Optical Illusion

September 25





“Like my new frames?” I ask my sponsor.

“Who wrote your prescription?”

“Oh, the lenses aren’t new, just the frames,” I reply.

“You want to be seen differently but you want to see things the same old way.  My question still stands.  Who wrote you the script for those funhouse glasses you have used all your life? Did it ever occur to you the distortion is ground into the glass?  Remember, some people need you to see things as other than what they are.  Unhappy families look great if you can’t see them too clearly.  It’s hard to know what to say to keep the peace, said Grandma.  She never took off her specs to see there was no peace to keep.  So, I will ask you again.  The view of the world you base your choices on, who chose the color you see it through?”



Breathe to improve your mind and mood.



Green Wood


When a nail is hammered into a living tree,

the tree is forever changed.

Even if the barb is pulled out

he tree will never be the same.


If the spike remains and the tree lives;

over time the nail will be incorporated,

the tree will get on with the business of living

and carry the thing as just a part of what it took to get here.


What was trauma is trauma,

but life is big and the longer it gets

the larger the life, is the hope.


Piercing experience is engulfed by rings of fresh wood

and a will to grow beyond the moment of impact.

The tree branches out and even a hundred nails can’t stop that.




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 Amazon.com 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: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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