October 3


Tragedy is a tale unfinished.  Life is far longer than calamity can endure.  I will not give up, not even when hope is lost, for life carries forward; more is filled with optimism.  Threads break, but the fabric is woven still, flowing off the living loom waiting to be used.  I will cut my swath and fashion a garment to wear and if sometimes it is filled with ashes I will sit and grieve all the while knowing that this is never the stories end.

See through your own shades



Amends is about truth and change.

The relationships of my past

Were places of little truth

And even less change.

I tried to be nice—-not honest

I tried to keep things going

Even when they needed to die.

Making amends has ended

Most of my relationships from the past.

A quick 10th step keeps me

From starting too many new ones.

Good healthy relationships

Require time and attention

So this necessitates a short list.

Sometimes I wish for more quantity

But I realize in sobriety

I cannot accept less quality.

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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2 Responses to Sackcloth

  1. I recently stumbled upon your blog, and must tell you how interesting you, and your articles are. Looking forward to befriending with you. 🙂

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