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Between Storms

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

Super Wolf Blood Moon Eclipse 2019

Super Wolf Blood Moon Eclipse 2019

Almost Spring

A little dog escapes from a house
and follows the children to school.

A newly hatched fly takes his wings for a spin.

Snowdrops chill.
Hydrangea buds thicken.
Roses show their thorns.

Wolfman in the Moon

I watched the eclipse tonight
with binoculars, so everything
looked real close up, and
I swear the man in the Moon was
wearing a pair of cheap sunglasses
and grinning from ear to ear.
Maybe he was enjoying
being in the spotlight,
he sure looked happy
before everything went dark.

January 20 2019

Ode to a Toad

I saw a toad on the road
and I wondered what does this bode?
He weren't carrying any load
in the moonlight his bumps glowed
hopped away when I strode
too close. I followed
as he tiptoed cross the road
then slowed, overshadowed
to and froed, then tally-hoed
down the road in a hoboed mode.
I felt sorrowed as the moonlight
bestowed one last geckoed glimpse
so I wrote this ode...

Between Storms

There is moonlight in the woodshed.
The blue birds have gone to bed.

© 2019 Verlie Burroughs


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on February 25, 2019:

Thanks Genna, always lovely to have you read my scribble.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 24, 2019:

"A newly hatched fly takes his wings for a spin..."

"There is moonlight in the woodshed.

The blue birds have gone to bed."

I just love these images. Wonderful poetry.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 30, 2019:

Dora, Thank you! I am happy to see your encouraging comment, I really appreciate your reading.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 30, 2019:

Wolfman in the Moon! Good one. Altogether, your poetry has great appeal, imagination and creativity. Thanks fro sharing.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 29, 2019:

Hey Mike, Thank you, good eye, I'm glad you felt that. I watched this little dog the other day, just having a lark. He was clearly on the run, and sniffing (and peeing on) every rock and every hummock of grass he came across. I was worried about him because he had just been shaved (who would do that to a dog in winter?) and he had no coat on. But he was oblivious to the cold. I knew which house he lived in so I called him, and he followed me back home.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 29, 2019:

Hello Verlie - What a sense of freedom. The rush of the world slows as the small dog follows the children to school. There is a glimpse of innocence here.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 29, 2019:

Hello Peg, Frog Dog, Toad Ode, we've got a serious case of Rhymey Itis going on here. Smiling at your story. And ya, I don't know about clever, I camped out in the yard, and watched the Eclipse for four hours (Brr it was cold!) and this was my take-away.

Always good to see you, thanks for the visit lady. V

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 29, 2019:

Loved your poems, especially the toadie one. I used to have a dog that would bring me those little transparent tree frogs in various stages of squirming and slobber. Eeeww. I called her Frog Dog.

And the Man on the Moon with sunglasses was a wonderful image. You're so clever!

Listening to "Clap for the Wolfman" now. What a great tune.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 29, 2019:

Thank you Bill. What a sweet comment, really nice to hear your kind feedback.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 29, 2019:

Simple....sweet...poignant....playful....you've got it all here with this collection of verbal images. Well done my friend.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 29, 2019:

Haha, Maria, a polar vortex (just the thought!) takes courage. Hang in there lady! Love and Thanks right back at ya. Verlie

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 29, 2019:

What a welcome respite from the polar vortex (just heard that on the news and the very expression makes me shiver...) !!

"Guess Who" sandwiched between a wolf man and a toad ode - you bring the sunshine, girlfriend! Love and thanks, Maria

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 29, 2019:

Thank you Louise, happy you enjoyed! I think we have very similar seasons in England, and here on Vancouver Island. I'm ready for Spring!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 29, 2019:

Hi Rinita, Thank you. Yes indeed, Spring is right around the corner, but I need to have a talk with the weatherman, snow is in the forecast...

The Toad poem was fun to write, and inspired by a real toad sighting awhile ago, gotta love it when that happens.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 29, 2019:

John, thanks for the visit, and kind comments. Glad you found it fun. I'm going to keep an eye out for the rabbit. Being in different hemispheres would certainly change the view.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 29, 2019:

That's lovely poetry. I liked the Almost Spring one. It's my favourite season. It's so pretty when all the flowers and blossom trees are in full bloom.

Rinita Sen on January 29, 2019:

Enjoyable read, especially the toad poem. The first glimpse of spring is seen in your work, and what a season it will be, full of poetry, blossoms, and laughter.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 28, 2019:

Some variety and fun in these verses, Verlie. "Clap for the Wolfman" really added to the fun vibe. Very enjoyable. When I look at the Moon I don't see a man, I see a rabbit. Most people think I am weird though.

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