Big Name

August 3



Big Name


My name has a foreign sound; my head turns when it is called.  I recognize this as training not identity.  I remember teaching the dog her name.  I called it while petting and praising her, soon the name was hers.  Now, I think of G-d.  Did we call long and loud enough to trigger name recognition on a vast intangible?  Is this how we tagged and labeled the unknowable; assigned it a place on a shelf; somewhere to be called up from? Does that noise sound as strange as the syllables of my name sound to me?  Does it matter as long as we answer?



Check for low doorbells and high expectations





Paradise is created when I collect paradox and live with it.

Paradise is the set of acceptance and suspended disbelief.

If anything is possible accepting what comes is less heart wrenching.

If I arrest my misgivings

Gratification in the voluptuousness of now —is velvet.

Vague consent is a Hell of incapacity.

Fighting fiercely for both sides

Keeps the heart pumping and the mind at bliss.

I must work to embrace contradiction and happiness


There is more than one path to take

And I must take that one.


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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