Robert Ray : Writing

Judged

Judged

A Poem by Robert Ray


Self-righteous and wanting,I judged an old man today.Bent, silver and wrinkled,Arthritic knuckle-capped wood caneLeading, kicking, crushing pebbles;..
Pardoned

Pardoned

A Poem by Robert Ray


Beyond the departed man's garden, A spring sunset paints an azure sky In gold, orange, red streaked hues, Shimmering in the sparrow&rsq..
My Jailer

My Jailer

A Poem by Robert Ray


In the pale valley, a draw between two peaks,Soar shaggy sycamores on ice-choked creeks.No roads, trails or rivers leading or flowing out;Only a nar..
Tick-Tock

Tick-Tock

A Poem by Robert Ray


Time, man’s greatest unowned treasure Cannot be saved, purchased or pilfered. Flip the hourglass as often as you pleasure,Same sand fal..
A Courageous Soul

A Courageous Soul

A Poem by Robert Ray


A brave boy is born, reared;Strong, honorable, his parents.A courageous boy is made, forged;Rugged, self-reliant, his merits.A brave man speaks up..
A Long Walk

A Long Walk

A Poem by Robert Ray


Young, romantic and naïve, our walk began On a common path, others in front and back. Disillusioned, winded, aching, some descend, Or bo..
Twilight

Twilight

A Poem by Robert Ray


I’m her moon, her ally at night, Omnipresent, hovering high, An elusive, ever-morphing light, A fantasy destination in the sky. ..
Take the Reins

Take the Reins

A Poem by Robert Ray


The poem speaks to the frustration and disgust many Americans feel about elected officials and establishment elites, especially in Washington, DC.
Respect the Stump

Respect the Stump

A Poem by Robert Ray


We often hear tales of the beloved tree, its branches and fruits. What about the stump---victim, survivor, protector of the roots? Is he---nat..
Fly

Fly

A Poem by Robert Ray


An orphaned sparrow twitters in the bald maple tree, Imperfect, small and alone--but free. Beneath, jutting from a porch post, the old flag s..