Ties that Bind – BiteSizeMemoir

Ties that Bind – BiteSizeMemoir

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience.

I am jumping for joy that Lisa Reiter is back from summer vacation and posting #BiteSizeMemoir prompts once again! This week she asks that we throw the dice to see which number word prompt we will write for. Being as I don’t know where there is a pair of dice right at this moment, I decided to read it and immediately was pulled to number 5, ties. Lisa gives us the choice between poetry, prose, or ten lines of I remember.


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Photo by Morgan Dragonwillow



ties that bind

bind our hearts and tangle our feet

feet that can’t move as though stuck in cement

cement weighing the child I used to be many summers past

past time to let go, drop these binds that trip me and make me fall

fall into being all of who I am without these ties that hold me down

down to me, my soul screaming to be heard loud and clear

clear to speak my truth that’s begging to unfold

unfold my limbs to skip and dance again

again I dance



Now it’s your turn, will you throw the dice, or will you choose for yourself? What ties are binding you?


#BiteSizeMemoir by Lisa Reiter this week is Bite Size No Brainer check it out! I am enjoying participating in Lisa’s lovely BiteSizeMemoir, I hope you decide to explore it for yourself. You never know what juicy tidbits you will remember, or be triggered, from her prompts.


Please visit Lisa Reiter’s blog and the other participants and share your word love in the comments below!


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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2 thoughts on “Ties that Bind – BiteSizeMemoir

  1. Phwor ! I just LOVE your stuff and your thinking and your amazing enthusiasm.
    I can’t necessarily analyse this ‘intelligently’ as I know nothing of poetry except its experience. But I’m amazed at the immediate physical pattern and ties and layers and connections and links through time along with the overall message of this piece.
    Would love to know how a practiced poet’s brain works compared to the general population!
    Thank you Morgan. You bring so much to my world.
    Lisa xx

    • Oh your words feed my soul, thank you Lisa! Hmmmm, how does a practiced poet’s brain work compared to other’s? For the most part I really don’t know except for what is going on in my brain. Which of course isn’t so much my brain as how the words feel in my body. But the brain must kick in for the form, which sometimes just pops in saying, “Do it like this!” and I say, “okay, that sounds good.” For this style of poem it just came to me, how I set it up, and each line came one right after another. I never know what is coming next.

      And you must be willing to be vulnerable, but I would imagine that is the case for any writing that has people reading and feeling it.

      As for “analyzing intelligently” I’ve never been one for analyzing poetry, I prefer to feel them and to have them felt by others. When I know someone has felt something while reading my poems, I know I did my job in getting the words down the way they were meant to be.

      So happy to have #BiteSizeMemoir back up and running, Thank you Lisa!

      P.S. I hope you go back to the weekly prompts, I really like that schedule. Have you tried doing a linky? That way it could have a date cut off that would encourage the bloggers to get their posts done on time. I use http://blog.inlinkz.com/ for my blog occasionally and on OctPoWriMo.com. It’s free (they have a free and paid version) and easy to use.

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