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    In a GT Support Group last Monday
    An interesting question was posed
    By a bored irritated “mentor”
    Just before the session was closed.
    The question was aimed at a client
    Who keeps making blunders and blips
    And who, under the guise of “Recovery”
    Returns to report on her slips.
    The facilitator’s brain must be frazzled
    From listening to reasons and rhymes
    As to why the barriers keep shifting
    Malfunctioning so many times!
    The question the client must answer
    Concerns expectation and hope
    As to the purpose of joining in Groups
    While still “acting the dope”!
    “Tell me why do you come here?
    What do you want from this Site?”
    Sounded like an ultimatum
    Or ban,
    If I don’t get it right!
    How can I answer the question
    “Why do I come to GT?”
    After years of hiccups and set backs
    “Is this the right place for me?”


    Irritated and bored? That’s not me
    I’m just here choosing recovery

    No ulitimatums and no bans
    All can come here whenever they can

    And when they come here I can set them a task
    To honestly answer questions I ask

    The one I asked I hope you will answer
    The Vera I know is not just a chancer

    And Vera, while you’re such a good poet
    I pose hard questions, and you know it

    So read your poem and see what you wrote
    If you miss it then maybe I’ll quote

    Is your recovery only a “guise?”
    I really hope it’s not a disguise

    Is this the right place for you?
    Well if not here what would you do?

    Reading the forum I see you’ve been busy
    Posting all over the place, it’s making me dizzy

    The one thing I hope you get in your head
    Is posting helps more when on your own thread

    Posting there makes it harder to duck
    Or justify gambling and trying our luck

    The groups now open you can see that
    So see you shortly, come in for a chat.


    Thanks for the poem Charles
    It moved me to tears
    I know I’ve been gambling
    To escape from my fears
    Always found your group helpful
    That’s why I came to GT
    But I now realize
    That it’s all up to me.
    I need to fly solo to test out my wings
    And rely less on other people for things
    Time to take off the mask
    To remove the disguise
    So I’m writing these words
    To say my goodbyes
    Here’s to the “bullshit”, deflection and games
    Played by a fictitious woman
    Using fake pseudo names.
    Time to write a REAL journal
    To walk a straight line
    And live out your advice
    One day at a time!


    Saying goodbyes?
    That’s your addiction, telling you lies.

    From years of gambling we have both learnt
    That on our own we will surely get burnt

    Every time we tried on our own
    We gambled more and too out more loans

    If you’re really removing the disguise
    That would be a good move, timely and wise

    So where’s the real journal we can all read?
    And give you support in your time of need

    What real steps are you now to take?
    So a lasting recovery you can then make

    What’s really different, what’s really new?
    What touch actions are you going to do?

    If you think you can do it without some support
    That’s ignoring the lessons that you have been taught

    If you still think gambling is fun
    Then what’ve you learnt from all that you’ve done?

    No more “bullshit”, deflection and games?
    Great, so get typing and tell us your aim

    Or maybe you’re going to continue to hide
    And listen to your addiction and all of it’s lies

    I really hope the answer is no
    Vera be honest and give it a go

    No more BS you don’t want that
    So just get your ar*e back into chat!


    How’s that straight line going Vera? I’m still hoping to read that real journal.

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