Robert B

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Recovery Through Poetry

Recovery Through Poetry

My writing seeks to let readers take what they need and leave the rest, to share my awareness as unfiltered as I can, to avoid telling the whole story and just focus on as much of the purity of my awareness as I can, to leave insight and clarity to the reader. I began writing poetry when I was newly…

Monkey Mind and Beginner Mind

Monkey Mind and Beginner Mind

Long before I got sober, in fact, long before I had alcohol use disorder, I fancied myself Buddhist because I meditated a few times, a week to relax and I had The Art of Happiness, by the Dalai Lama. I knew about four noble truths and the eight-fold path. When I was first trying to get sober, Buddhism, especially…

Notes From a Childhood of Mine

Notes From a Childhood of Mine

Sober several years, I still struggled with pain and childhood trauma. Prior to recovery, I buried it to the point of ignoring my childhood. These poems helped me appreciate the good parts of my childhood and of me that I left behind in the hills and hollers of eastern Tennessee. I feel as though I am now able to revisit…

Rivers

Rivers

Rivers are sacred to me. A spiritual refuge in which I find comfort, peace and hope. Though I’ve studied them throughout my professional life, in sobriety, they’ve become so much more, a meandering metaphor helping me find my way…

Spirits in Nature

Spirits in Nature

Inspired by a recent meeting at his home group about the power of creativity in recovery, Robert wrote these poems centered around his appreciation for and love of nature…