Tea Totaler

June 19



Tea Totaler



My alcoholism was anonymous even while I was active.  My destruction was internal, outside evidence kept to a minimum.  It is easy to understand why so many from my past as well as my present are shocked to see me a member in good standing for a club they never saw me pay the price to join.  But cost doesn’t always advertise in the public square.  I know the score, the numbers etched upon my soul.  I need to be well even if you didn’t know I am sick.  I take the medicine; offer a smile to those who think it prophylactic and keep upon my path.  Just because you didn’t know the contents of my bottle doesn’t mean I didn’t earn the tag on my tea.




Attend the clues your body gives you





I heard people in meetings sharing about peeling onions

They say they peel layer after layer until it’s all gone!

What the hell is that all about?

I demand in the general direction of my sponsor.

Zealotry, it’s about zealotry

I peel my onions too,

I have many layers of dried-up, paper-thin rhetoric

Which I use to protect myself.

I have to slit this papery husk

And eject myself from the illusion

To get the living and vital usefulness underneath

Then what?

Then I try to let God decide where is the best place

To add flavor, stew is good but salad is a treat

I can go anywhere once the waste is stripped away.

What about the issues you haven’t worked out yet?

I bait my sponsor

Well those are other onions-

Is all she would say.


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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