The Meal

May 2







Home cooking is the key.  I want to order in, have my life delivered to the door.  The takeout menus entice me.  From three courses on china to burgers handed through sliding windows, it all sounds good and I request all for take home.  But this is not the way.  I must light the flame and chop the veg.  I can’t have a life prepared by others.  I can share recipes and suggestions; this is help not displacement.  I can stand and cook with others and together make the feast.  I cannot sit and wait to be served.  I stand at the range while the sauce simmers and it comes clear; I am my own meal.



Nothingness won’t necessarily consume you but it does block the view.







I wake early and watch the lazy rain

fall in slow fat random drops.

I view it with silent awe,

only part of my recently somnolent mind bewildered.


Dawn advances toward me and I register a new concept:

snow, it is snow; the sky had been,

too dark to allow me to see the white,

all I could comprehend was the fall.


The lighter the sky becomes

the more the precipitation behaves like snowfall.

I muse this to my sponsor and she laughed,

“Well, we all misname things in the dark,

Sweetie, lighten up and give yourself a break.”





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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