Prompts for Your Delectation: Friday Freeforall

20 Jan

8:40 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello all. Yes, a little late this morning. I was ordering a car seat for my soon to be born, first grandchild and got distracted by baby toys.

Let us start with Donna and visit The Poetry Mixtape where she talks about a Frost poem, this week. The accompanying suggestion is to try a sonnet, but along nontraditional lines, to break the sonnet into stanzas, as Frost has done, and a couple of other suggestions that you will have to visit to read. For those of you, like me, who are buffaloed by the sonnet as a form, this is one way to make your mind think it’s writing something else.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries gives us a fun technique to play with, this week: climbing rhymes. I had more darn fun with this, and I feel like I moved a whole step up with my writing. Is it easy? No, but worth the struggle. I made the comment to Pamela that: I think we need to treat Joseph’s prompts like a creative writing classroom, where what we post might be a first draft, or only half the exercise, and talk about our processes more fully. I am going to try that with the next prompt, if I have difficulty. I should have done it with the last one, which I could only do part of. If we have difficulty and post and talk about our difficulties, we can help each other. Make sense?

Over at dVerse, we are given a posting on imagism, something every one of us needs to take heed of. Visit to read the discussion of this style, in particular, Ezra Pound’s description of it. Then, try your own imagist poem.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to: Take an eye-catching line from one of the poems posted ahead of you at Poetic Bloomings.  Although the prompt changes tomorrow, it is always fun to craft a poem using someone else’s lines, so do it, and visit to see what others have done, as well as reading the hosts’ offerings.

At The Sunday Whirl this week’s words and wordle appearance come from Barbara Yates Young. She gives us a baker’s dozen from Thoreau’s Walden, the “Pond in Winter” chapter. Visit to see the wordle and to read  what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening line of a Beckett novel. We can wax quite philosophical with this one…or go existential. To read the line and for a link to read some of Beckett’s one liners, head on over. He must have been fun at a party.

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 Spring, Colors, Trees, and New Lives. Looking towards next week, they will be asking us to try a headline poem, something which is great fun. Head over to read Kay’s instructions.  You might also visit their form this week, as it is quite an intriguing exercise.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. LOVE the image. Compelling. And, it’s not just the expression on the sculpture’s face, but the fact there are other sculptures around her. Cryptic? Why, yes. Go visit.

Poetry Jam, provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. Her theme is You Can Go Home Again. For her discussion of the theme, head over. For a reason I know not, the link takes us to the bottom of the comments, so scroll up. For those Blogger owners who have been having problems with receiving comments, you will find a suggestion of what you can do at the end of Mary’s post.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday starts its 10th round. We have so many photographers and artists among the poets, that when I noticed something about the ABC Wednesday I had not noticed before, I wanted to tell you: The submission does not have to be written. You can submit a photograph or illustration that fits the letter of the week. Sounds like a fun alternative.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday Grace offers the chance to learn a new form and, maybe, to save it from extinction. Visit and learn about the tanaga. Several people have posted, so you will have examples to study. The prompt for Friday gives us a chance to let loose of seriousness and indulge in nonsense. If you head over, you will see that Laurie had entirely too much fun with this post, while offering us a wealth of nonsensical possibilities.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are downhill, freak, and sliver. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. Reading the definitions allowed me to see fascinating possibilities and connections. 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 offers us a prompt from Gautami Tripathy, who suggests another approach to writing about memories. Head over to read the prompt.

At Poets United, we are told: Goodbye! To see the illustrations and read the rest of the prompt, visit.

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: aging parents, tiny frogs, sledding crows. I mean, can you? This is one of the few Blogger blogs I have visited today, that does not leap immediately to the comments section.

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!

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 for Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts.

See you Tuesday for Place; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Blogger: Get your act together.

Happy writing, everyone.



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11 responses to “Prompts for Your Delectation: Friday Freeforall

  1. Laurie Kolp

    20/01/2012 at 11:48 am

    Aww… thanks so much for the mention, Margo… and I did have fun. We all need a little nonsense every now and then, right? Can’t wait to see all this creativity.

  2. viv blake

    21/01/2012 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you, Margo, as usual, for doing all the work of putting this together. I caught up on one or two I’d missed during the week. Congratulations on the soon-to-be-born grandchild – they really do change your life, not least by providing material for poetry!

    • margo roby

      21/01/2012 at 12:16 pm

      You are welcome, ViV. Now, if only I can make the time to do more of them!

      And, thank you. I am very excited. I hadn’t thought of the child in the light of a source of poetry — not like me at all, given I have never missed any other possibility.

      Now, I will make sure I have notepad and pen handy.


  3. Annette

    22/01/2012 at 8:42 pm

    I tried the first prompt — using Frost as a model and creating a broken sonnet. I like this form! Thanks for the roundup — I find it a great source of ideas.

    • margo roby

      23/01/2012 at 7:56 am

      I am hopeless with sonnets, but maybe if I don’t think of it as a sonnet… Thank you for letting me know the prompt you wrote to. I am often curious to know what people have done that they might not have without the FF as a source.


  4. James Hutchings

    23/01/2012 at 12:10 am


    Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn’t find a contact email for you.

    I recently put out an ebook of my writing, called ‘The New Death and others’. It’s a collection of short pieces, mostly dark fantasy.

    I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a review on your blog.

    If so, please email me: Let me know what file format is easiest for you, and I’ll send you a free copy.

    You can download a sample from the ebook’s page on Smashwords:

    I’m also happy to do interviews, guest posts, or giveaways. Just let me know what you’d prefer.


    • margo roby

      23/01/2012 at 8:23 am

      Hi James,

      Comments works fine and I never mind off-topic. I know a couple of people have found my email address, so will have to ask them where it is!

      I have been over at Amazon, which gives more examples, reading, and enjoying, some of your pieces. I don’t take book review requests, but appreciate your asking. Too much time and stress. But, I am happy to mention your book on my Thursday post and will write a short bit, if that works for you. And I will certainly mention, along with it, your blog. I enjoyed wandering through; anyone who lists the Order of the Stick is worth a visit.



      • James Hutchings

        23/01/2012 at 8:46 am


        • margo roby

          27/01/2012 at 8:11 am

          James, the cyber monkeys threw your response into spam. You are on my announcements list and you’ll know through pingbacks when I introduce your blog.

  5. Annette

    23/01/2012 at 10:07 am

    By all means, please point out missing couplets and other mistakes. How else will I improve?? 🙂

    • margo roby

      23/01/2012 at 10:47 am

      Thank you, Annette 🙂 I would not have noticed if I didn’t know the complete rhythm of that Frost poem so well and if I didn’t teach a unit on sonnets for years. Your poem works fine…but a couplet is doable without much stress, so you might as well have the choice!



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