Alarm Clock

October 8





The dream-killer plays its harsh tones.  I pull my lids, so unwilling to wake.  The tip of my tongue, dry to leather, welcomes the wet of my toothbrush.  I grin a foaming smile.  I run through my night’s travels; I mentally wonder the highlights, ponder the implications and meanings.  Dressed, with open door breeze in my face, I leave nighttime escapades for daytime pandemonium.  The only thing that won’t leave me is the last image before the gong sounded.



Tie paper dolls of people into books that may help them.




The Problem with the Peter’s Principle


Is there a harsher lesson than learning

that love is not the same as trust?

This is a fact all the more painful because it is true.


Affection is not the safeguard of sanctity.

I am learning to steel myself to survive ardor

and its blatant disregard for honesty

and still I am caught by surprise

when the slight of hand is revealed.


I think of love as a building material,

most use it as a method of clear-cut

or a fire which extirpates whatever I hold dear.


I can trust people to be who they are

and do what they do,

but if I have to spend my time watching for the ordeal

I have no time for the ecstasy.




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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