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The Tangle of Meanings
     

The Tangle of Meanings

by Patrick Leach
 
A book of art and poetry. This book explores my alcoholic past and process of recovery. It contains many full color reproductions of art work produced since I became a painter, well into sobriety.

Great Dams Inside

Someone built great dams in my mind
Thoughts built up and flooded back into
All the tributaries and open spaces inside

In the alcoholic ward

Overview

A book of art and poetry. This book explores my alcoholic past and process of recovery. It contains many full color reproductions of art work produced since I became a painter, well into sobriety.

Great Dams Inside

Someone built great dams in my mind
Thoughts built up and flooded back into
All the tributaries and open spaces inside

In the alcoholic ward the doctors and
Nurses treated my disease
Opened blockages, worked on my being

Years in the making, settled in
Raised the dams slowly, loosened up
Rivers of thought and poetry

Art and words breaking like winter
Ice on a frozen river, the spring thaw
Is on and this is what I see

Flowing out of me, knowing now
Drugs cloud and silt and flood the mind
And God set me free

In this little bubble
___________ _________________________________

nice to sit here by the window at my desk

with sunshine and nothing to do but be here

writing when I want to, not worrying about

what is on my list of things to do

just being here with God

this is where I want to be, when I'm at my best

taking time to sit and meditate with my eyes open

setting aside so many petty concerns and irritations

just enjoying this gift of life in this moment

as it moves along on this vast sea of time

living in this little bubble I call me

The Song

Hearing beautiful melodic sounds this morning
Sounds I've heard mornings for years

Perhaps decades out back at this time of year
When the sun sits low in a cloud-covered sky

Appreciated songs
Imagining the source a beautiful multicolored

Expansive lovely creature
In my usual hurry to get somewhere quickly

But looking up, searching this morning
Into the bare branches of the trees

There sat a tiny plain drab colored bird
Quivering slightly ever time it sang its notes

Waiting to hear similar sounds
From another of its kind, we all wait

Like the little bird, I put out my words to
The world, and I wait

Better days

There were days I dreaded
Getting out of bed, facing
A new day, alone, depressed

Troubled by a bad job, a bad relationship, no relationship,
Bad feelings about myself and what I was doing to myself

I'm grateful those days are passed, not that I always
Spring out of bed happy, but the dread and terrible months long depression slowly left me when I stopped drinking and smoking pot

And for this and so much more, I am grateful

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467991049
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/04/2012
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

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