Recognizable Nonexistence

September 13






You will never take time to tell the truth.  You will always take time to tell a joke.  As you run from your life I see the familiar vapor trails of an unlived life.  When I flee my life through caretaking I leave the same mist of unfulfilled desire behind me.  I look at your potential and the damage that you do by not being here.  I turn the magnifying glass on me and search for the same trends.  I feel abandoned by you, the you, you never were but always should have been.  I pray for the key, which will get me on the other side of the door you never opened.  I hope to live life as it is rather than the comedy it can never be.



Cross the rivers in your mind.








The randomness of love

is matched only by the randomness of loss.

What slips into view or out of grasp

whispers beyond my control.


Like cookies baking in a nearby oven

I long for the sweetness to be inside;

even if it is simply in an olfactory way.


The similarity of the pain of what I have

and the pain of what is no longer mine

haunts me; scares my security,

rattles my hope, affects my sleep.


For minutes make a life

and moments are all it takes to remove the very same.

In the end all that I know is that loss does not remove love

and love does not remove loss.




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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