Tooth Fairy

August 2





I slide my hand under the pillow and am disappointed not to find a quarter.  I feel I deserve one though I didn’t leave a tooth; I did leave my bite.  I’ve toned down my bark a bit too.  It has not been easy; I have spent much of my life snapping and growling at the world around me.  I have shortened the leash on these reactive behaviors, many I have put to bed all together.  Improved conduct is prize enough but I surely would enjoy a winged visitor if only just for fun.



Applaud your performance.



In Plain Sight


When there is a problem, I hide.

As the good places diminish

I end up standing behind a pole.


The trouble with this is

that something always sticks out.

I try weight loss, I suck in my tummy,

I try to blend with the scenery.


Once spotted I act nonchalant;

“I’m just hanging around with my skinny friend;

nothing is the matter,” attempting to cover

with a casual aside what is apparent to everyone but me.


I would be better off parading naked

than endeavoring this piteous disguise.

I can’t fool the crowd and trying to makes a fool of me.


What I have forgotten is that clarity and diligence

removes the target from my back

and makes me invisible to almost everyone.

When I solve my problem I solve this problem too.



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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