Daring to Love – A Poem and a Challenge

Daring to Love – A Poem and a Challenge

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Image by Morgan Dragonwillow

Today I challenged the poets on OctPoWriMo to audio record a poem and share it on their blog. This is my poem, Daring to Love, which I chose not to share the words in print. This audio is the first recording of the poem, mistakes and all. Sometimes you have to show your imperfections.

How do you feel about challenges? Do they thrill you or give you butterflies in your belly?


Click below to listen to, Daring to Love.


Have you ever recorded one of your poems? If you haven’t, I challenge you to record your favorite poem and share it with the participants on OctPoWrimo.


JournalOctPoWriMo  is a poetry challenge for the month of October – 31 poems in 31 days. I created OctPoWriMo in 2012 and with the assistance of Julie Jordan Scott it took off. Every year she and I, and now others, post poetry prompts every day during October to encourage poets (even those that don’t consider themselves poets) from all over the world to play with their words, to write poetry, to read poetry, and to take their poetry to a deeper level.

Join us at OctPoWriMo and/or visit and support others that are playing with their words.


PageLines- picture20193.jpgMorgan Dragonwillow: Writing rebel, stress relief explorer, recovering perfectionist, cooking as therapy, poet & author  that (mostly) doesn’t let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo, and you can find her at, A Poet’s Kitchen, cooking up simply delicious meals. 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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23 thoughts on “Daring to Love – A Poem and a Challenge

  1. Your voice is very pleasant, and your poem is lovely.
    When I moved from New Mexico as a child, the kids at my new school ridiculed me about my accent to the point where I became very shy about speaking. I doubt I’ll ever record myself. My voice is too twangy. People wouldn’t take me seriously unless I was singing a country song!

    • I’m sorry that you were picked on as a child about your accent. I was bullied for years as a child and know how devastating it can be and how it can shape one’s life. I want to gently encourage you to reconsider recording one of your poems, first because we are a loving community of poets, and second because some people actually like/love a southern accent. Maybe you could start with a short poem such as a haiku? Maybe even just for yourself so that you can hear your recorded voice. Of course, as always, it is your choice whether to try it or not.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Peace to you.

  2. Wow, great job. (writing and reading)

    I’ve been practicing reading fiction with a mini-audiopodcast on my blog this month. I’ll be posting a shortstory tomorrow.

    Just curious: the audio file you embedded here – did you upload it to a host somewhere, or is this just on your website here?

      • Yeah, I have all the technical production capabilities, I was just curious about where you were hosting. Audio files are pretty big — especially with fiction, as opposed to poetry — and they use up host resources quickly, so if you do it often, it’s generally recommended to host it on a media server somewhere.

        I’ve just added some images and used YouTube, because it’s free and convenient, but I think I might use SoundCloud or Podio.

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