Simple, Not Easy

They’re simple, not easy.
Twelve steps,
Eleven hundred forty-five characters,
Two hundred one of those spaces.
“Awakening, principles, meditation,
overeaters, and unmanageable”
the only words with four or more syllables,
thirty-two two-letter words,
Memorize the steps in a day,
work through them in a few months,
but spend the rest of your life
understanding what they mean.