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Look now, the hidden road

Look now, the hidden road 1920 1271 Robert Alan Rife

Look now, the hidden road denies these footsteps their certainty, unsure though they wend, through what little solid soil succumbs to plodding, silent shoe-footfall. Forward slowly, halting back apace, how…

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Look now, the blessed road

Look now, the blessed road 1920 1271 Robert Alan Rife

Look now, the bless-ed road rises to meet feet, weary, uncertain, but sure of steps yet untaken that, parting, greet a step, one step, from that step. Intentions pure where…

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So, What Now?

So, What Now? 1920 1279 Robert Alan Rife

Recently, I spent words lamenting my egregious fall from grace. It was egregious in the sense that I had all the tools at my disposal for such a thing not…

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How A Dry Drunk Dries Out

How A Dry Drunk Dries Out 1920 1280 Robert Alan Rife

Alcoholism is a persistent talker. It’s a playground bully, unsatisfied unless fists are drawn and blood flows. The drunken uncle whose continuous taunts to pull his finger are more about…

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The Difference a Year Makes

The Difference a Year Makes 1685 1071 Robert Alan Rife

(Disclaimer: contains mature language and themes.) This time last year, my wife and I were photo-whoring and shaking fairy dust out of our heads. We had just returned from a…

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After London

After London 1920 1440 Robert Alan Rife

She grabbed my hand – caught, like a tufted grove of hazy branches – there were promises unspoken. The full English – an edible morning rainbow. Then, it’s heads down, cell…

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From The Poet’s Ready Pen

From The Poet’s Ready Pen 275 183 Robert Alan Rife

From the poet’s ready pen comes the yawning stillness, leaking out from linen thoughts, stretched tight upon the hungry loom. How dear these words come, dear soul, trading green for our grey.…

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Toward a Rule – Eschewing Truancy

Toward a Rule – Eschewing Truancy 640 640 Robert Alan Rife

In early November of 2016, I participated in a class toward my ordination entitled “Vocational Excellence.” This is part 4 of the paper I submitted, aimed at constructing and presenting a…

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The Day Renders Well Her Light To Cast

The Day Renders Well Her Light To Cast 1920 1280 Robert Alan Rife

The day renders well her light to cast, comes, with hopeful glance, her tidings bring – haunting dark, like some unholy past soon yields his woe to this better thing.…

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Beatitudes for Troubled Times

Beatitudes for Troubled Times 1920 1280 Robert Alan Rife

Blessed is the one who awoke to draw breath for another day. Blessed is the one who sees him/herself in the eyes of another. Blessed is the one who appreciates the…

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A Saturday Examen

A Saturday Examen 1920 1328 Robert Alan Rife

Let the baptismal waters drown this insubstantial love and choke the complexities of my lostness. Cleanse my spiritual palette and don the insignificance of wayward wants upon your crested waking.…

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A Friday Examen

A Friday Examen 1920 1275 Robert Alan Rife

Sometimes, on the way into darkness I stub my toe on the eyelash of God. Sometimes, forgotten in never-spoken dreams I hear the hushed and tender tones of Heaven breathing…

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