Certainty and Shadow

Certainty and Shadow August 26, 2020

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Just a couple of poems I wrote the other day, parts of them are connected.

by Karl Forehand
I thought I knew the answers
I thought I knew it all
When I found out something different
It felt like hitting a wall.
My certainty was absolute
I knew that I knew I was right
And anyone that disagreed
Launched me into a fight.
Now I know for certain
That I’m really not certain at all
My ego was holding me captive
It was nearly my downfall.
The dark night that I endured at last
Was almost more than I could bear
But now that I have made it through
I’m glad that peace is so near.
I discovered I needed my shadow
It is where my child resides
He needed just my compassion
He needed me by his side.
by Karl Forehand
I tried to stuff my pain inside
I tried to keep it down
But it always came back stronger
And this is what I’ve found.
Pain and trauma can’t be ignored
They require all our tender care
We must show them now compassion
And always seek to be aware.
Shadow is not just the absence of light
It’s a pain that’s down deep within
Which comes to visit us now and again
And it needs us to be its friend.
Compassion is about the only thing
That can help to shift our pain
And see the child that needs our care
And help us be healthy again.


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Karl Forehand is a former pastor, podcaster, and award-winning author. His books include Apparent Faith: What Fatherhood Taught Me About the Father’s Heart and the soon-to-be released Tea Shop. He is the creator of The Desert Sanctuary and Too Many Podcasters podcasts. He is married to his wife Laura of 32 years and has one dog named Winston. His three children are grown and are beginning to multiply!

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