Tragedy is a tale unfinished. Life is far longer than calamity can endure. I will not give up, not even when hope is lost, for life carries forward; more is filled with optimism. Threads break, but the fabric is woven still, flowing off the living loom waiting to be used. I will cut my swath and fashion a garment to wear and if sometimes it is filled with ashes I will sit and grieve all the while knowing that this is never the stories end.
See through your own shades
Amends is about truth and change.
The relationships of my past
Were places of little truth
And even less change.
I tried to be nice—-not honest
I tried to keep things going
Even when they needed to die.
Making amends has ended
Most of my relationships from the past.
A quick 10th step keeps me
From starting too many new ones.
Good healthy relationships
Require time and attention
So this necessitates a short list.
Sometimes I wish for more quantity
But I realize in sobriety
I cannot accept less quality.
You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault