Barry Middleton


Two Deceptions - Poem by Barry Middleton

both are like the falling leaves
a tale that no one ever believes
a passing season and a lover

coming and going of perfume
revolves in an enchanted room
till love consumes a fevered heart

death is the breast of darkest night
a western moon fades from sight
surrendered to its mausoleum

yet we cling to seasons past
affections that can never last
antique lies we choose to cherish

like gardens where maidens stray
and angel spirits croon and sway
and wait to satisfy our hunger

Topic(s) of this poem: deception, love, seasons, wishing


Comments about Two Deceptions by Barry Middleton

  • Valsa George (8/30/2016 11:17:00 AM)


    Nothing will stay for ever... the seasons will pass. Love also is so transient...! Yet we cling to them as if they are stable and enduring because human mind likes to conceal bitter realities in deceptive lies! May be because we are unwilling to look at truth squarely in the eyes ! A great write! Congratulations! (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 11:24:00 AM)

    Thank you Valsa for reading, commenting and complimenting.

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/30/2016 10:28:00 AM)


    yet we cling to seasons past
    affections that can never last
    antique lies we choose to cherish

    like gardens where maidens stray
    and angel spirits croon and sway
    and wait to satisfy our hunger

    Beautiful poem. Thanks for the sharing.10 for it.
    Subhas
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    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 10:33:00 AM)

    Thank you for the comment and generous rating.

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (8/30/2016 8:38:00 AM)


    Transience of things and our fickleness of clinging to them are very beautifully described in this beautiful, well-structured poem with utmost economy of words. It is a poem for ever, not of the day alone! (10) (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 9:09:00 AM)

    Thank you so much Madathil for the comment.

  • Pamela Sinicrope (8/30/2016 8:31:00 AM)


    A second poem of the day and this one is beautiful. The title caught me. Two deceptions: a passing season and a lover. Such interesting choices. The line about the moon being surrendered to its mausoleum haunts me. I like that this piece of writing, while very specific to you...leaves room for interpretation to the reader...within the confines you've created. I will add this poem to my favorites list and will take more time to return to it and think further about the meaning of your chosen imagery. Because you choose very common images, as a discerning reader, I am not interested unless you make it special...I think you've done that with this one. Love and seasons are a lie...the moon is a lie? Nothing lasts forever....and yet we humans cling to deception and cherish memories that are not truthful. These are not unique ideas...but your poem is and it made me think about all of this....even though I may not want to. So well done...one of the best I've read in quite some time. Congratulations on being selected again...I'm glad you were because I don't remember reading this one before. Can I have permission to share this on my FB page? (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 9:08:00 AM)

    Thanks Pamela for the detailed comments. I believe you completely understand what I was trying to do with this piece. Yes we cherish memories and beliefs which are not always true.

  • Kim Barney (8/30/2016 8:03:00 AM)


    Finally, my friend, one of your poems has been chosen to fill the spot of poem of the day, and it is a very good choice. Good to see you recognized here. Congratulations. (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 9:04:00 AM)

    Thank you Kim. I appreciate the kind thoughts.

  • Glen Kappy (8/30/2016 7:38:00 AM)


    barry, i appreciate the craft of this poem. i can't relate yet to the last stanza- though i'm not asking for you to explain it- it'd be like explaining the punch line of a joke- in which case the humor is already lost. the mood reminds me of ecclesiastes- one we share at times in our lives. another spin is that remembering the good is good for our sanity, our mental health. -glen kappy (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 7:51:00 AM)

    OK I won't explain it. Thanks for reading.

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/30/2016 7:22:00 AM)


    Such a nice drop! Great imagery to tell the beautiful story of love and season. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 7:58:00 AM)

    Thanks for reading and for the compliment.

  • (8/30/2016 7:03:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem. What is reality today becomes deception tomorrow. Great imagery and thought. Congratulations for poem of the day. (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 7:53:00 AM)

    Thanks Savita, that's it.

  • (8/30/2016 6:44:00 AM)


    Like gardens where maidens stray
    and angel spirits croon and sway.
    Beautiful lines in a beautiful poem. Heartiest Congrats on the Poem of the Day
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    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 6:52:00 AM)

    Thank you very much. I must admit I love the honor and comments.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/30/2016 6:06:00 AM)


    Coming and going! ! With the muse of nature. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 6:16:00 AM)

    Thank you Edward for reading and commenting.

  • Bharati Nayak (8/30/2016 6:06:00 AM)


    Congratulations for Poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 6:15:00 AM)

    Thank you Bharati. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • (8/30/2016 6:02:00 AM)


    Very solid penning. You have captured the whole essence of life in this poem. This is just one of your many significant poems. Congrats n very well-deserved honor. (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 6:11:00 AM)

    Thank you Nosheen. Everyone appreciates a compliment and yours is well received. Great to have you as a reader.

  • Bharati Nayak (8/30/2016 6:00:00 AM)


    Ýet we cling to seasons past
    Affections that never last
    antique lies we choose to cherish- - - -Perhaps we all love to live in deception - Our make believe world, made up of pleasant past and affections.
    (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 6:09:00 AM)

    I think that is largely true. Reality certainly exists but imagination can definitely improve on it. Thanks for the comment.

  • Aqua Flower (8/30/2016 5:18:00 AM)


    Congratulations! Definitely a poet of the day! Your poems are very moving and expressive. Another masterpiece of the many you put out! (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 6:07:00 AM)

    Thank you so much Princess for the compliment. I do appreciate it.

  • Robert Murray Smith (8/30/2016 12:22:00 AM)


    A very fine poem. Thank you.

    Robert
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    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 6:06:00 AM)

    Thank you Robert for the kind comment..

  • Kelly Kurt (8/30/2016 12:18:00 AM)


    An insightful and moving piece. I am glad to see such a talented and active member be highlighted with the poem of the day. Congrats, Barry (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (8/30/2016 6:05:00 AM)

    Thanks Kelly. I feel the same way. lol

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 1, 2016


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