Birth In Reverse

Birth In Reverse

A Poem by D. Connolly
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An analogy of my experience with addiction and recovery

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Staring into the flame

Recalling the beginning

He wondered at my smile

And I explained the story of my birth in reverse


I was a wanderer, through the expanse

    Neither here

          Nor there


When the violence of conception jarred me

     Into chaos

           And being


Appearing as a phantom

     The walking dead

            A wraith


So lonely.... so confused.... and locked in time.....


The peace of the grave wrapped me

       In darkness

            Rest for bones grown weary


I felt the pain of dying

      Excruciating

            Paralyzing


I drug myself into the womb

       The warmth and softness comforted me

             I was nurtured


Turning over in the safety of space

       My eyes began to open

              My heart began to beat


To the rhythm.... of Earth.....


I was born of soft flames and gentle fires, I told him

         Now I burn

               And I am ALIVE





© 2017 D. Connolly



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wow, this is phenomenal...and so Sexton --

it takes the taste of death to make me feel alive...

j.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D. Connolly

1 Month Ago

It was the only thing that did it for me :) Thank-you Jacob
Lively message and a NICE idea brought alive here. Keep going with writing like this my friend

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D. Connolly

3 Months Ago

Thank-you Ashwin :)
Life is pain birthed by love. A beautiful concept. Well done my friend.

Posted 4 Months Ago


D. Connolly

4 Months Ago

thank-you Mr L!
A revealing and brave portrayal of the despair that leads to addiction , and the mental and physical pain of recovery. Your revelation of that recovery could be the spur to others, Dani, but.....,. how do you get them to read it?

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D. Connolly

5 Months Ago

Hi Norman, I periodically visit local institutions to speak with people who are still struggling wit.. read more
Norman223

5 Months Ago

I can understand how difficult this work can be , As an industrial Welfare Officer I had to visit .. read more
Like reincarnation in reverse, been here before but this time I'm ready!

A creative tale of rebirth and wanderlust!

Posted 5 Months Ago


D. Connolly

5 Months Ago

Hi Tom, welcome to Earth my friend
Last lines......... wonderful....
A different kind of what I've read till today......
I am quite amazed when i try to find different meanings of same lines. I love this one... Nice one dear...
👍👍👍

Posted 7 Months Ago


D. Connolly

7 Months Ago

thank-you Misty
Misty

6 Months Ago

you're welcome
Misty

6 Months Ago

you're welcome
I'm not sure I'm following this as a linear progression from birth to death (or that, in reverse)!?!?! But it doesn't matter becuz I'm drawn along thru your well-stated observations anyway. It seems like each statement is placed with some distance from the last statement (or stanza, as far as meaning) so that the reader has plenty of space to interject one's own impressions of how such a journey can be for each one of us.

Posted 7 Months Ago


D. Connolly

7 Months Ago

Hello BG! Gosh I was just thinking of you over the weekend! I'm glad that you enjoyed. Here's my tho.. read more
barleygirl

7 Months Ago

Yes, I've been busy this spring with so many outdoor activities & then the painful aftermath makes m.. read more
An apt description of re-birth, reincarnation if you will. The previous life has lead to self destruction but the new one has hope. No matter the addiction, in the end there is only these two. I like the way you've incorporated that semblance of space. Very well done, Dani

Posted 8 Months Ago


D. Connolly

8 Months Ago

Thank-you Ted! This one is very special to me. I'm glad you liked it.
The warmth and comfort of our own personal wombs that we retreat to are the biggest fight we ever face, where we can fall into the comforts of our pasts and forget about the pain of our future. They call us so invitingly to our own demise, like sirens.
A wonderful and thought filled piece on personal demons. Nice one Dani.

Posted 8 Months Ago


D. Connolly

8 Months Ago

I was going to email you the other day and you were closed! I've been away, doing other things, but.. read more
Lorry.

8 Months Ago

Yeah, took a little vacation away from the screen for a while. Hope it's all good other things, but .. read more
A sacred, powerful journey it seems, from death to life. I am grateful for your path to light, as I realize so many never quite find the way out. May your life and words give others the desire to find the key to their recovery as well.

Posted 8 Months Ago


D. Connolly

8 Months Ago

thank-you so much, I really hope I'm able to help at least one person

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