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May Songs

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.



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


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


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

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs


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

Hi Peg, thanks so much. These May poems seem impossible at the moment. But it's almost May again! I see the Maple now with it's bare branches, amazed that it survived the big wind storms we've had this winter. Happy to have you read anytime my friend, doesn't matter when, Cheers!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 16, 2019:

Wonderfully descriptive poetry, Verlie. I can picture the yellow beaks of the baby birds awaiting the return of the food-bearing mom bird. And the "blossoms hanging tendrilly down" paints such a gorgeous picture. Love all of these. Don't know how I missed this post for so long.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 07, 2018:

Thanks so much Hari!

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on June 07, 2018:

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

- Hari

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 06, 2018:

Hi Genna, thanks lady, you made my day!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 06, 2018:

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

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

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

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 03, 2018:

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

This is really lovely.

Blessings dear friend.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 03, 2018:

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

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 02, 2018:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 31, 2018:

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.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 31, 2018:

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.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 29, 2018:

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.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 29, 2018:

Nellieanna, you always make me smile, thanks lady.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 29, 2018:

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

Ann Carr from SW England on May 29, 2018:

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.


mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 29, 2018:

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

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on May 29, 2018:

Verlie, your singing poetry rivals the birds'!!

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

Rinita Sen on May 29, 2018:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 29, 2018:

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.

Ann Carr from SW England on May 29, 2018:

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.


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 29, 2018:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 29, 2018:

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!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 29, 2018:

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

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on May 29, 2018:

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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