Paradox of Paradise

March 24




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.



When you give time also take time.




Two X’s

I play sport at the three X folks

and their still sometimes skewed thinking.

Yet, I attack myself for feeling like a babe in the woods.

Old and wise should be my stock and trade by now though

I find vastness at my door regularly

and confidence struggles to peek in the window.

What in the world will I do if I can’t perfect this stuff soon?

Hopefully nothing as foolish as fretting

or anything as mean spirited as accusation.

Possibly I could try reception.

Truly this only comes in gift wrap and after twenty years

I would hope I had learned to live in the present.

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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