Shades of Ray

by D.B. Cox

--- A tribute to Ray Charles


dark shades of ray

swaying to

fatback funk

& blue indigo



comping dirges so slow,

the drummer’s lost

& looking for a tempo --


sweet gospel

heal your soul

throw your crutches

away -– lean on ray


say amen somebody…


river of fingers

leafing through

keys looking for a lost

note – the flatted fifth


of the apocalypse…


i think

i heard it today

just about the time

ray's unbound soul


quit this

bone cold world

on angel wings

of thunder


a world without ray –

who wants it?


i’m gonna paint

my windows black

as foster-grants

& go to bed forever…

Shades of Ray by D.B. Cox

© Copyright 2004. All rights reserved. No portion of this work may be duplicated or copied without the expressed written consent of the author.

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