The Road Home Poems

Updated on July 16, 2019
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

The road to work at sunrise...
The road to work at sunrise... | Source

Summer at the Beach

Morning holds its breath,
exhales, ever so slowly,
breathing light. Cloistered
in a cloak of timeless calm.
Starlings rustle in the nest,
Squeaky chirp, soft dawn
wake-up call.

In the evening there is a breeze.
Birds romp in the green boughs
like rocking boats.
Blowy, blousy, banks of buffy clouds
sail on cobalt blue.

Dreamy

A carpet of rose
petals covers garden paths.
Summer unfolding.

Gravitas

Oddly defining,
when the first Alder leaves fall,
one day in July.
Swallows flown. Flowers unfurling.
Half grown kittens scurrying,
underneath the Moon.
Defying gravity.

A Beach Chirpy Dawn

A beach chirpy dawn exhales fragile,
giving heart irresistible joy.
Kissed lightly, musically,
nonsensically, operatically.
Passerine quibbling, robins singing,
thrush, underlying violin,
wending, xylophonic, yin/yang,
Zen.

Note

The last piece is an abecedarian poem – a poem in which the word choice follows the words/order of the alphabet; written for April poetry month 2019.

The others are just some recent scribbling. I got inspired by my friend Rick's photo taken on his way to work in N. Carolina. Thanks Rick!


© 2019 Verlie Burroughs

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    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      Chris, Thanks! Appreciate your reading, and encouraging comment. Summer feels like a million miles away. I'm still at the beach though, and the birds are still chirping at dawn. Winter, the aim is to keep them stocked up with wild bird seed. I'm feeding a big flock of crows (a murder!) jays, mourning doves and chickadees. I have a few poems out of that. Been awhile since I posted. Got to get on it!

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      Chris Mills 

      7 months ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      This is a wonderful collection of poems. I have to admire A Beach Chirpy Dawn because of the qualifications. My favorite is Summer at the Beach because I love summers at the beach.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      10 months ago from Canada

      Mar, thanks lady. I'm sorry I didn't reply to your lovely comment immediately. (And then I forgot to come back). Really appreciate your generous response!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      10 months ago from Canada

      Mar, thanks lady. I'm sorry I didn't reply to your lovely comment immediately. (And then I forgot to come back). Really appreciate your generous response!

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      Maria Jordan 

      10 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Loving that inspirational photograph and the poetry it inspired in you, dear Verlie.

      I'm intrigued by the abecedarian concept and your "A Beach Chirpy Dawn" is perfection.

      Hope all is well with you as summer is winding down. Love, Maria

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      10 months ago from Canada

      Thanks so much Cornelius!

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      Cornelius Nolitta 

      10 months ago from Roma, Italia

      To be just scribbles, a splendid descriptive work came out. I liked it.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Rinita. It's never late for poetry. No rush. Always good to see your feedback, Cheers lady!

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      Rinita Sen 

      11 months ago

      Apologies for getting to this exemplary collection of poems so late. The Haiku is my favorite for its simplicity, although the imagery feels the strongest in the first poem. The last one is a real treat because of the choice of words. Absolutely stunning pieces, my friend.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Thankyou Lori. I am honoured.

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      Lori Colbo 

      11 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Greetings. Due to Ann's most recent work I found you. You are amazing. I love your poetry and look forward to reading more.

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      Ann Carr 

      11 months ago from SW England

      Thank you!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Linda thank you very much for your encouraging words.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Ann, thank you. I admire your creativity!

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your poems, Verlie. They are all excellent, but my favourite is the first one. It's beautiful.

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      Ann Carr 

      11 months ago from SW England

      I've made an attempt to answer your challenge so here is a link:

      https://letterpile.com/poetry/Abecedarian-Poetry-W...

      Hope you like it!

      Ann

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Hello Mike, Quail walking in single file has me intrigued. I had a classmate who workshopped my writing say it was like a fly buzzing in a room once. That was an awkward moment. Thanks so much for your always being there, Hope all is well with you.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Holy Genna, Can I quote you on that? Big grin from ear to ear here. Thank you for your heartening comment.

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      mckbirdbks 

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

      Hello Verlie - Visiting your poetry is always like a little joyous vacation, a walk along a garden path, or watching quail walk in single file. Hope all is well.

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      Genna East 

      11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Verlie, your talented and illuminating words are the truest definition of poetry; they bare open inimitable possibilities of creativity, inspiration and perception, as we better appreciate the world around us. Just superb.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Hi Dora, Thanks so much for reading, and your lovely comment. The birds! The birds have me hypnotized.

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      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      All very beautiful. I love the summer moods and the sight and sounds of the birds. Precious!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Hey Peg, Thanks lady. The abecedarian write was a good workout with my thesaurus. I love the pic too. Makes me want to get back into photography. Good to see you, I owe you a visit.

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      Peg Cole 

      11 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Wow, what a gorgeous view on the way to work!

      And your lovely poems are delightful. How talented you are.

      Loved that last abecedarian one. That must have taken some thought to get all the letters of the alphabet in sequence.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      No pressure eh...

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      Ann Carr 

      11 months ago from SW England

      Ok Verlie. Give me a while, I'll see what I can do!

      Ann

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Geez Bill, You sure know how to make a person feel good. Thanks always for the encouragement.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Ann. Exploring different forms of poetry is good practice. This is the first time I've tried an abecedarian poem. I'll be waiting now to see what you come up with. There's your challenge!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Hey John, Thanks so much for reading. Yes, give it a try, it's kind of fun.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zen indeed, my talented friend. You make me fall in love with poetry over and over and over again.

      Sending your peaceful, loving vibes for the remainder of this week...and beyond!

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      Ann Carr 

      11 months ago from SW England

      Wonderful poetry, as always, Verlie.

      I hadn't heard of an abecedarian poem either; interesting concept. Any alternative structures for poems intrigue me - they give us a challenge to work on!

      I love the concept of 'the road home' too.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Verlie. I enjoyed these pieces. I had never heard of an abecedarian poem before. That was interesting. Maybe I should try writing one.

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