May 27








Time passes, I clock it and count it and use its passage to construct a defense or accusation depending on my need.  I use the calendar to condemn you because my feelings do not have sufficient leverage for my mental calculations.  To prize disappointment from this scene I watch the water-clock waiting for adequate drops to lift the flood gate and free me from your unfulfilled promise and my unrealized hope.  How long is too long to stand in a quagmire?  Why do I feel the need for permission to leave the quicksand?




Match persistence with cheer





Why is your face all red, asked my sponsor?

I didn’t get my way, I responded

And this crimson appearance is the result?

You see that it is

I was very careful about what I wanted

And worked hard to be reasonable.

And Baby , you were, you did nothing wrong

Your ego was in check

And you kept your expectations in proportion

Said my sponsor

Then why didn’t it work out my way?

I only have a sad and simple answer for you

The results had nothing to do with you.

Your wants, expectations or desires,

The whole experience boils down to only one thing

It wasn’t that type of party, Doll.



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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