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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.


Bathing Beauty

He was all
puffed up from
his bath,
looked like
he had a
little towel
his middle
if you can
a baby
a black towel
made of feathers

Run Sparkle!

Bedraggled by rain
scuffed by crows, the bald eagle
eyes an old house cat.

August 2018

Counting tomatoes, and early potatoes.
Snap peas, beet greens, and fuzzy broad beans.
Flowers and fruit, nestled in bowers,
Zucchini blossoms, yellow bouffant pillows.
Tiny cucumbers pickles on the vine.
Red currant jelly in the jars!
Hydrangea, mad, blue bombastic.
Shasta daisy tall and shady.
Astilbe pink, fog of baby's breath.
Clematis pouring purple overhead.
Roses pouting scented smiles,
sweet pea and lavender, airy wiles.
White snapdragon, cosmos, petunia.
Sunny yellow marguerite, Dahlia buttoned bright.
Climbing roses threaded through honeysuckle...
Purple clover dusted in bees.
Deer nibbled scarlet runner beans!
Leaf lettuce, parsley, cress.
Ribbons of self-heal, heliotrope in baskets,
double impatiens, grand geraniums, lofting lobelia.
Along roadsides too,
pearly everlasting, fireweed, and pussy-toes!

Summer Song

When We Were Young We Had No Time To Care

When we were young we had no time to care
We didn't know we couldn't turn back the clock
Now youth is gone, we wish we would have dare
'Cause with every step we lose a little ground.

If I could do it all again I would
Love my parents better for what they gave
I would fight instead of run from those who stood
For backwoods redneck reckoning in my way.

I'd be a better judge for what is wrong
I'd never let a day pass without love
I'd memorize the words to every song
An' push harder when push came to shove.

I'd kiss the ground where love first blessed me
And carve our initials in the Willow tree.



© 2018 Verlie Burroughs


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on April 29, 2019:

Thanks Mark. I almost forgot about these poems!

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on April 29, 2019:

A beautiful and heartfelt collection, Verlie. Perfect for a rainy day.

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

Li-Jen, Thank you, I appreciate the feedback, enjoyed your comments.

Li-Jen Hew on September 18, 2018:

Hey Verlie. Youth is gone but your special message is here to give an impact on the young. Youth can also be within and your poem shows your cute personality. Bathing Beauty was a tricky one because people may imagine something else before knowing that it's actually a crow. I like the surprise.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 09, 2018:

Dear Kim, Good to see you, I appreciate your reading so much, and your warm blessings, right back at ya Poet! Your support is awesome.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 09, 2018:

Audrey, thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment. I'm touched that these writings resonate with you, it is encouraging to hear your feedback, Ciao lady.

Kim Baker on September 09, 2018:

Wonderful to read your most beautiful poetry written from the heart of love. Hoping you are well Verlie. God Bless you..kimx

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 08, 2018:

Your talent for writing poetry is amazing! Each poem awakens memories of the past and feelings I've tucked away. Thank you!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 01, 2018:

Hey Paula, your comment reads like poetry, thank you so much for letting me know you can relate, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Thank you for taking time to read my scribble.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 01, 2018:

Merci beaucoup Elle!

Suzie from Carson City on September 01, 2018:

Verlie......From start to finish, all are impressive

Your words give more meaning to live

"When we Were Young," touched my heart

Found me recalling right back to the start

Out of the blue, it made me cry

For every sad & damned Good Bye.......................

Amazing work, Verlie.............Paula

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on September 01, 2018:

Thank you Maria, having you read means so much to me, hugs right back at ya lady!

RedElf from Canada on September 01, 2018:

Beautifully done Verlie, as always

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 01, 2018:

Your poetry makes me stop in my tracks and really think - quietly.

Whether intentional or not, your poetry is deeply healing, dear Verlie.

Love you and your thoughtful poetry collections - listening to one of my favorite S & G now. Hugs, Maria

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

Dora, thank you so much, I am honored.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 31, 2018:

Excellent variety and all in good taste. This is genius!

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

Genna! I'm taking a deep breath and curtsey, thank you Ma'am, you spur me on!

Genna East on August 28, 2018:

Oh Verlie...I do hope you have your poetry published. You ply, tweak, spur and stir the imagination in wonderful and refreshing ways. You have a unique talent that should be shared with everyone.

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

Dear Ann, it's ok really, don't feel bad. I know, I did the same thing here not long ago, I totally understand how it can happen, thanks so much for kind words!

Ann Carr from SW England on August 28, 2018:

Sorry! I don't know how that happened! Maybe the name under my comment was just in my head. How embarrassing!

Notwithstanding, I was stunned by your superb work.


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

Good morning Peg, thanks for the read, I'm happy you like. The roses are always posing for a poem!

Rinita Sen on August 28, 2018:

Fun with Ann, indeed. I like the metaphor - mother calling her children.

Ann - Verlie and I don't mind at all. We are sort of poetry sisters.

Verlie you are going strong with your sonnets, I love that. I am yet to write my second one, sigh! This should inspire.

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

Hello Ann, Haha I know you meant Verlie. I did this recently myself with Rinita, what fun, like Mom calling her kids by the wrong name.

I appreciate your enthusiastic comments, Wow! Nice to know you can relate. The roses were so amazing this year here.

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

Hi Rinita, I'm happy to see you. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. It is definitely a mixed bag. Had to sneak a Sonnet in, and the garden. Poems are everywhere!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 28, 2018:

These were delightful. I particularly liked the August poem and the imagery in "Roses pouting scented smiles."

Ann Carr from SW England on August 28, 2018:

Absolutely stunning! You have such a way with words and manage to put so much meaning into every line, creating images which make me smile or laugh. For example, 'Roses pouting scented smiles' evokes those large English tea roses I have in my garden - I can smell them as I sit here reading your words and I see their faces!

Thank you for lifting my heart this morning, Rinita!


Rinita Sen on August 27, 2018:

This bag is full of "read between the lines" wonders. So full of vivid imagery, the first two, with so many veggies and fruits I never knew about. The third one is hard truth, and resonates surely with everyone. The fourth one is typically and beautifully you, if you know what I mean :)

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

Mike, thanks so much.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 27, 2018:

My friend - Your poets voice radiates from the page.

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

Hey Bill, thanks for reading, and your lovely comment. Best wishes right back at ya!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 27, 2018:

Verlie, you are seriously talented, my friend. I felt each one, on a physical and emotional level, and that's what is expected of powerful writing.

Wishing, for you, a brilliant last week of August!

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