Poetry Freeforall: Labour Intensive

30 Aug

7:26 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to This Little Light of Mine sung by Amelia Zirin-Brown, accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma & Friends

Hullo, all. Three day weekend for many of us. That means more time to write, right?

At Naming Constellations Joseph Harker has poems to refine. He is a happy camper. Don’t forget that Joseph includes a prompt at the end of his Refinery posts. On another note, somewhere out there is a video of Joseph reading his poetry. He says ‘if you dig, you’ll find it, I’m sure’. A group hug to whoever finds it.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele asks us to write a poem about a metaphorical itch. She gives a brief back story to where the prompt comes from and keeps her focus tighter than usual on the topic. Head over to read what it’s about.

sunday whirlAt The Sunday Whirl, Brenda has our list of words. 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.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for?  Look around while you are there. 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 photograph by Steven Kelly. Talk about metaphorical. Go look.

Alan1704, at Poetry Jam, talks about steps. Literal and metaphorical. This one can go in all sorts of directions. Go on over and see what he suggests.

This week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a photograph of a flower, close-up, with a question about how we deal with change in our lives. Carol chooses a song each Friday to get us dancing around — remember she is on California time. A different kind of poetry and a whole lot of fun.

Poets United has a new type of prompt Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems. Okay, new for those of us who haven’t visited in a while. I like their idea of keeping the prompt simple — but making it more that just a word and leaving us to our own devices. Visit and see what they say about obsessions.

At imaginary garden with real toads, we have a WhoDunnit. For those of you who know any of the toads, the story is hysterical; for those who don’t… well, you’ll have an eye-opener. Not that any of the characters are based on real people ;-). Prompt? Well, yes. Not the usual kind and you may want to wander through the garden for a different possibility. I just want the story read. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems offers us a different and fascinating type of story. Prompt? Well, yes, to do with a Jeffers’ line about humanity, but go read the story.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. This week we have a prompt that focuses on image and point of view. It sounds such fun that I may even arrive at a poem, and it has been a while. The second introduces phradles — you knew it had to happen. Visit.

I like anything Victoria C. Slotto writes for Meeting the Bar, at dVerse, and when she writes about revision and editing, well! Yes, it is a prompt for a poem. Or, at least, an exercise. Go read. It’s good for your health, even better for your poems’ health. 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 a borrowed prompt; Thursday for links, unless someone sends me a topic; and Friday for the round-up of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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8 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Labour Intensive

  1. julespaige

    30/08/2013 at 8:47 am

    Too much to do in even an extended weekend… but you might like this haibun 😉

  2. Hannah Gosselin

    30/08/2013 at 8:54 am

    Happy Weekend to you and writing…yes, more and happily! 🙂 Thank you for the links!

  3. barbara_y

    30/08/2013 at 9:01 am

    Found it!
    Joseph begins about 20 minutes in. He’s taller than I imagined.

    • margo roby

      30/08/2013 at 9:04 am

      I’ll let you know where to meet for the hug. That will give you a chance to get out of town.

      I can’t wait to see, as I have always pictured him tall and slim.

    • Joseph Harker

      30/08/2013 at 12:38 pm

      I am pretty exceedingly tall, it must be admitted. 😉

  4. Carol Carlisle

    30/08/2013 at 12:30 pm

    So many details of life get in the way of living and dancing DAF coming soon hope C

    • margo roby

      30/08/2013 at 1:34 pm

      They do, don’t they, Carol? I think we must strive harder to keep them from doing so.

      • Carol Carlisle

        30/08/2013 at 2:42 pm

        Aw Finally with a little focus and no swearing here is DAF


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