Prompts Scrimmage: Friday Freeforall

03 Feb

8:32 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. Welcome to the new people following and those who have wandered by. A note about the sites below. I have them in chronological order, starting with Saturday, so if you want to be in with the rest of the scrum, you’ll need to write and post quickly. On the other hand, if you find a prompt you like and are slow like I, you can post later, or have the satisfaction of knowing you have another poem to add to your repertoire. Let us begin.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape where she says of this week’s  poem: This is one of my favorite poems of the past few years partly because something about it remains just out of reach. I loved the poem the minute I read it and the prompt offers a couple of different possibilities that follow the idea of the poem, rather than its content. Head over to read the poem and see what the possibilities are.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries offers us another way of approaching our writing: we’re going to grow a poem instead of shaping it. He uses the tree as his analogy and takes us through the steps. And, they work. At least, they work for me and the others who have posted, so if you have been feeling leery about this method, give it a try. It does not have to become the method by which you write poetry, but it can become another way to approach how you write a poem when you have an idea, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Visit to read the details and give it a try.

Did you know there is a Martian school of poetry? Neither did I. It’s an enchanting thought. Head to the bar at dVerse, to learn more. Then, you can try your hand at martian poetry.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to: develop a personal motto. To find out what to do with your motto, head over to read the full prompt and our hosts’ responses. While there, check in on this week’s interview with Jane Penland Hoover, writer and photographer.

At The Sunday Whirl, this week’s words come from the poem “One Day You Wake Up,” by Ann Hunkins. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. There are many fresh and original uses of some of the words.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the the last six words of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. To read the line and for a link to read a snippet on Mitchell, head over.

I smile as soon as I see the site next on my list. Now, having just read Madeleine’s limerick, I am grinning. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy. It doesn’t much matter if you don’t want to write a limerick; reading them brightens a day. Fact.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is no theme! Next week has a fairly wide open theme: the military, soldiers, veterans, or poetry dealing with physical, mental, and emotional healing.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. They are featuring a Kandinsky painting. Don’t be put off by the abstractness of it. Look over it as you would any other image and jot notes about what you see. Exactly what is there? Then, what might be there? You can also ignore the painting and respond to the title.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy, this week. She offers a prompt to do with a specific sensory feeling. This particular sensory feeling can be literal, metaphorical, and symbolic, so we are given a wide scope in which to play.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday introduces us to another contributor who asks us to, Come and gather your Cs. For the rest of her alliterative intro, head over.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. Ella’s Edge on Tuesday offers a prompt to do with the movies. Buy a ticket and find out what. It is Fireblossom Friday and we are invited to play. Are you tempted? Go on over and enjoy the prompt, which comes with illustrations for those of us who need a little visual push with this topic.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are detach, jolt, and surge. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words, before you go on to 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. Reading the definitions allows me to see possibilities and connections.

We Write Poems features a prompt from Donald Harbour that he starts with: I have the foolish dream that one day there will be no… To find out what, head on over. You will also find a link to Donald’s blog and the original post, if you don’t already have him on speed dial. Visit Donald’s blog to see his header photograph, if for no other reason. It made my day, when I first saw it.

At Poets United, it’s time for Ella’s photo prompt. Say YES. And, go visit. Also, stop by for this week’s interview with Heaven [I kid you not].

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. This week, among other things, we have PeopleTowels… I promise you I stopped writing this and went to check it out.

And, one announcement from Julie Catherine, which is time sensitive. She says: “I interviewed James Hutchings, who writes Dark Fantasy poems and short stories; plus I reviewed his book, The New Death and Others, and would like to give him some exposure.” If you are curious investigate the links. I have been to James’ blog and he has a wide range of interests.

And, if you haven’t seen my interview with poet James Brush, why, go there first!

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 another place prompt — we’ll be looking at a poem; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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11 responses to “Prompts Scrimmage: Friday Freeforall

  1. whimsygizmo

    03/02/2012 at 10:08 am

    Thank you again for this fantastic list! I caught the dVerse Martian school of poetry prompt yesterday and wrote one. What fun! Can’t wait to peruse some of these other sites. You rock, Margo!

    • margo roby

      03/02/2012 at 10:51 am

      Why, thank you, whimsy g. One can also look at this list as a way to avoid a few things…such as laundry…and, dinner just shifted from lamb shanks to Lean Cuisine. My poor husband.

  2. Marie Elena

    03/02/2012 at 10:43 am

    Ditto De, above me!

  3. margo roby

    03/02/2012 at 10:52 am

    And you rhyme, Marie!

  4. whimsygizmo

    03/02/2012 at 4:07 pm

    Oh, man. I cannot tell you how neglected my 3-dimensional life is right now. 😉

  5. julespaige

    03/02/2012 at 4:59 pm

    Looking in a different direction, well sort of…

    Another tale… ~J

    (Oh fudge, as soon as Son of Son closed his eyes I completely forgot about the laundry!)

    • margo roby

      03/02/2012 at 5:48 pm

      You call it mermaid verse and you want me to believe it’s a different direction, Jules?


    • margo roby

      03/02/2012 at 5:52 pm

      Jules, Is it my imagination or is there nowhere for comments. Like the poem very much. I like the whole feel of it. Nice direction. Travel down this road awhile.


      • julespaige

        03/02/2012 at 6:03 pm

        One of those techno thingys I guess… you might have to go down to the bottom of the page? Do I have to tell blogger where to put the comments? Some other folks have them on top… I just edited the page…posting the new verse at the top. Wasn’t sure how to put up a new post on the different page. As for direction… I was just looking in a different place for the prompt …I knew where I was going… well maybe. ~J

        • margo roby

          04/02/2012 at 8:54 am

          I don’t know, Jules. I left Blogger because it is far less user friendly than WordPress, so I am not going to be able to help you there.


  6. margo roby

    09/04/2014 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you, Makayla!


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