The Playground

April 14






Getting my ass kicked in the playground of my mind was once a daily event.  Now, it is a far off memory.  I absent myself from the jungle gym the same way I absent myself from bars—places set with traps and schemes I am no longer attracted to.  Bullies and ego trips can’t draw me toward the fence.  Dares and double-dares are such ancient devices I can’t even find the trigger they used to pull.  Trouble doesn’t know my new name, my sober name; I don’t answer to the old one.  I hate to admit the isolation of my school yard days, but no one I knew back then will keep me on the road to the future.  So, I leave the ball in their court and wish them well.




Expectations are lovely as long as you leave off the outcomes.





Not Fur but Fin


You can’t delay the river,

I’ve tried, all it does is distort.

I block the flow and swamp ensues,

mighty oaks waist deep in water.


The current is strong

and I fear being swept away,

not realizing I was born to swim.


Dreading the swim back for spawn

I try to stay too close to my origins,

never make it to open water,

never to live the life I was intended for.


I’ve heard it said,

“Don’t push the river it flows by itself,”

but I can’t stall it either.



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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