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Tale of Two Wolves

ONE EVENING, AN ELDERLY

CHEROKEE BRAVE TOLD HIS

GRANDSON ABOUT A BATTLE THAT

GOES ON INSIDE PEOPLE.

HE SAID “MY SON, THE BATTLE IS

BETWEEN TWO ‘WOLVES’ INSIDE US ALL.

ONE IS EVIL. IT IS ANGER,

ENVY, JEALOUSY, SORROW,

REGRET, GREED, ARROGANCE,

SELF-PITY, GUILT, RESENTMENT,

INFERIORITY, LIES, FALSE PRIDE,

SUPERIORITY, AND EGO.

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The Sidewalk, The Hole, and the Insanity

Recently I sent out an email to announce an up coming Ann Arbor Women’s Group event. The email was lopsided because the right side bar had a bunch of empty space so I decided to find a poem to fill that space. I googled “poems about addiction” and the poem There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk by Portia Nelson popped up.

“Perfect!”, I thought, “What a beautiful metaphor for addiction.” If you missed it in the email, here it is again:

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: An Autobiography in Five Short ChaptersFall In
By Portia Nelson

Chapter One
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost …. I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter Two
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
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