May 30


RAID !!!


So, you stepped into a hornets nest and now how am I to respond?  Blame you?  No, I don’t think so, I mean you are the exterminator and some stings are to be expected, but this is far beyond even your honed ability to anticipate wasps.  Cry, running from this ambush?  Again, I decline I still want you after the war is over, even if I can not fight by your side.  Protest, I try to refrain, I never want to make your job harder but I don’t want to leave the impression I have no concern, so I walk the fine line.  Standing on the sidelines is harder than you think, I am helpless and lonely, not as exciting as your work and no comfort from this distance.  I must hold my breath while you provoke the bees.




Stack your honest intentions as a hedge against a cold winter




I feel confused by the difference between love and war

The intensity and rush are too much

For my frazzled and betrayed emotions to sort out.

I feel like a Trojan person

I have all these children holdup inside

And they are waiting for peace and safety

So they can come out and sleep

For a time I allowed them to leave

For bathroom breaks one at a time

This was not a workable solution.

When these tykes would have a look around

They started to set fires and break hearts

Each child makes life a battleground

Fights and claws her way across the living landscape.

I must heal my insides from the center of my thoughts

Not send fragments of me to blend

With the unfamiliar and hostile world

Only when I can stand together

With my mind and heart safe within my being

Will I see a way to make love on my own terms

And leave war alone.


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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