The Acts of Hope

July 30


The Acts of Hope


I cover my head when I pray in hopes that G-d wants me sheltered.  I attend meetings to keep alive the hope that sobriety is the end of isolation.  I talk to the people in my network hoping I have something helpful to share.  I sit down to the blank page with hopes that HP still chooses to collaborate with me.  I pick up my paintbrush filled with hope that color is still my friend.  I inhale air along with hope that each breath is worth the effort and I am worthy of this life.




Take your inventory but don’t sell your stock





The duck looks fine sitting on the edge,

The rubber face frozen in a permanent grin

The appearance is flawless.

As long as it is not called to duty

No one will ever know.

Stay still—don’t jump.

When dropped into the water

This creature born for the tub

Lays on its side, one eye looking at the ceiling

The other straight at the bottom.

Floating is occurring but something is oh so wrong.

As indelicate as it may seem

This duck needs a big squeeze

No kid gloves and tender touches.

This duck has sucked in old bathwater

And misused ideas

Only a big push in the right direction

Will get this rancid stuff out.

Though the duck will get bend out of shape

There is no reason it can’t bounce back

That’s the wonderful thing about rubber

It is flexible and resilient

Even if it doesn’t always volunteer.



You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault



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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