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Daybreak and other Poems

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

daybreak-and-other-poems

Daybreak

They fly out into the cold chalky mist.
Sharp strings singing like ringing bells;
(piercing the stony walls of my heart)
a new day breaks in Starlings.
Symphonic, iconic soothing sound vaulting
into dawn. Insistent chirps, whistling,
willing me awake.
A song melting, falling fragile as a snowflake.

Starlings living in my roof provide a sweet morning wake-up call, and a lullaby at night.

Hedge Witch Redux

I am a hedge witch
I gather sticks and stones
I feel things in my bones.
After tea I go, out and walk about
looking here and there (crows follow me everywhere)
searching to see the scented herbs are still there
lavender, parsley, sweet cicely, comfrey, plantain, dandelion leaf
to make magic potions for healing my emotions.

I peer beneath tangled shrubbery, and look for things I cannot see.
Engulfed by a thorny jungle of sprawling vine and leaf
the waning light is brief.
I am a hedge witch, it is too late to switch
but on a starry night in May
when all the flowers swoon (and crows tumble at my feet)
I take my twiggy broom, and fly around the moon.



The hedge witch poem was inspired by Bev G's awesome witchcraft articles. I'm not really a witch. Well, maybe a wanna be witch.


daybreak-and-other-poems

I Dreamed I Went Writing

I dreamed I went writing with a poetry analyst.
He analysed my metaphor, and found it very poor
(but after awhile he decided he liked my style).

I dreamed I went writing with a poetry analyst.
He really was irascible, but found my verse accessible
and he studied my lines with interest.

I dreamed I went writing with a poetry analyst.
He unveiled me stanza by stanza, as we danced on the veranda
and he took my enjambments seriously.

I dreamed I went writing with a poetry analyst.
He didn't miss a beat, though my poems were incomplete
and he even coined a new word for my imagery.

I dreamed I went writing with a poetry analyst.
He adored my sestets, and we carried on with no regrets
(when he reached my trochee, my heart skipped an extra beat).

I dreamed I went writing with a poetry analyst.
Sometimes he would toy with deconstructing Helen of Troy
but he always came back to me.

This is based on a real dream I had, and isn't meant to reflect any particular person. Although my favorite poetry analyst has got to be Andrew Spacey bar none. I've learned so much about poets and poetry making from reading his articles.

© 2019 Verlie Burroughs

Comments

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 30, 2020:

Harish, Thanks so much for your kind and generous comments. I'm happy you enjoyed these very silly writes.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on January 30, 2020:

Verlie, I enjoyed all these poems. The day break is lovely. The Hedge Witch is really so fantastic that I would really enjoy becoming like one, cracking secrets of nature out. The last one relating to poetry analyst is so funny that it reminds me of guys who religiously find faults with everything we do, be it good bad. Thanks for sharing beautiful poetry my friend.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 23, 2020:

Ann thanks so much, I'm happy you can relate. And I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 23, 2020:

Starlings and hedgerows and witchcraft!

This is a wonderful collection of poems and it swept me up, took me outdoors and made me connect to my beloved countryside.

Thanks for the wander through nature and through your thoughts, Verlie!

Ann

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 15, 2020:

Hi Li-Jen, thankyou for your warm thoughtful response to my poems, much appreciated.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 15, 2020:

Hi Li-Jen, thankyou for your warm thoughtful response to my poems, much appreciated.

Li-Jen Hew on January 15, 2020:

Hi Verlie, you make imagining the beautiful scenery easier with the descriptions you have used. Like in the first poem, your words made Starlings seem delicate and fragile like the snowflake. The activity in the second poem is a nice way to pass the time. Finding for new herbs after tea sounds like a good idea. Good that you shared. And the last poem is a lucky dream. You shared with the world what you dreamt, in a funny and creative way.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 12, 2020:

Hey Maria, Thanks for your terrific comment, good to see ya lady :)

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 12, 2020:

I get lost in your poetic musings, Verlie.

This trio of poetry is terrific every "witch" way.

Love, mar

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 07, 2020:

Thanks so much Denise.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 07, 2020:

I love starlings. You really captured them in verse.

Blessings,

Denise

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 05, 2020:

Hi Mike, thank you very much. I am cheered by your comment on this snowy winter day.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 05, 2020:

Hello Verlie - What a wonderful garden of words you offer up. It is always a pleasure. Your poetry on a Sunday afternoon, life can't get much better than that.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 02, 2020:

Linda, you are too kind. Thank you so much.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 02, 2020:

Your poems are very creative, Verlie. I love your writing style and originality.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 02, 2020:

Hi Lori, nice to get a chuckle thanks! I see you are in the Northwest. We've got quite a storm going on here! My lights flickered on and off a few times tonight.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on January 02, 2020:

Your first two poems really reveal what an artist you are with words. Anything with the notion of witches creeps me out, but your imagery and words was beautiful. I loved your poetry analyst poem. Couldn't help but chuckle.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 02, 2020:

Dora, Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment, most appreciated. And I hope you're right! Happy New Year!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 02, 2020:

Great poetry. Thanks especially for sharing the last poem. Your dream seems to be predicting new heights for your poetry. Best to you going forward.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 02, 2020:

Aww you Rinita. Tuesday's just aren't the same. Thanks for your kind words. Happy New Year to you!

manatita44 from london on January 02, 2020:

Gratitude ...

Rinita Sen on January 02, 2020:

Yes, thanks always for sending warm wishes. I'm lousy at responding to cards so do forgive. Happy New Year and wish you well this new year and beyond.

manatita44 from london on January 02, 2020:

In fact, Rinita,

I almost mentioned you when writing to Verlie. I feel a kind of connection between you two. Did you get my card? Happy New Year? (Sorry Verlie)

Rinita Sen on January 02, 2020:

Aww the photo!

I've missed you. How we connect! Daybreak is one of my favorite topics to write about, too. You are inspired! Loved the last one and yes, Andrew is the best.

P.S: I wanna be a witch, too, just to fly across the moon, none of the other stuff lol.

Happy New Year, Verlie! Here's to many more in 2020.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Thanks Manatita, love the Sri Chinmoy quote. Thanks for the encouragement.

manatita44 from london on January 01, 2020:

Haha.

Chris and I have 'little' fights. He took some courses and to my mind his Flash before the course, is better than after the course. Funny!

I am always being persuaded to do courses, but I know intuitively, that they will affect my creativity. Do you know that Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and a few more geniuses, all created new words?

They were all deviants, but yes, the deep spirituality is necessary, as with Emily and Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir … not sure about Shakespeare, but philosophy, yes.

My Sister is a Journalist in Texas. It has its usefulness. Scholarliness can be very dry. We have a few who made it to our Path and are very empathetic and it shows in their work. Spiritual Masters always have a dig at scholars, except Saul who became Paul and a few like him.

Here's Sri Chinmoy:

"My Lord does not ask me for my minds brilliance.

He only asks me for my Hearts fragrance."

God descends from above,

To treasure my Heart and not my house."

We have hundreds like these.

Anyway, You are a good poet and like any one of us, you have days when you are totally awesome! As for the scholarly bit, I wasn't talking about you. You are a seeker, in my book. Carry on! Happy New Year!!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Hi Kari! Thankyou. I'm so happy you found this. And I appreciate your noticing that line. Turns out there is more to the hedge witch than meets the eye.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Manatita, thank you for your lovely thoughtful awesome comment. I struggle between the scholarly and the esoteric. I think journalism ruined me as a poet. Or maybe it was the other way around? Poetry ruined me as a journalist? Either way, I'm ruined. Still trying though, and happy to have you along for the ride. Cheers dear Poet. All the best in 2020.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Good to see you Eric, thanks so much.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Dear Bill, I'm happy to have found a little venue here in this dimension. You are too kind. Happy New Year my friend! And yes, Boz Skaggs Silk Degrees album is a classic. I saw him in concert way back then, loved it.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

So my keyboard is playing tricks on me today, sorry guys.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Genna, thank you so much for your always encouraging response to my scribble.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Thank you Lorna!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Thank you Lorna! Looks like I thanked you 2x hmm.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Hey Bev, thank You so much.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 01, 2020:

Thank you John, you are way too humble Poet!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on January 01, 2020:

I really liked the "Hedge Witch Redux". Especially this line: "I peer beneath tangled shrubbery, and look for things I cannot see." It resounds in me. I like them all, but that is my favorite. The last one was amusing and fun.

manatita44 from london on January 01, 2020:

I particular loved the first two as their styles are similar, to me, but they also carry a very special, ju ne sais quoi, an extra 'punch' so to speak.

The Poetry analyst poem is cool too. More light-hearted. Spacey is brilliant! I onced asked him to analyse one of mines but he wouldn't. My memory is vague, but I thought he said he got many requests and did not do people who were alive. He is very scholarly, writes like a theologian would the Bible.

So on reflection, my writing needs the Sean Dragon's and Venkatachari's of this word. The esoteric and not the scholar.

You have welcomed 2020 with some exquisite pieces.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 01, 2020:

Thank you for bringing this to us.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 01, 2020:

Anybody who plays Boz Scaggs and writes like you, Verlie, is from another dimension in time and space. You will always be my favorite poet.

Happy New Year to you!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 01, 2020:

I do so love your poetry, Verlie. You have such a distinct and unique voice that awakens us to possibilities of "seeing" never before considered or observed. I especially loved Hedge Witch Redux. Way cool! :-) Just stunning work. Thank you.

Lorna Lamon on January 01, 2020:

A wonderful collection of mystical poem which I thoroughly enjoyed reading Verlie.

Bev G from Wales, UK on January 01, 2020:

Beautiful, and all so different. I loved your Creekscape video too - so green and embracing. And starlings - such an underrated little bird.

Thank you so much for mentioning me. Please keep writing your wonderful poetry.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2020:

I love these poems Verlie, especially the Hedge Witch Redux. I don't think I would like to go writing with a poetry analyst. I imagine he or she would be too critical of my poetry to make it a pleasant experience lol.