For Ray

We once were children,
your playful face full
of innocent humor.
Everything was funny
until it wasn’t,
but when faced
with the brick wall
of who you were
supposed to be,
you cleared the way
with the honesty
of your choice
and became the person
you always were.
The playful face returned,
that smile to let the world know
you understood the joke
and would have the last laugh,
not at anyone’s expense
but from the reservoir of joy
you found as a man
at home in your own skin.




Raymond Masseaux
1948-2020 RIP


















Reading of “For Ray” with music by Kenny Burrell


13 Responses to “For Ray”

  1. David Barnes says:

    This one moves me deeply with its tender power and beauty — you make me cry Don, and I see and feel your smile Ray, broad as the world in my heart. Gratitude! db

  2. Edward Haimes says:

    Beautifully said Don, teary eyed as well.

  3. Bill Lowell says:

    Dave & Ed said it all, Don. Love you brother.

  4. Eric Dunn says:

    Thank you Don. I dedicate this to my blood brother Ray Cohen. He was a prince and his death at an early age was felt deeply!

  5. Ed Omalley says:

    Well done Don and I envision his pleasant smile listening your words.

  6. Linda Barnes says:

    Beautiful. I played it several times and wished I had known Ray.

  7. Athena Coleman says:

    I can’t imagine a more beautiful way to witness someone’s life. Tears for someone I never knew, but wish I had.

  8. The “Letting Go” Lesson again & again… but a LOVE we can keep!

  9. So incredible sweet and deep…….

  10. Betty Doerr says:

    Beautiful. Didn’t know Ray, but now feel that I did.

  11. Tom Figel says:

    Don, lovely testament to someone who must have been fine. Thank you.

  12. Chris Dalengas says:

    Very nice, Don. This seems especially appropriate for this current time.

  13. Andrea says:

    Ray was indeed a shining light with a beaming smile. I love and miss him.

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