January 6





Even if the whole world was created in a cipher and whirls off into nothingness, this is still not a commentary on the existence of God.  We have today.  For this moment of sobriety there is a power greater than my despair, my apprehension and it builds with me a home from the bricks of my optimism.  Partnership is no prevention of inhospitable endings but is a temporary relief from desperate loneliness.  The tired struggle of guaranteeing niceness spills my energy, scraping from each 24 the marrow so necessary.  My open palm saves me from grasping, my open mind from grappling; I rid myself of tiny gods in tiny heavens where I do not reside.  Let the blades of grass probe between my toes; there is beauty for me to see, love to hold, hope to float.  Where this train originated and whatever its destination, it’s in my station now and I am grateful to be on board.



Leave your outgrown shell for the sea to take




Hand Me Down Pain

You have sent a cold thing into my heart

it causes my feet to move me away from you.

It need not be spoken of this is a thing of ice and lead.

Words are no help here

action is the only cure.

Eternity can be spent

with a soul bisected by slivers.

Stepping the willing way to joy and freedom

seems so unlikely from this frosty local.

Make my mind up I must.

Close my eyes and move forward.

I will leave your pain behind me

I hope not to have to leave you.


You are reading selections from Sober on the Way to Sane and More 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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