Ambivalent Feelings

Frameless and transient,
ambivalent feelings
rise in me like puffs of smoke,
mercilessly vulnerable
to the wiles and whims
of ever-changing winds.
Aching from the gnawing
of indecision today, I turn
to the still waters
within that suffer neither
coercion nor pretense,
longing for direction
but knowing I must
surrender even that
to the sacred work
of silence.

© 2014 Dennis Ference

A Fire Inside

The truth
of who you are
is a fire inside
ignited and fueled
by the Mystery of Love.
Do you yearn
to feel the heat
and its power
to transform?
Learn to be still and
silent. Do you long
to divine your callings
and paths? Learn
to listen and wait.
And in your yearning
do not turn from
your wounds and fears
but dare to suffer them
as you surrender
all to the fire that
longs to burn brightly
as a torch blazing
the wholeness of you.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

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Kindness

May your kindness never
be a soulless reflection
of guilt, obligation, cultural
pressure, or desire to play
the favored, superior one.
Rather, may it be a fresh,
balmy fragrance silently rising
from a gentle and generous heart
deeply rooted in the lavish
garden of gratuitous grace
to anoint as holy the very air
we all breathe.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Feelings

(Feelings that we let define us,
will often cruelly confine us.
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When I become aware
of the gulf separating
“I am afraid” from
“I am feeling afraid,”
I take a big step
on the road to
transformation.

© 2014 Dennis Ference