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A Christmas Meeting

Uptight before Christmas,
all through the room,
alcoholics were stricken
with holiday gloom.

They prayed: "Santa, please
make us happy, joyous & free,
bring us candy and presents
and serenity."

Greed filled their minds
and envy every heart
UNTIL someone said,
"It's time for the meeting to start!"

When the chair asked
"What's the topic tonight?"
every face in the place
turned wintery white!

They lost all self-seeking,
self-pity and self-will,
when down through the chimney
came the ghost of St. Bill!

He chuckled and said,
as he sat himself down:
"Call the White House and tell 'em
there's a new Dubya in town."

Then he looked through a big book
and said with a tear,
"Wow! No one rewrote this
after all these years!"

Clean house, help your neighbor,
be loving and kind,
and don't take the first drink
one day at a time."

"How could a message
as simple as this
be realized, analyzed
and intellectually dismissed?"

There lies the reason
this ghost has arrived:
to re-give a gift
that has saved all your lives!

Then he set up a big screen
and a DVD
so every lost soul
in the meeting could see.

He played a movie of drunks
at their best and their worst,
what is and what was,
when blessed and cursed.

There were scenes of a housewife
passed out at a bar,
a respectable businessman
wrecking his car,
a fight in a kitchen, a fight in bed,
a fight at a reception between newlyweds.

An empty bottle,
a desperate man
alone in a motel
with a gun in his hand.

He puts down the gun
and picks up the phone
and whimpers and blubbers,
"Honey, let me come home."

She hangs up as she tells him,
"Don't call here anymore."
He reaches for the phone book
and falls to the floor.

Somehow that phone book
seems to capture his gaze:
it's open to a number
under the A's.

Then all of the people
in the movie converged
on the poor side of town
in the basement of a church.

Driven together
in a willing herd
to hear of hope
and deliver the word.

The ghost of Bill W.
turned off the TV
and said, "The first word
of the first step is 'we'.

I suggest you start there
and see where you go.
Be thorough and fearless,
and please-take it slow!

Let faith set the tone,
let love make the mood
and as for a topic...
how about gratitude?

Just don't drink,
go to meetings and pray
and be glad you're alive
and sober today.

Be a good woman,
be a good man
and be of service
whenever you can.

Be a good mother,
be a good dad
and try to be good
to your kids when they're bad.

Be a good husband,
be a good wife...

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good life!"