July 27






The bottom has been cut out, my underpinnings stripped from me.  Budding ambition whittled down, transplanted, saddled onto the rock like stock of other people’s sobriety.  Taped to the leg of my sponsor I heal and grow.  I splice my thinking with the rich ideas of improved living.  I cling to the cleft; divisions made from the people, places and things of my past leave me split, primed for fresh growth and opportunity.  Never again do I need return to the sordid acquisition of power or control.  There is no gain when I am bolted to position and influence.  Graft is graft for good or bad.  I don’t have to grow where I was planted.



Subtract your assets from your defects.





This week I have decided to be braver

about where I invest my time, not all of it mind you

but a portion of my diligent yet strangely unproductive time.


I have to say I am realizing that I hide

in pretty much every area of my life

and that is no way to live

and a really bad example to offer.


The worst thing about hiding is it doesn’t keep me safe;

it just subjects me to different evils.

It reminds me of that poor reporter

who was imbedded in a tank.


He died from not moving, his blood pooling and dehydration,

so the tank kept him from getting his head shot off,

but killed him in a different way,

so in the end he wasn’t safe and neither am I.


I believe in prudence as a good policy, I do,

but there is much that could make me

stronger, happier, better,

if I lift my head a bit and reach out my hand.




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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