Sloth Toes

November 1





A sloth is known by the number of its toes not its name or love of art or music.  I can’t prevent foolish labels.  The oddest attributes draw attention and acclaim from the scorekeepers and flag-wavers of the world.  Going my way in this life I am seen by clock-watchers as timeless and by trumpeters as soundless.  I am not defined by these.  The number of my toes or the time I keep, the sound I make, is more than who I am.  An explanation of me will not fit on an index card, nameplate, or job title. As long as I stay clear of these traps and classifications I am safe.  If I buy in or fall down my sum and total will neatly fit on a toe tag.



Stand in your own light.







Not everything which is birthed arrives here alive;

sometimes struggle is answered with stillness.

I love thee in thy loss

for there is no life to love thee in.


Hope can be a bubble that breaks

returning to whatever it was before that perfect roundness

and yet the roundness is not a mistake.


Reflected beauty is beauty all the same.

Some sparks aren’t meant to become flames,

but their glow still warms my eye.



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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