2 Chairs

July 29






Math is the language that moves closest to the speed of my brain.  The language of recovery slows my thinking so I am more than numbers and clicks.  I need not race my mind in an effort to win.  I am my prize; the victory is mine if I can embrace who I am.  I can use numbers to figure whether I am more or less, but owning who I am must be given to the talk of the soul and heart.  My nashamah is not an astral projection to be theorized but the seat of my emotions.  The only way to discover myself is through deep and loving conversation, so I had best pull up two chairs.



Play colors like music.



The Regulator



Face to face the clock stares me down.

I nearly dare the mismatched hands

to beat me at my part.

Their never-ending round-house

drops me to the ground.


My foot work is no equal for eternity.

Fancy days and star lit nights distract me

from the fight I’m losing,

directing my thoughts to what I gain.


If I turn with the hours,

dwelling in the moments,

the clock and I are friends,

no more mad-dogging, no time to lose.


Time is with me till the end,

it is not the death of me;

it’s the time of my life.




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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