Poetry Freeforall: Turn With the Leaves

18 Oct

7:46 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The Highwaymen singing Cotton Fields

Hello, all. Atlanta has committed to Fall. I sit with my woolies on, contemplating the when of heating.

Joseph Harker is on hiatus, for now. His space will be here when he returns.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, we have an interesting grouping 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.

adele kennyAt The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele has given us a format for a ten line poem. You almost lost me. I love this kind of exercise, as a way to arrive at a first draft. The point is to do exactly what the instructions say, at least for the first draft — I am always surprised where that takes me. Then, you can go nuts and play with the second draft.

We’re at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Never written one? What are you waiting for? Laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt. The photograph can take you a couple of ways. Should the dog not spark anything, look closely at the planks of wood, at the grain, the texture… deal with that; or, fences…

Peggy, at Poetry Jam, is talking trash. Head over to read what she says.

This week on Carol’s Light Words the photograph on Wonder Wednesday’s post, asks an interesting question: ugly, or not? That gives us a whole new track we can wander down, besides what we see in the photo. Also, 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 & Writers’ suggestions for all three genres work as possibilities for a poem subject. We have collectibles [this goes rather nicely with this week’s prompt, so visit me, too ;-)], relationships, and meals.  Visit.

At imaginary garden with real toads, Hannah has a video to go with her natural wonder: ice. She gives us a couple of paths. I am immediately drawn to her injunction to make a cave of words — very cool. Head over to read. Go play with the toads.

At  We Write Poems  Pamela Sayers wants us to write about food. So many possibilities. Go on over to read what she says.

At Poets United Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems, gives us another prescribed prompt. It’s all about nouns and verbs, ladies and gentlemen, nouns and verbs.

brownwood-bunny-headerSpooky. I arrived at Miz Quickly’s place here, as her prompt landed in my inbox.  Miz Quickly offers two prompts a week, so I will always give you the general address. This week we have change the form, and broken things. Visit and see what it’s all about.

Over at dVerse, Pretzels & Bullfights talks about voice. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. They are beginning to crush the apples for cider.

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 response poem (remember, I gave homework!); Thursday for links; and next Friday for more of today.

Happy writing, everyone.


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7 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Turn With the Leaves

  1. Carol Carlisle

    18/10/2013 at 1:44 pm

    Margo thanks as always for including me here is your own DAF
    I’m looking for suggestions for Halloween songs I bet you or your son will have some interesting suggestions.

    • margo roby

      18/10/2013 at 1:52 pm

      Carol, my granddaughter loves to dance. I’m sending the Julie Andrews! Meanwhile, I have asked Houston if he has suggestions for Halloween. You already have my very first thought, which is ‘Monster Mash’. And, I see you have a poem for me, so I’ll head over to read!

  2. val dering rojas

    18/10/2013 at 3:11 pm

    Great prompts as always! Especially love the directed ones– so helpful when stuck! Thanks for curating!

    • margo roby

      18/10/2013 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you, ma’am! I agree with you about the directed ones. In a way I find them less prescriptive as the topic is left pretty much to us. They tell us where to take it. I don’t know if you were around for this:
      Scroll down a bit until you see ‘For today’. This is my default when stuck.

      • val dering rojas

        18/10/2013 at 3:50 pm

        Yes, I believe I remember that one. I also love twenty little poetry projects. I find that so much can come out of these– and not necessarily end where they began which is what’s so cool. Speaking of such, I started on your museum prompt from the other day, and ended up somewhere different than I thought I would. So much fun!


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