No Jin

September 22



No Jin


I molested the touch control lamp.  I had no trouble turning it on, but could never figure how to turn it off; therefore I let the light shine in the daytime.  I called looking for guidance, “lick your fingers then try again,” was the glib suggestion.  I offered that I was not interested in becoming that intimate with said lamp.  Sometimes connections are made easily, other times they cannot be made at all; still there are times the renewal of a connection is determined by my willingness to up the ante.  Am I willing to put a little spit into the effort or will I leave the light to burn?



Invent small pleasures





I lay the crust of my will over the pie plate of Gods’ will for me.

I must have the willingness to trim off the excess.

I hesitate— I worked hard to roll it out.

I know from past experience when hot issues come up

These tags and hanging-ons burn and drop

Sometimes ruining the flavor and appearance of the whole.

It is easier to cut loose the things outside God-given intent.

I get the pie in its entirety when I crimp and bend

To the shape of my life.



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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