That Place

Monday’s post “Isolation” set some records for this site. The comments and feedback extended the discussion. Most people, whether in recovery or not, know the urge to isolate. For those recovering from addiction or alcoholism, spending time alone or in the pursuit of creativity is helpful. But then we get hooked on the cure, and getting hooked on anything is dangerous.

This paradox sparked a poem, and I have the #RecoveryPosse to thank for the inspiration. Thank you.

That Place

We all keep that place

where we won’t go again,

except in remembrance


to help a needy friend.

It has an entrance.

The threshold sealed


with a new beginning.

The pain we feel

upon returning


is only worth

its weight in learning

that we don’t want


to go back there.

We journey far

to keep it near.

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