The Sculptor

April 4






I’m stuck in a block; my sponsor chips away at me.  I struggle to hold still.  With surgical precision, she cuts through the debris with which I have surrounded myself.  After my sponsor frees my hand and arm, she places a hammer in my open fingers.  When the other arm and hand are rescued, she places a chisel in that hand.  This is how, before my head showed above the surface, I began to help in my own restoration.  I am the sculptor the program has made me.  Recovery has taught me I can be anything if I keep chipping away at the things that hold me hostage.  As time travels on, I am a new shape with each turn through the steps and have an ever-lustrous finish with every application of the traditions.




Everything has its own intelligence and you do, too.




Please Sir


Gratitude is a thing which collects and solidifies,

it’s pink and I can walk around on it.

Some days it is a broad highway

and other times a winding spindling track.


Ever present if I am mindful

gratitude roots out pests and pestilence

while planting a garden beyond my dreams.


Gratitude is like handholding

it warms and strengthens me, k

keeps me connected to real life

and reassures me that I am not alone.


Many days I find a way to make a face and pout,

plundering the rich rewards of sobriety

for the thin gruel of discontent,


Poke me with a stick on these days

and remind me who I am,

for I am never Oliver even if I feel a little twist.



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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