Trouble with Geometry

July 3



Trouble with Geometry



You are not allowed to get into trouble on purpose, that’s the rule and if you do you will get no sympathy that’s the corollary.  Life is too hard to go looking for trouble, running toward danger, whining about self-inflicted pain.  The unspoken law of risk taking is that failure is dealt with in silence.  Writhing on the ground after sticking your head in a hornet’s nest, leaves me and the world I know to be speechless in your presence.  I know you desire consolation from me.  All I know to say is that your actions are incongruent with your life.




Stir the atmosphere in your room






I came into these rooms with a mixed mental makeup

And a polluted physical chemistry.

I have been transformed

But only into tiny droplets.

The drops are not dramatic but the process is.

Distillation of my thinking is a powerful thing

A volatile act of concentration takes place.

As my brain boils over

And the sane is separated from the profane.

Purity is a spiritual gift,

The result of vaporizing my old thoughts.

Many times the night distills the dew

And I am quickly refreshed,

Other times I must cook for quite awhile.



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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