“Rebellion dogs our every step at first” AA’s 12 and 12
They won’t come to heal, won’t sit, won’t stay, these dogs circle waiting for signs of weakness or vulnerable skin, but there they are; they have been found out. The ones that worry me more are those that took show and place, the dogs that stand in the shadows and lurk in the wing. What are their names I wonder? Their distinctive smell? Must I identify these writhing mutts or simply call animal control? Though this never worked with rebellion dogs these lesser pups surely would run from would be dog catchers and leave me to my dreams. Alas, I name them and show them to my friends; we like they run in packs and are served well by honest disclosure.
Learn from old dogs
THINGS THAT ARE THICKER THAN WATER
Pudding, mud, ice cream, cement, sauce, paint,
sap, drool, gravy, wood.
What is that?
A list of things that are thicker than water.
There are so many,
Why do people get so hung up on blood?
Survival, comfort, or maybe tradition?
There must be many reasons.
Why we strong-arm one another into relations
Families we drank with
Or families we drank to get away from,
But it’s not the family is it, it’s us.
We have to learn to do what we need to do.
We can’t force ourselves into relationships
with anyone for any reason
Other then it is what is best for us.
Shoulds and aughts have no place in the family situation
So can I walk away from them all?
You can’t do anything in the sweep of the wand,
In the same vein don’t obligate yourself to people
due to viscosity.
That sounds like a promising start.
You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault