Prompts Rounded Up: Friday Freeforall

23 Mar

7:25 a.m. — Atlanta

Weekend! Well, almost and some of you are about fourteen hours closer. Yesterday, I saw the list of countries where you all live. I’m not sure why I was startled at the spread, but I like knowing the part of the earth everyone inhabits. Wordgathering has gathered several new readers recently; I’d like to extend a welcome and hope to hear your voices joining in.

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she introduces us to Jack Gilbert and his poem ‘The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart’. She describes reading his poetry as, A feeling in the pit of the stomach, in the well of the throat, your whole body on the edge of something, not knowing whether it is about to fall or fly. I feel this way every time I read Jack Gilbert’s poetry. I read the poem and ordered his book. Go read. The prompts are fun, too.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries, titled ‘not enough time,’ says: What we’re going to do is akin to connect-the-dots: describe that significant event without describing it outright. The exercise is intriguing, as we are asked to focus on the insignificant as the significant event of the moment while it happens, while the significant fades into the background. Go on over to read the whole.

One of the lovely things about Adele’s blog is the links to specific poems, that she suggests, that connect to the prompt either as context, or example. The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog has several options revolving around our various ancestries, our different nationalities, our people – our “roots”. To read all the possibilities, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are challenged to Write a “new” poem. To find out more and to read our hosts’ poems, head over. You don’t want to miss the contrast of Marie’s bunny poem and Walt’s ode 🙂 Also, this fortnight’s interview is with Janet Martin, so stop and read. In an embarrassment of riches, we also have a new form to play with, the Parallelogram de Crystalline. Yes, quite a mouthful, but a new form to play [new to me] with is always exciting.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda tells us she pulled the words from the Montana Forensics Educator’s Association Committee Proposals — poems can be found anywhere! 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 first few words of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem ‘My Shadow’. To read the line and for a link to read the poem, head over. Anything by Stevenson catapults me into my childhood.

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.


Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week’s image is a photograph which made me think of a Charlie Chaplin movie.  The close-up is fascinating. Head over to see what we have.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. She wants us to think about connections. If you think about it, we live the word in all its forms. Even to breathe is to connect to oxygen. Go on over to see what else she says.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. If you don’t usually visit, go to see the lovely illustration of Joy.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are amateur, diligent, and nurture. 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 Mary, who suggests we Think about some of the ordinary tasks, items, aspects, annoyances, joys of our lives. Head to the Garden to find out what to do with your thoughts. We also have Kenia’s Wednesday Challenge which introduces us to Manoel de Barros, a 94-year-old contemporary Brazilian poet. Go. Read his poetry. I am enchanted. Another poet I must have in my collection. So many, so many…  Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems asks us to write a fairy tale poem. 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 what we think of when we hear the word light. For some cool photographs and the rest of the prompt head over.

Over at dVerse’s Poetics, their prompt goes hand in hand with We Write Poems. Visit to read the article and a chance to write, or rewrite, a fairy tale.

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.

Enough? 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 @ Thursday Thoughts.

I shall see you Tuesday for an image prompt (and prep work for the following week — this time you will get it); Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone. If I haven’t mentioned it in a while, I appreciate your visits and love ‘chatting’ with you when you do.



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7 responses to “Prompts Rounded Up: Friday Freeforall

  1. Hannah Gosselin

    23/03/2012 at 10:32 am

    So cool to see my prompt up here from F.F.!! Thank you for all the thoughtful, detailed lengths you go to word gather and offer such an inspiring round-up of prompts, Margo. Much appreciated! Smiles!

  2. margo roby

    23/03/2012 at 11:49 am

    So happy you are happy, Hannah! What I get from my visits more than compensates [?] for the time. Smiling, too!

    • Hannah Gosselin

      23/03/2012 at 11:02 pm

      It is an enriching process,so glad to see your smiling! 🙂

  3. Yousei Hime

    23/03/2012 at 2:25 pm

    Already ready for WWP since I did a fairytale for dVerse Poetics. 😀 When you have time and are inclined, have a read. It’s a tad longer than haiku.

    • margo roby

      23/03/2012 at 3:42 pm

      Will do… a tad, huh?

      • Yousei Hime

        23/03/2012 at 6:50 pm

        Ok, to be honest, quite a bit more. 😉

        • margo roby

          24/03/2012 at 8:51 am

          Uh huh… Sometime today when the brain is here and focused 🙂 I have read bits, as I am intrigued, and love what I am reading.


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