Tuesday, October 15, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 15

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34)

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana

Today’s Prompt: Mother May I?

Have you ever played the game “Mother May I?” If not, check out the link. It’s not a very complicated game.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay


I may not be the most obvious choice to write on a prompt about mothers. My mother died seven years ago and I have unexplained infertility so I will likely never have my own children. So, what can I say about mothers?

My mom wasn’t perfect but she loved me. She taught me how to cook and how to bake and how to knit. She taught me that it’s fun to sing along to your favourite songs whether you can carry a tune or not. She taught me that people are mostly good. She taught me to enjoy stupid fun television and movies.

My mother-in-law is wonderful. She loves me and treats me like one of her own children. My nieces and nephews love me and really enjoy when I babysit them. They fight over who gets to sit beside “Aunty Esther.” My cats are sometimes like babies, demanding attention and care.

What kind of relationship did/do you have with your mother? Do you have kids? Do you want to have kids?

Have you ever asked for something you really wanted? Did you get it?

Word Prompts:
Pregnant
Adoption
Birth
Wish

Suggested Poetry Type: Ballad

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, and 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.

Esther Spurrill Jones has been writing since she was very young. She has written in many genres, but poetry is her first love. She has a few collections of poetry available on Kindle. Esther enjoys introducing people who have little or no experience to the joy of poetry. To this end, she has written several articles on Medium on how to write and enjoy poetry. Esther lives in the Frozen North (Saskatchewan, Canada) with the love of her life and three awesome terrible cats.

Monday, October 14, 2019

OctPoWriMo Dy 14


"The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Today's Prompt : Mother Earth

 In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth. She is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess.  In Roman mythology she is known as Terra. Mother Nature, is a common personification of the Earth and its biosphere as the giver and sustainer of life. But the world today is facing incredibly serious and immense natural resource and environmental challenges. Climate change, fresh water depletion, ocean over-fishing, deforestation, air and water pollution, the struggle to feed a planet of billions are just a few of them. We need a concerted effort from all to save our mother.

“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
—John Paul II
 Right now as I type this, I can see from my window the banyan tree outside. I am grateful for the few patches of greenery around my apartment. But I shudder to think what would happen if these were to disappear. What is your connection with the earth? Have you touched/felt soil/sand with your fingers lately? Do you enjoy rains? Does the fury of nature frighten you?

We enjoy the bounty of nature as a given and some of us do all that we can for mother earth. What would do you do or would like to do?

Free write for ten minutes. Jot down every thought that comes to your mind. Pick the most important thought or collate all of them. Then develop a poem, in any form you like, to depict your relationship with our planet.

Word Prompts:

Life
Giver
Nature
Nurture
Fury
Sustain
"Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”
—Jimmy Carter

Happy writing!

Please make sure to leave a link to your poem in the comments here so we can all visit and leave constructive/positive comments. 
Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media. Also do share how this journey into poetry is going for you.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 13



“Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart”
                                    --Gilpin
Today's Prompt: Hugging a Tree
The Bishnois of India are known to be one of the earliest tree huggers. In 1730, 363 Bishnois were killed while trying to peacefully protect a grove of Khejri trees in the village of Khejarli. This was also a precursor to the 20th century Chipko movement.
Recent studies have proved that trees provide health benefits.Hugging a tree increases levels of oxytocin, which is responsible for feelings of love, bonding  and well-being.
 Have you been to a park or a forest lately? Did you notice the trees there? Do you know the names of the trees lining your street? And have you ever hugged a tree?
Which is your favourite tree memory?

Word Prompts:
trunk
Bough
Texture
Bark
Shade

Suggested Poetry Form: Rondeau

Please make sure to leave a link to your poem in the comments here so we can all visit and leave constructive/positive comments.
Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media. Also do share how this journey into poetry is going for you.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 12

“I see a red door and I want it painted black/No colors anymore; I want them to turn black.” -Rolling Stones, Paint it Black
Today’s Prompt: Black
Black is the darkest colour. But is black really a colour? 
Well, that depends on who you ask. In light, black is the absence of colour, but in pigments, black is a colour that absorbs all or most light.
Unfortunately, this is a colour that has some negative connotations and symbolism connected to it. Things like grief, black magic, and evil are often ascribed to the colour black. But black is also seen as the colour of intelligence and elegance. “Black tie” anyone?
Have you ever gone outside out in the country and looked up at the night sky? There are so many stars and the vast emptiness of space is overwhelming and humbling.
Remember you can't have a shadow without light to cast it.
Word Prompts: Shadow Darkness Night Elegant
Suggested Poetry Type: Shadow Sonnet



Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, and 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.

Esther Spurrill Jones has been writing since she was very young. She has written in many genres, but poetry is her first love. She has a few collections of poetry available on Kindle. Esther enjoys introducing people who have little or no experience to the joy of poetry. To this end, she has written several articles on Medium on how to write and enjoy poetry. Esther lives in the Frozen North (Saskatchewan, Canada) with the love of her life and three awesome terrible cats.

Friday, October 11, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 11

The house is quiet except for my kitten aggressively playing with her toy and running around, zooming from here to there. I think of the silence, which in our society isn't really very silent. As I'm sitting here, besides my kitten, I can hear the fan above me and the fan of the laptop. I can't hear Him breathing in his room, not even sure he's sleeping, but the silence between us is deafening. My silence is so loud my ears are bursting.

Poetry Prompts:

Photo by MDragonwillow
What is silence for you? Is it ever silent where you live? Is it a comfortable silence or is the silence screaming? Have you been silenced? Answer some of these questions or all of them. 

Word Prompts:

Echo
Chaos
Noise
Gag
Muzzle

Suggested Poetry Type: Loop poetry, an invented form from, Shadow Poetry.

Music to move to and to ponder.





Peace,
Morgan Dragonwillow
Read.Dance.Write.Repeat.

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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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.


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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.




Thursday, October 10, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 10 Touch

Hi. I'm Maria. Nice to meet you. This is my first time writing a prompt for OctPoWriMo.

Can I touch you? 

 

No matter how you feel about being touched, I'm not physically able to touch you, however, my words might, my ideas might, poetry will. 

I remember the first time someone asked if they could kiss me, it would have been my first “real” kiss, but the question stole my idea of the passion of it. I got mad and said NO even though I wanted it. Why would that kiss have been different? What in that touching of lips would have been different without the surprise of the movie ideal slow-move? Why does a kiss even have meaning that is different than touching of fingers, or hips, or toes?



I have absolutely no connection or rights to this video. It's just on youtube.

I was going to avoid this video that kept coming up when I looked up Touch, but watching it, I laughed out loud twice: the first time I saw the “flesh-colored” vinyl bodice over her pink sweatshirt and then when she danced in it trying to be sexy. Okay, I laughed a lot more than that. As a costumer this is the funniest video I've seen in a long time. I thought I'd include it because the few words in the song have a lot to do with how we think about touch.

Prompt: A small touch can mean so much. But was it intended? What is touching you right now? What are you touching?


What's great about that video is the visuals contradict the message. Those dancer's are as interested in touching floors and walls as people, but it does project the idea that touch is about sensuality and wanting to be touched—I would say—desperately.

Word prompts

I usually think of texture as adjectives, but today I want touch to be active. What happens when we use texture words as verbs? Objects bump, welt, smooth. And what do textures do to you? They can melt, dry, chill, prick, grate, knot, soften.


Poetry type: Clarity Pyramid


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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.


 
Maria L. Berg enjoys brisk swims in the Pacific Northwest. Her short fiction has appeared in Five on the Fifth, America's Emerging Writers Anthology and most recently in Writer Shed Stories. She writes and photo-illustrates Gator McBumpypants picture books and plays many instruments. You can find her poetry at experiencewriting.com.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 9

 

Do you always believe what you see? Do you view the world through rose-colored glasses? It’s a matter of perspective. I often miss small details in daily life, usually because I’m so wrapped up in my thoughts. There have been plenty of times when my husband changed the curtains or painted a room or got a haircut and I didn’t notice until days (or sometimes weeks) later. I am the Absent-Minded Professor at times. 

I think, as writers, we see the world in a different way. We can take the mundane and pull out minute details others might not notice. The way we interpret what we see makes all the difference and what we see says a lot about who we are.

goodmorningquotes.com

For today’s prompt, think about viewing things in a different way. Help us to see what you see and use your words to paint a vivid image.

Word Prompts:
see/seeing
believe/believing
truth
perception
eyes
windows


Music Prompt


Suggested Form:
 free choice 


Michele Vecchitto is a writer and former middle school teacher.  Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies as well as in three self-published volumes. Michele read her poems at the Austin International Poetry Festival and was honored to be included in When Time and Space Conspire. 


You can read more of her work on her blog -




Tuesday, October 8, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 8

They say scent is the most powerful of our senses. Even the slightest hint of an aroma can trigger intense memories. Each time I smell roasted peppers, I’m instantly transported back into my grandmother’s kitchen. It fills me with happiness. If I get a whiff of a particular perfume, memories of my mother instantly fill my head. Scent and memory are forever linked.

Sometimes the way something smells has the opposite effect. Some odors can make you physically ill or pull forth unpleasant memories. What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions a skunk or rotting garbage? You don’t have to experience the event first hand for it to elicit a strong reaction.

photo: Pinterest


Which sent triggers your most powerful memory? What images come to mind? Capture the feeling in your poem.

Word Prompts:
evoke
trigger
sweet
sour
transfixed
transcend
embody


Suggested poetry forms: Freeverse or Sonnet


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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



Michele Vecchitto is a writer and former middle school teacher.  Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies as well as in three self-published volumes. Michele read her poems at the Austin International Poetry Festival and was honored to be included in When Time and Space Conspire. 


You can read more of her work on her blog -










Monday, October 7, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 7

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 NIV
Can you believe it has already been a week?! I hope you’re having as much fun on this year’s poetry journey as I am. I love being challenged by the prompts, and I especially look forward to reading how others interpret them differently than I do.
Today’s Prompt: Tongue, Tasting and Speaking
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay
When I think of the tongue, so many things come to mind. Speaking, tasting, kissing, singing, getting it stuck to cold metal outside in the winter… Just me?
Have you ever gone outside when it’s snowing and let the flakes fall onto your tongue? Have you ever gotten shampoo in your mouth while washing your hair? Have you ever tasted the ocean? Or rain?
What does your favourite food taste like? What is the grossest thing you’ve ever tasted?
Sticks and stones may break my bones, But words can break my heart.
I wrote that when I was just a kid. I already knew that words can hurt. But words can heal too. When was a time when someone said something to you, or you said something to someone, that broke a heart? When was a time when you found the right words at the right moment to heal someone’s heart? What words do you always go back to when you need encouragement?
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt that someone needed to speak up against an injustice? Did you speak up? If yes, what did you say? If no, what do you wish you’d said?
Maybe you’d like to write about your first kiss. Or giving a speech. Or something else altogether. It’s up to you. It’s your tongue. Use it.
Word Prompts: Sweet Sour Bitter Broken Healing
Suggested Poetry Type: Tongue Twister
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Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, and 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.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 6

It seems I blitzed and didn't realize I had to write this prompt and I'm not at home. I'm doing this from my phone.

Poetry Prompts:

Photo by MDragonwillow 
Blue is so much more than a color. Check out the many varied definitions of blue.Tell us what blue is for you.


Word Prompts:

Healing
Melancholy
Smart
Music
Politics

How are you doing with the OctPoWriMo poetry adventure?  Have you written every day? No worries if you haven't. Let us know how things are going for you.


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Saturday, October 5, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 5

Isn't life just a series of doors that open and close and open again? Sometimes I feel like I've lived a hundred lifetimes where I've slipped into new realities or said goodbye to old ones. I used to play a game when I was young in which I'd send a message to my future self, trying to capture a snapshot in time to connect to worlds yet unknown. It's all about progression - one foot in front of the other.

I've recently changed careers and I must admit the transition was more difficult than I thought it might be. I have come to a place where I finally feel settled. This week, I closed the door to that old part of my life and fully embraced this new one. I allowed the door to open and found I like the view before me.

What does the concept of doorways mean to you? Do you believe when one doorway closes, a new one opens? What images come to mind? How does this make you feel?

Poetry Prompts:
mk vecchitto

Word Prompts:

open
close
possibilities
repercussions
choices
consequences
tenacity
strength

Suggested Poetry Form:  The Bop



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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



Michele Vecchitto is a writer and former middle school teacher.  Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies as well as in three self-published volumes. Michele read her poems at the Austin International Poetry Festival and was honored to be included in When Time and Space Conspire.  You can read more of her work on her blog -

Writing and Reflections




Friday, October 4, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 4

Today was beyond crazy for me and I'm quite exhausted. By the way, if you are curious about what is going on in my life, I write Uncensored Me on my Patreon where I try not to hold anything back. I have also decided to start filming my progress of changing a shed into a cottage for me to stay in my daughter's backyard which I am only sharing in Shadow Gold.


The caged bird sings with a fearful trill

of things unknown but longed for still

and his tune is heard on the distant hill

for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
― Maya Angelou, The Complete Collected Poems


Poetry Prompts:

Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.net by Karen Arnold.
Have you ever felt like you were in a cage? It could have been a silver or gold cage, but it was still a cage. Was the door open or closed? Was it of your own making or did you feel like you really couldn't get out? Did you get out, and if you did, how? Free write for ten minutes pondering one or all of those questions.

Word Prompts:

Locked
Closed
Silver and Gold
Coffin
Crate
Birdcage

Suggested Poetry Type: Tetractys

Music to move and write to:




Oh, oh, oh! I almost forgot! I was interviewed for OctPoWriMo by Nicole Rivera. You can listen to it here.

Peace,
Morgan Dragonwillow
Read.Dance.Write.Repeat.

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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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.


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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.




Thursday, October 3, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 3

"It's never a question of skin pigmentation. It's never a question of just culture or sexual orientation or civilization. It's what kind of human being you're going to choose to be from your mama's womb to the tomb and what kind of legacy will you leave."      - Cornel West

Welcome to Day 3! Today's prompt is womb. Giver of birth, definer of womanhood, for some a monthly pain to be borne stoically, for others a bringer of joys of motherhood. We all have a relationship with the womb for we were all conceived there.  

Whether we choose motherhood or not, or are cheated of the chance to give birth, or the number of kids we want to have, pro-life or pro-choice, in some ways we decide our womb's role. So, what is your relationship with your womb? Let the words just flow and maybe you will be surprised by your own feelings regarding this integral part of a woman's anatomy. For your thoughts to flow freely, free verse would be the most apt form.


Word Prompts:

Motherhood
Pain
Reproduction
Joy
Life 
Choice
Please make sure to leave a link to your poem in the comments here so we can all visit and leave constructive/positive comments.

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media. Also do share how this journey into poetry is going for you. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

OctPoWriMo Day 2

Changeling: a child believed to have been secretly substituted by fairies for the parents' real child in infancy. Online Google Dictionary


Photo by MDragonwillow

When I was a small child, I used to daydream that there was a mistake and my parents weren't my real parents and my real parents would be magical, loving, and I would be as special as they were.

Unfortunately that wasn't the case. It doesn't matter how old you get, to know if your parents couldn't love you just the way you are, how can anyone else. I think it is ingrained at a cellular level. Logic goes out the window when time after time you are proven right. Yeah, I need therapy.

Poetry Prompts:

In the shadows, did you ever secretly wish you were someone else, either as a child or an adult? Free write for ten minutes asking yourself that question and see where it leads, dive into the darkness. Take pieces from that and create a poem.

Suggested Poetry Type: Minute Poetry This poetry type popped out at me. As soon as I read the poem example I knew this was the one. It reads like something I would have written when I was a child or teen. I just wanted to be loved. Now I know better. Of course I'd love to have someone love me like that, although I'm beginning to think it isn't possible. Even if it is, I have to love myself first.

Word Prompts:

child's mind
what waits in the darkness
fantasy world
what is real

Music to listen and wonder to. Move your body as you think about the questions and then play with your words. 






Peace,
Morgan Dragonwillow (Yes, I changed it back)
Read.Dance.Write.Repeat.

Become a Patron!

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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.


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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.


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