Artist and Seeker

As the artist knows
a finished work is what remains
after many parings and subtractions,
so the true spiritual seeker knows
enlightenment and wisdom emerge
only after much surrendering
and relinquishment.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

My Calling

It is my calling
to discover
and fully be
the True Self
that is me.
And even now,
when I am able
to submit to that call,
shedding, if only briefly,
that which impedes it,
I gratefully sip
from that luscious
wine of freedom,
intoxicated by
the blend of harmony
and peace.

© 2014 Dennis Ference


In these later years I’ve tried
for a transparent relationship
with suffering—
surely I don’t desire it
nor do I yet fully accept it
but for now at least
I make an effort
to ride with it
without passing it on
to all who share my space.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

To accept…


To accept and love yourself,
you must dare to know yourself,
shadow and all.

© 2016 Dennis Ference

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