Friday Freeforall: Join the Party

18 May

7:44 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, one and all. Welcome new people. Let’s get to work!

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape, where she introduces us to aubades through Traci Brimhall and her poem ‘Aubade With a Broken Neck’. Lordy, it is beautiful. Head over to read the poem and Donna’s suggestion for our own poems.

Joseph Harker gives us Reverie Nineteen: quantum entanglement. I find I am always smiling when writing about Joseph’s prompts. They are all so gorgeously complex and brain-stretching. Joseph assures us we are going to love this one, so head over and find out.

Over at Adele’s,Β The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog she is celebrating her 100th prompt! The prompt reflects what is being celebrated, as usual, in interesting ways. Adele’s prompts are always more than the sum of their parts. To read all the possibilities, visit. While there, scroll down on the right and watch the short video: How to Read Poetry. It’s barely post-first coffee and I laughed three times.

This week on Poetic Bloomings we are asked to come home. Visit to read what our hosts say and to read their poems in response to the prompt.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda and The Whirl give us our wordle list from the teacher resource page to do with a a current attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. You might also check the link to the climbers. I have been thoroughly enjoying following them.

Carry On Tuesday tells us it is ‘Time to Say Goodbye’. To read Kevin’s reasoning, and to hear the song, go on over. This may be the last Carry On Tuesday prompt, although Kevin has revived before.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. She calls it a humour blog for a reason. 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. We are given a Gauguin painting, with several possibilities. We can write about the entire scene, do a portrait poem of one of the people, focus only on the still life parts, involve the colours… Head over to see what we have.

Shawna, over at rosemary mint, has her word list up. It is an unusual list in that Shawna has given us a link to a compilation of 100 words. I found the words fascinating. You all almost lost me there, but I’ll get this posted before I go back and wallow in words.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Peggy. She asks us to focus on forests. Head over to read what she says and to see the lovely photographs. There are forests and then there are forests.

For you alliterationists out there, visit ABC Wednesday. The introduction of this week’s letter is almost poetic.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are fawn, juggle, and navigate. 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 Kenia with an unusual challenge. We also have Mary’s Mixed Bag where we are given a chance to play with point of view. Check the rest of the week too. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems gives us a prompt from Donald Harbour. We are asked to consider roads taken and not taken. Sound familiar? Head over to read the rest.

Everyone seems to have coordinated prompts. We are engaging in a lot of looking back. AtΒ Poets United, we are asked to remember the playgrounds of our youth. For the rest of the prompt, head over.

At dVerse it’s Form For All time. Those of you with a good ear, this is for you, a poem to do with sprung rhythm. This, of course, is also for developing ears. Reading about metre makes me weep, so I’m heading for the bar. I’ll wait for you there. As always, explore the pub while you are there. They offer so much on their menu.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us our options to use as resources. What is it about coyotes? By the time you visit, this week’s blog may have turned over, so check.Β  Visit for the possibilities and because it’s fun to wander through the site.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck. Remember that we often get a possible direction along with the image.

The final posting is for Trifecta, I have given you the link to the Instructions page. They have an interesting shtick. Visit and find out what.

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 next Tuesday for a prompt that looks at an aspect of self; Thursday for announcements, or a topic [send them in if you have any]; and next Friday for the roundup.

Have a good weekend. Happy writing, everyone.


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11 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Join the Party

  1. Shawna

    18/05/2012 at 9:14 am

    You give me the giggles; come get lost in words with me as soon as you can. πŸ™‚

    • margo roby

      18/05/2012 at 9:24 am

      I have the tab open, Shawna. I just know a couple of hours will disappear before I look up!

  2. whimsygizmo

    18/05/2012 at 9:28 am

    Yay! I just stalked Shawna over to Trifecta this week. Big fun.
    And I’m with you at the bar, m’lady. As soon as the word “stress” gets stressed, so do I. dVerse daiquiris instead, perhaps?

    • whimsygizmo

      18/05/2012 at 9:47 am

      There. I Aubaded this morning. And all it took was a daiquiri and a half. πŸ˜‰
      I shan’t be “stressing” myself out anytime soon, and it’s a busy day, but happy to have written. Thanks for the awesome list, and the great company. Cheers.

      • margo roby

        18/05/2012 at 10:00 am

        I shall come over and read. I may bring my daiquiri with me πŸ™‚ To us!

      • Shawna

        24/05/2012 at 11:19 am


    • margo roby

      18/05/2012 at 9:59 am

      I love that we can follow each others movements, if our timing is right.
      Bring on the daiquiries and, although it doesn’t alliterate as nicely, perhaps a lemondrop, or two πŸ™‚

  3. julespaige

    18/05/2012 at 8:01 pm

    I do write a small observance piece daily. I think I’ll start taking turns at these wonderful prompts. If I were retired and could write and read the day away I’d visit them all every week.

    I finally got my piece written for Monday Melting – We got to choose our words – I was adventurous and actually used all 30 out of the 100 offered. You can find my post here:

    • margo roby

      19/05/2012 at 8:43 am

      You must have an epic, Jules. I’ll try and stop by in a bit.

  4. julespaige

    18/05/2012 at 8:03 pm

    Oh bother I’m tiring…that was supposed to say I used all 30 of the ones I chose out of the list of 100 offered. I think I’ll have a quick bit to eat and curl up with a good book…


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