Monday, January 4, 2016

Welcome Poetry Lovers!

Photo courtesy of the Quotes and Sites app.

We are happy to announce that we at OctPoWriMo have moved to Poets on the Page. We have decided to begin the new year with weekly poetry prompts.

Yes we will still be having our month long adventure in October!

But now we will also have weekly prompts on Monday AND we will also have a month long poetry adventure in April for NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month).

So join us once a week, once a month, and/or everyday in April and October!

You can write your poetry on your blog.

You can tweet your poetry.

You can Instagram your poetry.

And you can share your poetry (or poetry links) on the Facebook group - Poets on the Page.

Share your poetry with the hashtag #PoetsonthePage (I know it's long but the acronym is already being used by a band on Twitter).

Now for our first poetry prompt in 2016!

I recently read a quote on Wild Woman Sisterhood from the book, Who is Magic Babe Ning by Ning Cai who quoted Rachael Fallon yogini;

"Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place." 
This really hit home for me, it made me think about all of the conditioning from childhood, all of the shoulds and shouldn'ts, of who our family and friends think we are, of what society expects of us, and of course who we think we are.

I have often thought of who I would be without all of that. I even wrote a poem once about who I would be if I forgot everything, if I had amnesia, what kind of person would I be and who I would be without all of the attachments from the past.

How often do we think that we have to be better, do better, and become this better person? What if that wasn't it at all?

Poetry Prompt: 

Write for ten minutes asking yourself this question - What if you stop trying to be who you aren't, let everything that isn't you drop away, and embrace the real you?

Word Prompts:


Possible Poetry Type:

Shadow Poetry - Free Verse or Free Form

Photo Prompt:

Photo courtesy of by Lisa Runnels

Music helps me to connect with my muse and spill my words to the page. Here is an epic music mix that will hopefully inspire you to dance your words into the world.

Experiment dancing and writing to this music and see where the words lead you.

We aren't fond of rules here at Poets on the Page. The only thing we ask is that you are courteous with your fellow poets, that if you leave a comment for us or on another poet's blog, you share the love and support that all poets need.

Be who you are, I believe in you!

******Updated on 02/26/2016. Corrected quote info to the book and author it came from.

Morgan Dragonwillow is a poet, author, facilitator and recovering perfectionist who uses music to connect to all things sacred. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of  #OctPoWriMo and #PoetsonthePage You can find her Playing with Words and dancing on her blog.
You can also find her on Google+

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  1. Dear Morgan, thank you for a beautiful blogsite. Can you add a subscribe to this blog's posts???? Can't wait for all the poetry that will emerge in 2016 to read, write, and enjoy! Beth

  2. Hi Beth, I already have a subscribe to the right of the post next to Translate, below the OctPoWriMo meme, and above my book Wild Woman Waking. Also at the top right is the submit your email to receive posts in your email.

    Glad you like the new site and thanks for playing along! Peace to you.

  3. Thanks Morgan for this beautiful prompt. It gives birth to hope and dreams for this year anew. I enjoyed pondering and writing on this.
    Regards, Shaifali

    1. Glad you enjoyed the prompt and we're happy to have you along for this poetic ride!