Barry Middleton


Lazarus - Poem by Barry Middleton

love and mystery
are silent questions

like children ask
with curious eyes

then someone says
I know what it means

no one is deceived
that’s not it at all

stars play in darkness
mute and distant

and lovers pretend
moments are answers

children shrug and say
that’s not it at all

love and mystery
are like a restless sea

far beyond the horizon
the wind speaks

Topic(s) of this poem: mystery


Comments about Lazarus by Barry Middleton

  • Sofia Kioroglou (2/6/2016 1:25:00 PM)


    Absolutely beautiful! Love it! (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (2/6/2016 1:56:00 PM)

    Thank you. Glad you like it.

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  • Pamela Sinicrope (1/29/2016 2:45:00 PM)


    The wind speaks to you again, but this time it's far beyond the horizon. Contemplating the meaning of death while we're alive is a conundrum for me. Before my brother died, he wanted me to explain to him how typical ideas about life, death, and religion make sense... I felt and still feel bad that I could not provide this comfort to him. (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (1/29/2016 2:55:00 PM)

    Here the wind represents the answers and they are beyond the horizon. I would not be able to explain what lies there because I honestly don't know. It is very hard to comfort someone who is dying. In my case I have lots of support but in truth it helps but a tiny bit. Yet - I'm OK, got a few years left I think.

  • Barry Middleton (1/27/2016 10:04:00 AM)


    Lazarus and that's not it at all are referencing The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock where Lazarus returns from the dead to explain what it's all about and gets the reply that's not it at all. My poem says that even though some pretend to know, even a child's wisdom knows they don't. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (4/18/2015 3:51:00 PM)


    Enjoyed the poem, but I must have missed something. I read it twice and couldn't see what it had to do with Lazarus. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 22, 2015



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