Monday, October 1, 2018

OctPoWriMo Day 1 - Surrender

Welcome to the 7th annual OctPoWriMo poetry journey of 31 poems in 31 days! Every year, since 2012, we come together with our shared love of words and play with them until we breathe life into them. This year I chose to create a theme for our prompts instead of randomly picking them. Some of you may know I am in a new relationship of almost five months. Love, and all of its messiness is constantly on my mind; the good, the bad, and everything in-between. New relationships aren't all roses... for some of us it is filled with landmines that can explode at any moment. The prompts I chose, and Amy helped me with, reflect all aspects of love. You can choose to dive into what they mean to you or find your inspiration elsewhere. No matter where your muse leads you I hope you will share your poems with us.

Prompt: 

Surrender has never come easy for me. I would rather suffer than surrender in the past. In previous relationships I often felt I was right and if they could just see it my way... 

Surrender
into love,
into being,
into feeling,
into loving myself,
into allowing another to love me.

Of course the definition of surrender is to give up, but that isn't the type of surrender I'm talking about. I'm talking about that moment when you realize that you are fighting just to fight, that you are fighting yourself even, that you can't see if you only would surrender into the moment, things might look differently. If you surrendered into no-mind, into being in the moment and just feel, life might become glorious. What does surrender look like to you?

Image created by MDragonwillow

Suggested form:

Let's begin with a free verse, allowing the words to fall, and space them how you may.

Word Prompts:

Open
Feel
deep
be
Self love

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We have a great group of volunteers this year and you can learn more about them on our contributors page. Make sure you find your way to their blogs and share word love with them for all of their hard work making OctPoWriMo the best it can be!

Peace,
Willow
Read.Dance.Write.Repeat.

Please explore poetry without rules, and not try to fix anyone. Some of us love to explore the darker side and we just want to be heard. If the words you read touch you in some way, share what you love about the poem, what speaks to you, what makes you feel deep in your bones, but no giving advice or words of wisdom. That isn't what this is about.

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. 



Willow a.k.a. MDragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage
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    1. It's lovely, especially combined with your story you shared.

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    1. Oh that's a lovely one - the first two segments especially. Nice flow!

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    2. Thanks for sharing with us, Kripi!

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  3. Here's my free flow on Surrender...

    https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/sweet-surrender/

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  4. Mmm... can't seem to add my post as a hyperlink. Anyone able to help with this?

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  5. Day one, an acrostic. It's called consent minus one, so please don't read it if it might upset you.

    https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/consent-minus-one/

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  6. Thank you Morgan. It feels great to be back after a long hiatus.

    Here is the Day-1 Poem. A simple free verse.

    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2018/10/breathe-in.html

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    1. I agree with Jesi - the urgency, the compelling cry -
      That sweet pain of
      Being alive
      There is nothing more to compromise
      When the heart feels
      The rhythm of
      Self love.

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  7. Day 1, and if you're easily upset, fair warning, please don't read it. It's angry, it's about child marriage, and it pretty much summarizes my state of mind at the moment.

    https://shukuen.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-1-sabah-chief.html

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    1. It's very powerful! I think https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com/ would be happy to share it, if you don't intend to publish it yourself.

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    2. Ooooh thank you! I'll look into that for sure. This one, I may look into getting out out there somehow.

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    3. Oh my - this was incredibly powerful and raw. So important to be said, loudly to all who can hear. Thank you for this.

      sticky barbed seeds -- the agony of the imagery.

      Great poem

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    4. Incredibly powerful! Thank you for sharing.

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    5. I read your poem. It shook me.Such a profound rant. I can understand that pain as I too come from a similar background. A tale of every woman in the sub-continent.

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  8. My first time in a poetry challenge. Pardon me if there is any wrong. I am not following any literary rules. just writing what hits my heart.
    thanks.
    https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/surrender/

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  9. My poem is up:
    http://lunaticpoet.com/octpowrimo2018-day-1-surrender/

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  10. So glad to be here and to keep each other inspired! My first time. Blessings to all!https://wp.me/p9xtV9-hO

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  11. https://seekingmeme.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/surrender/

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    1. I completely relate to this poem - it is like you spoke my mantra. Looking forward to sharing the journey with you again this OctPoWriMo

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    2. Yes, yes, yes! Perfect portrait of the muse.

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  12. Hello!

    My poem for Day 1:

    https://wordswithannie.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/submission/

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  13. Thank you Morgan! So happy to participate in OctPoWriMo this year again.
    https://colorsofthefall.blogspot.com/2018/10/surrender-day-1.html

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    1. Lovely. Your words flow with light! Looking forward to sharing this journey with you!

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    2. Surrendering to the moment... takes such practice but well worth it in the end. Thanks for the reminder!

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  14. Day 1: http://biancasbookblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-1-surrender.html

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  15. Day 1: Participating for the first time in OctPoWriMo.

    Did not really follow the prompt today. But maybe I did just a little bit.

    Fall like Water , Namysaysso

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    1. Still, apprehension
      shall have soft-safe landings

      Very nice. Welcome to OctPoWriMo. I am looking forward to sharing the journey

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  16. Day 1:Callistemon https://experiencewriting.com/2018/10/01/its-writober-time-for-some-creepy-flash-fiction-and-poetry/

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    1. Maria! It's so great to be able to read your writing again - it's a wonderful poem with such vivid imagery, it's almost like being there. :)

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  17. Day One - Surrender - https://www.pillowfort.io/posts/139762

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    1. I absolutely loved reading the hand written draft - the poem is very very powerful but seeing the moments where it changed gives it even more strength. Very nice. I cannot post directly on your blog since I am not a pillowfort member

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    2. i like the beginning, the end, and everything in between.

      like Jenni, I'm not on pillowfort and so will make comment here.

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  18. http://tao-talk.com/2018/10/01/day-1-surrender/

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    1. I love the repetition. It drew me right in.

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    2. thank you Michele. glad you liked it

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  19. Participating for the first time in OctPoWriMo! Here's my take on it -

    http://iscriblr.com/supreme-power-of-love/

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  20. First time participating. I've been exploring this new style of writing for a while, so this gives me an opportunity to play with it. Here's my entry:

    Title: "Pall"

    https://spiralartist.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/pall-day-one-surrender/

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  21. This is my first time here. Here is my poem for October 1, 2018

    https://poetryforhealing.com/2018/10/01/departed/

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    1. Welcome. There is an echoing lyrical sadness in your poem Looking forward to reading more of your work!

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  22. Hmmmm...I thought I posted my poem, but I don't see it here. Trying again...

    https://mkvecchitto.com/2018/10/01/unexpected-gift/

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    1. ah yes - it is here and nicely done. Thank you for joining the OctPoWriMo journey!

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    1. Gorgeous imagery - loved -
      So I set out below the blue desert,
      weighted, legs tangling in the kelp,
      my urgency no more than a slow motion
      march, my feet uncut by rocks or sea glass.

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  24. My poem for day 1.
    https://wordpress.com/post/odhranwrites.wordpress.com/1036

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    1. Hi, the link you posted doesn't work, but I found it under this:

      https://odhranwrites.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/decimal/

      I liked your way to say now

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  25. See if this works: https://barbarahuntington.com/2018/10/01/octpowrimo-2018-day-1-surrender/

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    1. It worked! And your poem is spot on. Love the photo, too. Thank you. xoA

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    2. Ah yes - always surrender to love!

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    3. Loved this poem and the thought it leaves.

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  26. Here is my poem for day 1, barely making it in, but still before midnight. And my try at making it a hyperlink, which may be more fun. ha. Thank you! :)

    Summer Surrenders

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  27. Here's my poem for the day.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BoZxYdblASk/?taken-by=morganhazelwood

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    1. I love the idea of using instagram to capture your poems - very nice!

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    1. Powerful ending (It is a bit difficult to see though through the screen color)

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  29. My poem for day 1 - Vague
    https://thewabisabiwriter.blogspot.com/2018/10/vague.html

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  30. Poem for day 1: https://galaxychasher.blogspot.com/2018/10/1-open_1.html

    (I changed up my format! It should be much easier to read now!)

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  31. Good luck in the new relationship. Personally, I would rather swallow live hornets than ever get involved in a romantic relationship again. I don't do it right, and I'm much too tired to care about doing it right. Best to avoid it in my case.
    No Airy Fairy

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  32. to be in love, I surrender! :)
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/octpowrimo-day-1-surrender/

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  33. http://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2018/10/surrendered-dreams.html

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  34. https://debbiegrav.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/float-with-flow/

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  35. Thank you for allowing me to share my work. https://talesofafamily.blog/2018/10/01/reliquish/#more-14615

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  36. Joining in today. https://charmedchaos.com/2018/10/02/surrender-is-not/

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  37. Hree's my contribution, a day late! www.serendipity756.wordpress.com

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  38. Have finally managed to get this to work I hope!!
    https://wp.me/p8npsB-ed

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  39. Surrender
    is complete
    Truth is absolute
    Love is truth surrendered
    fulfillment..sr

    this is my cinquain for the prompt

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