True Voice

December 23





Some tears pour from my eyes and others from my heart.  What once was a head-game and theory is now heartfelt and real.  I have grown in my compassion, leaving qualification on the curb.  Letters and notice mean so little in the full-out scheme of all the world; like fashion, what is true today, stood on and dependable, is next years joke and off-hand reference.  The thump of the muscle deep within me is a compass I can trust.  The daily tide of splash and rush can spring water to my face, but what rouses my spirit is much more.  I needn’t worry for its receding or discount that it is faithful; it abides with me still and will keep me if I let it.  Some sounds ring from my voice; others resonate from within, these are the ones that last.



Aim is as important as a strong arm.




Entrée Entrée



I am not one to order an appetizer,

I prefer the main meal.

Even if I carry the majority of the entrée home

I like to have it all there before me.


Knowing there is enough, might I want it,

means peace of mind

and I can relax and eat what I wish.

That’s how much I fear.


Fear opening my mouth to ask for more.

Fear not anticipating my actual appetite.

Fear of having nothing to show for my evening out.


What could it all be like

had I felt free of rules and public policy

that must be carried out in private?


I might never know,

but what I do know is

that I need to overcome this.


Not because of starving children near or far,

not to eliminate the science experiments

of mold growth and wilted lettuce in my frig,


But in order that I have a chance to have my desert

and eat it too

and leave the rest unordered.






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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