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Prompts for Your Delectation: Friday Freeforall

8:40 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello all. Yes, a little late this morning. I was ordering a car seat for my soon to be born, first grandchild and got distracted by baby toys.

Let us start with Donna and visit The Poetry Mixtape where she talks about a Frost poem, this week. The accompanying suggestion is to try a sonnet, but along nontraditional lines, to break the sonnet into stanzas, as Frost has done, and a couple of other suggestions that you will have to visit to read. For those of you, like me, who are buffaloed by the sonnet as a form, this is one way to make your mind think it’s writing something else.

Joseph Harker’s Reveries gives us a fun technique to play with, this week: climbing rhymes. I had more darn fun with this, and I feel like I moved a whole step up with my writing. Is it easy? No, but worth the struggle. I made the comment to Pamela that: I think we need to treat Joseph’s prompts like a creative writing classroom, where what we post might be a first draft, or only half the exercise, and talk about our processes more fully. I am going to try that with the next prompt, if I have difficulty. I should have done it with the last one, which I could only do part of. If we have difficulty and post and talk about our difficulties, we can help each other. Make sense?

Over at dVerse, we are given a posting on imagism, something every one of us needs to take heed of. Visit to read the discussion of this style, in particular, Ezra Pound’s description of it. Then, try your own imagist poem.

This week on Poetic Bloomings Marie Elena and Walt ask us to: Take an eye-catching line from one of the poems posted ahead of you at Poetic Bloomings.  Although the prompt changes tomorrow, it is always fun to craft a poem using someone else’s lines, so do it, and visit to see what others have done, as well as reading the hosts’ offerings.

At The Sunday Whirl this week’s words and wordle appearance come from Barbara Yates Young. She gives us a baker’s dozen from Thoreau’s Walden, the “Pond in Winter” chapter. Visit to see the wordle and to read  what others have done.

Carry On Tuesday gives us the opening line of a Beckett novel. We can wax quite philosophical with this one…or go existential. To read the line and for a link to read some of Beckett’s one liners, head on over. He must have been fun at a party.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is Spring, Colors, Trees, and New Lives. Looking towards next week, they will be asking us to try a headline poem, something which is great fun. Head over to read Kay’s instructions.  You might also visit their form this week, as it is quite an intriguing exercise.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. LOVE the image. Compelling. And, it’s not just the expression on the sculpture’s face, but the fact there are other sculptures around her. Cryptic? Why, yes. Go visit.

Poetry Jam, provides us with a prompt from Mary, this week. Her theme is You Can Go Home Again. For her discussion of the theme, head over. For a reason I know not, the link takes us to the bottom of the comments, so scroll up. For those Blogger owners who have been having problems with receiving comments, you will find a suggestion of what you can do at the end of Mary’s post.

For you alliterationists out there, ABC Wednesday starts its 10th round. We have so many photographers and artists among the poets, that when I noticed something about the ABC Wednesday I had not noticed before, I wanted to tell you: The submission does not have to be written. You can submit a photograph or illustration that fits the letter of the week. Sounds like a fun alternative.

Over at imaginary garden with real toads we get two possibilities with one visit. On Wednesday Grace offers the chance to learn a new form and, maybe, to save it from extinction. Visit and learn about the tanaga. Several people have posted, so you will have examples to study. The prompt for Friday gives us a chance to let loose of seriousness and indulge in nonsense. If you head over, you will see that Laurie had entirely too much fun with this post, while offering us a wealth of nonsensical possibilities.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are downhill, freak, and sliver. Remember that it’s all about the three words working together. Reading the definitions allowed me to see fascinating possibilities and connections. 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.

We Write Poems offers us a prompt from Gautami Tripathy, who suggests another approach to writing about memories. Head over to read the prompt.

At Poets United, we are told: Goodbye! To see the illustrations and read the rest of the prompt, visit.

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. It might be fun to connect the three in a poem. And, if not a poem, how can one not wander through a site that features: aging parents, tiny frogs, sledding crows. I mean, can you? This is one of the few Blogger blogs I have visited today, that does not leap immediately to the comments section.

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 Place; next Thursday for announcements; and Friday for the next roundup of prompts.

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Happy writing, everyone.



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