Memorial Day

May 27






Veteran of the addiction wars, I have scars but few medals.  I don’t need a purple heart, mine is black and blue.  I don’t keep trophies either, no empty bottles or old syringes.  Hostages, I have released them, too.  I found often they held me from what my life could be.  I wear my defects and wave my flag.  I am slowly learning to live in peacetime.  The big battles have been won; it is up to me to stop replaying the scenes of engagement.  Armistice is a beautiful thing; too bad there is no better way to get to it.



Write the dedication page for your life.




Queens: More than a Borough



My drama is bigger than yours.

My drama can kick your drama’s ass.

Well maybe not, but it sure is kicking mine.


Like a rain soaked grave, I stand in this muddy hole,

sides slick, unassailable and count the piles of tragedy ,

all the while knowing it will bury me

not facilitate a climb out.


I attempt to display the face of comedy

and yet the mask can not fool me, my true audience.

I think if I can keep it all up on stage I will be alright,


But then the point of theater is

that everything is carried away

in the minds of all who come and watch.


Silence doesn’t help either

for there is little worse than a bad mime

and doing it well just makes me Lillian Gish.


So, back to Bohemia for isn’t it all a rhapsody,

though it would all be so much better

if Freddy Mercury weren’t dead.


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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