Journeys

Updated on July 20, 2018
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

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Journeys

Poems pass like trains
in the middle of the night.
Journeys underway,
they are carrying heavy freight.
The weight, of our dreams.

The Days

I watched the days jump
ship
like rats
(or ants)
Those days didn't wave
goodbye
They were too high in
the sky
They were too sly.
I saw the ship come in -
the days could not wait
they found life on board too slow?
How could I know?
Those days just up and
went.
And I watched them go.

Driving

I was driving too fast
ran out of gas
too pooped to pass
too cool for class.
Drove to the beach
slept in the cab
woke with a stab
the sun in my eyes
No Camping
said the signs.
I continued to drive
just to keep alive
the hope that I'd survive.
As stories often go,
an angel rode with me
And in blessed mercy,
steered me
home!

Crash Test

When my computer died
I almost cried
I was beside
myself with panic
I was frantic
I thought a quick reset
would fix it,
but it didn't, so old mind set,
I write once again
with a pen.

Smiles

Candle light vigil,
words parachute onto paper
many smiles away.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs

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    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Thanks LeonhardVaut14, so kind of you to comment.

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      Jacob Frye 

      3 months ago

      Had to say... This is quite unorthodox and in a pretty awesome way

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Never too late Rinita! Appreciate your reading, thanks so much! I hope work gets lighter, just on my way...

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      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Oh, I am late in visiting this! Been caved in by work. I loved them all, the first and the last ones the best. Pretty diverse write from you. You have a great range!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Genna, thank you for your thoughtfulness, any writer is lucky to have you as a reader. Cheers to you on this sweet Sunday summer morning!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Maria, thanks again, I just keep moving these poems along. What else are they for? Happy you enjoyed the Rodriguez, new to me too, but really nice eh. Good to see you, appreciate the hugs, you are a warm welcome summer breeze.

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      Genna East 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I love this vignette of poems...have to say that Smiles in my favorite. Like Maria, I can so relate to the computer crash. Thank you for a delightful Sunday morning. :-)

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A thoughtful collection of poetry that I can relate to.

      As scary as those computer crashes are, they can bring clarity and focus - as we return to paper and pen, even for a short while.

      New song and artist - love it and thank you. Hugs, Maria

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      manatita! Thank you Poet!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Hi Peg, thank you lady! You have a way of creating little snippets of joy every time you visit...

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      Beautiful poetry! All exquisitely written.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      You have a way with words creating snippets of joy in small delightful packages. Sweet painting, too.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Good morning Bill! Nice to have you along on the poetry journey...thanks for your note! Regarding writing with a pen, with the sheer volume you produce, I can imagine you would end up with a severe case of writer's cramp! It is interesting, as we age we learn to appreciate all the stuff we could do that we took for granted in our younger days!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This was a pleasurable journey for sure. I do love how you write; the flow is perfect....before my fine motor skills headed south for a permanent winter, I used to write with pen and paper exclusively. Those days are gone.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Hi Ann, appreciate your visit, thanks for commenting on the artwork, I'm not really a painter, but this one kind of withstood the test of time, so I'm really happy you like it. Smiles are the best critique I could imagine, thanks for taking time to read my scribbles!

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      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      These are delightful, Verlie. Each one made me smile in a different way. The painting is lovely; the style fits the content so well - innocence and simplicity.

      I often think about writing with a pen - it's so much easier to see it all laid out. In fact, I often write notes in pencil whilst I'm away from my keyboard and there's something therapeutic about the lead smoothing the paper.

      Wonderful poetry, as always.

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good choice.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Aw, thank you Mike, I'll have the chocolate peanut butter ripple :)

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Verlie - It is such a treat to stop and read your poetry. Like going into an ice cream shop on a warm summer day.

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