When Truth Runs Amok

All he wanted to be, his focus was right

So he worked at it daily, with all his might.

Correction of error, refinement, realignment

These, the tools that shaped the assignment


But along the way he lost sight of the goal

All of the benefits buried deep in a hole.

Helpful, insightful, at times a bit bold

The shift of his focus too quickly was old.

I know where you are wrong, amiss in your life.

From stranger to neighbor and even his wife.

The advice wasn’t asked for, often unwanted

But his efforts at “right” were not to be daunted.


If you just did it my way, the way I have learned.

I am sure that your success will easily be earned.

No asking, without thinking his counsel was given.

He never once noticed his friendships were driven


Far from him it seems, as right is from wrong.

He drove off the others, his words were too strong.

Not that he didn’t try, to set things aright

He pressed forth his case, by day and by night.


The more he possessed it, the worse it became

To those all around him, was assigned all the blame.

Amid the shattered dreams, hope all askew,

The lessons appeared, he noticed too few.


Being right is a good thing, but a personal task.

Imposing on others, especially unasked

Breaches all of the boundaries, of your space and mine.

It severs the value, truth loses each time.



About Checking The Mail

I am Carl Feril, a minister and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. I am married to Janet, who is far better than I deserve, and have two wonderful sons. CW is living in Waterloo, KS and is married to Kelly through whom I have 4 step-grandsons and 10 great-grandkids. Orrin lives here in St John and is married to Meagan, and they have Jayce and Mara. God has blessed me beyond measure and I hope to share all those blessings with others.
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