Hermit Song

Updated on February 3, 2018
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush | Source

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

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    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 months ago from Canada

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

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      DREAM ON 

      6 months ago

      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.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 months ago from Canada

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

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      Kim Johanna Baker 

      6 months ago

      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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

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

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      Peg Cole 

      7 months ago from Dallas, Texas

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      Shafqat Mushtaq, Thank you!

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      Shafqat Mushtaq 

      7 months ago

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      Hello Genna! Thank you so much.

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      Genna East 

      7 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      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. :)

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      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!).

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Soothing and very comforting to me, dear Verlie.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 months ago

      Yikes! Stay safe, dear friend!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

      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!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

      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.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 months ago from TEXAS

      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!!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      8 months ago from Ohio

      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.

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      Linda Crampton 

      8 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

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

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      8 months ago from Victoria, Australia

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

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      Peg Cole 

      8 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      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.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

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

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      Twilight Lawns 

      8 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

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

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

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

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      mckbirdbks 

      8 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

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

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 months ago from TEXAS

      Lovely feelings and words, Verlie!

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      Manatita44 

      8 months ago

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

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