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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.



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
like rats
(or ants)
Those days didn't wave
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
And I watched them go.


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

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.


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

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on August 22, 2018:

Thanks LeonhardVaut14, so kind of you to comment.

Jacob Frye on August 22, 2018:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on July 24, 2018:

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

Rinita Sen on July 24, 2018:

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!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on July 22, 2018:

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!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on July 22, 2018:

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.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on July 22, 2018:

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. :-)

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on July 22, 2018:

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

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

manatita! Thank you Poet!

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

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

manatita44 from london on July 21, 2018:

Beautiful poetry! All exquisitely written.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 21, 2018:

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

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

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!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 21, 2018:

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.

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

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!

Ann Carr from SW England on July 21, 2018:

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.


mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 20, 2018:

Good choice.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on July 20, 2018:

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

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on July 20, 2018:

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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