The Palmist

June 20





Last night I had a silly dream.  I was in a tent at a carnival and the woman across the table held my hand so dear, looked into my eyes and said, “Today you will go to a meeting that will save your life.”  I thanked her and left full of anticipation.  When I awoke, I was filled with the same strong sensation.  I rose, washed and left for the meeting with anticipation.  I paid close attention to the coffee maker, those setting up chairs with me, and the newcomer.  I listened carefully to the speakers and the sound of the group’s voice closing in prayer.  Nothing out of the ordinary happened… other than my realization that every meeting saves my life.



Believe in contradiction.





I put myself on the auction block

and wait to see how high a rate

I will have to pay to become slave to my illusions.


I have worked so ardently to free myself

from past enslavements and here I stand naked on this block,

selling myself and hoping I will fetch a price.


Poisonous pedagogy is atomized, contained in every breath,

I don’t know how to live apart from it

and thus I stand waiting to be bought.


It no longer matters how I got up here the first time

for who cares that slaves enslave.

All that matters is that there seems no safe way off this block

or out of this web, or down this street;


The world seems a bad neighborhood everywhere I turn.

Yet I must admit that standing here affords a view

I would not have if I were buying.


If I am a slave I can have hope of someday being free,

if I am a owner what hope might there be?




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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