The Seamless Door

February 7





Tongue and groove fit tight; the pickled boards belie the passage.  Hinges buried deep, secreted inside the place with no words, the door remains shut, hidden.  The air, candy sweet, the space, filled with the unbroken stream of surreal childhood.  What can I tell you of this living snapshot?  Nothing but the haltings, stops and shudders of a life encapsulated.  Proudly, I walk from this train wreck only to find the tether stitched to my heart, my soul, my mind.  Flashing through the room, I weary and wonder.  I have often found myself outside this confusing destination, but never have I seen the door.  Always, I believe, this time I am free of it.  When I find myself again within this realm, I know it is something I can not be parted from.

Then what of the door?  The undetected portal was spied by me one day while it swung in the breeze.  I saw the simple barn and the open loft door; I never thought my incubus to be housed in so plain a construction.  There the turmoil of my forward motion stored in the attic of the pony shed.  So many tragic contrivances are stored in such candid spots.  Accessibility is the beginning of approach; I take the stairs.


Remember willingness doesn’t need to float; it swims



Two Powers

The river and the bridge;

one force swift and roiling

the other stolid and stoic,

The first carries me away

and the other carries me over.

For the love of liquid, current and life

I have slipped in to the water

and washed; my life abandoned.

For love of upright contact,

terra bound movement and love

I cross the bridge.

Will I be deposited in the Ocean

or wend to the City and back?

Where is the greater power

in Surrender or Choice?



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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