Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Poetry Prompt - Move Your Body, Move Your Words

Anyone who knows me knows I use dance to help me write. Dancing helps me shake things up, move  and transform old and stuck energy, and set intentions for my Dance helps me to connect to my muse, to my soul and to the Divine.

Motion, within the dance, helps me transform my energy so I can connect to my muse, my soul, my higher power. It is a team that comes to the page and motion and transformation is what helps me bring them all together so the words flow like rain falls to the earth, effortlessly, and gravity pulls it down, the words don't have a choice.

How has motion transformed my life? Some of the best writing I've ever done was after dancing with intention before writing and even taking breaks to dance between the writing. The transformation comes because as you move all the stuck energy in your body, your connection to your muse, to your higher self that helps to inspire you, gets stronger and stronger. The more you write, the more you understand yourself, others, and life. It transforms you on multiple levels. The better your words flow, the better you understand everything, the more you and your writing transform.

I'm taking a muse facilitator class and they are asking us to think about what we will call ourselves when the class comes to a close. The facilitator gave a couple of examples like, often late muse, crafty muse, etc.

I used to call myself the dancing muse, because I use dance and motion to connect and to help others to connect and channel their words to the page. It is what I do. I think I thought it was presumptuous of me to call myself a muse even though what I do is to inspire people to write and create. That is exactly what a muse does so, I need to claim myself as a muse just as I've claimed myself as a writer and a poet. We'll see if that means I claim myself as the dancing muse or if something else comes up before the end of our class.

On to the prompts!

Poetry Prompts:

Take a moment, write down a few words that you want to focus on while you dance. Put on some fun music and move your body with the intention of shaking out stuck energy, moving your body to get your words moving. Then sit and write for ten minutes about how you feel using a few of those words you wrote down before you danced.

Word Prompts:

change your mind
lift your spirits
dancing with your muse

Image prompt:

Dancing with your Muse
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures

Alternative Prompt:

Get out your poetry magnets and play with your words until you begin to see a poem starting to form. Or, if you don't have magnets, create found poetry with an old newspaper or take a photo of the page in a book you want to play with and use a photo editor to black all the words you don't want to use leaving your poem.

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you. 

Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. Discover what else she's up to on her website, Wild Woman Writer.
Yes, she is on Google+ too!

Make sure you sign up to receive our updates, tips and prompts to share in all the poetry fun!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner


  1. Love the prompt but I wasn't up for dancing today (of course that's when I need it the most, but still...). What I did instead was to dance a bit longer with my words than I normally do, playing with their choreography:

  2. you can do magnetic poetry online

  3. Here is my Day 11 Poem -

  4. My piece for Day 11:

  5. I combined this prompt and the 30 Days of Haiga prompt and made a somewhat outraged and profane Haibun. So, if anyone has issues with outrage, profanity, or Haibuns, don't read this piece.
    Play For Me

  6. Hello Everyone,
    Here is my entry for today

  7. Day 11


  9. I just have to say I LOVE the image :)


  11. My twist on the prompt: "I can't dance..."


  13. I went with Magnet Poetry -

  14. Sharing for Sudha Reddy -

    Joy from any source , brings creativity to life.....
    Any deep emotions also bring creativity to life....
    Freedom in creativity brings purity , freshness and authenticity to life ...
    Feeling life at every moment is true living......๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™sr


    Yesterday felt heavy with power, control, manipulation and dominance
    One can only force quivering movements , more like a physical stance
    What comes from a playful free body is what is a delightful Dance
    Every muscle fiber is in sync, makes it a pleasurable glance

    The whole Universe is singing and dancing the whole expanse
    How wonderful it is to be , a part of this regal romance
    How melodious it is to play , to the freedom’s freelance
    How joyous it is to dance away , to a soulful trance

    Dancing with my muse, tapping the key words around to enhance
    In the freedom, the mind changes , and the lifted spirit takes its chance
    How feels in oneness with the content soul
    Yes, Today I am dancing with my words to my soul’s content

    Oh.... how much I want to dance with you ..
    Freedom.... Freedom...oh.....Freedom ....
    Oh... how much I am in love with you....๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™sr

  15. Having a little fun after all the serious stuff. My Day 11 Poem

  16. Life got in the way today. Looks like I'm writing 2 poems tomorrow. :)

  17. I diverged from the prompts today and decided to write a couple of haiku. The first one is from a drive to the beach to see the sunset, the 2nd, hauling the grapefruit trees in the for winter, and the 3rd based on a photo from tjp photo.
    Day 11's offering:

  18. I tried the prompt, and got a start, but connected with walking and moonrise instead:

  19. For Day 11, I did a blackout poem: Women and Work

  20. Out of theme today, but tried the Joseph's Star form.

  21. Late entry for day 11 here:
    Carbon-Based' …

  22. This comment has been removed by the author.

  23. My muse is ฤผeร ves

  24. Day-11 very busy at work, so delayed work.

  25. "Shall We Dance?"
    Anke Hodenpijl

    Poem on dance - Quadrille.

  27. Day 11 #OctPoWriMo

    Prompt: Move your body, Move your words

    Combined the poetry form " Cascade" with this prompt since I have always been fascinated by the power and beauty of waterfalls.

  28. It's such a great and power writing when you conquer your art dance and releasing energy. Therapeutic writing :)

  29. a monchielle from me :)


Your words feed the hearts of the poets who lovingly volunteer to share their passion for poetry with you.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...