Barry Middleton


Verbs Simile And Metaphor - Poem by Barry Middleton

I got used to being a verb
usually transitive of course
holding lovers, moving mountains
rushing about banging into things
I was never the subject or object
I was the action
the falling not the tears
the speaking not the speech
I was a simile
in motion like a river
charging like a bull
weeping like a child
but then it happened as it must
the intransitive came upon me
I sat, I stopped, I lay
I became a metaphor
the thing itself
the call of the bird
the rose in the vase
the chill in the autumn air
the frozen ice on the pond
I am intransitive
I sleep
I am a metaphor of age
a relic
I am death
I am intransitive
I die

Topic(s) of this poem: aging, death, illness


Comments about Verbs Simile And Metaphor by Barry Middleton

  • Dimitrios GalanisDimitrios Galanis (7/18/2017 3:10:00 PM)

    For me, a philologue-grammarian, it is an apocalypse, I wonder at the perception.How beautifully it succeeded to pepict the transitions a human being is going through. (Report)Reply

    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(7/18/2017 3:21:00 PM)

    Thanks again Dimitrios. As you are catching up, I cannot respond to every comment. But as always I appreciate.

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (6/24/2017 8:24:00 PM)

    There is nothing like grammar-transitive and intransitive verbs, subject, object, simile, metaphor-
    to give illumination about life's possibilities and the unlimited powers of the individual person.
    The last three lines bring sad closure and the complete passive mood. Masterful.
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    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(6/25/2017 5:18:00 AM)

    Thanks Michael. I am also quite fond of present participles.

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  • Simone Inez Harriman (6/24/2017 6:00:00 PM)

    WOW...I am very impressed by your poem Barry. What a unique way of looking at oneself through similes and metaphors.10+++ and into my favorites :) (Report)Reply

    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(6/25/2017 5:14:00 AM)

    Thanks Simone. Glad you found it to be unique and worthy.

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  • Marianne ReningerMarianne Reninger (6/24/2017 12:23:00 PM)

    all the writing i've done, never thought to personalize, personify the tenses as periods of time. So effective, so well done. Thanks.. (Report)Reply

    Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton(6/24/2017 1:40:00 PM)

    Thanks very much Marianne. Sometimes I feel like I am writing the same poem over and over in a slightly different way. But once in a while I stumble on something unique.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 24, 2017



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