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Night and Day Poems

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.


Senryu IV

birds awake at dawn,
sweet trills and chitter chatter
rustling into day.

Senryu V

Starlings return now
to nightfall nest, chirps chancing
as they settle in.

Seasonally Affected

Fall equinox is a day away,
here, in the north hemisphere.
A planetary occurrence to test the endurance
of folks who have no affection for snow.

Round and round we go, dimming down,
seasonally affected, light loss expected.
Turning, blind and confined,
in the darkening day.

Under Pressure


Pulling stars out of the sky to mark the time
pretending there is no winter setting in
that I am happy to be a human in '18
on a planet under pressure
pretending it is fun, not grim.


Imagining everything is going to be alright.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs


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

Hi Genna! Thanks for the read. The starlings nesting in my roof are filling me with the sweetest bird songs at dawn, and again at dusk when they fly in to roost for the night. I keep trying to capture it. So happy you can relate.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 11, 2018:

I love the Senryu IV and V... and "chirps chancing as they settle in." Fall has arrived, a prelude to the grey chill of winter. "Dimming down" is so perfect and the rounding of seasons. I love your poetry. Cool music!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on October 27, 2018:

Dear mar, I'm shaken with the sad news today, so near to you. Appreciate your visiting my page, and yes, trying to imagine everything's going to be alright, it's a tough assignment.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 27, 2018:

Dear Verlie,

I'm along side you also "imagining everything is going to be alright".

This is a relatable collection of poetry to me.

I ADORE this musical selection for many reasons. Love & hugs, mar

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

And yes, you got it Rinita, it's cold to the bone. Wish I was there, sounds lovely. Thanks again, appreciate seeing you on Tuesdays.

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

Ah! Where are those other Senyrus? Thanks for making me think Rinita, I will go looking for my wayward friends lol.

Rinita Sen on October 23, 2018:

Ah, I see you hate the chills. I am with you on that. I used to live on the east coast of the US years ago, and I hated those white snow blankets November through March.

By the way, where are senryus 1 through 3?

Beautiful write as always.

manatita44 from london on October 23, 2018:

Yes … yes. I so agree with you! Much Love.

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

Thanks so much manitita, I do love this particular Queen/Bowie collaboration. It's so timeless.

manatita44 from london on October 23, 2018:

Exquisite Senryu's and seasonal poems, with a very powerful very last line.

You seem to like Queen. The lead singer was a genius. Sad demise. Much Love.

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

Hi Mike, thanks for finding this, it got pulled for duplicate content, then languished in limbo for awhile, and I was afraid to touch it, feels unfinished, but you get the gist, anyway, it's been deemed good to go, so maybe I will add a couple more poems, and hope it finds a few readers. Appreciate your always being here! Yeah, this is not my favorite time of year, always whining about it.

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

Hello Verlie - I see you are bracing yourself for gray days and icy nights. Images dance with your poetry, the birds too are preparing. Wonderful to see you publish. Getting ready for a Canadian winter must involve a lot of courage.

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