I became aware
that everything is dying
and I shrugged and shuffled
and sauntered
on my way.
I became aware
that I am dying
and a stark vision
of doors stopped me
with alternatives
and choices and
sweetly slowed my step.

© 2018 Dennis Ference


When we are personally
pricked by the thorns
of suffering
that torture the world,
we are flashed
by the nakedness
of compassion
that alone has the power
to heal.

© 2018 Dennis Ference

My book of original inspirational verses, From the Water’s Edge, is available from, and Kindle eBooks at Amazon.