If God brought you to it,
He will get you through it.

23 April 2011

Getting High on Sobriety

free at last
from your strong hold
no longer at 
your beck and call
past the clammy hands
and cold sweats
the splitting headaches
and annoying palpitations
i thirst no more
for your ephemeral comfort
i can look at you
right in the face
and couldn't care less
sobriety is my new name
now i wake up each morning
with a natural high

© Bing (PinkLady) 2011

 Thanks to Jingle for The Perfect Poet Week 41 Award
I vote for Lolamouse of Mouse Droppings.

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Butterflies of time April 23, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

Loved your attitude--freedom sounds so great. It takes a lot of will power to look at the habit right in the face and not care!. Well done-good write!

Bing (PinkLady) April 23, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

butterflies of time, it is indeed quite liberating. i feel great and much lighter. thanks for appreciating. :)

kez April 23, 2011 at 8:16 PM  

sometimes alcohol has a purpose but once that time is served not so easy to break the habit ..sounds like you knew when the time was right well done and also on the poetry hope it inspires many more people ..thank you

Bing (PinkLady) April 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM  

kez, you said it right. whatever comfort one finds in alcohol, that's only temporary. one has to break free sooner or later. i found the right motivation to quit. thanks for appreciating. :)

Alethea April 23, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

I'm glad you were able to quit drinking. The poem truly reflects your freedom!!

Bing (PinkLady) April 23, 2011 at 9:45 PM  

alethea, i have set my goal- weight loss. alcohol has to go. thanks for the visit. :)

Jingle April 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM  

it is always good to take a challenge such as this and live with no worries or regret.

very poetic words.
stunning sentiments.

Thanks for the award acceptance.

Anonymous April 23, 2011 at 11:08 PM  

Quite an accomplishment, Bing ... and the celebration to go with it is nicely painted in your post. Well done!

Sherry Blue Sky April 23, 2011 at 11:16 PM  

Bing, that is a HUGE accomplishment. Bravo to you for making that journey and succeeding. I am happy for you and your children. Stay strong and free!

Anonymous April 23, 2011 at 11:16 PM  

That's a huge accomplishment, Bing. It will affect everyone in your life in a positive way. I'm glad you made that decision. Your poem told the story so well.

Smiles for you. xoxo

Bing (PinkLady) April 23, 2011 at 11:19 PM  

jingle, that is so true. there's no room for regret on decisions such as this. i'm glad that you like it. thanks. :)

Kim Nelson April 23, 2011 at 11:21 PM  

How beautifully you describe an accomplishment hard won. Sobriety is never easy for those addicted. This makes the reward so attractive. I love it.

Bing (PinkLady) April 23, 2011 at 11:21 PM  

becca, thanks... i celebrate on each pound that i lose each week. thanks for the visit. :)

Bing (PinkLady) April 23, 2011 at 11:25 PM  

hi sherry, it is indeed a big achievement for me. i thought i would never be able to do it. it seemed impossible at first. BUT I DID IT! yipeeeeeeee! now that i'm 14 lbs. lighter post-alcohol, i have become more determined and inspired to stay sober for a very long time. i am so happy. :)

thanks for the visit.

Bing (PinkLady) April 23, 2011 at 11:27 PM  

bodhirose, it was not that hard to reach the decision. what was really difficult was to stay on track. the first two weeks were the hardest. i'm glad i'm way past the withdrawal stage now. thanks for visiting. :)

Bing (PinkLady) April 23, 2011 at 11:29 PM  

kim, i just got tired of feeling tired every time i woke up in the morning. it was a welcome development. thanks for appreciating the post. :)

Mike Golch April 24, 2011 at 12:22 AM  

RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!I've been doing just that for 20 years.

JamieDedes April 24, 2011 at 12:32 AM  

Both the poem and the sentiment are very good, Bing. Congratulations on the award.

Warmest best wishes for a Happy Easter!


Someone is Special April 24, 2011 at 1:12 AM  

Beautifull description on accomplishment of a win.. Awesome.. a first ~ sweet ~ pour for you to enjoy...

Someone is Special

Thoughts Not Lost April 24, 2011 at 2:35 AM  

Wonderful, airy, light. The sense of freedom. Loved this!

Danielle Mari April 24, 2011 at 2:48 AM  

Congrats on your sobriety and on your poetry!

Amanda Moore April 24, 2011 at 6:00 AM  

Bing this is so inspiring you should be so very proud!I know someone that has needed this very outlook for many years, I am afraid it will be the death of him sad to say....

Lu Ann April 24, 2011 at 8:34 AM  

Wow, then it must be such a reliefing sensation! I`ve never been there before, but I can relate a little in your words but talking about something else.

Congrats! Amazing post.

Anonymous April 24, 2011 at 9:22 AM  

A fantastic and empowering write - it's a daemon that is the very sneakiest of all since we are the ones who beckon it to begin with, amazing

Anonymous April 24, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

This is a great, short piece that reads volumes about sobriety and discovery. Enjoy the rally and keep writing through your life's discoveries and hard times! Everything gets better. Just keep writing about it.

morganna April 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM  

I love this inspirational poem! And thank you for your courage to share your journey with all of us.

bendedspoon April 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM  

Wow! Thank you for sharing the wonderful feeling! Congratulations! :)

Eileen T O'Neill ..... April 24, 2011 at 8:42 PM  

I am pleased to learn through your words, that things are looking much better for you in life.

Best wishes, Eileen

Vinay April 24, 2011 at 8:43 PM  

very beautiful, Bing :) I liked the wordplay, and the structure too :D

Bing (PinkLady) April 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM  

thanks to all of you for appreciating my post... thanks for your visit. :)

Olivia April 24, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

I am waiting the day this happens to me Bing! This was way to powerful. Each word stood on its own!!

Very well written
Hugs xox

Anonymous April 24, 2011 at 11:09 PM  

Keep uplifting, You are wonderful at it!



Bing (PinkLady) April 25, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

olivia, i consider it as a big achievement for me as well. it was so difficult but it's all worth the wait. do it when you are ready. thanks for the visit. :)

Bing (PinkLady) April 25, 2011 at 9:42 AM  

thanks, luna. i'm glad that you like it. :)

Anonymous April 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM  

It's so positive. :) I like it.

$unshine of the Moon April 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM  

very nicely done......liked it alot :)

Bing (PinkLady) April 28, 2011 at 8:04 AM  

dcec, thanks. i'm glad that you like it. :)

Bing (PinkLady) April 28, 2011 at 8:04 AM  

sunshine of the moon, thanks for appreciating. :)

WyomingDiva April 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

Sobriety is great - writing about it is even better!

Bing (PinkLady) April 28, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

wyomingdiva, it really felt good to write about sobriety. thanks for appreciating. :)

Anonymous April 30, 2011 at 2:54 AM  

Celebrating the true freedom that comes from within...such a blessing, a day at a time! Bravo.

Bing (PinkLady) April 30, 2011 at 6:32 AM  

i consider it a big achievement... one day at a time indeed. thanks, victoria. :)

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