Poetry Freeforall: Grab One and Run

06 Feb

first photo 307:53 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Mayberry sung by Rascal Flatts

Hello, everyone. I may be (who knows) brief today. Having put stuff off all week, I have an eclectic mix of must-get-dones: wash my hair, call my mother, walk to the local grocery, down the street, and buy a birthday card and sustaining breakfast for my husband, who turns 65 tomorrow. I’m thinking bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, lemon, Spanish onion… good stuff. Meanwhile, you first.

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie I can’t help but notice that Jen is writing almost all the prompts. I hope, for her sake this is temporary. The prompt that caught my eye this week is Tuesday’s photo Cumulus Fields. Check out their other prompts for the week.sunday whirl

At The Sunday Whirl,  Brenda asks us to leave our links in the comments of her blog. Then, wordle. If you join The Sunday Whirls Facebook page, you can get the week’s list a couple of days early.

pink girl ink

Pink.Girl.Ink. Stacy has a novel possible source of inspiration: bumper stickers. She has, as always, several suggestions, but the one that got me going is the list of a few stickers that she gives us. I discovered that I was writing a found poem, even as I read through. If you like that idea, Google ‘bumper stickers’ and add to the list. Then start your remix.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, asks us to try our hand at a list poem.adele kenny Head over to read the full prompt and for Adele’s suggestions and tips. As Adele says, list poems can seem easy, but a good list poem is a whole ‘nother thing.

Make tracks to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. One advantage to writing a limerick, or two, is they are short. You can post them in comments on the blog, or on Mad Kane’s Facebook page. Go over and check it out, to read and laugh, and maybe write.magpie

Magpie Tales has a photograph that will take many of you to memories back when. Some of you were those people. Did I feel a wince? Remember that you do not have to write about the whole, or write about the image directly. Head over.Poetry Jam

At Poetry Jam, Mary gives us a prompt to do with journeys. Visit to read what she suggests and for the example poem she gives us.FPR-200

At the Found Poetry Review we are given the annual Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation annual letter as our source material. Go over to see what the prompt says and for a link.

Poets & Writers gives us three prompts every week. One for non-fiction, one for fiction, and one for poetry. My contention is that all the prompts work for poetry. They also all work for prose. This week’s topics are messing with your favorites, glitter bomb, and last line/first line. Visit to find out what the prompts are about.IGWRTButtonrsz

At imaginary garden with real toads Ella has a fascinating take on a creation poem: I want a poem that shares your embryonic state before the birth of your poem… I think to bring your poetry out of the dark abyss, perhaps we need another element to induce our birth. I want you to take the place where you were born… To find out Ella’s complete idea go play with the toads.

At Poets United Midweek Motif Susan has quite a challenge: treat cancer poetically. Visit to read the poems and quotations Susan has chosen. See what she has to say on the topic and the other bits of inspiration she has for us.sasha

At The Happy Amateur Sasha is introducing us to Wikems. Don’t know what a wikem is? Head on over and see what Sasha does with zoetrope.

dverseOver at dVerse Claudia is meeting the bar literally and figuratively. She has a fun idea she calls connecting the dots. Go see what it’s about. Head to the bar. They love visitors.

So many fun things to play with. I shall see you Tuesday for my prompt; Thursday for links and such; and Friday for more prompt site roundups. Let’s see, do I have time for…

Happy writing, everyone.



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9 responses to “Poetry Freeforall: Grab One and Run

  1. Sasha A. Palmer

    06/02/2015 at 9:04 am

    Love your eclectic to do list, Margo. Gave me a big smile, right from the first item.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Misky

    06/02/2015 at 10:49 am

    Can’t figure out why I no longer receive email notifications of updates from FPR. I missed the Gates prompt. Just did it though. >

    • margo roby

      06/02/2015 at 11:13 am

      You might resign up for their newsletter, although… I’m trying to think if I have seen anything other than the one or two pomosco things. Hmmm. I’ll have to keep an eye out.

      • Misky

        06/02/2015 at 11:22 am

        I resigned up a few months ago. Maybe after Christmas, and I’m not receiving anything other than the April event. I keep forgetting to check for their prompts! 😦

        • margo roby

          06/02/2015 at 12:02 pm

          You know, I’m pretty sure I’m not getting the prompts either. The good news is that when I post them, it’s only a couple of days off and they, like I, keep the thing open for several days. Figure your way through those pronouns!

  3. Hannah Gosselin

    06/02/2015 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you for the links to ink by…happy weekend to you, Margo!! :)’s

  4. barbcrary

    06/02/2015 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for the links, Margo. If your husband doesn’t want his breakfast tomorrow, I’ll stop by and help you get rid of it. One of my favorite breakfast treats! Happy (kind of momentous) birthday to him.

  5. julespaige

    06/02/2015 at 3:09 pm

    Had to post this Wikem here (you’ll see):

    One prompt but a few different forms. I can’t leave well enough alone 😉

  6. julespaige

    06/02/2015 at 3:42 pm

    Happy Birthday to Skip!
    Here’s another one for Phoenix Rising also inspired by Hannah’s piece ‘Subtle-Audible-Electric -OM’


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