Nameless Strange

September 19



Nameless Strange


I am nameless strange and you don’t know me, not anymore.  Dismissed as an unread book; sent away with covers torn off.  The bad weather that you love keeps you indoors eating hot curry and thinking foolish thoughts.  What narcissism separates you and me?  After blinking eyes you find our sameness, bend near me and whisper my name.



Have faith in fruit



What will you do with a little extra hope?

Asked my quizzical sponsor.

What good is a little hope?

My retort.

A little hope got you sober,

What can you do with a little more?

Could you take out your dreams

And fly them on a breeze?

Could you throw yourself

Into a wave of intention

And see if you could ride it out?

Breathe easier, smile broader?

Take my hand tighter

And walk the road awhile longer

Before you run for refuge?

Let me ask a better question.

What couldn’t you do with a little more hope?


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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