Trojan Person

May 25







I feel confused by the difference between love and war.  The intensity and rush are too much for my frazzled and betrayed emotions to sort out.  I feel like a Trojan person.  I have all these children holed up inside and they are waiting for peace and safety so they can come out and sleep.  For a time I allowed them to leave for bathroom breaks, one at a time. This was not a workable solution.  When these tykes would have a look around, they started to set fires and break hearts.  Each child makes life a battleground, fights and claws her way across the living landscape.  I must heal my insides from the center of my thoughts, not send fragments of me to blend with the unfamiliar and hostile world.  Only when I can stand together with my mind and heart safe within my being will I see a way to make love on my own and leave war alone.



Shuffle your vocabulary.






Time passes, I clock it and count it

and use its passage to construct a defense

or accusation depending on my need.


I use the calendar to condemn you

because my feelings do not have sufficient leverage

for my mental calculations.


To prize disappointment from this scene

I watch the water-clock waiting for adequate drops

to lift the flood gate and free me

from your unfulfilled promise and my unrealized hope.


How long is too long to stand in a quagmire?

Why do I feel the need for permission

to leave the quicksand?



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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