let stories…happen to you


I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you,
and that you will work with these stories from your life . . .
water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom,
till you yourself burst into bloom. ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

mortal wound


all our chronic
compulsive cleaving
good     and      bad
rich       and     poor
left        and     right
black    and     white
right     and     wrong

threatens to inflict
on our world
a mortal wound
that only a Divine
love can heal

© 2014 Dennis Ference
(First posted without pic 10/29/14.)

Incessant Thoughts


How easily we point
to people and things
outside ourselves,
naming them culprits
that limit our lives,
while holding tight
to those relentless thoughts
   about them,
those stronger chains
that more surely keep us
from being free.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

I Sat with the Spirit


So I sat with the Spirit
and gave her the news
that I was prepared
to surrender all
to whatever was the plan.
I would build hospitals and churches,
give retreats and missions,
write books and play music.
I would start movements, teach others,
and yes I was ready
to reform the world—
nothing was too grand
for an enthusiasm like mine.

There was a long silence then
until these words
came humming into my heart:
Are you available
to live fully this moment
you have been given?
When I paused to consider,
the moment was gone.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Here I Float


Here I float
on a Sea of Compassion
that patiently accepts
my earnest prayers
that I receive
what I already have,
that I become
who I already am.
Here I float
on a Sea of Compassion.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Sea of Compassion


I am sometimes overwhelmed
by the thought of the pain
our minds create for us,
how facilely our egos dupe us
into believing our illusions are real.
Yet, despite the fear
of hellish, deadly storms,
may we come to know with surety
that a Sea of Compassion, in truth,
engulfs us all.

© 2015 Dennis Ference