With or Without

May 5



With and Without



With my sponsor- Without my drinking buddies


With my Big Book- Without my contrived dogma


With my home group- Without my dysfunctional family


With my step work- Without my mental masturbation


With my sobriety- Without my insanity


With all this I can live Without all that





Appreciate the strength of your neck






The long view requires an enduring embrace of the past

It requires a great love of people

The race and individuals

I cannot see what we do and flee

I can own what happened, what happens and what is to come

If only so I can ratchet improvement into my own behavior

I can see and feel change, cringe if I must, but go on

The horizon is there to set the stage

It hangs long and low

It stands guard for the life there is to live

I will view it

And use it as my gauge

Keeping perspective is the key

I know it for what it is

And that makes me,—-me

The short sight and the long view

My open arms hold it all

My sight brings it all into my heart.



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 Amazon.com 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: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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