October 15






Rejection is a game of endurance, a boundary enhancing process, a test of survival.  Rejection sought or unsought is a challenge.  Sometimes rejection is a flare lighting the need for a change of tactics or direction.  Though, it is hard to view rejection as a beacon rather than condemnation.  Rejection is also the counterbalance for acceptance.  Risk is nothing if rejection is not part of the equation.  I cannot value a yes if you could not say no.  Rejection is the safety valve when putting myself in situations where I don’t belong.  I get sent back to the world of possibilities when the kindness of rejection ejects me from the wrong choice.



Look at the keyhole then look at the key.






Alcoholics in isolation go no place good.

Isolation is too expensive to keep;

whether it is a bad habit or worse.


How I hold to a receding thing such as this?

I am amazed that I accomplish this difficult task

and fear my ability to do something simple like breathe.


I wonder often why destruction is so seductive when life is fine.

Yet, I hear the cloying whispers of lonely isle shores,

I must bind myself to friendship

and hold firm to companions for the water is no place for me,

I have forgone my once liquid 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 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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