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Hermit Song

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Hermit song so longing,
evening soliloquy,
filters through the Alder woods
as I pass this way.

Jangled nerves, shot through
with grief.
Your winged airs bring relief.

Flute like, singular tones
softly sweetly play.
Change me, rearrange
my day.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs

Comments

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 22, 2018:

Thank you Dream On for your lovely comment. I'm doing ok. It is Spring here at long last. :)

DREAM ON on March 21, 2018:

I took a nap earlier and now I am wide awake. The sound of the Hermit Thrush is so beautiful and your hub is another example of talent and beauty mixed nicely. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are safe and it is amazing how bad weather can affect so many people around the world while other people have good weather at the same time. Take care and have pleasant dreams.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 18, 2018:

Thank you Kim, for your lovely comment. Much appreciated my friend.

Kim Johanna Baker on March 18, 2018:

How wonderful when you single out the song of the Hermit Thrush you have captured it perfectly, your poem sings as beautiful as the bird... stunning poetry.... thank you for sharing this song of longing..kimx

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on February 11, 2018:

Hello Peg, thank you so much. I'm so happy you enjoy this one.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 11, 2018:

Playing this soothing Hermit song and rereading your beautiful poem. :)

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on February 04, 2018:

Shafqat Mushtaq, Thank you!

Shafqat Mushtaq on February 03, 2018:

You seem to have deciphered the actual lyrics of this bird's song! Both sound so mellifluous.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 28, 2018:

Hello Genna! Thank you so much.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 28, 2018:

Such beautiful tones this bird has, like gentle, melancholy woodwinds...and what beautiful poetry, Verlie, that sings as well.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 26, 2018:

Morning Maria, I'm so happy to hear that. Hope all is well with you, winter won't last forever, good to see you, been awhile. Take care. :)

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 26, 2018:

All good now Nellieanna, didn't float away. Need to start taking the emergency preparedness seriously, put together a kit with at least the bare essentials ready by the door. I left with nothing but a blanket and my purse. And the car was nearly out of gas. Wouldn't have got far in any event. Thanks for coming back. See you soon I hope. Beautiful day here, off to work as soon as the ice melts (freezing!).

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 26, 2018:

Soothing and very comforting to me, dear Verlie.

Nellieanna Hay on January 25, 2018:

Yikes! Stay safe, dear friend!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 23, 2018:

Yes Nellieanna, good idea. Let's do that. Today is scattered. Had a Tsunami warning here, and had to head for higher ground in the middle of the night (Big earthquake in Alaska around 1:30 am.) Home now, tsunami was a non-event. But I think I'm going to need a nap. Way too much excitement for me!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 23, 2018:

Kari, that is too funny, a born performer. Have never seen one singing, only heard it. Thank you for the read, much appreciated.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 23, 2018:

Thank you Linda. "The hermit thrush's song[7] has been described as "the finest sound in nature"[8] and is ethereal and flute-like, consisting of a beginning note, then several descending musical phrases in a minor key, repeated at different pitches. It often sings from a high open location. Analysis of the notes of its song indicates that they are related by harmonic simple integer pitch ratios, like most human music and unlike the songs of other birds that have been similarly examined.[8][9]" A Wiki quote

When you hear it live, it is impossible not to feel transported. Appreciate your comment.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 23, 2018:

I'm doing well, but I miss you, too! Thanks for telling me that! This looks like an ideal place to meet with good Hubpage friends!!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on January 23, 2018:

Bird song relaxes me. I think the bird in the video must be a ham in the beginning. He keeps looking right at the camera, lol. I found your poem lovely.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 22, 2018:

The poem and the video are lovely. The idea of the song rearranging the day is beautiful

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 22, 2018:

Bronwen, thank you, I've been playing it over myself. Appreciate your reading and enjoying.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 22, 2018:

Hey Peg, thanks so much. I'm loving that you loved the Hermit Thrush song.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 22, 2018:

Great capture in both poem and video. Congratulations on a delightful article. It needs playing over again to be truly appreciated.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 22, 2018:

Your poem beautifully captures the essence of the Hermit Thrush's song. It truly is flute like. Nature's tunes definitely can lift the spirits.

Not only is he beautiful (handsome), he's a great singer with an awesome song. Loved this.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 22, 2018:

Aw, Ian, trust you to show up for 2018 poetry offering. Thank you! So good to see you. Happy you appreciate. Miss you Ian.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on January 22, 2018:

How lovely. What a sad little call.

But what a lovely and evocative poem to go with it.

You've never lost your touch, have you, Verlie?

Ian

x

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 22, 2018:

Manatita, Thank you, where are you? Not seeing you on Hub Pages.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 22, 2018:

Bill, Thank you, I'm happy you have poetic needs! Appreciate you stopping by.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 22, 2018:

Your style matches my poetic needs quite nicely, cramming a plethora of images and reflections into a minimal number of words. Well done!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 22, 2018:

Mike! Thank you. Appreciate you reading my first new poem in a very long time.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 22, 2018:

Good morning Verlie - Good to see a notice that you published. Yes, the hermit song. It may be on everybody's mind. Beautiful writing.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 22, 2018:

Good morning Nellieanna! Thanks for finding me...How are you doing? miss you.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 22, 2018:

Lovely feelings and words, Verlie!

Manatita44 on January 22, 2018:

Touching, heart-felt poem. Nice images. Much Love ... much.