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God Gift Wrapped

This God,
This higher power thing.
Well I found,
It didn’t sit quite right.

Well now I see,
It’s an offering.
It’s the key to the cell.
That you’re locked in.

Sure you could run,
Why not?
Go and have a little more fun?
That isn’t going to hurt no one (is it?)

But I ask you,
If offered a box; all gift wrapped.
Bow and all.
Would you turn it away?

Personally, I’d open it.
See what gifts coming my way.
But hell, you’ll be surprised.
There is nothing inside.

But, accepting the gift.
A simple act,
Such a simple act,
Begins a journey, a mystery.

The box is a vessel to create,
A god, higher power
To which you can relate.
Empty box not such a shit gift now?

Fill it a day at a time, with acts and deeds.
Greater ones than you’d normally succeed.
The little things and ideas,
That once a day recovery guides you to.

After all isn’t there high power,
In the guidance of recovery?
Not from yourself.
The potential of yourself.

Don’t take a drink today?
Put it in the box, it’s a gift.
Don’t take a drug today?
Put it in the box, it’s a gift.
Help a random stranger,
Because it feels good?
Put it in the box.

Help someone else,
Not drink of drug today?
Put it in the box.
By losing the self-will of yourself,
You gain the potential of selflessness.
Accept each small miracle,
A day at a time. Wake tomorrow, do the

Now to one final question?
That potential of self, those small miracles.
Self-will you say? I refute.
That’s being guided by a power greater that

Then one day,
Maybe not so far away,
You’ll have a gift wrapped empty box.
To give to someone yourself one day.

©James Walford 2013

Thank You

A special thank you to:

David Bean, Bryan Meloy, Liz, Pauline, Howard, Sean & all my friends at (Independence Trust) & (C.I.S)

Gwen Bridges, Helen Mcilvany, Neil Jennings, Sarah Welch, Tony Gardiner, Louise, Robyn & all at: Countywide Specialist Substance Misuse Service

Philip Trenchard, Jo Bell,
Lou, Matthew, Trudy, Ian,
Stan, Frankie, Fiona,
ETE Staff, Toni, Silvana,
ucy, Beanie
and everybody associated with The Nelson Trust

Pat Bugler, Mellisa, Val, John & the staff at Westcliff House

Dr D P Knight Rosebank Surgery
Dr Waldon Rowcroft Medical Center
Dr D Kempson Locking Hill Surgery

More special thanks to:

Nick Kelly
Phil (thrasher), Shar (misfit)
Helen (livin' life clean),
Clayton (the driver),
Sheena(the voice),
Jacky N,
Mandy M, Laura, Isis. Sam,
Anne T, 
Dean. Alicia, 
Tiffany. Darren,

Andy (west ham), 
Mark (london), Vikki, Chris,
Charlie. Ed (spurs). Jane. Jo
Karen V. Maureen. Nick
Sharon (surrey). Steph. Rick,
Steve (Tetbury), Gill (Stroud

Sam, Dave, Andy, Phil, Steve, Jackie, Dean, Nera, and Essex Girl (Westcliffe House) 2005... and many more.

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