Barry Middleton


Only The Dying Smile At Death - Poem by Barry Middleton

only the dying smile at death
it hurts too much to cry

I do not claim to be in pain
I know this lullaby

I know I drift into the night
not many seasons hence

so please don't take away from me
my smiling self defense

there is no need for frowns or tears
so ditch the cancer face

though I'm not happy I'm resigned
my smile you can't erase

Topic(s) of this poem: cancer, death, resilience


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2016



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