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Forever My Dear

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

Crow Moon on a Wire

Crow Moon on a Wire

Dear You

Dear you

dear me

Oh dear

My dear

dear

Dear.

Mourning Song

She writes of the song of the morning
that she heard on a wing and a prayer
She sees all the shapes in the borning
but when she looks close nobody is there
She writes of the sound of the morning
and the growl of the thrumming sea
a growl like a mourning prayer
while birds tumble over in air
Their wings are all tufted and lacy
bright eyes peer back at her stare
She writes from a dream now grown hazy
of a past that she left who knows where
fast tracking back to a feeling
when she was there -- wheeling
wildly without a care.

forever-my-dear

Somewhere

I used to love the sound of a train in the night
it made me feel so aware
that I was somewhere
far away from home
on an adventure
a traveler
sleeping bag on the floor of my Aunt's city living room
awake in wonder
remembering now
wishing I was there.

Didn't Plan to Stay

I was just passing through didn't plan to stay
My first impulse was to run, I tried that
and failed miserably.
And sure enough it's gonna rain.
If the creek rises I'll be stranded here again.
Tried the high road and ran into a glitch
The low road led me through a ditch.
After a while I thought if I swim maybe the
water will take me in'
No luck with that I bobbed back up like a cork
now I'm riding downstream
hoping there's a fork that will
lead to some shore
where the air smells sweet and the fires burn no more
Whatever happens next, it was me at the door
I didn't see it coming when it slammed in my face
I was too busy trying to disguise my disgrace.
Bright birds of poetry ruffled and scattered
humans locked down in a merciless manner.
I didn't plan to stay any way.

Full Moon

I follow the full moon
The full moon
follows me
the path so bright!
Drenched in light
tonight.

© 2020 Verlie Burroughs

Comments

Laurie S Novak from Michigan on April 12, 2020:

I enjoy your descriptive poems. Very moving. Thanks for sharing.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on April 11, 2020:

Merci beaucoup mon amie Genna.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 06, 2020:

Hi Verlie...

"Just loved these! One of my favorites:

No luck with that I bobbed back up like a cork

now I'm riding downstream

hoping there's a fork that will

lead to some shore

where the air smells sweet and the fires burn no more..."

You are still one of my favorite poets. :-)

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on March 31, 2020:

WOW...

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 26, 2020:

Thank you Dora!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

The last poem is full like the moon and easy to memorize so I like it; the others are beautiful too with imagery of sight and sound. Good work!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 21, 2020:

Mike, deep bow to you Maestro. Smiling here, thanks for everything you do. Your support is awesome. Blessings my friend.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 21, 2020:

Dear Mar, I don't know how to thank you for all your kind support. And I got your birthday card! Sweet of you to remember. I can only imagine what you (a nurse!) must be going through in this health crisis. Stay safe my friend. Keep in touch.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 21, 2020:

Your poetry always plays like music in a grand concert hall. The right tone, pitch and wings.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on March 20, 2020:

This collection of poetry and Bob's soothing crooning has me teary-eyed, dear Verlie - just beautiful.

Thanks for this soul food. Love you and be safe, mar

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 20, 2020:

G'morning Bill, thanks for your always cheery comments on my poetry pages, your encouragement is awesome. You take care too. Blessings to you and yours.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 20, 2020:

Loved "Somewhere"....remember doing that as a child. The sound of a distant train was haunting and yet thrilling. Keep doing what you do. The Arts are more important now than ever.

Stay safe my friend, and Happy Weekend!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 20, 2020:

Yes Rinita, let's hope for that. Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. You take care dear friend.

Rinita Sen on March 20, 2020:

Crisis or no crisis, you are always a pleasure to read. Can't pick a favorite, as they all speak directly to the soul. Stay safe and let's pray that there's no more mourning, soon.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 19, 2020:

Thank you Demas, I appreciate your feedback.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on March 19, 2020:

I liked Mourning Song the best. Thanks.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 19, 2020:

Thanks John, Mourning Song was inspired by the poems a fellow poet has been writing in the rhythm and style of A.C. Swineburne's classic 'By the North Sea'. So I'm not surprised that it would resonate with you. My poem is pretty rough by comparison, but I felt drawn to try it. And it just kind of popped into my head one morning a few weeks ago. Thanks for reading, and listening. I'm happy you enjoyed the Bob Dylan video. I've been playing it all day!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 19, 2020:

Each one of these poems was special in its own way, Verlie, but I really loved “Mourning Song.” It really resonated with me. I enjoyed the Bob Dylan video too.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 19, 2020:

Lorna, I'm really happy you can relate, thanks for your kind response.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 19, 2020:

Hello Kyler, thanks very much. The words you found are much appreciated.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 19, 2020:

Dear Manatita thanks again for your kindness, and taking the time to read and comment.

Lorna Lamon on March 19, 2020:

Such a wonderful collection of poems Verlie each one its own message. I loved the poem "Somewhere" it brought back so many fond memories for me of childhood adventures. Beautifully written.

Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on March 19, 2020:

Wow, reading this was a wild ride, absolutely stunning. I am nearly without words.

manatita44 from london on March 19, 2020:

"where the air smells sweet and the fires burn no more."

Runs like a walk in memory park. All but the last. Aye, the full moon, so effulgent! So exquisitely charming! A place where the air smells sweet and fire is nothing but flames of Love.

You have come over as lyrical as the man in the video. Charming!