May Songs

Updated on May 29, 2018
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

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Wee baby birds raise
spirited cacophony,
high in the roof beams.

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Faint rustling above
sweet last clucky chirp at dusk
bedding down the nest.

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Birds are rollicking
in the roof while on the wing
relentlessly Mom returns
to high pitch choral ringing
quietly perched one branch below
my heart too is singing.

Flower Moon

May moon is flowering
swiftly it ushers in June
too soon, still planting!

Flower Basket Design

Pale plum petunia (wave)
a bit of blue
hangy down stuff
with a white
geranium in the middle
of the pot
and a pinch of white
trailing lobelia

Bee Tree

At the back fence by the creek
a tall Maple tree, higher than a house,
with its blossoms hanging tendrilly down
from every bough, golden yellow against
deep green and shadowed burgundy leaves,
a painting in the May bright light.

Making my way
with a load of hay
from cutting the yard
earlier in the day

Struck, at first by the heavy sweet scent
then, the sound
the hum unearthly
emanating from the tree
every blossom
saturated
dripping
with
suckling
bees.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 weeks ago from Canada

      Thanks so much Hari!

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      Hari Prasad S 2 weeks ago from Bangalore

      Extremely descriptive and well written poem. Thanks for writing it Verlie. I like birds and bees. :-)

      - Hari

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 weeks ago from Canada

      Hi Genna, thanks lady, you made my day!

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      Genna East 2 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Verlie, I could read your poetry all day long. Loved this collection. :-)

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 weeks ago from Canada

      Aw, thanks Shyron for your sweet comment, much appreciated :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

      Verlie, I was right there with you in the barn listening to the birds singing.

      This is really lovely.

      Blessings dear friend.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 weeks ago from Canada

      Hello Audrey, thanks so much for reading, so great to get your positive response.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I love your descriptive lines. I see, touch, and even smell. Great writing!

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Dear mar, I think I know the feeling, thanks for finding some hopefulness here. I've been tempted lately to write darker, but there is just so much darkness one can take in a day.

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      Maria Jordan 3 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for reminding me how beautiful May is...

      ... it's easy for me to become heart heavy with memories of Mom, my SIL and Aunt Baby. Your poetry brings hope and comfort to my soul, dear V.

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Mike, Hello :) am I really on a roll? I'm just going with the flow, no telling where it will take me...Thanks my friend.

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Nellieanna, you always make me smile, thanks lady.

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Thank you so much Rinita (Senoritaa). Welcome back to Hub Pages. I was away for quite awhile too. :)

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

      Yes, starlings are really noisy and very good mimics!

      Well done to have had a front page; I'm impressed!

      Looking forward to reading those poems.

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 3 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Verlie - You are on a roll. Your poetry sings of Spring, which is so welcome to all of us.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 weeks ago from TEXAS

      Verlie, your singing poetry rivals the birds'!!

      This delicious phrase thrills me: " . . . its blossoms hanging tendrilly down."! Only you could have written it!

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      Rinita Sen 3 weeks ago

      Always always loved your Haikus!!! Songs that flow forever!

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Hi Ann, Swallows I think. This is an old photo I took years ago for a newspaper I was working at. The nest was high above the entrance at the airport terminal building, had to stand on a really tall ladder to get this shot (made the front page!) The birds in my poems are Starlings nesting in my roof overhang, are they ever noisy. There is a Barn Swallow nest at a house I work at that I'm watching daily, another series of poems I'm writing now. What fun... Thank you for your generous comment, I really appreciate it.

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

      A beautiful portrayal of May, Verlie! I love the photo of the birds - House Martins or Swallows?

      We have all sorts of noises around the trees at the side of our house, mostly birds but then background noises from the sites around us.

      I love the shape and rhythm of your poetry. I think you are one of the best poets on this site.

      Ann

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Hey Bill, yes indeed, feeling blessed. Thanks so much!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      The joyous sounds of life all around us. I love being at the farm...it is constant noise, but pleasant noise, you know? The noise of life and not man-made machines.....gorgeous!

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Thanks Diana! Nice of you to share your bird nest story, sweet...

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      Diana L Pierce 3 weeks ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Birds are so clever about building their nest most anywhere. I have a robin nested top of a fishing pole that was placed across the rafter of my car port. She has a fit every time I walk to my car. Nice hub.

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