Restoration – I recently visited my son and his family—his wife and one year old daughter. A relationship once broken, now restored.

He once said that ‘he watched himself disappear from my eyes’. My biggest regret, the dad that I was and the dad that I was not. Simply put, I failed my child at a time when he needed me most. That regret, one that I thought, could never heal. But heal, we did. Father and son. We didn’t shut the door on the past, but his forgiveness and love, helped me become the dad he needs me to be.

I Always Wondered
And Now I Know

I watched the owl take flight
Long languid strokes illumined
By the waning light of the setting sun
My mind wanders to another time
Another place with you on my shoulders
After you grew too tired to walk on your own
We called Great Horned, Screech and Saw whet that night
Under a frosty star-filled sky and I knew
I wondered sometimes what you remembered
What you kept and what you left behind from those young days
Until I hear you talk of owls you see with your own child in your arms

About the Author

Robert B. is sober alcoholic in Madison, WI participating in AA and AlAnon at Fitchburg Serenity Club. He has been sober since April 21, 2007. He also began writing and sharing poetry on Facebook during his first year sober as part of his recovery from alcohol dependency, acute anxiety and chronic depression. He has found that creativity expressed primarily through writing poetry and playing various stringed instruments helped him heal and thrive.

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Murray J
Murray J
2 years ago

Touching and beautiful.


Thank you.