What Are Some Poems About Recovery?

Mary Oliver's poem "Recovering" and Portia Nelson's poem "There's a Hole in My Sidewalk" are both about recovery. Brenda Winders' poem "Sunshine After Rain" is specifically about recovering from an addiction to both drugs and alcohol.

The speaker in Mary Oliver's "Recovering" is traveling down a new road and thinking about a nameless female who used to control the speaker's life. The speaker regains control by turning to God and evoking inner strength. Oliver does not specify what the speaker is recovering from.

In Portia Nelson's "There's a Hole in My Sidewalk," her speaker keeps walking down the same street in life, falling into the same dark hole each time. Every time the speaker falls into the hole, the speaker faces a long struggle to climb out of it. Eventually, the speaker learns to avoid the hole and even begins walking down a new street.

In "Sunshine After Rain," Brenda Winders offers a poetic analogy of her personal experience as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. She describes addiction as a lady who first appears youthful and attractive at the beginning of their acquaintance, but becomes ugly and deranged as she takes over her life. Once she asks God for help and is willing to work on herself, she begins to reclaim power over her life.