Meeting Inventory

August 23






The manicurist at the meeting sits and does her nails; the discussion goes on around her as she files away.  Cell phones go off for the people who can’t put their lives on hold for their sobriety.  The knitter knits and the dissenters descend; with the chatting chickens and the grumbling grouse, all these populate the meeting.  It has taken the first half of the hour to take everyone else’s inventory.  I have the remaining 30 to take my own.



Let your evenings reflect your mornings like the sea reflects the sky.







The trouble with not burying my dead issues

is that in very short order they begin to smell

and not, too long after that they start to attract vultures.


When I am able to drain all the juice out of these botherations

and they become freeze-dried decorations

like Roy Rodger’s Trigger,

I find that I can still climb aboard

but they just don’t take me anywhere.


I have found, just for me,

that I prefer visiting the grave of a past problem

far better than having to live with its corpse,

but then I am funny like that.


I have never been one for hanging on to crucifixion,

other’s or my own.





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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