge, to use the word mumble with its strong sound aspect, in a non-cliched manner.

We Write Poems says: This week we invite you to make place the focal point of your poem. And, they suggest a structure which reads much like a treasure hunt and we know how we feel about treasure hunts! Place is important to poets and this prompt allows us to explore in detail what it means to each of us specifically.

Poets United has their photo prompt this week and the focus is a sunflower. Go on over to look at it and to read what Ella has to say.

Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays‘ gives us: Kappa. Susan writes flash fiction with the two words she chooses for each letter, but there is no reason you can’t use the words for a poem. 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. He is having fun with us this week. If you aren’t sure what this is about go over and read a few examples. It’s quite a challenge.

For you lovers of the say it in as few words as possible, here is Haiku Friday. They offer a guiding focus which is quite unusual.

And, finally, stop by and add your voice to 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 asks us how we feel about the experience of critique. This is the second week, a Part 2, and an aspect important to all of us who write. We should all have something to say about this topic, so if you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! Even then, there is no reason you can’t contribute to a past discussion.

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 a prompt about what is meaningful to each of us, Thursday I will be discussing an aspect of word choice and asking for your input, and next Friday will be more of the same. Happy writing, everyone.


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5 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Peanuts, Crackerjacks, Poetry Prompts

  1. Mike Patrick

    02/09/2011 at 2:36 pm

    Glad to see a post, Margo. I hope you are feeling better. My prayers are with you.

    • margo roby

      02/09/2011 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you, Mike. I figure if I stop doing posts this time, there is no telling where I will go. So, coughing and snuffling and taking as many Dayquil as the package deems safe, I am grimly sticking. It helps knowing you are cheering me on. I think about three more days and I’ll have regained enough brain matter to actually think.


      • anjum wasim dar

        05/09/2011 at 9:36 am

        Just read about your health Margo, I hope and pray that you may get well soon. amen.

  2. Poetic Bloomings

    03/09/2011 at 8:19 am

    Feel better, Margo! And thanks so much for the Poetic Bloomings mention!

    Marie Elena

    • margo roby

      06/09/2011 at 10:05 am

      Thank you, Marie Elena. And Poetic Bloomings is on my permanent list, so keep at it 🙂



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