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

Wounds and Scars

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Our bodies and spirits
faithfully display
the wounds and scars
of a lifetime’s story .
Blessed are those
who look there
with Wisdom’s
discerning eye,
beauty and goodness,
goodness and truth,
truth, love, and glory.

© 2015 Dennis Ference
Photo: © 2015 Lily Brock