What’s Wrong with this Duck?

August 12





This duck looks fine sitting on the edge, the rubber face frozen in a permanent grin.  The appearance is flawless as long as it is not called to duty; no one will ever know.  Stay still.  Don’t jump.  When dropped in the water, this creature, born for the tub, lays on its side, one eye looking at the ceiling, the other straight at the bottom.  Floating is occurring but something is oh, so wrong.  As indelicate as it may seem this duck needs a very big squeeze, no kid gloves and tender touches.  This duck has sucked in old bath water and misused ideas.  Only a big push in the right direction will get this rancid stuff out, and though the duck will get bent out of shape there is no reason it can’t bounce back.  That’s the wonderful thing about rubber; it is flexible and resilient even if it doesn’t always volunteer.



Set up a lighthouse for the rockiest shores in your life.



Seen on the Street

Sometimes graffiti improves a place,

other times it degrades it.

I now wonder; is this defined by the breaking

or breaching of public norms?

Or is it built from the intent of the artist/perpetrator?

Possibly the pedestrian traffic or the light of day

determine the difference between art and recalcitrance.

What if all these factors,

flashing like a neon kaleidoscope

facilitated what this all really means?

What if it all signifies nothing

other than yet another way for me to entertain my brain

while avoiding work?

I guess I better get back to the spray cans,

I have a wall to cover.



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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2 Responses to What’s Wrong with this Duck?

  1. You caught my attention with the duck, of course, but I am once again amazed at your insight–the second half of this one in praticular. To compare our very lives with grafiti is an aerosol stroke of pure genius. For true it is, that we are a mere splash of colors on the canvas of the universe, which only a few will look uponas they pass by; and fewer still will see the beauty in.

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