Volume LIII Number 3
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A Good Space
(AA Open Meeting)
Of course, I begin by saying
I’m not an alcoholic.
difference, I slip off my shoes
under the harsh lights of this
municipal hall, the people around me
with similar threaded years of
struggle and fear, shunting stop-
starts; able to laugh at themselves.
Minute by minute,
day by day, they wrestle their demons;
make it here sometimes just
to sit mute.
If you created a religion
you could do worse than this:
all welcome, no questions asked;
a working doctrine of self-help.
Christ would be
at home here if he were alive today,
away from the diktats and discord
to where people lay down
burdens, pick them up again, lighter.
The Quadrant Book of Poetry: 2001 - 2010
edited by Les Murray