Funk and Wagnall’s Back Porch

September 6






Bottoms come sealed in envelopes from unknown accountants. Amazing how many nominees and how few winners!  The audience, filled with past recipients, holds its collective breath and prays for this year’s finalists, and prays a bigger prayer of thanks to this year’s donors, the ones who prove with their lives that it hasn’t gotten better out there.  The speeches are the same, a gratitude list and maybe a punch line, the smiles and tears fresh but familiar.  And when the lights go out on this night, the days of diligence begin once again so no one need lose their seat and we can all celebrate here, next year, together.



Open even though the hinges are hidden.



Nightcrawlers and Nightingales




I wriggle blind eyed through the dirt;

friction, my friend giving me something to push against,

resistance aiding my travels.


I worm my way through life

and believed that was all there was; having never seen the sky.

I traveled far and wide once I had taken to the air.


Open eyed I push against a thing I cannot see

and peer down on the dirt I left behind.

I soar rather than struggle

and go the distance leaving my mind open to the next frontier.




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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