Prompts: Friday the Thirteenth Freeforall

13 Jan

8:00 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello all. I have no faith that this post will get through in one piece. You will recall, those who are subscribed, that a rogue post appeared in your boxes yesterday. Today my keyboard refuses to work. I called my husband who gave me directions [you should see his closet] to a USB keyboard in his closet. It’s working…for now. However, a window randomly opened as I typed this, so no promises. You  will get this in some form, though.

Let us start with Donna and visit The Poetry Mixtape where she says: Write a poem that breaks the rules of grammar and mechanics. Well, after that kind of statement, you have to go read the rest of the post, which involves a discussion of a cummings’ poem [what? you thought there was someone else?].

We have a newcomer in this spot: Joseph Harker’s Reveries. Syn(aes)thetic gems is the focus of the first reverie. For those who revel in metaphor, you will revel in this. For those who find difficulty with metaphor, as I do, the exercise is worth doing for as far as you can go. You might surprise yourself. Head over and read the first reverie in the series and read what others have done. Joseph will be changing the prompts Saturday-ish.

Over at dVerse, we are given a posting on onomatopoeia. Sound in a poem is a rich sensory image that we tend not to use as often as we should, and this type of sound is even less used. The prompt asks us to write a poem using at least one onomatopoeic sound.  dVerse also provides a link for a great list of onomatopoeia. Visit to read the discussion of this technique.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt provide us with a photo prompt.  It’s an interesting image, as they have chosen a photo that focuses more on colours than anything else, so allows us more scope for a response. Head over to see the photograph and the hosts’ offerings.

At The Sunday Whirl this week’s stumper was ‘thatched’ but the creativity with which many of you are using the word is inspiring. Brenda ‘found’ the words in a poem by Vietnamese poet Thich Nhat Hanh. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read  what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the first line of a Frank Sinatra song. To read the line and for a link to hear the song, head on over.

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 Children’s Stories, Riddles, Counting Songs, and Rhyming Lyrics for Young Kids. Looking towards next week, they will be asking us to focus on Spring, Colors, Trees, and New Lives.  The garden has a lovely new look, so visit.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. LOVE the photograph. I spent quite a bit of time staring at it. So much is going on, that if you had an instant response and wrote a poem, it’s worth going back, starting at one of the corners, going over the image like a detective looking for a cigarette butt, and jotting notes as you go. I notice the site has changed its name. In the hopes that magpies are still associated and that they don’t know about me, I will continue to refer to them by the name with which we are familiar [okay, until they ask me to make the change].

Our second new entrant, Poetry Jam, is a site kept by four people, providing us with prompts which vary according to each person’s style. This week we have Chris, who has provided us with a photograph to which we are asked to respond. I love Chris’ haiku response. For a reason I know not, the link takes us to the bottom of the comments, so scroll up.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday asks whether any of us would like to introduce one of the 26 letters in the next round. If you think it would be fun to alliterate like mad, a certain letter, visit and let them know. Otherwise, the last letter of this round is Z. Try that one.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday the prompt starts with a fascinating discussion of clichés and the origin of the word. Naturally, the prompt has to do with writing a poem about a clichéd topic, without it being clichéd. Head over to find out what the topic is and to read about clichés. The prompt for Friday is unclear, but if you like Tom Waits, visit. You can make up your own prompt to do with him, or the colour green [I apologise if the prompt is there and I missed it].

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are brutal, sullen, and trust. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. Visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words.

We Write Poems tells us what the prompt is not: So this prompt is not about climbing a mountain, or why this was one response to that great and tragic war, not about those sorts of details. Head over to read the rest of the prompt and find out what the prompt is. It is quite a challenge.

At Poets United, we are told: You’ve chosen to read today’s prompt so now the choice is yours to write or not write for it. Combatant? Belligerent? Not at all. Go over to read the prompt and look at the photographs [themselves each a prompt]. I would kill, okay maybe hurt someone a little, for one of those doughnuts.

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. And, if not a poem, how can one not wander through a site that features: Clawed, cats and/or ships, Washed Ashore, beach cleanup, gyres.

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 the things we don’t say; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts. Okay, spelling checked, links checked, categories, tags, title…hold my breath.

Happy writing, everyone.


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4 responses to “Prompts: Friday the Thirteenth Freeforall

  1. Julie Catherine

    13/01/2012 at 10:18 am

    Margo, I really like this weekly synopsis that you provide here, thank you. Sometimes I just don’t have enough time to visit all the blogs on my blogroll to see what everyone is doing – and not all of them provide email subscriptions (although that list is getting longer too). I appreciate finding so many mentioned here, and your quick and easy updates of each of them is an added bonus. Have a great weekend! ~ Julie 🙂

    • margo roby

      13/01/2012 at 11:09 am

      Julie, I appreciate the comments. It occurred to me a few months back, that that is probably the case for everyone, and if I can provide a central point so you know where you want to visit, then yay! Even the email subscriptions are time consuming!

      I tend to avoid the single word sites unless they have a twist, like the three words with definitions, but if you have a site you think I might enjoy investigating, let me know, and I’ll see if I think it will fit. I add and drop as I find sites and as sites disappear.

      Have a great weekend, yourself.


  2. Mary

    14/01/2012 at 9:05 am

    Thanks so much for adding Poetry Jam to the mix, Margo! We’re working on it to continually make it better; so you listing it here and sharing the prompts will hopefully open it to a greater audience.

    • margo roby

      14/01/2012 at 9:12 am

      I am happy to do so, Mary. The fact that you have four different minds working at the jam, promises a great resource and fun for us.



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