Do Yourself This Favor

By all means,
befriend the quiet
and the stillness. But also,
do yourself this favor,
do it once a week or more:
Close the blinds,
turn up the music,
then sing and dance
your ass off. It’s good
for body and soul.

© 2018 Dennis Ference

Only When


It seems it is only when
I feel profoundly alone
in suffocating darkness
that I begin to notice
faith’s tiny flickering
flame waiting to be fed
my usual doubts and fears
so it can blaze wildly
and light up the night.

© 2014 Dennis Ference

The World’s Pain


Let us not look upon the world’s pain
simply to rant or wail.
Let us hold it in our hands,
feel its flesh, touch its wounds,
kiss its tears—let us be one with it.
Let us, then, step boldly
and with hearts on fire
into the stagnant waters
of indifference and complacency
to proclaim and live
Love’s truth.

© 2015 Dennis Ference