A Poemdog

Dogs 2011

OLD SOBRIETY BUDDIES
(8/19/11)


I see
them
from time
to time

past
acquaintances
from the
program

I haven't
been
to a meeting
in almost
two years

I watch
them
checking
for signs
of distress

for a hint
of falseness
in my smiles
or laughter

they seem
almost
disappointed

I'll be
forever grateful
to these folks
for my rescue
from incarceration
insanity
and death

but
I grew weary
of perpetually
rolling about
in recovery

I grew weary
of watching
so many others
obtain
the very outcomes
from which I
was delivered
while I
was unable
to help
them

eventually
it became time
to live
again

I thank
them
for allowing
me
to do so
and will
always be
truly glad
to see
them

even though
their doubts
shine
like moonshine