Comics and poetry.

The following are reprints from the July edition of NA Today. Make sure to subscribe or download the magazine so you don’t miss out on any of our awesome content.  Enjoy! 


If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have had a bad day at work, think of the person who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it is like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits who is working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down leaving you miles from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new grey hair in the mirror think of the cancer patient on chemotherapy who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what life is all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who did not live long enough to get that opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance smallness or insecurities remember – things could be worse. You could be them


On the No 12 tram to St Kilda.

I used to catch this to come here to score.

Straight into the lions den.

No fear.

HP and gratitude with me all the way.

Plus the poor buggers still in active addiction on the tram do not make using even slightly appealing.


Despite myself, I took a chance to dance with the “dice”

I picked up for pain and paid the price

always in debt with life and death

despite the cost in not dead yet

despite myself, I look ahead

more is the love

less is the dread.



I got this pain that is killing me inside

And to push it all away

I end up always getting fried

Started telling myself that I’m tired of this life,

Tired of the bullshit

Tired of being high

Thought that I could do it on my own

But I couldn’t, don’t know why

I’d just lock myself away

And be sucking on my pipe.

Started losing all my morals,

Started losing all my pride

Then they took my son away

Gave my heart the biggest fright.

So I put myself in rehab

In the first on that I could find.

Now it’s time to turn it around,

And it’s time to change my life.

Now I’m here for the long run,

What a bumpy ride!

Now I’m starting to get better.

Thought I was going to lose my mind.

In here everybody is sober

And everybody is kind.

Nearly thought my life was over,

How could I have been so blind?

Now I’m in a different place,

Starting to open up my eyes,

And I’m changing all my ways

So my son can see me rise.

I just take it day by day.

No more telling myself lies.

And the look on my mum’s face

Now I’m handing my fate over

To that man up in the sky.

By Laura, Townsville



5 replies
  1. Carmelina Sottile
    Carmelina Sottile says:


    Grateful to God
    For showing me how
    Just for today
    To live here and now
    Embracing each moment
    With each rising sun
    His kingdom prevails
    Only His will be done
    I evolve from the darkness
    I follow His light
    He guides and protects me
    From morning till night
    I can see crystal clear
    My doubts disappear
    I have nothing to fear
    Coz God’s always near.
    -Carmelina Mary Sottile


    I rise to my feet
    I’m feeling serene
    I’m living with gratitude
    Sober and clean
    No longer a prisoner
    To old secrets and choices
    Serenity is drowning
    The old evil voices
    Recovery I journey
    With my family tribe
    I’m thanking my God
    For this wonderful vibe
    My new attitude of gratitude
    Opens up the way
    Out of the depths of darkness
    Into a brighter life each day
    -Carmelina Mary Sottile

  2. Carmelina S
    Carmelina S says:

    I love to write and journal everyday for the past 35 years. I have a lot of written material I would be relieved and happy to share.
    I hope to inspire before I expire.
    Kind regards from
    Carmelina M S

    • natoday
      natoday says:

      We’d love to hear from you. Send all submissions to There’s guidelines on the NA Today homepage.

      Our next edition is on “On the ways we work the steps.” Perhaps you have something on this theme?

    • natoday
      natoday says:

      Hey Theresa, there’s heaps of great content in the last issue. Download and have a read, and I hope you enjoy it. Perhaps you’d like to send us something? Submission guidelines are on the home page, and the next theme is ‘on the ways we work the steps’


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