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French Knot

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.


French Knot

A blue charming dot,

embroidered. French, gaudy.

Hydrangea's iconic

jeweled knot.

Lovely mussy, noisette.

Outstretched petals

Queenly regal, stunning.

Threaded, undulating violet

washed. Xylography

yonder, zooming.


























Abecedarian Poet

Abecedarian Bards

create dutifully.

Enigmas. Funny

greetings. Hashtags

invoking John Keats. Longing,

musings, nonsense.

Opus poems.

Quaint, real, stirring,

turgid, urgently vocal.

Wistful. Xanadu yearning.


© 2019 Verlie Burroughs


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 18, 2019:

Thanks manatita, you are too kind. The hydrangea flower is beautiful indeed,

manatita44 from london on December 18, 2019:

An interesting collection, woven into a sweet mystery like your poem. Hydrangeas are so beautiful!

A charming dot and beautiful colours

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on November 08, 2019:

Thanks Lorna, Rinita, Mark, Manatita, and lqra. I appreciate your reading, sorry I'm so late replying. I've been away too long.

Iqra from Pakistan on November 05, 2019:

The use of flowers as a metaphor is a lovely touch, one that is almost sure to please the senses.

lovely poem .Thanks for sharing ...

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2019:

Bright, vibrant, artistic, colourful and exquisite! Miss you here.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on October 23, 2019:

A sweet collection, Verlie.

Rinita Sen on October 23, 2019:

This was a well thought out collection. Or was it random? Like your extent of word choice. Great going!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 11, 2019:

Thanks Brian! Appreciate the read.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on September 11, 2019:

I enjoy reading these poems.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 11, 2019:

Thanks, Verlie. Actually I included that poem in another hub I wrote about Autumn, responding to a challenge. It is a beautiful poem.


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 10, 2019:

Ann, I love that you allude to 'Ode to Autumn' by John Keats, the most beautiful Autumn poem ever penned in the English language I'm sure. I found a film clip of that (I have somewhere) I'll pm you when I find it.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 10, 2019:

Yes, the response has been great. Yes, my hydrangeas are looking a bit tired now but they have that kind of faded antique look that some roses get and I like that. I love Autumn with the russet colours, 'season of mellow fruitfulness' and all that!


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 10, 2019:

I don't know why my comment to you posted 3x Ann! What a mess.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 10, 2019:

Hi Ann, thank you! We gave the abecedarian poems a good workout eh. The hydrangea were magnificent this year (and the roses), I got quite obsessed trying to find ways to describe them. Everything is in its Fall phase now, kinda ragged and faded, still beautiful though.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 10, 2019:

Thanks so much Mark! I do love flowers.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 08, 2019:

I'm sorry, Verlie, I missed this one!

It's brilliant but then I always enjoy your poetry and expect no less.

I love 'French Knot'. I have several hydrangea bushes in my garden but I've never noticed the detail of that feature. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Lovely, clever poems.


Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on September 01, 2019:

Love this collection, especially French Knot. Shows your love of flowers.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on August 18, 2019:

Hey Genna, thanks so much lady.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on August 18, 2019:

Oh, this so so cool! And I love the duality and playful wit in Abecedarian Poet. :-)

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on August 15, 2019:

Hi Mar, good to see you, thanks for your heartening comment. Summer days are amazing, hope you and your fur babies are enjoying too.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on August 15, 2019:

You never disappoint with the creativity and whimsy in your poetry, dear Verlie.

Hope you are getting to enjoy these summer days. Love, Maria

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on August 10, 2019:

Dear Paula, I'm blown away by your comment. Thank you!

Suzie from Carson City on August 09, 2019:

Wow, Verlie....just WOW. Your poetry is amazing. Every time I stop by to see one of your most recent, I'm blown away! Peace, Paula

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on August 07, 2019:

Hello Mike, it's lovely to see your comment. Thanks so much. You are too kind, as always.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 07, 2019:

Hello Verlie - It is a treat to read your work. We are often treated to delight as readers. Today's offerings are joyous in their presentation.

Lorna Lamon on August 06, 2019:

This is a difficult form of poetry to master and you have given three wonderful examples, beautifully expressed; I particularly enjoyed 'French Knot'.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on August 05, 2019:

Bill, we writers at Hub Pages are lucky to have you as a reader. Your warm enthusiasm and heartening comments are always encouraging.Thanks again!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 05, 2019:

There are three HP poets I could, and would, read daily. You are one of them. Your poetry and your style are a joy to begin my week with.

Happy Monday, Verlie!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on August 04, 2019:

Hi John, thank you! I know, it's a stretch isn't it. Some letters seem easier than others, but using the whole alphabet is difficult. And the x and y and z words are limited too. Maybe time to invent some new words! Poetic license and all. Give it your best shot...

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 04, 2019:

Verlie, what wonderful examples of abecedarian poetry. I am trying my best to compile a couple. I will get there eventually, but it isn’t easy.

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