May 28




Testing my sponsor when I’m hurt is like probing for gas with a lit cigar in my mouth.  If I can’t find a way to douse the cheroot before posing my questions it’s guaranteed I will get an explosive response.  I need a network; they follow me with sand, snatch from me my burning pacifier and save me from sticking my smoldering end where it doesn’t belong.  We all need a little excitement in our lives but I don’t have to become an incendiary device to fill that need.  I forget that boring isn’t the same as death; it just feels that way.  Some days, distance prevents disaster; a good support system carries me away to face it on another day.



Don’t be afraid to turn the kaleidoscope.



RAID !!!



So, you stepped into a hornets nest

and now how am I to respond?

Blame you, no, I don’t think so,


I mean you are the exterminator

and some stings are to be expected,

but this is far beyond even your honed ability

to anticipate wasps.


Cry, running from this ambush?

Again, I decline

I still want you after the war is over,

even if I can not fight by your side.


Protest, I try to refrain,

I never want to make your job harder

but I don’t want to leave the impression

I have no concern, so I walk the fine line.


Standing on the sidelines is harder than you think,

I am helpless and lonely,

not as exciting as your work

and no comfort from this distance.


I must hold my breath

while you provoke the bees.


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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