Arrested Development

December 1





Arrested development was bad enough; the living death sentence it imposes is completely unacceptable.  My childhood ran down the hill away from the mountain of confusion that is life in this society.  My ability to mature was damaged and what I learned to do was mutate.  I could move laterally but never grow up.  I became the goose being grown for its liver.  All the honk and squawk in the world couldn’t change my plight.  I don’t have to understand how I was let out of the prison of addiction.  As long as I don’t go back I’ll never fear breaking out in handcuffs or getting locked in my crib.



Effort is already made, just add your hand.



Flower Power



The man with the chrysanthemum on his head

walks up and down the isle.

Do I look like that, I wonder to myself?

Have I taken personal style to the point of caricature?


What is the boundary by which

the embarrassment is kept at bay?

Is there a point at which I can overcome

who I present myself as,

and represent the best of who I can be?


Who I might be if only I can manage

not to get carried away by impressionism?

I am given this dwelling and it suits me quite well,

when I treat it as a temple and not simply as a shrine.




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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