May 22









My disease paid a discourtesy call on my bourgeoning sobriety.  Peeked in to look for cracks in my foundation; weaknesses to exploit.  I recognized the patch job I had toyed with would have made the easiest of targets for this eroding thug.  I am ever so grateful that I cleaned off all the bricks and made new mortar.  Built on bedrock my re-laid block will withstand the indignity of the pounding, prodding sickness which use to inhabit this once dilapidated space. I can keep the villain at bay and live my cozy life thanks to a true level and the handsome turn of my trough.






Personal knowledge is not the same as group knowledge





I stand behind the podium

And talk about the event horizon

Which brought me into these rooms.

My audience, other unwitting astronauts,

Whose lives, like mine were deconstructed

By the Black Hole of addiction

Though the time and place may be different

The physics of compulsion and allergy

Are precise and repetitive

Nodding heads affirm my calculations

To be accurate with the vectors

And trajectories of their own experience

I conclude, with the gratitude of a reassembled life

And pray, with gravity

For my feet to stay on the ground.


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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