My Sober Heart

May 12






The heart I have today is not the heart I have had all my life.  Cells age and are replaced.  I slough off what I can no longer use and rejuvenate with fresh layers.  My sobriety is the same.  Past step work is revamped and approached in innovative ways.  Yesterday’s prayers are replaced with today’s; today’s meditations will be dispelled by tomorrow’s.  The function remains the same but it is constructed with brand new work.  Service I render is always for my sobriety but I work to strengthen various quadrants.  My heart is not as young as it used to be and vigorous action remakes it new each day.  I rebuild my sober heart continually because forever and today I have the mind of an alcoholic.



Time your thinking so it can fire your mind.





No Stone Left Behind



An anchor attaches at the lower extremities stabilizing me,

an albatross is the thing weighing me down from the top,

it tips me, throws me to the ground.


I must remember to choose ferrous instruments

over long necked birds.

Often it’s not the amount of drag, but where it’s affixed.


There are so many variables,

so much to think through, yet I often react

and pick up what seems as harmless as a flock of sea gulls


And turns out to be worse than an iron maiden.

Leaving not tern unstoned is bad,

but do I really have the time to do it the other way around?



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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