Time’s Temperament

January 5



Time’s Temperament




Bubbling tides of white water, time roils past me and my protests go unheard.  Psychic feedback loops revisit raw moments to me with inopportune exactitude.  The beautiful droplets of dawn rain down then evaporate leaving another day’s timeline to fan out before me. The alternating fury and jubilation of passing intervals leaves a challenge, first a question of bend or break, second a call to forecast.   Can I flex or will I live in pieces?  Shall I look at patterns and strive for harmonious waltz or turn my face from the calendar dreading each trice?  Bully or benefactor time rolls.  I can go with it or be under it that choice is mine.




Orbit order







Today I came to a place in the road covered with birds
The nearby field – covered in birds – the trees covered.
As I approached the birds took wing
The flock responded to my presence
Each bird flew – the sky darkened with their flight.

Wave upon wave, boundaries intact
Taking action in the face of obstacle.
The gift of instinct displayed for me as I fly to my meeting
My instinct rehab, I am learning my intuition
My sponsor spoons it to me from the steps.

I suck it down never knowing what it is about the process
That makes me better
Anymore then I know how grain and bugs make birds fly.
I have theories, things I roll in my fingers when I’m nervous.
I get glimmers.

Things my Higher Power sparkles in my eyes for a treat.
In truth, I don’t know how, I don’t need to know
Anymore than birds need to know lift to weight ratios.
When I respond to life events
When I spend less time self-concerned I am closer to self.

“Aren’t we spiritually centered?” Quips my sponsor
“Yes” I reply “One day in a row.”
“I’m going for the record.”
“That’s all the birds have.”
“You’re doing as well as they.” she smiles and pats my back


Vlog:  http://youtu.be/27HKnEZb1Z4


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 Amazon.com 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: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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