Seasonal Expectations

June 1




If I am out of sync with the way the world turns, I can be nothing but disappointed.  I arrive with ice skates on the hottest summer day and grieve the loss of spring.  I shiver in my sandals and ponder the need for a windshield scraper, the autumn leaves so long past.  I must orchestrate my moods and movements with the evolution and revolution about me.  I will learn to sing with the doves in the morning and the coyotes, come the moon.  I can spin with the stars.  I can grow with the grass.  I don’t need to counter- balance life.  If I learn to bend with the tides, it all comes around again.



If moles can make hills you can move mountains



Soul Chiggers



If you can seed apprehension deeply in a generation,

you can reap disillusionment for a hundred years.

Bent foresight twists hindsight.


Admiring ignorance, signs death’s warrant.

Evil splintered to a thousand slivers

burrows  under the skin without killing their host.


Death delayed spreads destruction along with melancholy;

a septic contagion if ever there was one.

How do we fight this systemic blight?


It is embedded in the water,

the air, the mind, and try what I might;

I can’t seem to live without any of these.


Chiggers of the soul feed and breed

no matter how I scratch and chew.

I am raw, but still infested.


How do I kill what is in me

without killing the me?


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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