June 18






Do you leave when it is time to go or are you the type who exits early?  Does departure time find you lingering trying to squeeze out one more minute rooted in this spot?  Are you the kind of person who loves the street, but avoids the parade?  Can you bear to go, bear to stay, bear to think that the world exists beyond this door?  Do you move with the other sheep when all the crowd says, “Baa.”  Are you fleet with a sky full of clouds obeying the breeze, flaunting the tides?  Do you change with the seasons or are you passed from hand to hand, living your life in the snow of a globe?  My life is my life, but the most vital evidence of how I live it is what I do on thresholds.







Shake the trunk of certainty and see what falls to the ground







I stand over the refuse can and peer in.

I drive slowly past the piles of curbside discards

I have so much trouble accepting

There is no reclaiming most of this growing mass.

There must be an alternate plan but I can’t see it yet.

I surround myself with hopeful stacks and wishful trinkets

I want to make a new world from the old

Save past relationships and make them somehow fresh.

I don’t want to drown, I fear I can’t think fast enough

To keep the wave from breaking over us all

I will maintain an open mind

And be grateful my life was retrieved from the dust bin.

I’ll steal peeks at what has been put out for lost.

I was once lost too.



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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