Poetry Freeforall: Visit. Write. Post.

24 May

8:51 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Lee Greenwood singing Mornin’ Ride

Hullo, all. Summer is a-comin’, although our temperature has taken a nose-dive, today. Atlanta is like that. Let’s go for a prompt walk.

tow-truck1We start with Donna. It occurs to me that most of you are looking for prompts that you can write, then post. Giving you prompts from last year doesn’t hack it. I’m not a superstitious person, but Donna has started my Friday postings from day 1. For now, I am going to leave the old tow truck image as my start. I can’t quite bear not to start with Donna.

At The Refinery Joseph takes on a poem by Guy Traiber. I am amazed every time he presents us with his refining of a poem, how much I learn. Don’t forget to keep sending your poems in to Joseph, so he has a stockpile. Joseph also gives us a prompt where he asks us to, Write a poem that combines your everyday life with those images. What images? Head over to find out. You’ll like the prompt.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, I had to laugh. She asks us for a portrait poem. Just a few days ago, I finished putting together my summer menu for your Tuesday prompts. One of the weeks asks for a portrait poem. Now I’ll just link to Adele!  [No, you may not link to your poem, if you write one. I want new, new, new.] Head over for her tips, her suggestions, and her example poems.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, the words come from a poem by Margaret Atwood: ‘Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing’. If you haven’t wordled yet, what are you waiting for? Brenda will have the new words up on Sunday. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

Over at Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has given us a song title from Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. You might want to wait until you have written your poem before listening to, or reading the lyrics of, the song. Keith has given us a Frank Sinatra recording for our listening pleasure. Go on over.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Madeleine always writes a limerick, as an example. Look around while you are there. After a year and a half of posting this link, I still smile as soon as I come to it on my list. 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. This week we have a painting by Jamie Wyeth. Remember that you do not have to address the whole image, or its subject. Find some small detail that sparks you and write about that. You can even riff off the title.

Peggy, at Poetry Jam, wants to know about shoes. What about them, you ask. Go on over and find out.

This week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a lovely photograph to spark a poem. Don’t forget that 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.

At imaginary garden with real toads, it is Fireblossom Friday and a prompt to do with setting, something many of you are partial to. Head over to look at the wonderful photographs you might use as inspiration. Visit. Investigate. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems is asking us to focus on a protagonist for a few weeks. This week, your protagonist is Playing Sherlock. Head over to read the context and suggestions.

At dVerse, Samuel Peralta gives us a complex but fun form, the glosa. Samuel is particularly good at taking people through a form, so give it a try. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

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 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. Post!

I shall see you Tuesday, for an  image prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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7 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Visit. Write. Post.

  1. val dering rojas

    24/05/2013 at 12:27 pm

    Ahhh! Always so many good ones!! I’ve got a lot to do this weekend, then! 🙂

  2. julespaige

    24/05/2013 at 3:57 pm

    Just thought you’d like to see one of the Flash Fiction pieces based on Alastair’s Photo Prompt:
    150 (actually this one is 135) words so I’ll just post it here:

    Simple yet ornate wood box (135 words)


    The addiction of collecting boxes was stifled. Ruined when a not so innocent
    remark alluded to a deep seeded unresolved identity crisis. Didn’t matter if the
    physiological fact was fiction. Because really that science is all speculative isn’t it?
    Like dream interpretation or even superstitions. If you believe, allow yourself to
    be mentally hornswaggled. You are doomed.

    So while Pandora still loved boxes, she was always wary of what they contained.
    Especially when they were empty. So it wasn’t really a surprise at all that while
    antiquing – that the lure of the beautiful wooden box with the shiny brass adornments
    was left in the stall. But just in case there was hope still stuck in the corner…She
    opened it. Wishing with all her mind that she could embrace that concept.

    Internalize it. And live freely.


    • margo roby

      25/05/2013 at 10:27 am

      Love the way this ends. Glad to know you wrote it to an Alastair photo.

      • julespaige

        25/05/2013 at 1:34 pm

        I haven’t missed one yet since he started posting them 🙂


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