Because Words Are Free: Friday Freeforall

02 Nov

8:28 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Magnificent Outpouring by Gordon Lightfoot

It has been only a week since I said, here, that we were getting ready to hunker down, as Sandy’s reach was extensive. We escaped, as Atlanta often does [it’s being on the hill that does it — hey, we’re up a thousand feet or so — no, don’t go check. We’re up.]. I have watched the weather channel for four days because of the hypnotic quality of a disaster one can watch as it happens; because I have been fascinated and impressed with everyone, no matter their role; and, because I know people affected. I suspect we all do. Joseph let us know he is safe; I’m waiting to see Madeleine’s blog change, since she posted her prompt Sunday.

As writers we take our material from everything, no matter the subject. Whether you watched, or were part of, Sandy, you have a wealth of material, so here are some prompts from the week:

Donna has been very quiet. I’ll leave last week’s prompt up and if you didn’t have time, go visit now. At The Poetry Mixtape Donna tells us she attended a reading by Seamus Heaney. The poem she gives us is one Heaney likens to a Dutch interior: a poem that wants to be a Vermeer. Head over to read more. As with all Saturday prompts, the new prompt will be up tomorrow, or you can wait for next Friday! Whichever, visit.

In Reverie Forty-three: don’t give up the search  Joseph takes us through one of his world forms, this time the qasida, an Arabic form of ancient lineage. Yes, it is one of those eyeball exploding exercises, but oh so good for the poetry muscle. Visit. Read. Take yourself through it. You will be surprised how much you learn, even if a poem does not arise.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele has set up so much fun for us that you, like I, may have to bookmark her prompt. She sets up the prompt ideas with an interesting essay on the origin of costumes for Halloween. The ideas themselves made me want to try every one. Sigh. Go on over and read.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda tells us she took the words from three ‘posters’ she has on her Facebook wall. Visit to see the wordle [and the posters] and to read what others have done.

At Carry On Tuesday,  Keith gives us a quote that is part of a Halloween focused line. The quote itself allows for a non-Halloween poem. Head over.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Look around while you are there. 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 first image prompt, a black and white photograph, oddly, with no attribution. The challenge here will be to write a non-cliche, non-overly sentimental poem.

At Poetry Jam, Mary asks us to consider the many choices we have had, have, and will have, in our lives. She lists many possibilities to give us a start and includes several illustrations. Visit to read the prompt.

For November, Elizabeth says: the Musical Note Prompts will probably return after the new year. At this point in time, I would like to offer image inspiration for the November PAD (poem a day) Challenge, beginning November 1st. Each of the images is the result of my creative play with digital art and will be offered separately (one a day) through the month. Each image will include a title which may be used, or not, as part of the prompt. We have only missed one day so visit to see what it’s about.

This week I continue with a Monday in the life of Carolisle’s blog. I loved the photograph. It’s clouds, people! I even follow a cloud group on Facebook. The question Carolisle asks is interesting.  Head over and check it out.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Fireblossom is playing with us. Can you resist checking a prompt containing the words, convent, lies, and bullshit? I didn’t think so. There are other interesting challenges. Wander through the gardens. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems talks about one of the ways in which we learn, osmosis. The exercise presented involves this process. Head over to see what it’s about and to try your hand.

Every now and then I give you the general address for dVerse, on the theory that if you haven’t been wandering around, now you’ll have to. Right? I thought so. This week, we have an essay on the post-modern, the villanelle form [if you are quick], the poem as self-portrait, and a question from Brian as to how we might want Pretzels & Bullfights to evolve. Visit. Wander around. Stay awhile; it’s such a friendly place. If you are new at the bar, scroll down to the end of the essay for the choices.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author, in her Weekend Haiku & Limericks  has at least one article, and one photograph to use as prompts for a haiku, or a limerick [and if it sparks something else, wonderful. Just because you can’t post other, doesn’t mean you should ignore inspiration. Am I right?]. The images of flowers, alone, are worth the visit. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest. A comforting feel to it.

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.

If that is not enough, look straight up, at the top of the blog and you will see a new tab: Freeforall: Even More Prompt Sites. The sites won’t always be up-to-date, but the links will get you there.

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!

I shall see you Tuesday for a narrative based exercise; and next Friday for another roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.


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6 responses to “Because Words Are Free: Friday Freeforall

  1. carolisle

    02/11/2012 at 2:06 pm

    Margo thanks as always for including me in your Friday Frolic. I can’t wait to find the facebook cloud group. What do I look for? Maybe this week there have been too many clouds, but they are clearing. gad you escaped.

    • margo roby

      03/11/2012 at 9:37 am

      Carolisle, look for The Cloud Appreciation Society. Their name alone made me like them, but their photographs are stunning.

  2. Madeleine Begun Kane

    02/11/2012 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the mention! I’m in NYC, but I’m fine — my neighborhood got off easy. I’ll be posting a new Limerick-Off as usual, early Sunday morning. Thanks again!

    • margo roby

      03/11/2012 at 9:38 am

      Madeleine, I am so glad to hear you are relatively unscathed. Thanks for letting us know!

    • margo roby

      03/11/2012 at 9:39 am

      Hoping you return to your usual ebullient self soon, Donna.


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