Life Events in Burlap

May 16



Life Events in Burlap





Two left feet in a gunnysack allows no forward motion and creates only a windmill that screws us into the ground.  There is more perspective, front and back, more view, but nothing to do with it, nowhere to go.  We are better off as book ends than this awkward foolish pairing.  You go your way and I go mine works fine if we are cut lose, if any one person can be free of any other.  You offer to change your perspective if I change mine.  I smile, almost laugh at the idea of two right feet in a gunnysack and no improvement in sight.  This is not grade school, not field day, I must turn to you or you to me and nothing else, no fair is fair, no turn taking. Because my past is not your future and your future is not my past.  Face forward on both accounts and then we run the race.





Allow your imagination to put on a slideshow for your resistance





The three roosters came to the meeting

To hear themselves crow.

The membership purely spectators

In the longest, lowest, loudest sobriety competition.

Those of us in the fray, we are like picked-on puppies

Who learn slowly not to put our heads up

To spare our eyes and hearts.

The same noise comes repeatedly

Suspicion is never aroused

The heads nod at all the right places

Orchestrated for ego and nothing else.

The meeting is closed with a momentary prayer

For the still suffering, in and out of the room

I pray that will be enough.



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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