May 24







When the clock stops, I wind it up or replace the battery.  I have to; time doesn’t end because the arms grow slow.  The device wears down but the day is not over.  Even if my internal metronome is bollixed, the planets keep revolving.  I can’t step off the world; it doesn’t stop turning for me.  I don’t always have to keep my head up but I must always go on.  There is no going back.  I can only remember yesterday.  I can’t return to it though it’s so close the flowers are still fresh.  Sometimes I struggle to keep my hands off of the past.  Those are the days I secure my future and wind the clocks.



Create a map to your own happiness.




Princess No More


Decent is less obvious than accent

and so it is with dethroning;

those who put you upon the gilt alter with much aplomb

feel no qualm in taking you down

with not as much as a word or a grunt.


The wind has changed and your reign is over,

the poor startled girl is suddenly in the street.

For a scepter is not a club and why fight for a throne,

which is proven to be nothing more than a straight backed chair

once separated from its right relationships.


The horror of unexpected common status

is for the young bride an issue of safety and trust

not of ego or presumption.

Who is she without the Prince, the Knight,

she is Princess No More.



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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