First Prompt Roundup 2012: The Friday Freeforall

06 Jan

7:25 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. A couple of notes to add to yesterday’s post about the content of future Thursday Thoughts. Oh, and if you are a walker by rather than a subscriber, and don’t know about yesterday’s post, you might stop by and give it a look.

ViV and Pamela were back quickly with announcements for next week and I realised I had not talked about how you might get announcements to me. You may, as they did, put the announcements in the comments, or, you can email me at: margoroby[at] If any of the announcements are time sensitive, let me know, as, if I receive many items, I might divide them up.

Now for the roundup. Hi, all you prompt sites! I have missed visiting you.

Let us start with Donna (Yay!), who has a new format for her Saturday posts. Visit The Poetry Mixtape where she tells us: Each week, I will share a poem that has held special meaning for me or taught me something about writing or the world. After a brief explanation and the poem text (or link to text), I may offer a question or point to consider for writing your own poem. Visit to read the post and the first of the poems Donna will share with us.

Over at dVerse, they offer something a little different this week: We have no Mr. Linky, but an apportunity to submit your poem and possibly have it featured in the February issue of M:/P MAG. Race over and read the rest of the post. There is a time crunch.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt suggest we consider ends before we get stuck into beginnings.  Head over to read the prompt and the hosts’ offerings. I’m still shaking my head over Walt’s. And, I’m laughing.

AtThe Sunday Whirl we battled plums this week. Marianne from *elle ecrit* provided this week’s wordle words. She lifted them from Barabara Crooker’s poem, The Meteorology of Loss. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read  what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the first line of Elinor Wylie’s poem ‘The Church Bell’. To read the line and for a link to the poem, head on over. If you haven’t read Wylie, do. And, stick with the poem. Wylie’s work has twists.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is a clean slate/new beginnings.  And looking towards next week, they will be asking us to focus on Children’s Stories, Riddles, Counting Songs, and Rhyming Lyrics for Young Kids.  The garden has a lovely new look, so visit. I’m just happy that jingle is back in the title!

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. The scene is quite idyllic. Visit even if you don’t usually write from an image, and look at the painting for a moment. Why? Because it’s lovely, and because we will be looking at idyllic poetry on Tuesday.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday asks: And will YOU be saying YES to ABC Wednesday, Round 10 this YEAR? Visit to read the rest of the introduction and also to follow links to a couple of Y songs.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday the prompt says: I do love the idea of taking objects and renaming them, symbols to use in writing a poem. I thought this could add another element to our poetry. The prompt for Friday asks Ever have a day when you weren’t quite yourself, or maybe you felt like more than your usual self? Head to the site to read more on both prompts [I am having to speak sternly to myself to finish this post, before racing off to try the Wednesday prompt.], as well as to explore, if you have not visited before.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are naughty, tactic, and zenith. That looks tough, but the ideas often spark when looking at the three definitions together. 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.

We Write Poems asks: Tell us about what things a person can do as a member of a group or community. Head over to read the rest of the prompt while thinking of all the different sorts of communities you belong to.

At Poets United, it is time for Ella Wilson’s Reflection Photo. Given our focus on the Surreal, this week at Tuesday Tryouts, I found the shell intriguing, and surreal.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem.

Elizabeth Crawford is taking some time off, so you will no longer see her anchoring this post.

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, the people whose blogs you visit 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. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along and it will go into the Thursday Thoughts pile.

See you Tuesday for a look at the idyllic; next Thursday for the first of the community announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 06/01/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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3 responses to “First Prompt Roundup 2012: The Friday Freeforall

  1. margo roby

    06/01/2012 at 5:32 pm

    Yes, I am commenting on my own post. Does anyone know whether, if I edit and re-post, the re-post is sent to all subscribers?

    Because I don’t know, I am posting this in comments where it will catch some of you. Joseph caved and posted the first of his prompts, to be found at:

    I am, even as I write, working into a synaesthetic frame of mind.


  2. wordsandthoughtspjs

    06/01/2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Margo, I think you just edit it and update it (I saw Joseph’s prompt, it is quite interesting). Not sure, if that is what you wanted, but I think so, (coming from a techno dummy 🙂 )


    • margo roby

      06/01/2012 at 9:54 pm

      Oh, Pamela, no worse than I. I love tech, but don’t get it even a little bit. Thanks for the answer.

      And, the prompt does look interesting. I’m thinking this one is right up your alley. Me with my literal brain, I am sitting staring at my pairups with nothing happening in the brain. Oh well.

      margo 🙂


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