Barry Middleton

The Angel Oak - Poem by Barry Middleton

I can't be proud
of pain I did provoke

I did some good
some bad I would revoke

sometimes I didn't think
before I spoke

other times
I thought life was a joke

I stand before
the dismal devil's cloak

and look him in the eye
and do not choke

I may have been
asleep but then I woke

I'll make my plea
beneath the Angel Oak

The 'Angel Oak Tree' is a Southern live oak on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. It is estimated to be at least 400 and possibly up to 1400 years old.

Topic(s) of this poem: redemption, regret

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, August 22, 2016

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