The Water You Drink

July 19






“Anyone who has to be dragged to water doesn’t deserve a drink,” said my sponsor.

“What about raising the bottom?” I questioned.

“I’m not talking about that.  I am discussing people you try to convince into recovery.  The folks you try to accommodate.  The ones you attempt to bend reality for.  These are the type who will piss in your well.  Let me be clear, I am not concerned with the individuals who piss in the pool, which is rude and disgusting but basically not life threatening.  When your well is defiled, when the place you draw your drinking water from is used as a chamber pot, your life is at risk.  Don’t ever pull your pants down over someone’s fresh water.  Don’t let anyone squat with their bare ass over your sobriety.”



Play in your play clothes.





Rings of Color against Butterflies


Resistance I can accomplish directly;

impedance requires magnetism from an alternating world.

I can drag my heels and live life in a sandpaper shack

making everything a chore,


What it takes to throw furniture in the path of progress,

slamming doors and turning off the lights

that is more than I can do on my own.


This takes the cooperation of my disease and me,

the monkey-hoop, which is effort and clever repartee.

Look how well we do it, too.


Distracting possibilities, staving off humanity and the humane,

may not sound like much, but it takes up our whole day;

Goodness is such a persistent little grub.

It takes a concerted effort to prevent it from chrysalis

and failing that, still more determination to make sure it doesn’t fly.




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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One Response to The Water You Drink

  1. being wordy says:

    Words that apply to more spheres than just sobriety. I’ve let too many piss on my sacred sources.

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