A Good Ship

May 8




A Good Ship




Recently my life has taken on a surreal quality.  I stand in front of myself as if I were a business to be run or a project to be undertaken.  The intensity, uncertainty and drama seem to be on the wane.  There are choices to be made and outcomes to be determined, but this is all work and numbers, nothing at risk below the skin.  My heart is secure, true love its protector, faith its inborn light.  I am docked in safety harbor; the waves may rock me, but my anchor holds me fast.




Follow your lead





Mother kissed the booboo

And I wait for the admonition to take effect

Waiting, I count the problems

Like telephone poles on a long journey

What will it be like

The world all- better?

The anticipation nearly breaks me for awhile

Until waiting turns to disbelief.

A chill fills the space

And all- better becomes the cry

My sponsor calls for moderation

And lowering my expectation

The child’s ears ring with the promise to be fulfilled

She cannot give herself over to a world

Where band -aids are not a cure-all

But only a cover for the slow work of internal healing, scars and all.

Sheer survival is not sufficient for the screaming toddler

Heartbreak from injustice calls for more than endurance

But alas, a kiss is all we have.


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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