Self-Awareness

Do not confuse
self-criticism with self-awareness.
They both may dare to engage the shadow,
but the former, if not tempered by love,
may fuel guilt and self-loathing.
The latter, a child of grace,
aids in our enlightenment
and the birth of compassion
for ourselves and others.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Doubts

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We wear our doubts
about our worth
like a heavy back pack
of unsympathetic stones
forcing us to bend body and soul
to balance the burden of its weight
as we press forward to carry on.

So used to this merciless load
do we become that we forget
we were not born with it
and that it’s possible
to undo the bindings
and lay it down
at the sacred altar
of God’s love.

© 2015 Dennis Ference

Addiction

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How quick I am to name, sometimes,
the addictions of family and neighbors,
not always from concern or love, I admit,
but often from my own addiction
to feeling superior and favored.

© 2014 Dennis Ference

My new book of original inspirational verses, From the Water’s Edge, is now available from https://www.createspace.com/6040109 and http://www.amazon.com/dp/1530558018.

A Wider Compassion

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If you choose
to extend a hand
to your shadow
let it not be
out of guilt
or for recrimination
but rather the birthing
of a wider compassion
toward a humanity
cruelly given
to division
and scorn.

© 2014 Dennis Ference

My new book of original inspirational verses, From the Water’s Edge, is now available and can be ordered from https://www.createspace.com/6040109 and http://www.amazon.com/dp/1530558018.

Release

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Release your angry,
snarling dogs
to the heavens,
and in the silence,
learn again to sing
a gentle song of Love.

© 2014 Dennis Ference

My new book of original inspirational verses, From the Water’s Edge, is now available and can be ordered from https://www.createspace.com/6040109 and http://www.amazon.com/dp/1530558018.

Wholeness

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When the search
for wholeness finds
its way to a humble
faith and compassion
for all that is,
powerful healing
forces are released.

© 2014 Dennis Ference

My new book of original inspirational verses, From the Water’s Edge, is now available and can be ordered from https://www.createspace.com/6040109 and http://www.amazon.com/dp/1530558018.