Too Far, Too Fast

June 23





Balloons filled with hydrogen race the atmosphere and fly away.  The effect is stunning, so much lift for just pennies.  The easy way has no line, no waiting; fast dirty service is available.  Risk assessment is counter-balanced with dramatic outcome, low initial cost and instant gratification.  How can I not want to rise above the crowd?  How can I not want it now?  Hydrogen is quick and plentiful, volatile yes, but why should this bother me?  I have a Higher Power to protect me.  It’s not as if I were playing with fire.  I am only tempting it.



Tell the tale of your life from the perspective of your thumb



For Want of Frith



I feel like I am standing on a trap door,

every flex in my footing triggers insecurity.

With my arms spread wide,

I think the wiser move might be

to hold them to my sides.


For if the little square did give way

my arms might be sheared off

with no time served for the tears I’ve cried

or the blood now shed sprinkled on the earth.


Step from this I tell myself

and do not make delay

for all the ground is not a trap

nor all the world a stage.


But is it not the trade in pain

that sticks me to this spot

and keeps me here for all my life

just waiting for the drop.




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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