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The Shadow of Mournful Regret
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By Nan Forehand
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the Shadow of Mournful Regret

the shadow of mournful regret

as captivating as a burial at sunset

emotions caught in the throat, no words left to utter

shoulders bent, trudging away with a shudder

this shadow follows each and every step

sapped and drained of even the least bit of pep

devoid of hope, reduced to a pitiful schlepp


living in the light of the Son

as invigorating as the dawn of a new day

celestial melody sung from the depths of the soul

standing fully erect, basking in the glow

walking safely in the shadow of God

motivated, activated, on your mark

full of hope, saved by the grace of God, born again

written on May 3, 2012 (in the middle of the night/12:30am)

Author's note: This poem is written in a form unlike any other poem I have ever written. †I don't know if there is even a style of writing that can be connected with it. †The words poured forth from somewhere deep within my soul. †I wrote it before I found the Psalm God wants me to share with you. †I felt the hunger in my soul to search my Bible for the perfect passage to give you with my poem. †The whole of Psalm 143 speaks deeply to me. †I urge you to open your Bible and read the entire Psalm. †I am amazed at the similiar experiences of the one described in the poem and David, as he pleads with the Lord for mercy. May Jesus Christ be praised!

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Submitted: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Last Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2012

About the Poet
I grew up in rural North Carolina, married for 38 years to my best friend and soulmate, Allen, who retired almost 17 years ago from the Air Force after 24 years of service to our beloved America. We have a daughter, Ashley ( and son-in-law, Kris) and, a son, John, and, our two beautiful grand daughters, Amelia and Haley, and Isaac, our only grandson, all blessings from God. We have four cats; Mr. Peabody, Missy, aka Middle Kitty and Tabby, aka Little Kitty, and Gracie. I've seen a lot of hard times and God has always been here for me to see me through them. I am a vessel God can use to help others in need. If I could be described in one word, it would be that I am an encourager.

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