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J Ray May 2020
Music books and old guitars lay scattered on the floor
The whiskey bottles empty, you won’t need it anymore
Posters on the wall of rockstars, playing to an empty room
No one lives here anymore in this dark and lonely tomb

Tortured soul, you sold your soul but you felt you had to quit
Why’d you have to ***** the fire of a torch that was barely lit
You know you meant the world to those you left behind
If only you could've talked to them or gave some kind of sign

Your fingers were still calloused cause you practiced every day
You tried to learn all the chords so that you could sing and play
Now silence fills this empty room where the music played before
It’s such a shame you took your life with a rope over the door

Tortured soul, you sold your soul but you felt you to quit
Why’d you have to ***** the fire of a torch that was barely lit
You know you meant the world to those that you left behind
If only you could've talked to them or gave some kind of sign

Your fans will never know how good you could've been
Since you took your life, and put that rope over your chin
You had to see what was on the other side of death
I wonder if you found peace as you took your last breath
There was only one way to end the pain and strife
Now you play to an audience in the eternal afterlife
I will not venture to add my reason for coming up with this poem, except that it is true to life, and in this case...Death, the Eternal Timekeeper. If you know or suspect anyone is contemplating suicide...PLEASE get them help!! Sometimes, just a word or two can mean a difference....or simply listening.
Thank you for reading this poem/song...Any comments or critique are appreciated!
J Ray Feb 2020
You might see him wear his hat in the store downtown
He might need a cane or a walker to help him get around
He might need a hand or two to get out of his car
Don’t mind the look in his eyes or ask about his scar
He remembers it all sometimes on a dark and lonely night
When he and his buddies brought the dogs to the fight
Wipes a tear from his eyes for the pain, death, and loss
In a country so far away on a river that they had to cross
They watch as Americans burn the flag they wouldn’t drop
All that hate and discontent they wish would only stop
But that has never stopped them from fighting for me and you
They left their home and family to protect the red white and blue
None of us will never know the pain from the life he had to choose
That’s something we will never know just by watching the news
When you thank a veteran for protecting your freedom and rights
Think about the war in his mind, the one that he still fights
Think about the ones that left home, never to return
Think about the life they lost and the fires that still burn
Rise up from your knees and stand tall and proud
You don’t have to be afraid to recite the anthem out loud
You live in a country that’s been tried and true
Because a veteran bleeds red, white and blue....

United we stand and divided we fall..and if we fall then God help us all
Hope that this poem will make people stop and think, even if people least think of the freedoms we take for granted everyday that others an only dream of experiencing...and then think of the willing sacrifice that others experienced to protect those freedoms. Please comment and critique is always welcome
J Ray Jul 2019
Cold rain outside my window, I’m missing you today
I heard your laughter seems like just the other day
You know I’m just trying to fix the lonely in my mind
I can’t forget the words we said that were so unkind
It hasn’t been more than a month you walked away
I just need you here with me telling me it’s all okay
I looked at all our photographs at least a dozen times
I read all our old texts to see where I missed the signs
I promised you that I would look past all the mistakes
How much bending will my heart do before it breaks
Come back to me baby and I can try to make this right
Come back to me baby cause I ‘m just to weak to fight
When you opened the door after being away so long
I’ve had to forget my pride and try to just to be strong
You came to me with open arms and tears down your face
You must have saw my smile that I tried so hard to erase
Hold my shaking hand and lay your head upon my chest
In this empty room I call a heart, you’ll always be my guest
The subtle way you look at me, the breaths of air you take
Tell my body, heart and soul of the love you want to make
You’ve stolen my heart so long, now it’s time to give it back
You’ve always been my biggest fan, the star of my soundtrack
Your voice is like my favorite song, I could listen to all night
Your timing is always perfect and these lyrics I love to write
A picture is worth a thousand words, our faces fill the frame
A feeling is worth a million then, I hope you still feel the same
I wrap my arms around you and softly kiss the back of your neck
Deep inside you’ll never know, how you’ve made my heart a wreck
Its just the way you see me, you know all my ups and downs
You’re always there for me, even through all of my breakdowns
When you say you love me, I don’t have to wonder anymore
We really haven’t changed a lot since you walked out my door
You woke my guitar from the sleep that it was in for such a long time
My fingers slowly brush the strings, but you make words of the song rhyme
Re-posted with a different title. I did'nt like the other one. Hope you enjoy my effort to become a poet. Thanks in advance for any comments and critique, and if you like, shares.
J Ray Oct 2018
The transition from death to another state is not painful in itself; that is reserved for those who are left behind. For without pain, there is no fear. And so, we should leave this world the same way we come into it...fearless. Time is no longer of consequence...the hands of Death's clock are forever bound by the depths of eternity.
just a thought....not sure what else to call it. It affects all with its effects.
J Ray Oct 2018
Today I finally looked inside myself and saw my broken heart
I tried to find a tool that would fix it, maybe some kind of  chart
But my toolbox was as empty as my soul, and no charts exist
How then can I mend this broken heart, how can I get it fixed?
I went to my doctor, and he tried to give me pills, but it was no use
There’s not a pill in this world that can take away my hearts abuse
I tried to speak to my family,  they have the same symptoms as I do
I’m sure if I brought it up they would understand and get me through
But how can I speak, when the words I say are mingled with these tears
How do I comfort them when my heart is broken, because its full of fears?
When you left this world, it shattered my heart, everything stopped
When I heard the news, I just went numb and my heart just dropped
This is about the time that my heart must have been broken no doubt
Maybe Ill get a sign and attach it to my heart, a sign that says “keep out”
This way it couldn’t possibly get hurt again, and maybe it will fix itself
If I pick up all the shards of my broken heart, maybe I can fix it myself
I will try to piece this heart of mine together using all the tools I can find
Memories, Happiness, Love, all the good things we shared I can call mine
The cold rain pours outside, and the only warmth I find is memories of you
My heart skips, as it is drowning in the sorrow of another day of feeling blue
Beyond hurt and loneliness I take comfort in knowing where you now rest
If there is any consolation in tragedy, it’s that you are no longer oppressed
Just know that you can’t be forgotten, in my heart I can still feel your love
For I know that you will always be with me, watching over me from above
We have all lost someone. I grieve the only way I know how, I write....
It feels so long since I have been here, thanks for being my outlet.
J Ray Apr 2016
Soft words that fall into the space, just outside delicious blood red lips
When you say my name, you will never feel how my lonely heart skips
Remember your spoken words, how my eyes were fixed solely on you?
Did you ever think to ask yourself , who it is you were really talking to?
I catch my breath after you stole it way, leaving my lungs so absent of air
I lay slain in your field of blue, hopelessly lost in your words somewhere
I tried so many times to tell you how I feel, my spoken words always fail
My words are just like a blind man, searching through volumes of braille
Your eyes saw right through me, and held me captive on through the night
I wonder if you ever knew, that it was a single moment of love at first sight
Hope you enjoy this contribution, thanks in advance for critique/comments....
J Ray Feb 2016
If I could pull the stars down one by one
You know I would, just for you
If I could just lasso that old moon
You know I would, just for you
If I could find one thing to make you smile
I’d say goodbye, and I’d drive a country mile
I’d find a field full of daisies, for the one I love
A field full of daisies, and pick them one by one
I’d give them to the girl I really love
And that’s you, baby it’s all…just for you
If I could put the sunlight in your hair
You know I would just for you
If I could stop the rains from falling down
You know I would, just for you
Since I can’t always paint a sky of blue
There’s one thing that I know I can do
I’ll find a field full of daisies, for the one I love        
A field full of daisies, and pick them one by one
I’ll give them to the girl I really love
And that’s you, baby it’s all…just for you
©J.Ray 5.15.15
This is a song I wrote....I know it's not quite my forte, but if you would like to hear it, here is the link:  No prompts to buy, I PROMISE!!!
I really hope you enjoy it, and all comments and critique are much appreciated! Thanks!!!
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