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!


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    © 2019 Verlie Burroughs

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      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        3 weeks 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 

        3 weeks 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 

        4 weeks ago from Canada

        Thankyou Lori. I am honoured.

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        Lori Colbo 

        4 weeks 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 

        4 weeks ago from SW England

        Thank you!

      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        4 weeks ago from Canada

        Linda thank you very much for your encouraging words.

      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        4 weeks ago from Canada

        Ann, thank you. I admire your creativity!

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 weeks 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 

        4 weeks 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 

        4 weeks 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.

      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        4 weeks 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 

        4 weeks 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 

        4 weeks 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.

      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        5 weeks 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 

        5 weeks 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 

        5 weeks 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 

        5 weeks 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 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

        No pressure eh...

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        Ann Carr 

        5 weeks ago from SW England

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

        Ann

      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

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

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        5 weeks 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!

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        5 weeks 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 

        5 weeks 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 

        5 weeks 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 

        5 weeks 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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