From the July 2011 magazine.

The Birdsong in Prison

A sober inmate hears in the birdsong the sounds of what it used to be like and what it's like now

"I became distracted by the loud chirping of some birds outside of the window."

I have served 38 months of a 40-month prison sentence. Thirty-six of those months have been spent in AA. I've had two different sponsors, and I was guided through the steps with each one. I've been active in service and have had the pleasure to sponsor another inmate.

Each time I go to a meeting, I go with an attitude that I must listen, and with an expectation that I'll hear something that's going to help me in my sobriety.

-- Eric O.

Wallkill, New York

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