Not Fur but Fin

April 16





Not Fur but Fin


You can’t delay the river, I’ve tried, all it does is distort.  I block the flow and swamp ensues, mighty oaks waist deep in water.  The current is strong and I fear being swept away, not realizing I was born to swim.  Dreading the swim back for spawn I try to stay too close to my origins, never make it to open water, never to live the life I was intended for. I’ve heard it said, “Don’t push the river it flows by itself,” but I can’t stall it either.










Line up the little endearments offered you






Who will feed the monster, once they’ve made her?

Her hunger burns in her like a beacon

Should I let her starve?

Should I put her on rations of old crust and tepid water?

Rebuke her as if she were her own idea

Possibly bind her hands and cover her eyes

Stand her in line with the good girls and fit her in

Turn her visage from her desire and tell her to forget?

Hold her hand and tell her that’s enough?

When I stand in the face of her yawning hunger

What do I say—It’s for your own good?

Well that’s what THEY said too.



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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