Hostage Doll

June 7







A doll stands wedged between two mailboxes, naked and exposed, the edge of the road passing her by.  She is there to pay for my self-loathing.  I throw my treasures in the air as skeet to be shot and shattered.  Hate is the obnoxious microbe, which sours my digestion and rids me of nutrition and affection.  I purge love and tenderness.  I rip the covers from my playthings and leave them to bleed.  I hide in my self-destruction.  I put garish displays street-side and cry my tears alone.  I can not ransom innocence to pay the price of fear.  I must bring in the broken babies and put hate out on the curb.



Tickle wit with realism.



Weight Problem



I have trouble raising my 50 pound hand in meetings.

In between meetings I have the problem

of trying to dial the 500 pound phone.


Which leaves me with this 2,000 pound weight

on my chest and no air to breathe, no life to lead.

There is the difficulty of the relentless tyrant,

my would be sponsor, the person I fail to ask.


Plus the home group that does not support me,

since they do not know my name.

All the while folks laugh and talk and have a good time,

I can see none of them have suffered from my weight problem




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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