Barry Middleton

Protection - Poem by Barry Middleton

protect me from the wind
that lately threatens death
protect me from despair

the trees are blasted bare
the coldest rain has come
to paint the shadows black

and I cannot turn back
nor find the winter sun
nor shelter from the storm

a dark and ghostly form
as freighting as the night
is looming on the breeze

it brings me to my knees
to chant a final plea
protect me from despair

the trees are blasted bare
I seek the winter sun
my work is not yet done

Topic(s) of this poem: prayer

Comments about Protection by Barry Middleton

  • Annette AitkenAnnette Aitken (1/6/2017 11:38:00 AM)

    Yet another lovely write here Barry and the visuals in the minds eye as reading long, wonderful.


    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(1/8/2017 3:52:00 PM)

    Thanks Annette. I appreciate the appreciation.

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  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (1/3/2017 2:09:00 AM)

    Such a heartfelt prayer for protection. There is a lot in this world that is dark n frightening. You have beautifully alluded to things that mankind seeks shelter from. But they r a reality, we must admit. A huge 10. (Report)Reply

    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(1/8/2017 5:16:00 AM)

    Thanks Nosheen. It seems like hardly anything on the websites working. I thought I already repplied to your comment; If so, thanks again.

    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(1/6/2017 12:06:00 PM)

    Thanks Nosheen. I think we all could use sone protection these days.

    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(1/3/2017 8:16:00 AM)

    Thank you for the comment and praise. I always feel if a poem is from the heart it will turn out well.

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  • Pamela SinicropePamela Sinicrope (1/1/2017 7:47:00 AM)

    I would guess this is the poem you alluded to earlier that you'be been working on. I like the way you rhymed the ending and beginning of each stanza. It added an interesting cadence to the writing. This poem was not a pretty lyrical, but rhythmic and pleading. The speaker is praying or reciting a sort of incantation to the form 'as freighting as the night.' The line 'the trees are blasted bare.' speaks volumes and has great image attached to it. Love the word choice blasted. Well written insight into the speaker's desire for more time and protection. (Report)Reply

    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(1/1/2017 8:04:00 AM)

    Actually it was yesterday's poem that I mentioned. But I do try to write emotional poetry and I sort of invented this form because I found the cadence worked well for me. I'm sure others have probably done similar patterns but I can't recall reading anything with this form. Thanks as always for the comments.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 1, 2017

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