January 14





Spectacles are for specks; tiny things that must be watched.  Commotion is nothing but a congregation of minutia with an audience. How many small things do I strain my eyes to see; then seek help to pursue further?  Some of these are put on display fishing for voyeurs.  Others are secreted away only to be ferreted out through magnification.  Whether curiosity or contempt drives me to these pinpoints I must search my motives before I scan the plain.  For truly if I am not careful I, myself will end up either speck or spectacle.


Let old wood and old women inhabit the shoreline of your mind.





Maps have existed longer than I have
By the time of my birth there was aerial photography
Which had made pinpoint accuracy the norm.

I can be tracked by satellite on my daily commute
I can get a trip tic
And travel to the far reaches of this continent

“So what is your problem?” Asks my sponsor
There is no map for where we’ve been going
There are only the twelve steps, but after that-

It is all uncharted territory except of course-
For my families warnings about dragons
‘Those critters stay to home mostly.”  She says

“You have bigger things to worry about.”
So where’s the map
I need to know where to go.

No Map, we go through this together
The pitfalls are similar, sex and money
There are a few others

What each of us finds on this journey is uncharted
Plus if you spend your time looking down
You will miss the view.

We prop each other up as we step off into the unknown
And reel each other back
If we start falling off the beam.

How do I know if I’m doing it right
“Are you still sober?”
Yes, but I’m unsure.

Lots of people are sober
Right up until the time they’re drunk
“So true, it’s all about motive.”

It’s difficult to chart a heart
“Do you have willingness?”
Yes, you know I do.

I have found that is the vehicle
To everywhere, So.,
Learn to enjoy the ride.

Vlog:  http://youtu.be/dBXCKvL5f-Q


You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and 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 Amazon.com 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: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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