Van and I

May 3


Van and I

(Happy cleaning windows)




When the fog clears and I still can’t see, I check my optics and wash my windows.  The mundane upkeep hones my pursuit.  After the weather and housekeeping concerns are managed, eye exercises are next on the agenda.  I have to strengthen my equipment, stay fit or fall prey to vagaries of nearsighted limits or farsighted failings.  Myopia is an ever presence danger I must guard against as well.  A fixed focus is a death trap.  I must learn to track a moving target while I wend onward.  Nothing in life is stationary; concentration and a decent line of sight are priceless rudiments.  Continual practice with the tools and tactics build my confidence and sharpen wit.  Burdens are lightened when I see my goal in stark relief; I can chart my path and make my way.  Sobriety means if I can see it I can believe it, so I best go get the Windex.




Lock your doors when you need to, open windows when you can






The heart I have today

Is not the heart I have had all my life

Cells age and are replaced

I slough off what I can no longer use

And rejuvenate with fresh layers

My sobriety is the same.

Past step work is revamped and approached in innovative ways

Yesterdays prayers are replaced with today’s

Today’s meditations will be dispelled by tomorrows

The function remains the same but it is constructed with brand-new work

Service I render is always for my sobriety

But I work to strengthen various quadrants

My heart is not as young as it used to be

And vigorous action remakes it new each day

I rebuild my sober heart continually because forever and today

I have the mind of an alcoholic.



About Sherrie Theriault

Sherrie Theriault, writer and outsider artist lives in northwest New Jersey where she writes villain-free fiction for children and young adults, creates coloring books for all ages, writes daily inspiration books for the recovery community and has other works of collected poetry; also adult fiction. Books available on include the following: Cala Mae The Deep Dark Day In The Congenial Chronicles The Holland’s Adventure Fill Me In Fill Me In, Too Filled In Sober on the Way to Sane More Sober on the Way to Sane Lines from My Life More Lines from My Life On-Liners to Live By My Sponsor Said… Elissa: Queen of Carthage Was Love Lost Order of Protection The Story Precedes the Question Can You See? What the Birdies Told Me about You What the Birdies Told Me about You Coloring book The Enchanting Dog Sherrie’s books are available at Blue Stockings, Manhattan, NY, The Clinton Book Shoppe, Clinton, New Jersey, Giovanni’s Room, Philadelphia, PA, Easy Does It in Long Beach, CA and The Latest Thing in Costa Mesa, Ca. You can find Sherrie’s art work at Hang-Ups Gallery in Allentown, PA or online at: Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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