June 21







“I don’t care what else is on the inventory.  You still have to take responsibility for fabulous,” said my sponsor with a determined look on her face.

“But you don’t understand.  The other things on the list make it impossible for me to be fabulous.  You just can’t see how incapable I truly am,” I say as I collapse into a pathetic heap in the overstuffed chair.

“What you don’t comprehend is that fabulous is not affected by your other little grumbling.  You can’t tarnish fabulous; it doesn’t wear away with burden or neglect.  This is why no matter how far you bury it, or misname it, or even flatly deny it, fabulous shines like a beacon and you end up with every Todd, Nick and Martha on your doorstep expecting you to be who you are and let them warm in the glow.  So, my cherub, you can fight it or live with it, but fabulous is here to stay.”

And this ladies and gentlemen is how my sponsor wins all the arguments.




Pour a rainbow into your dreams.





Do Not Enter


Putting all the mess

securely behind that door is no protection.

If the keys are changed will I be able to open it?


If the locks retumbled will I crack the combination?

Like a demon sealed within a womb

emergence is inevitable either upon this mortal plain

or cellularly encoded and reborn at a later date.


Prison is what holds captive the innocent,

evil is always at liberty.

Walling off my parts and pieces

severs limbs and destroys thinking.


Loads of cheesecloth is what I need; filter and refilter,

catching all debris.  Putting the toxic things

to better use and making myself free.

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 Amazon.com 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: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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