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Moving into Shadow:

Poems to Ponder for Seeing Yourself

By Kathleen Furstnau

Published by Kathleen Furstnau at Smashwords

Copyright 2018 Kathleen Furstnau

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Table of Contents




Who’s That Talking

Playful Child

Critical Kevin

Billy Boring

Lucy Liar

Trisha Tell All

Violet Victim

Healthy Hannah

Ordinary Olive

Freddy Frigid

Sammy Squirrel

Silent One

Sally Slut

Stepford Wife

Intrusive Ida

Amy Aimless

Cool Hand Clueless

Vain Vanessa

Disloyal Daphne

Crazy Cathy

Beautiful Brianna

Shawna Shame

Gullible Gary

Rescuer Ruthie

Queen of Hearts

Polly Procrastinator

Self-Righteous Saul

Spotless Susanna

Anxious Andy

Obnoxious Ollie

Carping Carly

Imogene Image

What I Am

Who Is the Stranger

There Is Darkness


About the Author

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Humor at its best is laughter at oneself.”

“If you refuse to see your shadow, someone else pays the price.”

To see your star shine you have to also see the darkness around it.”

-Kathleen Furstnau-


Have you ever spent time in a people-crowded place observing humanity? Did you make decisions (okay, judgements) about these individuals based on how they look, how they act, how you assume they operate in the world? Did you see something you didn’t like? Did you see something you wished was true about you? YOU JUST MET YOUR SHADOW! Everything you see “out there” in someone else is a part of you that you do not wish to see or own in yourself. And your very clever way around seeing and owning these things is to project them on others.

When I started learning about my shadow selves, I agreed in principle with the process, but I was struggling in the nitty gritty of it. I was stuck on “clueless.” I saw “clueless” in others and it irritated me. But no way was I clueless! And since I was sincerely seeking (if blind) the truth showed up in such a profound way that it still makes me laugh at myself. For I was, and I still very much am clueless! My response to this bubbling up laughter was to write short poems about parts of my shadow and yours. This later morphed into many more poems and the beginning of poem pieces™. Seeing your shadow is important because without all of those parts of you, you can only partially love yourself. If you only partially love yourself, you will only ever partially love anyone.

It is my sincere hope that you will see your shadow selves in these poem pieces™ and find the truth as well as the humor in them. If any of them make you laugh, make you ponder; then I am a success!

Kathleen Furstnau

Who’s That Talking

Who’s that talking

Is it you

Is it me

Who are you

Who can you be

What part are you

What part of me

You and me shadow

Together we’ll be

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