Blue Crows

March 31




Blue crows streak across my dreaming mind’s sky; they take up their post in a line of trees.  I stand at the edge of a burning field.  I feel nauseous at the thought of glorifying an ‘active’ life.  Everything is burned, scarred and crumpled; the flashy crows call from the hedgerow.  I know it’s time to fly.  The fire is out and I have work to do to keep the sparks and dormant embers from ruining another harvest.  I must travel with these strange birds and live an odd but regimented life.  I needn’t scorch my feet on this ground again but, like my companions, must spend some time in survey.  If I do not fully assess this damage, I might not fully embrace this dawn.



Bury your dead issues.




Why is it so hard to be me?


I have everything I could wish for.

I have love and friendship,

I have talent and ability.


What more could I want?

I don’t want more,

I want to learn how to overcome fear

and live with disappointment.


Abundance is ever at the door,

but I have no room for plenty.

Reassurance is the thing I chase after,

yearn for, pine about, but it is an illusive thing

like taking hold of smoke.


Allusion is the gift-wrap of reality

the unwrapping often puts me off the contents;

regaining my composure and reestablishing willingness

is a difficult job requiring dedication and fortitude.


The barrier before the carefree me

is thought,  the strongest of all substance.

I must heal the calcifications of my mind and resist rigidity.

My thinking is what makes being me problematic

without it I am nothing at all.



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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