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Sea Escape

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.


Sea escape

A wide beach stretches
in water colored sand,
seagulls stand in pools
at the tideline.
Far across the strand
in haloes of snow-capped peaks
young ladies ride on flying horses.
Dogs sniff salty air running
circles around lost leashes
as families search for seashell bounty.
Seaweed and driftwood
shredded salvage, storm washed gold
piled into mountains.

Beach Dogs


Rowing Vivian Home

I'm rowing.
Old Vivian is seated,
perched in the stern.
I watch him as I row.
He has a smile,
wide as the day is long.

"It's so good to be back on my boat," he whispers.

His eyes are on the horizon.
I see behind him in the mist.
An island full of dreams,
phantoms rising like smoke.

I hear them drumming,
singing, mourning.

Vivian is wearing a Sailor's cap,
his suit jacket lapel is covered in WWl Medals.
A warm wool button blanket covers
his ancient shoulders.

"You did a real nice job, fixing
her up.
This should get us to
the island, maybe all the way
home if the tide is good."

He laughs, his almond eyes shining
in the sunrise.


I had an east-coast dory once upon a time.

It was a flat bottom double-ender made of plywood, with a center-board keel and a small sail.

The boat was built by an old friend of mine who copied the design from a dory he discovered while working as a lighthouse keeper.


Oh god the beach was beautiful tonight driving home. Tide way out, miles of sand and puddles with this incredible backdrop of snow pack mountain range across the water. breathtaking.
Wish you were here.


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on July 14, 2018:

Hi Genna, Thanks so much, you made my day!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 14, 2018:

Among my true loves are the ocean and the sea. Your gift of poetry takes us there with all the senses. What a wonderful way to start the day. Perfect. Thank you. :-)

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 14, 2018:

Mar, thank you lady! Sea Dawgs, perfect. I'm just now listening to First Aid Kit, appreciate hearing new sound, angel voices! Sea you later...hugs...

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 14, 2018:

Wonderful theme, thoughts - graced by these gorgeous sea dawgs.

See you at the sea, dear V... Love ya, Maria

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 13, 2018:

Morning Ms Recently Published a Novel! Peg! Good to see ya lady. Thank you so much. Still waiting for your book in the mail, maybe today!? I hope, hope, hope.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 13, 2018:

Boats, beach scenes and dogs, what could be any better? A lovely collection of prose and poetry from the artist's hand, of course. Loved your Beach Dogs and the imagery in Rowing Vivian Home in this Sea Escape. Beautiful.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 12, 2018:

Hello Elle, thanks for finding my page, your kind words most appreciated.

RedElf from Canada on June 12, 2018:

Hey, Verlie - you made me wish I was there, too. Old Vivian most evocative. Thanks for those lovely and enduring images. They make me want more... sounds like the ending or (or the beginning?) of a wonderful story.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 12, 2018:

Thank you Ann, really appreciate your reading. What fun!

Ann Carr from SW England on June 12, 2018:

This is delightful, Verlie, and the photos are wonderful.

All the poems are great and the postcard is a refreshing angle.

I love the Backstory too; it sits well with 'Vivian'.



Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 12, 2018:

Hello Ms Dora, thanks so much for reading, and your encouraging words.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on June 12, 2018:

manatita thank you! Happy you found this to your liking.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 12, 2018:

I like the vivid descriptions, making us see what you see. Well done!

manatita44 from london on June 12, 2018:

Powerful poetry and awesome observations. I love the post card and the conversation is cool!

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

Hey Peggy, I'm happy you enjoyed. What a treat to read your sweet comment...

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

Nellieanna! I'm just ecstatic to have you read my words and respond so generously. I feel so lucky that you are here. And I love that you respond with stories of your own. The old vet here is a real person who I knew as a child over (mumble incoherent) years ago. He was a character who would row his boat to town to get groceries, a trip that could take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on the wind and tide. Later in my life I came into possession of the replica of his original boat, and I rowed to town in it (only just across the bay).

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

Hello Mike, you always say the nicest things...Thank you my friend.

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

Hi Rinita, thanks for your lovely comment! The dogs were being baby-sitted by me, they got all tangled up as I tried to take a picture, lots of fun :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 11, 2018:

Your poetry had me hearing the calls of seagulls, sniffing the salty air and imagining myself with my toes in the sand strolling along a beach searching for seashells. Nice!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on June 11, 2018:

Verlie!! Every word paints the picture, including young ladies flying across the beach on horses, and the dog's sniffing the salty air. Every entity and sensory response you've painted in fitting smooth, quiet tones. Couldn’t be any other or better way. I adore that poem.

The one about the old veteran, too. I feel I know him and can empathize. Reminds me of my George, though he was a WWII Navy vet and loved his own old bass boat. I love your vet’s sharing humor about “maybe” making it all the way home if his old boat holds up.

Most of all, I could feel your feeling for it all. Masterful. And it's 'just right' - enough for this sitting. Maybe more in others.

Most of all, I could feel your feeling for it all. Masterful. And it's 'just right' - enough for this sitting. Maybe, hopefully, more in others.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 11, 2018:

Hello Verlie - Your poetry is like a magic wand; it lifts us and carries us off. The beach is lovely and your words float about.

Rinita Sen on June 11, 2018:

The poems are personable, and paint a serene picture.

The picture of the dogs reminds me of a retriever a friend had for a long time.. are those yours? Oh, and gorgeous beach!

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

Bill, thanks so much! There's more to this story, but I had problems editing this morning, so I decided to go with what was on the page. Later dude. :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 11, 2018:

Love that first pic...the beach draped in fog....fuel for a writer's heart. I've lived on the coast most of my life (we consider the Puget Sound to be an inland sea, so allow me this), and I never grow tired of the water, the beach, the changing landscapes....I'm with you, my friend.

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