June 4







When my daydream gets so threadbare I no longer use it, I must turn to other sources.  When I cannot conjure on my own and elucidation makes me cross eyed, I must turn to HP.  I have puttered and prolonged the way to naming this legendary and fabulous enigma.  I drew out even longer any desire for close association with the same.  I have milled with the millstone and surfed in the whirlpool, dragged my feet and thrown a fit, but this only stalled the inevitable result.  Naming and interaction is the need and now is the time.  I have a Higher Power and I choose to call it Frequently.




Dreams grow wings if you let them.





Eggshells and Bethlehem


A stable is a place to keep a horse

and in fairytales a place to birth a baby,

but stable is the story I told myself about you.


Solid, a model of strength

and here you are a tripod,

upright only if the pressure is evenly applied.


I blame myself for lopsided need

and try to find a way to keep this coupling standing.

Stripped down to minor contact

I wonder if you actually remember me

and then I wonder if I remember myself.


This is what is at stake, this is the trophy I lose

when I fall for you and you fall down.

Where is the girl I worked so hard to create?


Broken eggshells litter the nest

and I look for the chick I used to be.

I fear losing you,

I cry at the thought of losing us,

I die at the loss of 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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