The following haiku and limericks on the topic of shame and anger were contributed by my friend John Kavanaugh, after reading a late draft of the book.
Thanks, John. Your sense of humor obliterates shame and anger quite effectively.
The hot red flush comes,
Shame will shiver your timbers,
Bring you to your knees.
So take a deep breath,
Gather your wits about you
Do not hide your face.
When your brain stem prepares you to fight,
It is time to step back from your plight.
Just suspend your reflex
and engage your cortex
And I trust things will come out all right.
When you're anger has led to contempt,
And your kindness has got up and went,
It is time to reflect,
Wounds of anger and shame to preempt.