The Boat

December 5




On my ride home from work there is a boat stuck between two trees in the middle of a horse pasture next to a riverbed so dry it’s filled with grass.  I think the boat is me.  I feel for the boat every time I see it.  Turned on edge, waiting for a river, which doesn’t exist anymore and may never exist again.  Placed on edge for protection, not comfort. Although having my bottom rot out, well, let’s just say might be more uncomfortable.  What good will I be even if the river runs again since I’m fenced in?  My sponsor says I shouldn’t ask any question which starts with the word ‘why’.  You know my reply.

If my Higher Power has a plan…if it includes a river and a fence…  if I’m in this plan, me, the rowboat…I just don’t see it.  Not seeing my purpose in life is a theme in my life says my sponsor.  I don’t tell her the theme in hers.

Truth is, I don’t want to face the fact I might float away. Even though I’m supported by two big trees.  Even though there is a tall fence all around me.  Completely in spite of the fact THERE IS NO WATER!  My Higher Power loves me.  I am the boat.



Enjoy the flowers and slide on the snow.



It All Points to Joy



Can Love reweave the fabric which hate destroys?

Can Kindness resew the field

torn through with disregard?

Can Beauty paint the world anew

after so much ugliness has rained down upon us?


My heart believes these three cannot fail

to make things right

for what other point could there be than Joy?




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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