Prompts: Friday Freeforall

10 Feb

7:25 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. Yay! Weekend! Yay! Well, Yay! Almost weekend! Yay! does not have quite the same punch. I’m preparing. I’m preparing. Here we go.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape where she shares with us Katie Ford’s poem “Colosseum”. As Donna says, here is a successful long poem, one that I read and then reread. Very few long poems hold me for one reading. The exercise is fun and can be done in a shorter poem, so don’t feel overwhelmed by the length of Ford’s. Head over to read the poem and see what Donna suggests we try.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries may have some of you shaking your heads, but I promise you, that if you work your way through and give it a try, the exercise is an important and worthwhile one. Joseph asks us to write a poem, as short as possible, using every sound in the language. The post looks intimidating because of the phonetic marks. Ignore them [the linguists out there may revel] and concentrate on the sounds we are asked to reproduce. If you can only manage a few, that’s fine; you will get the idea of what needs to be considered. By the time you read this, we might be into Reverie #6. Go back and try the phonetics, if you haven’t.

I was hoping that dVerse would have their new Poetics prompt up. Alas. Instead, I am sending you to look at their form for this week, which is French Ballades II, a little less cryptic than last week’s FB I, as a clear step by step is offered. The examples, by Dudley Randall and Dorothy Parker, are wonderful.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to consider the concept old. To find out what they suggest as possibilities, head over to read the full prompt and our hosts’ responses. While there, check in on this week’s form which is a cento, something many of us love tinkering with.

At The Sunday Whirl, this week’s words come from the poem “Kalashnikov Staccato,” by Matthew Kaler. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. As always, Brenda has picked a fun group of words to work with.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the the first few words of “In the Park,” by John Koethe. To read the line and for a link to read the poem, head over. The line is fun, in the sense that there are several possibilities, to include dividing it at the comma.

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. I smile as soon as I see the site next on my list.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is the military, soldiers, veterans, or poetry dealing with physical, mental, and emotional healing. The caretakers of the Garden are taking a three week break and suggest that we post at any time during that period. They will return refreshed, March 1st.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. They are featuring a grave at the Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow. If you have not seen the image yet, be ready to jot down your immediate reactions/thoughts. I’m keeping myself in check until this post is finished before I see what else I can find from that cemetery.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. Between the photographs and her words she had me salivating. Think food and drink, or maybe not. You had better visit to find out what.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday presents us with a music video to watch and listen to, Ozzy Osbourne’s Dreamer. For the rest of the alliterative intro, head over.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we have Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge which offers a prompt to do with magical realism. Head over for an explanation and for some interesting illustrations, each of which can be a prompt. I need to go off and study some more to see where this and surrealism bleed into each other.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are control, flesh, and razor. 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 [creepy are they?], 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 asks us to look at our hands, more specifically, Hands are a place where fingers take bloom. That’s such a lovely image. Visit to read the rest of the prompt. You might, during one day, list every thing you do requiring fingers. Uh huh. I think the only reason we sleep is so fingers can.

At Poets United, we have no Thursday Think Tank this week. Instead I shall link you to their night owl prompt, as you can post anytime during the week. The Midnight Snack is a photograph. There’s something about it… Visit and see.

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’s seem to go together particularly well. The photograph of the flower, as always, is stunning.

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 a prompt [not mysterious; undecided at this moment]; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 10/02/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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2 responses to “Prompts: Friday Freeforall

  1. Connie

    10/02/2012 at 6:49 pm

    Whoa- I love the links- and the jewels hidden in each one…great challenges.

    • margo roby

      10/02/2012 at 8:25 pm

      Aren’t they fun, Connie? I love setting out each Friday to see what comes up.


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