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Robert Walton

About this Christian Poet:
Robert Walton taught at San Lorenzo Middle School for 36 years before his retirement in June of 2006. He and Phyllis, his wife of 37 years, still reside in King City. They have two sons—Jeremy and Jon.  They are 40-year parishoners of St. John's Church in King City.

Robert is a life-long rock-climber and mountaineer. He's made numerous ascents in the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite. Three of his short stories about climbing were published in the Sierra Club's "Ascent". Others appeared in various magazines. He dramatized one a story named "Three's a Crowd" and it was broadcast on KUSF on November 22nd, 2006. It has been broadcast many more times on PBS since then. Three of his books for children have been published.

A Fountain in Jerusalem

Silver fruit
Of a hillside spring
Gathered from mossy cachements
By this clay pipe
Fall free
For seconds only.

Water drops,
More than a trickle,
Sweet and cold,
Chatter
Breeze-blown into
A stone bowl.

Stone bowl,
Perhaps Roman,
Worn smooth by
Countless elbows
Resting
In the day's heat,

Amber pool,
Where children splash
And some say
Jesus
Bathed his feet,
Is full again.

Copyright ©2009 by Robert Walton