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Summertime Haiku and Other Poems

Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.



Summer went away,
hope it comes back soon, flowers
falling in the rain.

Summer Rain

The last seeds planted
sprouting exuberantly
in the summer rain.

A Nest

It is finished this morning
looks well built.
High up under the eaves.
A perfect little cup,
marvelously engineered,
laboriously layered.
A nest!


I've been observing nests this summer, starling, barn swallow, eagle, heron, and crow.


Midnight blue color of Swallow's wings.
O' what longing for alchemy is this?
Words tossed in sleep, as dreamed sing.
To impart upon the page a morning's miss.
The swallow cuts a path across the sky.
Blue on blue, in perfect ellipse,
a flutter of sweeping spirals,
the wanderers fly,
On journeys homeward
through skies of mist.
Ever on the wing, the Swallow is blessed
to gently light, and build a nest.

Reaching Out

The stars were
so bright
last night,
I brought
a cushion
out to
the garden
and looked up a long, long while.


The night is bright darkness,
not a soul, not a whisper,
not a moon ~
only the vast sky full of stars
and the sea murmuring.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on July 21, 2018:

Morning mar, your words are music to my ears, thanks so much lady. Have a good weekend, stay cool.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on July 21, 2018:

Your poetic collections allow my mind to clear and focus on the miracles of nature that are around us, dear V.

What a beautiful rendition of Summertime - the perfect accompaniment.

Thanks for starting this weekend off with peace and beauty. Love, Maria

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on July 15, 2018:

Thank you Mark!

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on July 15, 2018:

nice summery collection

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

Genna, You are so welcome. Thanks for your lovely encouraging response!

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

Beautiful poetry. I especially liked the Haiku, A Nest. And the poem, Wings, is just stunning! Such lovely thoughts of summer, and the creatures nature's gifts that inspire us to see in positive, creative ways that stir the mind and spirit. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

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

Rajan, thank you!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 13, 2018:

Beautiful and vivid. Thank you.

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

Hey Mike, I've been wondering how you are doing? Thanks for your lovely comment. I'm happy you were able to imagine some relief from the heat! Take care my friend.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 13, 2018:

Hello Verlie - When you serenade, everything else stops. You can almost escape the summer heat reading these cool poems.

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

Thank you Peggy Woods! Your reading and lovely comment is so much appreciated, Cheers.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2018:

That summertime song is so nice to hear. You have created many different images of summer, the nighttime skies, birds nests and more with your evocative poetry. I enjoyed reading them.

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

Peggy Cole, so nice to see you busy gal that you be! Thanks so much for the read, happy you could enjoy this, and the music! I have a list of your stories, and writes I want to read (soon!). I'm still savoring the great pleasure of reading 'Looking for a Home'. You are one talented storyteller, that I know. Hope things are going well for you, and you're enjoying summer?

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

Dear Nellieanna thank you once again. Your comments gave me shivers (welcome) and smiles. I could feel the cool well water, an oasis at the ranch, lovely refreshing images! The bird watching is a gift, I'm thrilled to share it, especially with you my friend, always so appreciative of my efforts. Hugs lady!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 12, 2018:

Sweet words to savor the memories of this summer and those of the past. I love the little birds, too. They build such wonderfully detailed nests.

Listening to the Summertime video now. Love that song.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on July 12, 2018:

These are like crystals with healing powers,Verie! Just lovely. I love your poetry, and I'm not a great follower of a lot of poetry. I always come when I see you've posted!

How lovely to observe birds' nests. There is something so elementally REAL about nests. I miss that.

At the ranch, nests were ever available for observation, partly because trees are not so tall and are more wispy (mesquites, mainly). The birds often choose rafters in the barn or holes in poles for nest--building. George and I loved to sit out at morning and evening and watch the birds. Of course, water was limited to the tank where it was pumped from deep in the Earth, so they flew over it, both to grab a gulp and to capture tasty bugs who congregated on the water or around it.

Here, in the city suburbs, the trees may contain nests, but not easily (if any) observable. It's not far from a creek, so wildlife tends to find refuge there, and it's virtually inaccessible to humans, - probably why the animals prefer it!

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

Bill, Good morning, thanks so much for reading! What a sweet comment, makes me smile. I'm never satisfied with my 'poetry'. I just keep trying...

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 12, 2018:

This falls under the category "The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side"....I wish I could write poetry as well as you can.

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

Aw, Rinita. Thanks :)

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

Louise, Thank you. It's a good thing summer is your favorite season, such a heat wave! Been not too hot where I live, but today is supposed to a 'scorcher'.

Rinita Sen on July 12, 2018:

Would be wonderful to hear them. Bring them on, and let's make them fly!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 12, 2018:

They are lovely summertime poems. Summer is my favourite season.

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

Rinita, thank you! You are so fast, visit much appreciated! I don't think you've heard the last of the barn swallows, I've got more waiting in the 'wings' :)

Rinita Sen on July 12, 2018:

Okay so these include some of the pieces you have been posting on 10 word Tuesday. It is lovely to finally read the complete poems. Hard to pick a favorite, but I think I am a bit biased towards your barn swallow story. Amazing write!

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