Birth In Reverse

Birth In Reverse

A Poem by D. Connolly

An analogy of my experience with addiction and recovery


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



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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I know many who are addicted and wander around as though dead somehow. Yet, they're able to function and work and some are quite clever. I think they could be better if they got off the drugs.

Good poem. :)

Posted 6 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D. Connolly

6 Months Ago

thank-you for reading! I agree, people struggling with addiction can be clever, and if they ever do .. read more
wow, this is phenomenal...and so Sexton --

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


Posted 8 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D. Connolly

8 Months 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 9 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D. Connolly

9 Months Ago

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

Posted 10 Months Ago

D. Connolly

10 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 11 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D. Connolly

11 Months Ago

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

11 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 11 Months Ago

D. Connolly

11 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 1 Year Ago

D. Connolly

1 Year Ago

thank-you Misty

1 Year Ago

you're welcome

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago

D. Connolly

1 Year 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

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago

D. Connolly

1 Year 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 1 Year Ago

D. Connolly

1 Year 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 forty-ten.

1 Year Ago

Yeah, took a little vacation away from the screen for a while. Hope it's all good other things, but .. read more

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Added on February 3, 2017
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Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, FL

Hi, I'm Dani! I'm from Southwest Florida, and I write stories and poetry. In regard to friend requests: Please read my work and review before requesting to be my friend. I probably won't accept f.. more..


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