One Singular Crowd

January 4


One Singular Crowd



Isolation among the isolators is replete with metaphor and theme.  Expectation blithers loudly but is drown by the palpable inevitability of the outcome. I pirouette in a room filled with dancers but we do not touch, we just spin near one another full view but little contact.  Yet I hear my heart beating in my ear and know that I am alive.  The flush of neighboring cheeks attests to duplicate conditions there.  We are moving together sometimes in harmony but other times in antipathy, dependant all the same.  We are the army of independent meanings.  Individual cases sharing one slender goal but that’s all that we need.




If you can’t find the grape try some jelly.








On my ride home from work there’s a boat stuck between two trees
In the middle of a horse pasture
Next to a riverbed so dry it’s filled with grass.
I think the boat is me.

I feel for the boat every time I see it.
Turned on edge, waiting for a river which doesn’t exist anymore
And may never exist again
Placed on edge for protection, not comfort.

Although having my bottom rot out
Well, let’s just say, might be more uncomfortable
What good will I be even if the river runs again
Since I’m fenced in?

If my Higher Power has a plan
If it includes a river and a fence
If I’m in this plan, me, the row boat
I just don’t see it.

Not seeing my purpose in life is a theme in my life
Truth is, I don’t want to face the fact, I might float away
Even though I’m supported by two big trees
Even though there is a tall fence around me.

Completely in spite of the fact
My Higher Power loves me.





You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and 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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