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Jan.21.2012
  January 21   THE FROG       Stretched in the water, still, the frog hangs.  The pond is barely a teacup, sufficient for the communion of God and frog.  I watch the frog, unblinking , savoring respiration.  In a pond in Maine, I bore this posture, center...
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Jan.18.2012
  January 18   THERE IS A TREE         There is a tree in the woods.  I’ve seen it.  It is cut off from any visible source of strength or sustenance.  Carried aloft by the surrounding trees, the splintered trunk dangles in the air.  It makes no...
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Jan.15.2012
  January 15   NO MAPS     Maps have existed longer than I have.  By the time of my birth, aerial photography had made pinpoint accuracy the norm.  I can be tracked by satellite on my daily commute.  I can get a Trip Tik and travel to the far reaches of this...
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Jan.12.2012
  January 12   LIFE IS TOO GOOD   I know it sounds crazy.  Is crazy.  But I hate having the fear, the gnawing gut of “what if I can’t maintain this”?   The sober life I live, what if I get struck unable to connect to my Higher Power?  I had a spiritual...
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Jan.10.2012
  January 10   BREAKING MY OWN GLASS   The police of a small town caught a serial glass breaker today.  The man who owned a plate glass repair shop was breaking store front windows.  I break my own.  I go through my life; I slash my own tires and break my own glass....
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Jan.08.2012
  January 8   OLD GOLDFISH       I got them when my sobriety was new.  They were tiny little guys, ten-cent feeders.  I wanted my stepson to sleep soundly in our strange jumble of a home, fresh from purchase.  The tank sat on a dresser under his elevated bed...
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Jan.04.2012
  January 4   THE FLOCK   Today I came to a place in the road covered with birds.  The nearby fields, 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;...
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Jan.03.2012
  January 3     I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS GOING TO THE CIRCUS     I show up at a meeting.  I didn’t know the circus was in town.  I expected calm, demure, sober behavior.  My expectations were dashed, my bubble burst.  There were people streaming back and...
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Jan.01.2012
  January 1     THE COWS ARE HIGHER THAN THE HOUSE     I got sober only to end up living in a house where the cows are higher than the house.  I mean, next to my house there is a hill. The hill is surrounded by a fence.  The cows are pastured inside the fence....
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Nov.05.2011
  ......November 5   MISS DIRECTED       I called and rambled at my sponsor.  After a significant time had passed, she stopped me and asked with a tone in her voice, “and why are you calling me?” Startled, I replied, “for your advice!” “Are you sure that’s why you...