Barry Middleton

Smoke - Poem by Barry Middleton

smoke ascending from the camp
fire's protection from the damp

the delta land serenity
the essence of what used to be

a band of brothers from the past
recalls a day that could not last

the strength and energy of youth
a world secure in sturdy truth

and I would go if given time
to find lost memories of mine

but smoke evades a ticking clock
like memory that comes to mock

both drift into impassive skies
as hopes and dreams refuse to rise

Topic(s) of this poem: indifference, memory, youth

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 1, 2016

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