Friday Poetry Freeforall: Spring! Winter Spring! Winter

15 Mar

8:07 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Bold Thady Quill by The Clancy Brothers – my Irish is up 😉

Hullo, everyone. Ready for the weekend? I thought so. Let’s see what we have to accompany us.

tow-truck1We start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck, and a prompt I remember as one that took some brain adjustment on my part when I wrote to it last year. Once you get the hang of the pattern, it’s fun to work it. Start with a short phrase. Go on over to see Donna’s instructions and examples — she offers a number of approaches.

How many of you have been enjoying Joseph’s Refinery? Ah, well. The forge is silent while awaiting ore from the mines (that’s us). In case a poem arrives and knowing how quick Joseph’s young brain is, I’ll leave his general URL. To find examples of his work as a refiner, scroll down a bit, looking to the left sidebar for The Refinery.

Remind me not to let myself be distracted when I’m writing this. I caught myself looking for a poem to send in. Thirty minutes later… and I had only worked through three , or four…

Morning, noon, evening, and night — Head over to The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, to find out what Adele suggests for these times of day. Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from a Netflix documentary. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us a line from an Eric Clapton song. As always, Keith leaves a link to the lyrics and to hear the song. You might want to write your poem first. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays.  Madeleine offers three for one, this week, celebrating the second anniversary of the posting. Besides two possibilities for the limerick, we get a bit of history, so if you have wondered when and how Limerick-Off Mondays started, here’s your chance. Look around while you are there. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt, a photograph, by Robin Gosnall, of sea and sand. The dominant impression I got, as I looked at it, was of the different degrees of light. Might make an interesting side path for a poem.

Laurie at Poetry Jam, gives us a whole lot of fun. I just spent fifteen minutes over there, even knowing you were back here. Need a smile? She gives us the final dance from Dirty Dancing. Make it large screen and watch through the flying lift part [if you haven’t seen it]. Need a laugh? Laurie gives us The Evolution of Mom Dancing with Jimmy Fallon and a special (very special) guest. I may leave you all again to watch it. Oh, and the prompt, which has to do with dancing. Sashay over to find out what and to smile and to laugh.

This week on Carol’s Light Words we are stopping in at her Cloud Captions photograph. I am amazed at what perspective can do. I won’t say anything else other than to be curious whether anyone else takes a moment to grok the photo. The clouds are amazing. Be sure to check out her Fridays. I have them bookmarked, now. Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember that she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun. Go wander on your own.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Kerry gives us Mary’s last Mixed Bag. The prompt is intriguing. If you like to play with moral dilemmas, this one is for you. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is asking us to play with centos… from each other’s work. Fun! I remember when they gave us a prompt last year where we gave each other lines. My favourite prompt. This one is slightly different so head over and read the possibilities as presented by Neil and Irene

Patricia K. Lichen, Author offers prompts in the form of a Monday quote, her posts on nature and ecology, and the comments. One of the topics this week is less work = slower climate change. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest, so take some time off and visit.

At dVerse, in Form For All, Tony talks to us about cinquains. While it may not be that hard to write one, it is hard to write a very good one. His example, Adelaide Crapsey’s ‘November Night,’ is incredibly good (she did create the American form). It took me a couple of readings to see the beauty of her structure, line breaks and sound techniques. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. Spring is in the air and I am sensing Gimlets at the bar.

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 tab: Freeforall: Even More Prompt Sites. I give the general address for each place, as it’s easy to find the prompts.

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 another source prompt; Thursday for stuff on National Poetry Month — actually, mostly the challenge I am a part of, unless you have something on that topic you would like me to include in the post; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.



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4 responses to “Friday Poetry Freeforall: Spring! Winter Spring! Winter

  1. Carol Carlisle

    15/03/2013 at 3:17 pm

    Well I’m glad I got out of the flu bed and posted Dance Around today.

    • margo roby

      15/03/2013 at 3:30 pm

      And you feel better, right? I hope you feel better.

      I’ll always have this as part of the post, but don’t worry; people can scroll to the previous Friday!

  2. julespaige

    18/03/2013 at 2:22 pm

    Nothing to do with anything, well maybe… as I penned this 100 word story for Flashy Fiction.
    Thar’s humor in the truth…and we weren’t anywhere near Kansas.

    • margo roby

      19/03/2013 at 7:29 am

      I think we’re all nowhere near Kansas 😉 Thanks for the link.


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