Urban Landscape

May 19







“I am taking this giraffe to the penthouse.  Do you suggest the elevator or the stairs?”

“Why do you choose these complicated tasks to fill your days?” asks my sponsor.

“You think this is beyond my abilities?”

“I didn’t say that.  I do believe either you or the giraffe is likely to get bent out of shape.  But that is only the most obvious of observations.”

“What if I told you being disproportionate is both of our natural states?”  I asked.

“I know that, too.  My darling little lamb, you may be a contrast to the multitude, but why make it harder?  Why not a ranch with cathedral ceilings?  Bay doors even?”

“You are taking out the spirit of adventure,” I say.

“Baby, you may have confused frustration with excitement,” says my sponsor.

“Yes, but you have forgotten the view.”



Put three buttons on a shelf.







I work arithmetic instead of telling you to stop.

I make a light remark and never take a stand

until I have worked the numbers

and believe that the weight of suffering is on my side.


I store in the cellar the salt I found in my wounds

and label it, with names, dates and corresponding critique,

all waiting, hoping, I will never need to disclose them,

but keeping them accounted for just in case things go badly.


I believe there is no chance for error with silence

and no wrong when I have backup in the basement,

but I need to table the salt and risk my reality.


You can’t hurt me worse than I do

when I pour old salt and create new wounds.




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 Amazon.com 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: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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