Hand Washing

September 16



Hand Washing


I live a simple life now; I handle life as it is dished up.  I no longer need to make use of the dish prison.  Living an orderly active life I find it untenable to have my favorite spoon or bowl held hostage until I make enough mess to run the dishwasher through.  I don’t live an ‘Eight is Enough’ type existence and need not burden my psyche trying to save my hands a little soap. I save the Cascade for visits to waterfalls, Jet Dry for landing strips.



Smile with all the parts of your face





Why do you practice death like it were a skill?

Do you fear you lack ability, or because it’s your goal

Have you made it your hobby?

Beleaguered by the questions of my sponsor

I search quickly for some believable response.

I confused calm with death

And thought I was practicing the former.

Death came for a holiday

How could I refuse it.

It’s a test drive, if I like it I can keep it.

My sponsor doesn’t think I’m funny.

Check your motives, wants and desires,

Make sure death is what you really want,

That it’s not just your fallback position

Because you fear life.

Don’t get me wrong

I hope death is a good thing

But why try to chew tomorrows food

When your plate is full of today?


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 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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