Knights of the Pain Table

A Camelot for Sufferers of Chronic Pain

Long, Long Journey

Long Long Journey by Enya

 City lights shine on the harbour,
night has fallen down,
through the darkness and the shadow
I will still go on.

 Long, long journey through the darkness,
long, long way to go;
but what are miles across the ocean
to the heart that’s coming home?

 Where the road runs through the valley,
where the river flows,
I will follow every highway to the place I know.

 Long, long journey through the darkness,
long, long way to go;
but what are miles across the ocean
to the heart that’s coming home?

 Long, long journey out of nowhere,
long, long way to go;
but what are sighs and what is sadness
to the heart that’s coming home?

 As we begin this journey, I would like to welcome you and let you know you are not alone.   Living with constant pain darkens our lives and the journey is arduous and wearisome.  And others cannot see, the unbelievable presence of pain on your journey.  Pain walks by your side, as a heavy shadow and when going uphill you must carry pain on your back, even when you stumble and fall.  Pain is forever hungry for your attention and you must cater to its needs, even at the expense of your own.   Even in the sunlight, pain will block the sun and you must find your way, blinded by the blackness. 

But as any companion, pain can open doors within us that otherwise we would never open.   And in the darkness, we learn to use our other senses and instincts to survive.  We see things others do not see, as we have to look further and deeper.   Suffering is like a door to another world where we see the world with different eyes.  And as we travel on that lonely road, we recognize in others those eyes that have passed through that door.   And the deeper the pain and suffering the greater the test of your faith.   Pain will make you ask questions that will shake your soul. 

 Ah dear Knights, mount your Charger, as the sentry opens the gates of Camelot.   And we shall embark on our journey to the Vale of Avalon.

 As we begin this adventure,  I,  your humble Scribe, will introduce you to some of the subjects of this Kingdom.

 King Arthur, the chosen King of Camelot, a War hero in the Dark Ages, will preside over the Pain Table and will share stories of his battles with his fellow Knights. A supreme chivalrous, but very human Knight, Arthur will lead us on our mythical quests as well as our quest for our Holy Grail.  

Queen Guinevere of Camelot, wife of King Arthur, who will assure you do not forget beauty and art and passion.

Merlin, King Arthur’s advisor, prophet and magician will use his powers and wisdom to guide King Arthur and his Knights. 

 Noble Knights of the Pain Table will protect you and provide company and share their stories of their battles with the invisible Black Knight of Pain.  And all Knights will partake in tournaments and games.

 Minstrels will arise to expand your spirits with mirth and good cheer. 

 Let us go forth now as the moon hangs between the trees.  God Bless Us All.

 Lady Sharon

 


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