February 9





Ready or not here it comes: life on terms of its own.  Bracing for the onslaught of gravity I grip too well the implements of past days.  Fearing the pressure, I lay in my shallow grave, the ground having been scooped out by hand.  Withering from expectation, my blood runs slow and dark, reducing to coagulated futility, losing my life in anticipation of death.  Attempts at being less as means of protection fail.  Less is not a solution; fading does not make life more livable.  It makes me unavailable.  Readiness is my responsibility; it is momentary.  Momentary is sufficient.  Sobriety is nothing more than lining myself up with the needs of this instant.  I need go no further.  Whole solutions, not my department.  Showing up, dressed and washed, ball and bat in hand if possible, but just making it to the lineup is my full time job.  Even if I never swing, it is still better than being buried in the field.



Put a joke in your pocket.




Simultaneous Acceptance

Being typical is a difficult thing to live with,

but I am typical.

Being extraordinary is a challenging thing

to live up to, but this is also mine to bear,

you see I am a typical alcoholic after all.

Walking with one foot in each camp is not enough.

I must simultaneously accept both

my common commonality

and my lottery winner uniqueness

If I am to travel hand in hand with my Higher Power.

If I don’t integrate this double reality,

allow it to imprint my thoughts

the way it is tattooed in my DNA

I can not possibly take the biggest step of all.

Drop my judgment of these things

so that humility can dwell within.

You see there is not enough room in the vortex

of my humanness to accommodate the jags of verdict

And the desire for the sublime smoothness of humility.

I can’t chase humility, I have had to face that,

but I can remove the impediments to its residence.



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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4 Responses to Ready

  1. kmbrlyjnn says:

    This is just beautiful.

  2. Kristen Haskell says:

    Powerful writing. Whatever our cross to bare happens to be the challenges are significant.

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