Bubbling tides of white water, time roils past me and my protests go unheard. Psychic feedback loops revisit raw moments to me with inopportune exactitude. The beautiful droplets of dawn rain down then evaporate leaving another day’s timeline to fan out before me. The alternating fury and jubilation of passing intervals leaves a challenge, first a question of bend or break, second a call to forecast. Can I flex or will I live in pieces? Shall I look at patterns and strive for harmonious waltz or turn my face from the calendar dreading each trice? Bully or benefactor time rolls. I can go with it or be under it that choice is mine.
Today I came to a place in the road covered with birds
The nearby field – covered in birds – the trees covered.
As I approached the birds took wing
The flock responded to my presence
Each bird flew – the sky darkened with their flight.
Wave upon wave, boundaries intact
Taking action in the face of obstacle.
The gift of instinct displayed for me as I fly to my meeting
My instinct rehab, I am learning my intuition
My sponsor spoons it to me from the steps.
I suck it down never knowing what it is about the process
That makes me better
Anymore then I know how grain and bugs make birds fly.
I have theories, things I roll in my fingers when I’m nervous.
I get glimmers.
Things my Higher Power sparkles in my eyes for a treat.
In truth, I don’t know how, I don’t need to know
Anymore than birds need to know lift to weight ratios.
When I respond to life events
When I spend less time self-concerned I am closer to self.
“Aren’t we spiritually centered?” Quips my sponsor
“Yes” I reply “One day in a row.”
“I’m going for the record.”
“That’s all the birds have.”
“You’re doing as well as they.” she smiles and pats my back
You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault