“You wore a wrist corsage to the dump?”
“You said to celebrate every activity,” I retorted to my sponsor.
“Yes, by doing them with purpose. Not everything needs to be a production number. Sometimes just showing up is enough. Putting too much energy into preparation can leave you without resources. It’s okay to make an appearance, do the simple act and move on. That is a celebration in its own way. Don’t squander your vitality on the mundane. Do you know what I mean?” asks my sponsor.
“Don’t waste flowers on trash heaps?” I answer.
“Yes, and don’t wipe your bottom with poetry. I mention this in case you get any ideas.”
Put flower petals in your phone book
If Garfunkel Was Here
Speak of the dead and paint the living.
Paint them in a good light when you can
and into a corner when you have to.
Read the books of future generations
rather than acting as the arrogant,
who attempt to write these volumes.
Expunge nothing leave it all on view,
but move past it after taking in the implications.
Water flows under the bridge until it collapses
then it carries the bridge away.
So, speak of the dead don’t drown them,
paint the living don’t stain them,
look to the future don’t dictate to it
and let the water run.
You are reading selections from Sober on the Way to Sane and More Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault