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what is this camel poem all alcoholics speak of?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:27 am
by ThelonleyMango
what is the poem? and what does it symbolize?

Re: what is this camel poem all alcoholics speak of?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:39 am
by PaigeB
The Camel each day goes twice to its knees
He picks up his load with the greatest of ease.
He walks through the day with his head held high
And stays for that day, completely dry.

Re: what is this camel poem all alcoholics speak of?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:01 am
by Brock
In the book Dr. Bob and the good oldtimers they speak about it like this -
Dr. Bob, physician, and a cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous would explain prayer by telling how the camels in a caravan would kneel down in the evening, and the men would unload their burdens. In the morning, they would kneel down again, and the men would put the burdens back on. ’It’s the same with prayer,’ Dr. Bob said. ’We get on our knees to unload at night. And in the morning when we get on our knees again, God gives us just the load we are able to carry for that day.’ page 229

He was a very religious man, and a bible scholar, I would be surprised if people say things like that poem in meetings these days. We have had long discussions here about whether we need to kneel at all, some say they prefer it since it makes them feel more humble, before the God of their understanding. I see the logic in that, but prefer where it says in the book in step 11 “we relax and take it easy.” My God I believe wants me to be comfortable while speaking to him, and at my age kneeling is the opposite of comfortable.

I also have an aversion to anything which speaks about staying “dry,” because that's only a small part of what AA is about.

Re: what is this camel poem all alcoholics speak of?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:31 pm
by Spirit Flower
PaigeB wrote:The Camel each day goes twice to its knees
He picks up his load with the greatest of ease.
He walks through the day with his head held high
And stays for that day, completely dry.


I used to have a camel cup from the Camel Club in Ottumwa, IA. Maybe you have been there? I also was a full member of a sober bike club called Second Chance. We camped alot in Eddyville, IA. I used to spend tons of time in Iowa.

Re: what is this camel poem all alcoholics speak of?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:48 pm
by Noels
This poem is actually quite beautiful but ive never heard it in the rooms. First time I hear it.
Thanks for posting it.
Have a beautiful day today.
Noels xxx