by Thom Anumdsen
Dan's Note: I appreciate Thom Amundsens's poetry. Why? Because it's real. And transformative. Thought provoking and almost animal (but human) too. Thank you Thom for contributing to Transformation-is-Real. I know our readers appreciate your expressions.
I’m an addict,
my therapist told me,
edges are fun.
When first I discovered my ‘affliction’
as it is oft times referred,
I chose anger first to help unveil
the true emotions buried.
That was certainly the beginning
of a long relationship
from blade to blade,
to ledge, to choice, to reprimand.
I have experienced the fleeting nature of impulse
enough to wish to disregard sound advice.
I have climbed upon the wall of despair,
hopeful somewhere along the way,
I might find an opening, or a reason to slip.
My therapist told me
edges are fun.
I find that to be true
the trigger seems right in the palm
of my hand,
the vehicle toward
satisfying my edge.
I am a fortunate addict today,
I’ve managed to blur the edge,
well enough to overcome
those crisp shiny endeavors
occasional tricks of the trade,
ah, the simple solution to the edge,
choosing the edge of recovery.
About the Author
Transformation comes in a variety of ways and in many places. Poetry is one form I think is particularly powerful and an effective tool to change us. Poetry works well because of its use of words—it's concise and punchy. Words find their meaning in the reader. Both poet and the one receiving the poem are changed. It's a "transformey" sort-of thing that's not just psychobabble, but real. Poetry does this because it goes to the root of what makes us most human—the imagination.