It is difficult
to escape our bondage
if we do not know
we are bound.
It is difficult
to leave the desert
if we do not feel
the dryness in our bones.
It is difficult
to surrender to the Spirit
if we cling to the illusion
of a totally separate,
sufficient self.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

The World’s Woundedness


Love, compassion,
kindness, forgiveness—
let these be your companions
along the way, guiding you,
pruning you, blessing you,
ripening you until you can
pour yourself out lavishly
and freely into the chalice
of the world’s woundedness
and profound need.

© 2015 Dennis Ference