The Attention Tax

June 2




The Attention Tax



Paying attention is the price exacted for living in this society.  A taxation which is like a leach; it takes the life force, diverts my brain waves, claims the water rights to my river of thought. What is left I use to wash off what I can, never quite managing to feel clean or clear.  I sit in the mud puddle still unsure if I understand what just happened; harboring a dark fear of the wave to come.






Cultivate creative ambition






My sponsor said “bottle the acid” and I did

I sat back in smug reflection until the plumbing backed up

I grabbed the fast solution and poured it down the drain.

My sponsor smiled as I learned —-

The baser things will eat my life away too.

I can never just decant power and expect it to clean sweep

The clogged pathways in my recovery.

Sloshing caustic medicine into open orifices brought me here

I long for the ease of a liquid resolution

In the end, I must clean the pipes myself.

The traps are simpler to cleanse the less I’ve lied

Telling myself I don’t have to get my hands

Or heart dirty is the biggest lie of all.



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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