My Tale

February 12





I must be my own tattletale.  I must give my sponsor bullets to shoot down my disease.  Anything I protect and nurture will grow and overtake me.  It is up to me to choose if I will feed my ailment or my health.  My life will be consumed, that is a guarantee; all things feed into others.  The direction this meal takes is my daily decision.  The bull’s eye can be hit if I describe the target.  The ending will be happy if the story I tell is my own.




Calculate the risk and build a bridge.




Rebellion Dogs

“Rebellion dogs our every step at first”

AA’s 12 and 12

They won’t come to heal, won’t sit, won’t stay,

these dogs circle waiting for signs of weakness

or vulnerable skin, but there they are;

they have been found out.

The ones that worry me more

are those that took show and place,

the dogs that stand in the shadows and lurk in the wing.

What are their names I wonder?

Their distinctive smell?

Must I identify these writhing mutts

or simply call animal control?

Though this never worked with rebellion dogs

these lesser pups surely would run

from would be dog catchers and leave me to my dreams.

Alas, I name them and show them to my friends;

we like they run in packs

and are served well by honest disclosure.



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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