One in a Thousand

February 28





“Did they tell you the odds when you came in?”  asked my sponsor.

“Yes.  One in thirty makes it to the rooms.  One in thirty of those stays for five years.  One in a thousand gets truly sober and is catapulted to another dimension.”  I responded.

“What was your response to that?”

“Well, I showed the proper amount of surprise and said, ‘Oh, my.’”

“Yes.  What did you think inside?”

“I thought. ‘  Climb with me or I’ll climb over you.’  Not very spiritual is it?”

“It worked.  You’re still sober; a lot of folks aren’t.  The company you keep is sober.  There is nothing less spiritual than being drunk,” said my sponsor.

“Is that why it’s called a selfish program?”  I ask.

“I don’t know.  It seems to me sobriety is a gift you give to the world.”

“But I give it to myself.”

“Can’t give a gift you don’t have in your possession.”

“Point taken.”



Do what you can and try the rest.





The chase is on, round and round it goes

and where it stops no one knows.

I run after control and change as I grasp,

but can never quite get my fingers

wrapped around the thing.

An open fist is an adjustment;

no fist at all would be a feat.

The fool’s errand I send myself on brings suffering;

there would be suffering anyhow,

I feel I am the cause due to my attempt to avoid it;

another backhanded attempt at the illusion,

the goal, control.

Adjusting to reality is at first freefall;

rarely do I get to second.

The shape taken by the shift in my gears

to no gears at all dilates my pupils and the rest is white.

If the colors come back I don’t know when.

If the ground beneath me returns I don’t know how.

I am blinded by the light and can only follow the sound.



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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