Before Ophelia

July 23




Before Ophelia



Young women drown themselves before Shakespeare immortalized, memorialized Ophelia.  But having a poster child changes us.  Cautionary tale or rallying cry, Ophelia is a hand to hold on dark cold days when the light is hard to find and everything seems bent toward destruction.  Not that I think she solved anything with her despondent act just that she stands in the familiar frame I find myself in from time to time.  When I imagine I’ve invented the wheel it makes it harder to step down and walk.  Ophelia’s fate makes it easier to get off depression’s bus and find my way back home.






Press your excuses for truth





I slide my hand under the pillow

And am disappointed not to find a quarter.

I feel I deserve one though I didn’t leave a tooth.

I did leave my bite,

I’ve toned down my bark a bit too.

It has not been easy.

I’ve spent much of my life snapping and growling

At the world around me.

I have shortened the leash on these reactive behaviors

Many I have put to bed all together.

Improved conduct is prize enough

But I surely would enjoy a winged visitor

If only just for fun.


You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault


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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