Fluttering on Earth

A Journey of Healing and Recovery through Poetry

by Mary L. Westcott

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/03/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 126
ISBN : 9781504328203
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 126
ISBN : 9781504328227

About the Book

This collection of poetry originated many years ago when I wrote about my relationships with several active alcoholics. I use the image of the butterfly because these creatures are among the most beautiful in the world, and I attach spiritual significance to them. In poetry, butterflies often represent freedom, whimsy, or transformation.

I started writing poetry about twenty-five years ago when I needed an avocation other than my career in public health. Since that time, I have undergone a spiritual change through twelve-step programs, Unity teachings, A Course in Miracles, meditation, and writing. The metamorphosis and the poems that accompanied this change are chronicled here.

The format of the collection consists of a poem on one page and an affirmation with a statement about the poem on the page following in order to enhance understanding of the poem. I have found that affirmations are useful tools for turning around negative thoughts. The poems are arranged in order from darker themes to lighter, more spiritual themes. This collection can help others overcome the difficulty of a relationship with a non-recovering alcoholic or other addicted person. There are many paths to recovery that offer hope for dealing with the most challenging of relationships. This is one of those paths.

About the Author

Mary L. Westcott began writing poetry 25 years ago and has been published in more than fifty five literary journals. She holds a doctorate in social psychology and an MA in Writing and is retired from the National Institutes of Health. She has been on a spiritual journey, including recovery from several alcoholic relationships. She lives in The Villages, Florida with Rocky Rio and Didi, her two rescue cats.