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 cane

Leading, kicking, crushing pebbles;

Purple veins, old rivers and streams

Flowing to and from an ancient heart,

Shifting under cracked translucent skin;

Hands I believed fired a soldier’s rifle,

Fought, defeated a wartime enemy,

Saved a buddy, a nation, the world

Or built bridges, cars, planes or ships,

Instead knelt, bowed his head, and prayed

Under arched wood and painted glass---

Christ in sunlit-hues, high on a tilted cross,

For His forgiveness

For killing a father, mother and child

Fifty years earlier, drunk and lost.

 

Humbled and wanting,     

I misjudged an old man today.


© 2018 Robert Ray



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Ash
This feels sooo real and heartbreaking. I really felt this poem in my skin as I've constantly seen such lone ghosts wandering around in my hometown. At times I stop and ponder over who these drunk old people where during their young days. Maybe drunk with much energy and hope for their "bright and glorious" futures ?
Who knows and now this poem led me to think about my future version.

DAMN me and my pessimistic thoughts. . .

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Robert Ray

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Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. That's the beauty of poetry. It often inspires and ca.. read more



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Devastating!
The old suffer greatly; they've lived with their guilt for so long.
We're human beings, we almost always misjudge.
Exceptional work.

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Wow. I really liked the style and how you used your words to reach out and grab our attention. Had to gaze at the screen before scrolling down to review.
This could really stir up the emotions.

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Diane, for taking time to read and comment. Sincerely appreciated!
Diane

1 Month Ago

very welcome
Really enjoyed! You captured a lot of emotion in this short poem.

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thanks, JL. ;)
Honest but also painfully true. It's too easy to judge the old, only to miss out on the wealth of life that they have had. I think it also forces us to confront the eventual loss of it all. That's truly humbling, great writing.

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

All good points, especially missing the deeper person. Thank you for reading and your kind review.
This is one of your best poems, when it comes to packing it with vivid details spoken in original word choices. I like the message, very meaningful & imparting a lesson for all of us. I'm not fully following your path from judging at the top & misjudging at the bottom, tho. It kinda felt like I had to fill in a connection in my mind -- not a bad thing, just an observation. (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Robert Ray

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Margie, thank you for taking time to read and share your thoughts. I always enjoy reading your feed.. read more
barleygirl

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Trying to give meaningful feedback is a huge learning journey for me, too! I learn to notice how oth.. read more
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Ash
This feels sooo real and heartbreaking. I really felt this poem in my skin as I've constantly seen such lone ghosts wandering around in my hometown. At times I stop and ponder over who these drunk old people where during their young days. Maybe drunk with much energy and hope for their "bright and glorious" futures ?
Who knows and now this poem led me to think about my future version.

DAMN me and my pessimistic thoughts. . .

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. That's the beauty of poetry. It often inspires and ca.. read more
Amazing poem. Profound, beautiful, deeply moving. I have done this also and I regret it intensely each time. Your insightful words show your pain,hurt and remorse. Your eloquent description of the advanced age, vulnerability, and history of this man are filled with emotion and pathos. Misjudgment corrected, lesson more than learned. Superb poem my friend.

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Annette, I'm flattered. Thank you. Such a thorough and kind review. Greatly appreciated!
Annette Pisano Higley

1 Month Ago

Blessings wished!:)
An interesting piece of work:
This poem
This subject of poetry
This poet.

Thanks for sharing.

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Delmar! I appreciate you taking time to read it and comment. Have a nice evening.
Powerful lesson in going deeper into the other side ofapperances...one never knows the exact fit of another mans shoe

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Robert Ray

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Thank you for taking a few minutes to read and comment. Always good to hear from you.
A spectacular poem Robert! This just goes to show people that we never know someone's story upon first glance or encounter. There's so much more to a person that our eyes can't see and that's makes getting to know people fascinating. Sometimes we may be putting aside a potential life long friend and we don't know it. excellent work and keep it up.

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Robert Ray

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Tags: faith, religion, judgment, redemption, forgiveness, Christianity, prayer, poem, poetry, free verse

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Robert Ray
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