Light-Seeker Lost

Light-Seeker Lost

A Poem by Robert Ray


Brother, tell me, did you leap in twisted faith or see a far-off light;

A faint glimmer, beyond the black furious swirls of Hell’s abyss;

Or the Devil’s roguish fires, warm from afar, burning bright;

Drawing you close, whispering lies, promising a long-lost bliss?

 

Did you map your path to the precipice, or come upon it weary or misled;

A well-worn road---or a secret trail only desperate light-seekers know?

No light in Heaven’s skies, or did you lose the strength to lift your head?

Or stumble near the edge, knees and face in the muck, only black below?

 

Did you tumble, fall or fly, head first, eyes open or closed---or did you soar;

A clumsy boy, unshackled eagle, or mythical phoenix, ashes beneath?

And, tell us, so we’ll know, why you broke an oath to which you swore,

A vow to God, your wife---and to your child, a forlorn legacy bequeathed.

 

The wild, raging inferno subdued, within you and those who stay in the fight;

Turned gentle embers, light one path; eyes turned up, full moon, starry night.

 


© 2018 Robert Ray



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Good form & imaginative message. Those "left behind" by suicide are always questioning, so this shows us that process, except in a far more artfully dramatic way. Especially love the way you use dynamic verbs & analogies from nature. The most true thing you say about suicide ideation is this brilliant line: "Drawing you close, whispering lies, promising a long-lost bliss?" (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Robert Ray

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Thanks, Margie. I always appreciate and enjoy your perspective and comments. Seven years ago today.. read more
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I'm sorry to hear of your loss of a friend this way. Unfortunately, there are many in my life who've.. read more



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"The wild, raging inferno subdued, within you and those who stay in the fight;

Turned gentle embers, light one path; eyes turned up, full moon, starry night."

Beautiful.




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Robert Ray

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Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to read and share your thoughts.
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I think this is beautiful work, and you should continue writing....thank you for writing this.....

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Good form & imaginative message. Those "left behind" by suicide are always questioning, so this shows us that process, except in a far more artfully dramatic way. Especially love the way you use dynamic verbs & analogies from nature. The most true thing you say about suicide ideation is this brilliant line: "Drawing you close, whispering lies, promising a long-lost bliss?" (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thanks, Margie. I always appreciate and enjoy your perspective and comments. Seven years ago today.. read more
barleygirl

1 Month Ago

I'm sorry to hear of your loss of a friend this way. Unfortunately, there are many in my life who've.. read more
Apparently, primarily dedicated to those troubled souls for whom life is too long a death.
Impressive work!


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Robert Ray

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Thanks for reading and commenting, Jimmy. Much appreciated.

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Robert Ray
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