The Seduction of Sobriety

August 20







I was seduced away from my duties as an alcoholic by the promise of sobriety.  Allegiance to my disease was sidelined.  Alluring stability and beguiling integrity curried favor with my desperate heart, pulling me from the arranged marriage of addiction.  How could I cling to the corpse of dependence when sanity shimmered just out of reach, then not out of reach but within my grasp?  I couldn’t resist the golden flicker of life.  I had been bound to death, unable to see an alternative. My loyalty to loss and grief slipped from me and I limped into the daylight like the widow of the night.  I have been lured to my senses by a love like no other, the love of life.




Raise the ceiling on optimism.




Blind Man’s Bluff


Turning your head to see

doesn’t help when you have a blind eye.

All the rotation in the world won’t restore your sight.


Addressing life problems with a solution

involving spin is counter productive

and sometimes counter clockwise to boot.


If I find I just can’t see, then maybe

it’s time to listen better and compensate

for my shortcoming through some other action.


Turning away doesn’t help and walking away is worse.

When I am blind in one eye and can’t see out of the other

stepping up to the plate may not be an option,

but I still need to find a way to stay in the game.



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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