Do you hear that sound?

September 10






I was running on empty and thought I was getting along that way but the smoke gave me away.  My life had caught on fire and I burned it to the ground.  I thought nothing had been apparent until it all lay in ashes.  My sponsor said, “No, we all knew when your tank ran dry.  The sucking sound could be heard for miles around.”

I asked her, if that were true, why I hadn’t heard it myself?

She said, she guessed I had my denial turned up too loud.



Box a gift to be set free at a later date.




Oh the Wells Fargo Wagon



Tying myself to one rail of a set of railroad tracks

gets me the same results as tying myself to the other.

Swapping one chemical fix for another

is like changing my socks in a rainstorm,

nothing dry will come of it.


Not seeing potential harm does not eliminate the harm.

Like a child with my hands pressed firmly over my eyes I yell,

“You can’t see me,” and run headlong into disaster.


Whether the train comes and makes a mess or not

I make my own soup Ducky

and must get on track by staying off the rails.




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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