We were delighted to receive a wonderful poem “At a First Meeting” by a former patient Andrew, who came to Broadway Lodge back in 1977 to receive treatment for alcohol addiction. Following a 5 month rehabilitation stay, Andrew completed treatment and has been abstinent ever since, attending AA meetings regularly. What an inspiration – thank you Andrew. He has expressly confirmed to Broadway Lodge that, provided either Broadway Lodge or [email protected]  is acknowledged, the poem may be copied and published freely for non-commercial purposes.

AT A FIRST MEETING

 

New Pigeon asks Old Timer,

How do I get this thing?

 

You want to Stop?

Whatever it takes?

 

Yes, I want it,

I’ll do anything.

 

OK: don’t drink, don’t think,

Go to meetings.

 

What does it mean

Don’t think?

 

It means, Don’t argue,

Just do it.

 

Surely it can’t

Be that simple?

 

Listen: I’ll be here,

tomorrow night,

 

and for all I know

you might be right.