Solstice Ironic

Updated on June 25, 2019
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.


Solstice Ironic

The Summer solstice came, and went so quick,
A day like any other, only longer.
She stayed at home abed, for most of it,
Languishing, and wishing she were stronger.
Dreaming of the flowers she would pick,
In years gone by, when she was younger.
The scent! Ah, the scent would make her giddy.
And her heart yearned for that now, such a pity!

In the evening, she took a little walk,
Along the garden way, she feebly wandered.
Pink, perfect posies, poised on every stalk!
With mournful gaze, she could only ponder,
Why silk, and satin petals, seemed to mock,
In colours, bright as freshly laundered.
And, how gifts, as beautiful as these,
Had lost their power, to set her soul at ease.

Rosebuds open, red, and pink, stunning the senses.
Bright blue, feathery jays, puff out their plumage.
Blushed orbs, yellow cherries' swelling commences.
Dashing black, sleek trickster Crows, pay her homage,
Cackling loudly, along the picket fences.
As papery breeze, rustles leaves, in green collage.
Still, this Solstice beauty, only makes her pine;
For the days when she felt joy, in summertime.

The poem, and the Lovin' Spoonful song seemed to come together in my head at the same moment...


I was trying my hand here at ottava rima; an Italian verse form with abababcc rhyme scheme. A familiar form used by Lord George Byron. My apologies to Byron...

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      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        12 days ago from Canada

        Mike, Thank you for your kind appreciation. It's always good to see you. I'm happy that you think I'm bold, that's amazing. I hope your barrel is holding!

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        12 days ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello Verlie - You are such an adventurous poet, trying an, ottava rima; an Italian verse form with abababcc rhyme scheme. Very bold. Oh, the gardens of our youth, were have all the flowers gone. As always, your poetry moves me. Your song selection rich with memories and your talent on display for all of us.

        Sorry that I am late. Seems it is my turn rolling down the mountain in a barrel.

      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        2 weeks ago from Canada

        Dear Genna, I am blushing, thank you so much.

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        Genna East 

        2 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        The seasons pass, in our memories, as we try to grasp the flush sweetness of a bloom. Verlie, I must sound like a broken record, but I so love your poetry. Beautiful! And the sweet sadness of the music -- even the chord change -- perfect!

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks ago from Canada

        Venkat, thanks so much for reading, and your encouraging comment.

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        Venkatachari M 

        3 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

        A beautiful poem with an interesting take on the withering old-age. I enjoyed your portrayal of it all.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks ago from Canada

        Thank you so much Nell!

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        Nell Rose 

        3 weeks ago from England

        That was beautiful! I could see it, and the sadness of old age or illness. It is such a poignant poem, loved it!

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks ago from Canada

        Aw, thank you Peg, I'm smiling at your lovely comment! Your Dad was so wise. The roses smell delicious at this time of year, I love it!

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        Peg Cole 

        3 weeks ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

        Your verses bring such joy along with a wisp of sadness, too, as we recognize our younger selves and the things we can no longer do with ease. It reminds me of the many times my dad said, "Stop and smell the roses." Loved your nostalgic music selection as well. Haven't heard that one in a long while.

        Oh, and the photo. How beautiful! Smiling at your talent.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks ago from Canada

        Hello Ian! What a beautiful compliment. Good to see you old friend. Now, if only Nellieanna would drop by, miss you guys. Write me a poem eh.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks ago from Canada

        Eric, Thank you very much. Your encouragement is appreciated.

      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks ago from Canada

        Hey Bill, Good to see you on this stroll. I'm happy you enjoyed.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks ago from Canada

        Dear Mar, Thank you for your kind response. Peace to you too, today, and every day...

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks ago from Canada

        Lorna, Thanks so much!

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        Twilight Lawns 

        3 weeks ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

        Hello, my lodestone.

        Did you realise that I cannot pass by if I see you have published on HubPages?

        No apologies to George Byron; I liked what I read. It expresses much that we have missed or yearn for. Things scents, emotions and pleasures of the past.



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        Eric Dierker 

        3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I like it Verlie. Thank you for sharing it.

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        Bill Holland 

        3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I don't think apologies are needed, Verlie! I found this to be an enjoyable stroll through your mind, and I thank you for allowing me to walk with you.

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        Maria Jordan 

        3 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

        Dear V,

        Your poetry opens my mind to the beauty of Mother Nature's changing seasons.

        Your hydrangea bush is glorious and this "blast from the past" song is the perfect accompaniment.

        Have a peaceful day. Love, Maria

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        Lorna Lamon 

        3 weeks ago

        A beautiful very poignant poem and the music is a perfect fit. Lovely writing.


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