May 24






Just because you appeared from the dark doesn’t make you a wizard.  Just because you make the world safe for mankind doesn’t make you Hercules, nor does your power and foresight make you his father. Your resourcefulness and guile doesn’t make you Ulysses.  And just because you spend so much time strapped upon that cross doesn’t make you, well, we all know the rest of that refrain.  Human is what you are whether I see that in you or not.  Human is a blessing even if it feels to me a curse.  I need the superhuman strength you seem to offer but I must live in the world of what is real. I want to be stolen away to the safety of your lair and not live on my feet and fight for my life.  I have to stop wishing to be your captive and work harder at simply being your friend.  If I can let you down off your pedestal perhaps I could then climb down off mine.





Inscribe your heart’s values on your mind






My mythic adult is seen by the crowds around me

Never is the charade exposed

Close inspection has been suspended

So we can keep each other’s secrets.

Circulating through the crowd

These children are impoverished

From carrying this load of pretense

Dropping this burden is a risk far too great.

Exposure invites attack

Stand tall, act brave, unreasonable expectations,

Are the water which moves the wheel

The power that generates this ongoing play.

Hamlet is dead, yet I reprise the past daily,

Daily I watch my fellows do the same

I mimic a ghost I never knew in life

Did it ever live or is it only a mythic adult?


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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