Biography of Barry Middleton
I was born in 1946 in a small town at the edge of the Mississippi delta. The town and surrounding countryside would have been great subject matter for Norman Rockwell paintings. Much of that landscape and many of my experiences there are reflected in my poetry. As time progressed I realized I was blessed to have been born in interesting times and in an interesting place.
I was educated in the parochial school system in Mississippi and graduated High School in 1964. I attended Spring Hill College in Mobile Alabama and graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois with a BS Degree in Psychology in 1969.
After graduation, I worked as a school teacher in the then segregated African American school system in my home town and later as a social worker in Orlando Florida where I worked with all kinds of troubled and abused children.
In 1987 I graduated from Rollins College in Orlando with an MA Degree in Counseling. For the remainder of my career I worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Venice Hospital, in private practice, and as a group specialist at Sarasota Florida’s public hospital.
But the most important accomplishments of my life have been watching my son grow up and having the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream to write and especially to write poetry.
Barry Middleton's Works:
Self Published and available at Amazon.
The Tessellatian Mystery
The Voice in the Wood
The Season Tree
The Next Valley
The Poet’s Favorites
- Dance Whistle And Kiss -new-
- Isolation -new-
- The Priest -new-
- Bring A Sharp Pencil -new-
- Where Life Astounds -new-
- The Raintree's Lesson -new-
- Old Gray Witch -new-
- Fireball Or Icecloud -new-
- Work Your Dream -new-
- My Delusions -new-
- Hope -new-
- I've Had Enough -new-
- Baseball And Love -new-
- The Florida Medicinal Shuffle -new-
Barry Middleton Poems
both are like the falling leaves a tale that no one ever believes a passing season and a lover
Letter To Myself
I wish that I had written you when I was young and strong and wise I knew that I would never die I'd face the world without disguise
Things I Did Not Say
there are so many things I did not say I may have hinted once or twice but that is not enough
Big psychotic eyes and vicious beak, you convey terror to the lesser species. Feathers askance like a professor's hair,
The Lonely Time
I cherish early morning, the lonely time. To wait and watch the glow,
Naked As Rain
my sole meek wish was to be naked as the rain to be eloquent as the rose
A Broken Promise
if love is a promise in spring so love may as surely take wing for springtime must end though lovers pretend
Clarity In Flowers
I once did find a distant mead, quite hidden where the woods recede. It was remote from pasture land.
Peace In The Stars
there is peace in the stars there is peace in the forest there is peace in the sunset
Cane Pole Fishing
you don't see it much anymore cane pole fishing is fading away it was never about the fish caught it was about the water and the day
Bring A Sharp Pencil -new-
no one really knows me for I am here alone and pondering on midnight and all the things unknown
my hope is yet in keeping a prayer
A Fisherman's Prayer
I feel I've been out fishing fifty years and just as leave would call it quits for now and throw the whole catch back for other men to cast their lines upon and dream their dreams.
they say the Shadow knows but I'm not really sure it missed the President I hoped it might obscure
a woman I knew for a moment
when we danced for a season or two
was the comfort of stars and midnight
and a waltz and an I love you
why oh why
can love never stay
then drift away