Stop Talking

April 5





“Try to stop talking when people stop listening,” said my sponsor.  “And try not to take it personally.”

“Why is that?” I query.

“Most individuals can’t handle much of anything real.  Try as they may, they are unable to listen to anyone speaking the truth.  Tell them a story; you can hold their attention all day.  Sprinkle bits of honesty into the tale and you still will keep your audience.  But strafe them with bullets of the truth and they will run for cover.”

“I’ve seen it happen.  I never knew what made them scurry, but I have seen them sprint away.”

“It’s a coping mechanism.  If you try to turn their heart too quickly, they’re afraid it will stop beating.”

“Why is it you never worry about that with me?  You tell me the facts whether I want to hear it or not.”

“I can tell you because you take step 3.”



Color a page using only three crayons.






Fearing Fearlessness


How many times

have I given the credit to night blind fear,

credit due the brave persistent child?


How many times

have I blamed the willing diligent pursuer

when the fault was the backstabbing delay of mistrust?


I resist the onset of freedom.

Fear was my oldest familiar

and I put from my mind that it was my jailer, captor;


Kidnapped me from my cradle

and kept me locked from God’s fine intentions.

Fearlessness sounds debilitating to my crippled ears,


Organs who hear well the disclaimers

and are deaf to the claims.

I am the producer of bile and addicted to dread,


Endorphins wear white hats

and win the day

once this yellow belly is put to bed.




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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