Down the Upside

November 16






On the downside of a rising star there is too much fear.  Anticipation is recommended for ascent, delight should be encouraged, but all out alarm is usually sounded whether it is needed or not.  Panic dims the shining pleasure of mounting the sky.  Refuting celestial status, denying astral projection, I renounce myself.  Attaining height, my position in space is apparent to bystanders and onlookers.  I need to ride the comet and accept fate, my nemesis.  Fortune shines on me, I should not squint away kismet.



Expand your spiritual muscle.



Who is the Parent?



There are more liars in my head than anywhere else

and they will say the most errant nonsense,

making it sound totally convincing.


First of all they use other people’s inventories

to leverage me into believing

that I am just what is needed

to lift each person’s  universe from despair;


Then they insist that my life will be incomplete

until I have saved nations and secured borders,

all the while failing to mention

the deadly nature of these attempts.


None of this is a problem unless I listen.

Liars’ lying causes me no trouble

until I accept and act on this bunk.


This is where a thorough inventory saves the day.

When I am clear about the truth of who and what I am

I can’t be easily led astray.


I know I am God’s child and the resemblance can be strong,

but today that burden is not mine to carry,

so I can stay busy being me.



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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