Poetry Freeforall: TGIF

01 Nov

7:57 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to the Kingston Trio singing Reuben James

pen-and-pencil-thHello, all. You’re not there, are you? I’m speaking to an empty room. All of you are writing, writing, writing, aren’t you? After all, you have energy and freshness… for now. Yes, it’s an evil grin. For those who are not part of November’s madness, here are this week’s prompts.

Look who’s back:’If you’re doing a daily writing practice, please consider these as options! They’re not going to be my usual philosophical windings, though. My process for building these is going to be soulless and mechanical’. It’s good we love the boy. With garlands and wreaths, head over to Joseph’s Renovations for the first prompt of the month.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda gives us her usual selection of words that work. 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 gives us a prompt that embraces the spirit of Halloween, but allows us to not do Halloween. She suggests we ‘focus on writing a poem in which we create an aura of suspense and mystery. To help with this, let’s be specific and use ekphrasis‘. Head on over to see the image and read what else she has to say.

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. At the least, go read Madeleine’s limerick for this week’s line.magpie

The Mag [Magpie Tales] gives us a Max Ernst painting. People seem to be having a problem with it… low numbers. Remember the image is there to spark a poem; you do not have to write a poem that is recognisably about the image. You might write a poem about curves.

Laurie, at Poetry Jam, appeals to our desire for comfort. Head over to read what she says.

carolThis week on Carol’s Light Words she gives us a bag full of goodies. Granted Halloween is done, go on over and enjoy the different songs she found for the occasion. 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. This week we have costumes, confrontations, and childhood fears.  Visit. (NaNo-ers, their fiction suggestions are a wonderful resource for ideas)

At imaginary garden with real toads, Kerry invites us to ‘join in the Blog4Peace drive on Monday, 4 November‘. Head over to read. Go play with the toads.

At  We Write Poems Pamela Sayers talks to us about the Day of the Dead, a festival in Mexico that celebrates the dead with colour and fun. Visit to read what Pamela tells us.

At Poets United Verse First where simple notions prompt amazing poems — gives us the first traditional Halloween prompt with a direction to write about ‘ghosts, spirits and scares‘. Go on over to see what they say.

brownwood-bunny-header Miz Quickly has been playing with themes again, her blog’s not poetry [I have a strong desire for pumpkin pie]. She retires from the field for a couple of months, but invites us to rejoin her in January.

Over at dVerse, I have given you the general address, which means, your choice. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place. Haul out the crock pot. it’s time for hot apple cider and brandy.

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 our a narrative prompt; Thursday for links; and next Friday for more of today.

Happy writing, everyone. OCALHand_Writing


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11 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: TGIF


    01/11/2013 at 10:30 am

    You can’t have forgotten that Octpowrimo finished yesterday and lo and behold, Robert Brewer’s Poem a Day Chapbook Challenge starts today – first prompt:

    It appears to me
    that nothing changes
    October saw me writing madly
    to Octpowrimo prompts each day.
    Now in my inbox there’s
    a new daily demand.
    It appears to me
    that there is no rest
    for wicked poets!

    • margo roby

      01/11/2013 at 10:45 am

      This elephant never forgets. I mentioned Robert at the end of yesterday. Did you know the non-fiction folks also have this month as their write every day month? It looks rather fun. I may try it next year [you know I like a bit of warning to settle in to something].

      Joseph is back. See below.


        01/11/2013 at 11:03 am

        Yes, I was about to go and see what he’s up to, but I got sidetracked by seeing Earlybird on Skype and we had a lot to catch up on.

    • margo roby

      01/11/2013 at 10:46 am

      ‘Oh, hey, by the way’? Grin. I’ll pass the word.

  2. Carol Carlisle

    01/11/2013 at 3:47 pm

    After all the music on Wed. I still had enough strength to put up a music to dance around to.

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    01/11/2013 at 4:05 pm

    🙂 I wish I hadn’t eaten the piece of chocolate er two from my son’s loot…feeling l a z y.

    Thank you, for the inspiration, Margo.

    • margo roby

      01/11/2013 at 5:59 pm

      Always eat the chocolate. Never feel guilty. It would be better if it were dark 😉

      • Hannah Gosselin

        01/11/2013 at 6:52 pm

        Most definitely! Dark is always, always better. I discovered a delicious combo…it was a crystallized ginger with dark chocolate!! 🙂

        • margo roby

          02/11/2013 at 9:29 am

          Now, that is poetry! My God. I would spend my day sneaking pieces and telling myself they are small 😀


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