January 13






How can my sensibility catch my intellect?  Or find a map with enough information to get my heart to the current location of my mind?  What are the common markers recognized by soul and brain?  I know the pulse of my wrist is counter-pointing the firing of my synapses.  My life signs run their course and I struggle to find the intersections.  I long for more than signposts and curbing.  I would like parallels, paradigms and conclusions.  There must be a place of common home and hearth.  I am looking for the depot of my life.  I hope I hit it before I hit the coast.



Warm your heart with your thoughts.



I often feel out of round

and unmatched to my counterparts.

Awkwardly I sit unable to strike a plausible pose.

I want my asymmetry to seem chic.

I feel a victim of universal ugliness

and gracelessly plod through my days.

Luckily offset thinking,

the partner of my offset soul, saves me.

I see that I am uniquely useful,

Like a screwdriver set at right angles

for use where a straight one could not reach.

I am counterbalance and compensation.

I may be lateral but I am also collateral.

I am an embellisher, beneficial in unexpected ways

and shouldn’t seek to be inline with the multitude.

I am the new growth,

the spur to the future.



You are reading selections from Sober on the Way to Sane and More 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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