February 25






Green and black, pinwheels of rolled grass speed by me on a flatbed.  Sod headed for home.  That is how it is for me.  I grew in a place of impermanence, a place clearly not my destination.  Uprooted and prepared for relocation, I am in transition.  My future surroundings, unknown, will be a perfect fit.  I have been anticipated, grown for a purpose, of which I am uninformed.  I have done my part.  I am ready to lay down my roots and become a lawn of seamless expanse.  Somewhere my Higher Power is grading a hill, smoothing the way.  I am ready to take my place in the landscape of sober living and right thinking.



Advocate for the sweetness inside you.





Ham is cured.

Thank God I’m not ham.

Ham likes to be the center of attention.

Thank God, I’m not ham.

I can’t be the worker among workers

if I believe I don’t need to work.

I can’t be a friend among friends

if I am an island or a precipice,

above or away from the need or reach of others.

Cured is a one way street

that leads to a dried up lonely end.

Just the same way that turning my cucumber

into a pickle took me out of the garden,

Curing takes me away

from the only home I know, recovery.

Though I am often raw and sometimes fresh,

these I can survive,

Finished due to the drying out process

that would be a living death.

Thank God I’m not cured.



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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