Prompts Post: Friday Freeforall

16 Mar

9:41 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. I am a trifle late. Bad night. I’m glad to be back amongst the prompt sites. Let us see what we have.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she tells us: One writer I admire is Hannah Stephenson, who blogs daily at The Storialist. She writes a new poem each day inspired by art that she views on the Internet. (There is a fascinating video of her drafting process here.) I read her blog every day – I am always amazed by her ability not only to draft a poem daily, but to draft well. Donna gives us her favourite poem by Hannah, as well as a couple of suggestions for writing. This week, though, I think the important thing I am taking away is the poem’s theme. Visit.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries says: Obviously I won’t expect you to use Welsh for this prompt (though you are welcome to!), but we are going to try to hold fast to some of those old bardic forms. There is a regimented tradition of literary Welsh which is a beautiful thing; trying to shoehorn it into the English language will not be elegant, but we’re going to try anyway. Go on over to read the whole.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog has several options revolving around dancelet’s “dance a poem,” she says. Samuel Beckett wrote, “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” Adele gives us enough ideas to keep us in prompts for weeks.To read all the possibilities, and there are many, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are invited to Give yourself credit for what you’ve already accomplished, and give yourself permission to aim even higher. To find out more and to read our hosts’ poems, head over.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda tells us the words were lifted from “Life on Mars,” a television series. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. As always, we have a fun group of words to work with.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening line and title of a song by Merle Haggard. To read the line and for a link to hear Dolly Parton sing the song, head over.

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 Olive Garden the theme this week is: Spring Break, Vacations, Favorite Colors, First Kiss. Next week will be Boating, Water, Mountains, and Birthday Parties. We seem to have lost the friendly welcoming atmosphere of the old garden. You will find the theme immediately on arriving on site. Then if you scroll down several poems, you will find the next week’s.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week’s image is a photograph which made me think of the way we see memories after a while. Head over to see what we have.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy, this week. She wants us to think about describing an emotion in a tangible way. Go on over to see what else she says.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. We meet the link tool, or to be more precise Inlinkz. This is down to the ingenious, intelligent, Aris Korbetus, the name behind INLINKZ…..this week fellow bloggers not only is he writing a piece for our INTRODUCTION – he is also donating a Giveaway Amazon Voucher! Visit. If you win you might be able to buy more books!

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are baffle, elegant, and negate. 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.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two for one visit. First, we have Grace, who has written an article on the tanka form, and given us some lovely examples. The tanka is fun. Head to the Garden to give it a try. We also have A Word With Laurie which discusses perspective and its connection to our writing. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems says, Write a poem that expresses the concept of signs, or uses signs to tell a story. Head on over to read the rest of the prompt, because, you know there is a rest of the prompt at WWP.

At Poets United, we are asked to consider feathers. I don’t know about you, but feathers are one of those things like crayola crayons, blowing bubbles, and shells, the things that make me light up when I see them. For some cool photographs and the rest of the prompt head over.

Over at dVerse’s Meeting the Bar, Charles Miller says, let’s take a poem or part of a poem and put it into the larger context of our lives, like Dante did. Sound interesting? Visit to read the article. It might appear long; okay, it is long, but worth the read. I wanted to be in a room with everyone to discuss it.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us the usual three options. Visit for the possibilities and because it’s fun to wander through the site.

The final posting is an offer for those among you who write, or are trying out, flash fiction. I love the photograph Hannah is offering us over at Flashy Fiction, and the post’s title offers another possibility for a direction in which to take the poem.

That should keep you out of the shops 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? Again, I thoroughly enjoyed last week’s and this week’s YS@TT. What else have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts.

I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt on using motifs (and prep work for the following week); Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.

PS I am only partly here, so please forgive anything that doesn’t work. Speaking of not working, WordPress seems to be giving commentors fits, if they are not WordPress users. If anyone knows what’s up, please post in the comments. I’ll look around and see what I can find.


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14 responses to “Prompts Post: Friday Freeforall

  1. markwindham

    16/03/2012 at 2:32 pm

    must buy lottery tickets; this work-interfering-with-writing thing is really getting annoying. No time to write for all the prompts (hell it would take me all week just to get through Joseph’s. I have managed to complete 2 of his, the ‘easy’ ones). Maybe my wife is ready to go back to work….. No, don’t see that happening. 🙂

    • margo roby

      16/03/2012 at 2:36 pm

      Yeh, no, not if she stopped. You should never have let that happen!

      I don’t have paid work, but I still have no free time. It’s the darndest thing. I only manage half of Joseph’s and most Wordles. That’s it. I am so impressed with the rest of you.

      • markwindham

        16/03/2012 at 3:49 pm

        She does actually work part time from home, and that is more than she wants. That was our deal though, she would be home when the kids got off the bus and off when they are.

        Just posted a new cynical, moody, depressing experiment that is dying for a comment. 😉

        • margo roby

          16/03/2012 at 3:54 pm

          I did the same, but I wanted to work in those days!

          You? Cynical? I’m heading over.

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    16/03/2012 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you, Margo!! Smiles to you!

  3. Daydreamertoo

    16/03/2012 at 5:28 pm

    Wow, that’s quite the lengthy round up. I admit I sometimes get a bit ‘lost’ as to who blogs what prompts on each day of the week. LOL
    Thanks for visiting me and the lovely comment you left 🙂

    • margo roby

      16/03/2012 at 5:56 pm

      Hi, ddt! That is why I started this roundup. I figured no one has time to visit all the prompt sites out there, but if they have a brief idea of what is at each site in one place, they can decide where they want to go. And, I enjoy visiting.

      You are welcome 🙂

  4. Yousei Hime

    16/03/2012 at 10:01 pm

    I didn’t write this for any of the above prompts, but I did want to share it with you (because I rather like it and wouldn’t mind your feedback–since you’re in critique/writing mode).

    • margo roby

      19/03/2012 at 7:34 am

      Good grief, woman. You have 62 comments! I love the subject of the poem and think you captured the mood, the languid grace of both the geisha and the evening. Part of it is not having punctuation, part of it is your word choice, which I realise is not your word choice. Given the word list, you have a lovely poem. I easily imagined the scene, felt it, heard it. One question: why four lines for the final stanza?

      • Yousei Hime

        19/03/2012 at 1:10 pm

        Lol, you think a bit like I do. I wanted symmetry too, but ultimately I couldn’t add to the lines. What was said, the way it was said, and how they were broken…the stanza just didn’t feel right any other way. So, I chalked it up to fate and decided the shorter stanza calls attention to the final thoughts for the evening (lame, but there you go).

        • margo roby

          19/03/2012 at 3:53 pm

          The fact that it is the last stanza helps, as if summing things up takes four lines and that’s it. It would be a problem if it were a middle stanza because then it looks like you miscounted!

  5. Hannah Stephenson

    01/04/2012 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks so much for linking to my site (and Donna’s post) here. Nice to meet you!

    • margo roby

      03/04/2012 at 7:25 am

      Likewise, Hannah, and it was my pleasure.


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