Hold Card

May 1






My bottom pulled my hold card to the table top.  I turned it over and found I have a bit of value.  Each time I turned over my will, my value increased.  After many spins, the face cards appear; I’m the Jack, the Queen, the King.  I revel in the time and practice it has taken to get here.  I play my hand and take my chances.  I have been privileged to pair with wonderful sober partners who turn themselves over and transform before my eyes.  The years raise the ante and I play close to my chest.  The stakes are high and if I turn in the wrong direction, I can be the Joker once again.



Smell your meals before you eat them.


Leap Day


When winter is almost at an end it becomes beautiful;

a theoretical thing, which though it may hurt you,

can not hurt you for long,

therefore is safely appreciated by mere mortals.

You don’t have to beg for God’s own protection,



Time has become a friend and winter only a show.

I will soon wake from this chilling fright,

will in fact thaw from it in short order

and needn’t fret though chilblains

still catch at me now and then.


I can stand at the window

admiring frost and ice formed lace;

intricate patterns whose beauty will soon be lost to me,


Put away in favor of crocus and daffodil.

The terrible loveliness of soon to pass trauma

is not lost on my hyper-vigilance

I grasp it, I just can’t seem to let it rest.



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 Amazon.com 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: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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