October 6





Remembering is the oxygen my brain pumps to my soul.  Remembering gives me mobility and traction.  Everything in my life that is positive depends on my remembering.  It keeps apathy at bay and complacency locked in some far off cupboard.  Remembering gives today the misty sweetness I have grown to love.  I can live to my potential and enjoy the process, watch misery move away.  I can dream the future every night because I remember who I am and what I am capable of.  Never can I be haunted, memory keeps me from reactionary visitation.  Though some fear the past, I know holding it in a close embrace allows me to dance to the rhythm of truth.



Think of names for your sneakers.



What Oliver Could not Know



One of the complications of being an orphan

is not learning about the failings and foibles

which visit themselves on all parents.


Living estranged from God has this same blind spot.

When you live with someone day in and day out

you understand their dimensions;


Depravation causes celebrity

and the casting of very large shadows

in some very odd places.


The intimate knowledge of a guardian

allows for relaxation and experimentation.

Isolation creates an overload of anticipation;


Fear of risk and the yearning for attention

swing a pendulum to the point of weaponry.

Familiarity is a breeding ground,

which means many things grow.


Life in a vacuum is devoid of life

and nothing grows up.



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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