poet Barry Middleton

Barry Middleton

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

but as I pen this note to you
I have grown old and tired and weak
but I recall that hopeful youth
it is to you that I must speak

I can but say what I was told
to quietly sit and watch the crowd
and see the good and evil there
and think before I speak aloud

and though I wrote it long ago
I would not take my own advice
and that has put me on this path
with wishing that I had thought twice

I've come to believe I was untrue
to one I should have loved the most
this shadow of my former self
this youth transformed into a ghost

Topic(s) of this poem: advice, aging, life

Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (3/29/2020 11:49:00 AM)

    I have commented on this before, but had to come back and read it again because I really like it. I am going to mention it in my Puzzle Master Quiz 050, to be posted the day after tomorrow.

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  • Soran M. HSoran M. H (12/28/2019 5:49:00 AM)

    it is very humble when you call this amazing poem as a note.... unique technique has used in this letter, as the sender and receiver is the poet himself, but we can read many indications and meaning behind each word, wish you all success and genuine happiness +10 from me

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  • Butch DecatoriaButch Decatoria (12/4/2018 11:36:00 PM)

    I have yet to write a dear john to myself, kind of depressed in its tone, but nicely penned. Kudos to you, ghost... thumbs up!

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  • Luz HanaiiLuz Hanaii (10/10/2018 11:18:00 PM)

    Fine revelation in last stanza. With age comes wisdom in most cases. Seems you learned from your mistake/s.

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  • Jennifer Drake (7/24/2018 7:25:00 PM)

    Sir you saved my life🌷

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  • alan brown (4/7/2018 6:06:00 PM)

    we all have things that we wished we had done in the past and feel that as we got older it was now to late.enjoyed your poem Barry. Alan

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (2/19/2018 6:49:00 PM)

    A very impressive address to your younger self, who seems almost a different person.
    I know because I am in my seventies. Writing without punctuation, as you have here, is a real challenge.
    Regards, Michael Walker.

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjrFrank James Ryan Jr...fjr (8/30/2017 2:44:00 AM)

    Commendable work...Stanzaic structure has clean, crisp movement throughout, allowing you to wave punctuation...Not an easy feat. Keep that pen pumping ~FjR'17~

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/30/2017 3:40:00 AM)

    Thank you Frank. I will keep wring as long as I possible can.

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  • Upendra Upm (7/13/2017 5:56:00 AM)

    The poem appeared to me a cool wind and from a natural source like sea or sky in a hot summer evening,
    But it was from an airconditioned unit.Really a heart touching poem.it is to you that I must speak.

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(7/13/2017 6:00:00 AM)

    Thanks to reading and commenting. Glad you liked the poem.

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  • Pamela SinicropePamela Sinicrope (6/3/2017 11:01:00 AM)

    I didn't realize this was poem of the day..how awesome! Our own youth as a ghost that hovers around us is how I choose to interpret your poem. It is funny to me how sometimes our younger selves are wiser than the older ones...though not always. Yes, we need to remember to save our sagest advice for ourselves before we share it around too.

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(6/3/2017 12:35:00 PM)

    Indeed that ghost child is still around. I think some spoiled and indulged him or her, and some neglected themselves. It's really never too late to take better care of that child and to listen to what he or she was trying to tell you. Thanks Pamela.

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  • Rebecca NavarreRebecca Navarre (5/31/2017 11:21:00 PM)

    Wow! ! ! ! ! What A Truly Beautiful Moving Poem! ! ! ! ! That Ever So Strongly Does Speaks! ! ! ! ! From
    A Wise And Youthful Heart! ! ! ! ! Congratulations On A Wonderful, An Very Deserving Poem Of The Day! ! ! ! !
    Thank You So Much For Sharing This! ! ! ! ! So Beyond 10S! ! ! ! ! +++++ Saved! ! ! ! !

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(6/1/2017 3:50:00 AM)

    Thank you Rebecca. A comment like this really makes my day.

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  • Alexander JulianAlexander Julian (5/30/2017 11:46:00 PM)

    The special idea at the end of the last stanza tells me that an era can be a ghost, like childhood in a dream.

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(5/31/2017 5:37:00 AM)

    Everything past is a ghost except memory. Thank you for the comment.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (5/30/2017 7:18:00 PM)

    Wooowwwww! ! ! ! Such an awesome composition.... Congrats on being chosen.... a big 10+++++

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(5/31/2017 5:35:00 AM)

    Thank you Bernard for the high praise.

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  • Bhargabi Dei MahakulBhargabi Dei Mahakul (5/30/2017 5:45:00 PM)

    A letter written to self with assessment with various sequences is really interesting. Life carries memories and life unites with trust. Young and strong child must be seen and guided by parents. Penning the note pointing weakness is wise to give awareness to readers to carefully understand everything and to take care of child and other family members. Sitting quiet in crowd and watching good and evil amaze mind. But observing goodness we find new path to feel life and build a child with values. Beautiful transformation can be done by positive vibrations and values. An interesting poem is shared here. This is excellently composed. This is nice to see your poem here as the poem of the day. Congratulation! ..10

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(5/30/2017 6:16:00 PM)

    Thank you very much for the generous appraisal.

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  • Christina SimmonsChristina Simmons (5/30/2017 4:56:00 PM)

    I was intrigued and mesmerize by this well thought of poem. And written with great care - consideration for those who find themselves with regret in later years. Congratulation! ! !

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(5/30/2017 5:20:00 PM)

    Thank you very much. I am very pleased with the response this verse has generated. I suppose that reflects the universal nature of regret.

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  • Christina SimmonsChristina Simmons (5/30/2017 4:48:00 PM)

    I was intrigued - very attentive whilst reading this rhythmic verse. So very well thought of and written. Congratulation! ! ! Being chosen as poet of the day.

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  • Rini ShibuRini Shibu (5/30/2017 2:33:00 PM)

    This shadow of my former self
    This youth transformed into a ghost...Well written

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(5/30/2017 3:33:00 PM)

    Thanks. It's a message to youth. Don't let this happen to you.

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  • Geetha JayakumarGeetha Jayakumar (5/30/2017 1:57:00 PM)

    Congratulations on member poem of the day. Beautiful poem with great meaning, maybe we realise the depth of life very late in life. A unique write. Loved reading it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(5/30/2017 2:01:00 PM)

    Thank you Geetha. I do think I took a lot for granted when I was young. Too bad we can't go back.

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  • Marie ShineMarie Shine (5/30/2017 1:03:00 PM)

    I love the title of this poem. It is mysterious and provokes the question Why would anyone write a letter to themselves. So intriguing, it drew me into read it.
    'I can but say what I was told
    to quietly sit and watch the crowd
    and see the good and evil there
    and think before I speak aloud'
    We must have grown up in the same era, Barry. This is exactly how it was when I was growing up. Children should be seen and not heard, that was the order of the day. It is the final stanza which captured my heart! Each of us from that era is guilty of not loving the one person we should have loved the most, in an unselfish way: Ourselves. You express this fact so sagaciously and so beautifully, in a matter of fact way. Sadly, our conditioning did not allow us to love ourselves at all, much less enough. I love this very intuitive, profound write, which is so simply expressed with eloquence and grace. They rhythm and rhyme are perfect. Hauntingly beautiful, the poem imparts to the reader the signs of the times we grew up in, and the changes which take place between youth and age. We are wiser now than in our youth, it comes from both the passing of time and from our experiences. I find this poem to be a very spiritual inking and one of the best poems which I have read in a very long time. An exquisitely penned poetic gem! Applause with Kudos, Barry. I so enjoyed reading and I thank you for sharing. A most worthy poem of the day. Blessings always...

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(5/30/2017 1:14:00 PM)

    Thank you so much Marie for the find review. I am very pleased that it struck you as so worthy of this generous praise.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (5/30/2017 12:12:00 PM)

    This is indeed a very insightful and introspective poem. It shows how changes take place in a man's personality over a period of time. But what can we do about our hypocrisy. Thanks.
    and see the good and evil there
    and think before I speak aloud

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(5/30/2017 1:09:00 PM)

    Thanks for the comment. We look back to realize that were were not so wise. I am grateful however that hypocrisy was never one of my many faults.

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