A Tuesday Examen

A Tuesday Examen

A Tuesday Examen 150 150 Robert Alan Rife

Scattered across lonely seas
dwell the lilies of desire.
Dotted between the balancing

green are other frondish delights
with fingers extended on palms
upraised, deterred by nothing

but the gentle floating away of
newly made ripples, starting
from a center and pushing out

to the edges where the shoreline
awaits to receive what waves may come.
They have made big what once

was small, white-capped wonder
from still and never-sunken petals.
The end exhumes the beginning

but little beginnings brought
such proud endings, humbled
by endless sandy sleep. Here

God is waiting.
God is watching.
God is cooking fish.


Robert Alan Rife

My friends think me complicated. My employer thinks me talented but at times, troublesome. God, and my wife see me as I am - a philosopher-poet with a rather circuitous journey of life and faith, the music and worship minister at Yakima Covenant Church, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and writer. I am a graduate from Spring Arbor University with an M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. These poems, and my life, are dedicated to those places where life, liturgy, theology and the arts intersect with and promote spiritual formation – who we are becoming. Join me on this journey to word-land. Maybe we'll find each other there and share a story or two.

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