When I was Young

February 1





I’m sure it will come soon, a time I can be a carefree innocent.  Worn and weary, I slog through the painful over-awareness of what was considered my childhood.  What can I do but hope things will get simpler as I age?  My sobriety takes years from my face; lines slip from me and I feel the weight lift from my shoulders.  My tender branches, twisted with the constant force of wind, bud and flower in the shelter of recovery, holding themselves in their own embrace.  Colors seep to the windows of my mind, form pictures and carry me to a new world.  Through limpid pools I dive as I look to the mirror.  Serenity, a rebounding of life fills me, and I am the gentle girl I missed so long.  Longing for my loveliness, I cry at the sight of my baby one.  I have not yet taken my place on the swing but I have been down to the edge of the playground and run barefoot in the sand.  I will be who I was to be; it’s late but it’s better.  I know well enough to enjoy it as it comes, treasure it for every sweetness.  I will come into my youth.




Listen for a bridge that calls your name.





Principles before Personalities…………and Gratitude!

As with everything I have to be careful

of how I infer meaning.

You say ‘Principles before Personalities’ and I hear,

Their principles and Their personalities,

immediately I’m on a tear.

How different if I think of ‘my’ principles and ‘my’ personality.

When I face it this way it is reflexive;

I embrace my principles and my personality falls into step.

I am safe and sane therefore gratitude follows

just as the topic suggests.

Good orderly direction is elegant when I don’t reverse direction.

There is an obvious way to pet the cat when I accept that

we get along fine, when I don’t………well, need I say more?



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 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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