D is for Dwelling in a Place of Daring Autonomy

D is for Dwelling in a Place of Daring Autonomy

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Art by Morgan Dragonwillow

WARNING ADULT CONTENT: This may offend you, this may make you uncomfortable, this just might make you angry.

 “Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here.”  ― Eve Ensler


Daring to be free

feminine coming alive

Dwelling in her Body


 Are you daring to take up space and be your own person?


dangerous to be a woman

this is what they want us to believe

be careful

they say

watch where you walk

don’t talk to strangers

don’t dress provocatively

don’t speak up

don’t laugh too loud

or take up too much space

don’t get anyone’s attention

don’t trust other women

don’t trust anyone except those in power

they say

trust that we know what’s best for you

we know what’s best for your body

we know what you should eat

and wear

and whether or not you should work

what jobs you should have

who you should marry

how many kids you should have

what you should do with your money

what you should do with your life


I say NO


I choose to dwell in a place of daring autonomy

I choose to make my own decisions

I choose to love myself

I choose to be love

I choose to embrace my sacred sexual fire

I choose to



Morgan Dragonwillow Daring Desire
Art by Morgan Dragonwillow


for the energy that it is

for the desire that dares

for the place that dwells within

desire daring to dwell

to make its way up and out

to take shape in words, sounds, and art

this daring desire

that dwells within

the fire is burning

embers glowing

building into a bonfire

building into creation


daring desire

dwelling within



Women have power within, creating life, creating love, creating art, and it is past time that we fully embrace our  Sacred Sexual Fire of Creation.

Are you embracing your Sacred Sexual Fire?


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“Sometimes poets write what we wish we could say, and they tell us what we need to know. The poems in Wild Woman Waking lead us to a place where we can proudly refuse to be “bent and broken”; instead, they document a journey to self-acceptance, peace, and understanding – where in a community of women, we celebrate and dance as Mud Women. We become women of spirit and keepers of our own keys.” ~Beth Camp



PageLines- picture20193.jpgMorgan Dragonwillow: Writing rebel, poet, foodie, urban gardener (zone 7b), using a pen and shovel to create a better world. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo, She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she’s a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn’t.
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24 thoughts on “D is for Dwelling in a Place of Daring Autonomy

  1. Hoo boy! I can relate to so many things you mention in this post! This is a good reminder and reinforcement of… so much! Like how even taking up space can feel like too much at times. I know that feeling. Ugh! *shudder* But thank you for this. 😀

    • Thank you Paula, glad you learned how to drive a stick. I had to learn to drive a stick in one day (I was 17) before my husband went out to sea because the only car we had was a stick. I’ve been driving them ever since.

  2. I suppose what upsets me about your poem is that we are still fighting the same battles that the feminist movement brought to the surface, oh, way back in the 1960s. And if we’re being accountable to those first feminists who picketed in the streets for women’s suffrage, check out this timeline from the Women’s History Museum at TIMELINE that sets the date a century or so earlier (1840s).

    And for every woman who chose a different life than what was expected of her. I thrill at the courage of that person. What gives me hope is that last line of your poem: “daring desire / dwelling within.”

    • I am frustrated at all of it Beth, that is why I am writing all of this for the A to Z Challenge. The fact that women did all they did in the 1800s and in the 1960s to gain rights for women that should have been ours all along. That it took that long and all the suffering they went through to accomplish what they did and now the powers that be are pushing to undue everything and push us back to what we didn’t have before. I am sick and tired of all of it. Honestly, I don’t know if I have any hope at all but I can’t do anything but what I am doing and maybe others will do what they need to do and more and more women will say, “Enough is enough!”

  3. Hi, Morgan!

    This is magnificent. Lovely. Wild. Wonderful.

    I love your brave poetry!

    I’ve spent my life skewed somewhat left of center. That comes in handy for things like moving cross-country, unschooling, writing, healing…

    Yes, it’s cost me some relationships, but not ones I deeply miss. The most beloved connections are always with those who take me as-is. =)

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