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Excerpts from There Is a Place Where We Meet

(The Poetic Journey of a Psychotherapist)

by Mark Purcell,


I have wiped the tears of your weeping child;
You have held the hand of my dying father.
I have inhaled the breath from your first kiss;
You have stood at the altar betrothing my spouse.

I have walked through your world;
You have lived in mine.
We have cried each other’s tears;
And we have leaped each other’s joy.
We have celebrated each other’s victory’
And grieved each other’s defeat.
You understand my journey,
For you, though in different place and time,
Have walked my path;
And I understand your wanderings,
For I though in different place and time,
Have roamed your ramblings.
I have stomped your childhood grounds;
You have gone around my adulthood blocks.

Though strangers have we been,
And strangers we shall remain,
We could in a different life
Be best of friends, closest of kin.
All lives are so thus entwined,
And all experiences so thus parallel,
That being understood and understanding
Should never be so complicated
As is far often too true.

Last week you walked with your son
Past me in the market, shopping.
You reached over to him,
Caressing his head and neck with your hand,
Reminded me of my father,
And my father’s father,
And the feel of the texture
Of my own son’s hair and skin
In the caressing palm of my own loving hand.
That was why, stranger and brother,
When you looked my way,
I smiled…

©2009 by Mark Purcell



Today could not have been
Without yesterday’s haunting wind
Blowing by and changing my life,
Stirring up realities and other sundry strife.

The happenings of this hour
Would rightfully have no power,
Without the joys and pains of past,
Shaping and creating me at last.

Had even one conversation been altered,
Or one person or event faltered,
This moment in which I now breathe
Would not now be, as is, conceived.

There is a Great Choreographer, somewhere, someplace,
Who orchestrates my moves and your every pace,
Matching our steps in infinite, perfect time;
Then, this dance, once confusing starts to rhyme…

©2009 by Mark Purcell

Websites & Books

Emotional Struggles

Codependency and Addiction Recovery

Creativity and Inspiring websites:


Most or All of these are available for purchase on, local bookstores, or often can be found used or new on

Ackerman, Robert J., Growing in the Shadow (ACA)
Ackerman, Robert J., Same House, Different Homes (ACA)
Alcoholics Anonymous (“The Big Book” for recovering alcoholics)
Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
Beattie, Melody, Codependent No More
Beattie, Melody, Beyond Codependency and Getting Better All the Time
Beattie, Melody, Codependents’ Guide to the 12 Steps
Black, Claudia, It Will Never Happen to Me
Black, Claudia, Repeat After Me
Bly, Robert, Iron John, A Book about Men
Carnes, Patrick, Out of the Shadows (sexual addiction)
<A cheap football jerseys HREF=”” target=”_blank”>Dyer, Wayne, Your Erroneous Zones
Hendrix, Harville, Getting the Love you Want: A Guide for Couples
Johnson, Robert A., We (Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love)
Johnson, Vernon E., I’ll Quit Tomorrow
Kritsberg, Wayne, The Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome
Larsen, Earnie, Stage II Recovery (Life beyond Addiction)
Larsen, Earnie, Stage II Relationships (Love beyond Addiction)
LeBoutillier, Megan, Little Miss Perfect (ACA)
Lee, John, I Don’t Want to be Alone
Lee, John, Recovery : Plain and Simple
Lee, John, The Flying Boy
Lerner, Harriet, The Dance of Anger
Lerner, Harriet, The Dance of Intimacy
Mellody, Pia, Facing Codependence
Mellody, Pia, Breaking Free (workbook for codependency recovery)
Nakken, Craig, The Addictive Personality (Roots, Rituals, Recovery)
Narcotics Anonymous (“The Big Book” for recovering drug addicts)
Paul, Jordan and Margaret, Do I Have to Give up Me to be Loved by You?
Peck, M. Scott, The Road Less Traveled
Peele, Stanton, Love and Addiction
Purcell, Mark, There Is a Place Where We Meet (The Poetic Journey of a Psychotherapist)
Rosellini, Gayle and Worden, Mark, Of Course You’re Angry
Schaef, Anne Wilson, When Society Becomes an Addict
Schaef, Anne Wilson, Escape from Intimacy
Subby, Robert, Lost in the Shuffle
Viorst, Judith, Necessary Losses
Wegscheider-Cruse, Sharon, Another Chance
Wegscheider-Cruse, Sharon, Choicemaking
Wegscheider-Cruse, Sharon, Learning to Love Yourself
Whitfield, M.D., custom jerseys Charles L., Healing the Child Within
Woititz, Janet cheap MLB Jerseys G., Adult Children of Alcoholics
Woititz, Janet G., Marriage on the Rocks
Woititz, Janet G., Struggle for Intimacy

Meditation Books (Hazelden Educational Materials)

Lerner, Rokelle, Daily Affirmations (ACOA and Codependent)
Each Day a New Beginning (Women)
Night Light
The Promise of a New Day
Today’s Gift (Families)
Touchstones (Men)

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