Tag Archives: Elizabeth Bishop

Posting Poetry Prompts: Friday Freeforall

7:32 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello, all. I hope everyone is well, as we sashay into another weekend. February is flashing past. We have two new entrants to try, one poetry and one flash fiction [thank you, Paula].

We start with Donna and The Poetry Mixtape where she shares with us an Elizabeth Bishop poem. Reading a Bishop poem is reason enough to visit and Donna’s suggestion for writing asks us to do some dreaming… maybe some wishing.

And I thought last week’s ‘Reverie‘ might be intimidating. Wait ’til you read this week’s. Joseph has us trying Viking verse. If you read it and fled, let me reassure you: yes, it is difficult and yes, you might pull some hair, but, like the phonetics exercise [and all the exercises Joseph gives us], what we learn from the struggle outweighs any frustration. If you haven’t tried yet, do. Don’t we all have a secret Viking in us? If you have and are shy to post, go read the ones that are there and remember: everything is a draft until you say it isn’t.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, is new this week. The prompt changes Saturdays, so visit quickly. This week’s prompt is intriguing as it asks us to think about things which haunt us. To find out what sorts of things and to explore the blog, visit.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to consider morals. No, not ours, but those with which writers deal. To find out more and to read our hosts’ poems, head over.

At The Sunday Whirl, this week’s words come from Brenda’s husband and the true crime book he is reading. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done. As always, we have a fun group of words to work with.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening lines of Angel, by Sarah McLachlan. To read the line and for a link to hear the song, head over. Like last week’s line there are several possibilities, to include dividing the line, or using it as a refrain. You might want to avoid reading the lyrics until you have your own idea down.

Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy. It doesn’t much matter if you don’t want to write a limerick; reading them brightens a day. Fact. I smile as soon as I see the site next on my list.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for the next few weeks is the military, soldiers, veterans, or poetry dealing with physical, mental, and emotional healing. The caretakers of the Garden are taking a three-week break and suggest that we post at any time during that period. They will return refreshed, March 1st.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. I don’t know about you, but I look forward to my weekly visit with great anticipation for what the magpie will bring in. This week’s image is fascinating. I had quite a visceral reaction to it. If you have not seen the image yet, be ready to jot down your immediate reactions/thoughts.

Poetry Jam provides us with a prompt from Chris, this week. She asks us a simple question about something that we, as poets, should be particularly aware of.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday gives us several things to play with aside from the week’s letter. The intro is an interview with Roger, one of the many contributors [and co-designer of the interview questions] and Roger gives us a couple of links for our Enjoyment. One is the most gorgeous photographs of hamburgers I have ever seen; the other a link to a song. If you are trying to avoid something, this will help you.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are angelic, foster, and ruin. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. You might try writing down the first thoughts that come into your head as you read these words, before you go on to visit the site for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given words. Reading the definitions allows me to see possibilities and connections.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two for one visit. Grace offers a Wednesday Form which gives us a discussion of Haiku. While we seem to drown in haiku, sometimes, this is a good essay which Grace makes newly interesting because of her style and viewpoint. We have A Word With Laurie. This may have changed by the time you get to the Garden, as it is a Friday prompt, or she may be up earlier than I and have changed it already. To discover the word and the prompt, visit.

We Write Poems is taking us back into nature. Trees. So much we can do on the subject of trees. Head on over to read the rest of the prompt.

At Poets United, Ella is helping Robb out with the ‘Thursday Think Tank’ and suggests we write about home, this week. For the rest of the prompt head over.

‘Meeting the Bar’ over at dVerse, offers us a look at heroes with an interesting discussion, some things to look at regarding the writing about, and ‘Ulysses’ by Tennyson as an example of heroic form. Visit for a good read and the challenge.

Over at Patricia K. Lichen, Author her ‘Weekend Haiku & Limericks’ has the usual three options. Despite needing to get this post written and out, I always find myself checking the links for the three options. I mean, cannibalism and insect urban legends? Don’t you have to find out what else? It might be fun to connect the three choices in a poem.

The final posting is an offer for those among you who write, or are trying out, flash fiction. If you visit Flashy Fiction, you will find several names you will recognise among the contributors. While I was exploring, I found the variety of images offered fascinating and fun to see who chose what. Go on over and say hello and give it a try.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. 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. So, post!

Remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources. What niggles? What have you wanted to ask, or know? If you have an announcement you want posted, send it along for Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts.

See you Tuesday for a prompt on place; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

Happy writing, everyone.


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