poet Barry Middleton

Barry Middleton

Things I Did Not Say

there are so many things I did not say
I may have hinted once or twice
but that is not enough

the seasons pass and time must take its toll
the sun is fading in the west
a breeze confounds the air

there are those things yet better left unsaid
that may bring pain or wistfulness
but there is still regret

now it is late and I must go my way
you must have seen my doubt filled eyes
I could not find the words

Topic(s) of this poem: regret

Poem Submitted: Monday, August 8, 2016
Poem Edited: Monday, August 8, 2016

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Comments about Things I Did Not Say by Barry Middleton

  • Upendra Upm (9/8/2017 4:27:00 AM)

    Both matters and mind so accurately described and one is the mirror image of the other.sun fading and you
    must have seen my doubtfuleyes - that is, mind fading.

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  • Richard Wlodarski (8/30/2017 8:12:00 PM)

    The age old dilemma: Is it better to tell someone something they may not want to hear? OR Is it better to leave things left unsaid? Your succinct philosophical poem gives us food for thought. Thank you for being so open and honest. An excellent write, Barry! !

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/30/2017 11:15:00 PM)

    I have never listed the principles that I believe are prerequisite to poetry but first and foremost would be emotional honesty. Thanks Richard for the spot on comment.

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  • Tom Allport (8/30/2017 2:06:00 AM)

    a wonderful poem that applies to us all? everybody if honest has some regrets in their life! ............superbly written Barry.

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/30/2017 3:42:00 AM)

    Thanks Tom. It is so nice to have my work appreciated.

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (10/4/2016 5:39:00 PM)

    I love how you did not overstate your point, allowing the succinctness of the work to reinforce its own meaning. Very nice work.

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(10/4/2016 7:34:00 PM)

    I can't seem to find the words. Thank you for the kind review.

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  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (8/12/2016 2:14:00 AM)

    Full of wisdom. Great write that speaks to the heart and every reader finds in it their own voice.10

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/15/2016 12:20:00 PM)

    Thanks Nosheen. Wow! This one got a lot of notice. I like it too.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/9/2016 7:52:00 AM)

    Seasons pass and time takes its troll. This wonderful imagery gives us nice humor and life regrets for so many things. But giving hints twice or more still mind makes up to get breeze. Amazing and excellent this poem is....10

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/9/2016 4:13:00 PM)

    Thank you Kumarmani for the read and the generous rating.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (8/9/2016 12:20:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem Berry. It said all one would want to say. Thanks for sharing.

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/9/2016 4:12:00 PM)

    Thank you Savita for reading and commenting..

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (8/8/2016 3:04:00 PM)

    there are those things yet better left unsaid
    that may bring pain or wistfulness
    but there is still regret- wonderful...10

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/9/2016 4:10:00 PM)

    Thank you Marieta. I missed everyone's remarks yesterday. I do appreciate knowing someone read one of my poems and liked it.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/8/2016 2:18:00 PM)

    Yes! The sun is fading in the west. Nice piece of work.

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/9/2016 4:09:00 PM)

    Thanks for the comment Edward.

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (8/8/2016 11:12:00 AM)

    Yes while parting ways such feelings are very normal yet we live our lives...on and on...10

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/9/2016 4:08:00 PM)

    Thanks for reading and commenting Mohammed.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (8/8/2016 10:22:00 AM)

    Life is a long journey and we go through a variety of experiences. There are times when we rejoice and at times we do have regrets due to whatever reasons. Nicely conceptualised. Thanks.
    there are those things yet better left unsaid
    I could not find the words

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/9/2016 4:07:00 PM)

    Thanks Rajnish. I appreciate your comments.

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  • Hazel DurhamHazel Durham (8/8/2016 8:34:00 AM)

    Regret is a very painful experience but we must try and come to terms with lost opportunities, lost lovers and lost time. To live in the present is to accept the past and learn from it and rejoice to be free from the prison that is regrets!
    Powerful and beautiful write!

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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(8/9/2016 4:06:00 PM)

    Thank you Hazel for the review and praise.

    Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga(8/8/2016 10:06:00 AM)

    Critical appreciation of the poem beautifully done. Thank you, Hazel.

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