There's a Poem on Every Page

Updated on March 9, 2018
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

A Collection of New Poems

Burning the midnight oil circa 1980's
Burning the midnight oil circa 1980's

There's a Poem on Every Page

There's a poem on every page
you haven't written yet.
There's a line that rhymes with love
but you haven't found it yet.
You try harder as you age,
to pen that lost elusive phrase.
There's a poem on every page.
There's a line that rhymes with love
but you haven't found it yet.

Prelude, Haiku

Birds rustling in the roof
brooding, airy morning song
squeaky violin!

Cat Nap

There's a cat napping
on the couch.
He's got all four feet
in the air,
not a care.

Pension Day at The Barber Shop

Seniors line up at the Barber Shop,
a flurry of furry grey.
There's a bright red scooter parked
under the blue and white spinning pole.
The place is buzzing.
The Barber is laughing.

My friend Simon exits with
a shiny pate, and a clipped smile.
He's got a spring in his step.
"The Barber is telling stories," he says.
"He's got the gift of the gab."

Across the street,
Stink Creek Café is busy too.
The parking lot is full.
A tall lanky man, with
a winter's worth of wool on top
gingerly folds himself back into his car,
and drives away.

Eternity

Turned cold tonight.
Diamond stars are bright
in the crystal clear
black shimmering light.
Stepped out on the porch
to catch a glimpse
of eternity.

My Dash

My dash wasn't good
Ran too fast
Made a little splash
Ran right past
Things meant to last

I'm so happy to be sharing these poems with friends. It's been awhile.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs

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      Verlie Burroughs 5 weeks ago from Canada

      Thanks Tom, smiles are good. :)

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      Tom Cornett 5 weeks ago from Ohio

      I love reading poetry that gives me smiles. You have smiles here. :)

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Dream On, thank you. Poets read and write around the clock. I appreciate your visit on World Poetry Day!

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      DREAM ON 2 months ago

      So special and bringing out the pleasant feelings inside of me. I enjoyed your hub. Thank you for sharing. Even though it is 1:35 in the morning here poems make the day seem bright all over again. Have a great day.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Kari, thanks so much! All these poems are new, I'm excited about writing. Waking up in the middle of the night with lines that come from I don't know where. I'm happy you can relate. The first poem is about that.

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      Kari Poulsen 2 months ago from Ohio

      I love your poems! I especially like the first one. It strikes a chord deep inside me.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Oh! Genna, thank you so much. My words are nothing without you, the reader. That you feel a friend in this is such an affirmation.

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      Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I just love your distinctive vision...your words are like friends that take us by the hand and encourage us to look at life with such a unique awareness. This is wonderful poetry. :-)

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Harish, appreciate your reading, and encouraging comment. Regarding the carefree cat, yes, what a life.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 months ago from New Delhi , India

      Hi Verlie , I enjoyed these beautiful poems. Reading these poems, I felt as if everything is happening just before me. I love that carefree cat too. Sometime, we guys too long for such abandon in life.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Hey Peg, You are too kind, loved that you could relate to the Barber Shop poem. You have so many skills in your repertoire, amazing. Yes, Cat Nap has a special place in my heart too. So happy to see your comments. The photo has a bit of a story behind it. It was taken in the newspaper office I worked at (my Lois Lane days). The power went out that day, so we kept writing by candlelight (deadline!). Now, I must get over and see how Cookie and the Strays are doing. Thanks so much Peg.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Ms Nellieanna, thank you! You are a poet's dream come true. Glad you liked the tall lanky man who missed out on his haircut. I wonder if he ever got it. This whole Barber Shop thing is new to me. But Simon, who is a client I work with (helping out with house-keeping, getting him to appointments, that kind of thing) anyway, Simon goes to get his 'haircut' every pension day, so I've been getting a bird's eye view as they say. I'm glad you liked Ryan Adams too. Good to see you lady.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      AA, thank you!

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      Peg Cole 2 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your poems are lovely filled with topics of everyday life. Loved "Pension Day at the Barber Shop" and the winter's worth of wool. Reminded me of when I went to Beauty School and the seniors and the poor would come in for $2 haircuts. "Cat Nap" is probably my favorite poem. Not a care. Also loved "My Dash."

      Listening now to the music video. I already love the guitar music and the song which is new to me.

      And the photo of you is priceless. Love everything about this one, V.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear, dearest Verlie! What a pleasurable collection of your special inspiration! I love your subtle imagery and backgrounds.

      These words and lines are pure genius:

      A tall lanky man, with

      a winter's worth of wool on top

      gingerly folds himself back into his car,

      and drives away.

      Wow.

      And - how true that beholding the clear, crystal night sky is a glimpse of eternity! How amazing to be a small pinpoint of all that.

      I didn’t previously know Ryan Adams, but what a perfect audio accompaniment to these special poems. His low-key presence reminds me of someone very dear to me, too.

      I'n so happy that you’re writing and posting!!

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      Augustine A Zavala 2 months ago from Texas

      Awesome collection! Thank you for sharing.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Hello Mike, Thank you...My Dash sad, but true. Had a moment of morbidity writing my own epitaph, definitely wouldn't want to leave that chore to anyone else! So happy you enjoyed the new poems. Hoping I'm on a roll.

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Hey Jamie, my poet friend. Good to see you, we all need each other's words to keep the poetry burning bright

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Thank you so much Bill!

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      Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Maria, I would love to hang out with you anywhere. Happy that you're here, and so appreciating the encouragement.

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      mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Verlie - What a treat this morning. A bouquet of poetry, both breezy and bright. 'My Dash' is such a potent piece, short but strong and telling. Thank you for sharing.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 months ago from Reno NV

      What a wonderful read! I have missed your words. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You see the world through the eyes of a writer/poet, and the visions you share with us are beautiful.

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      Maria Jordan 2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Verlie,

      I am wondering when you will compile your poetry - it would make a book I would dearly treasure... as I do these poems here today.

      Your poetry ... "Things meant to last", yes!

      How I would love to hand out with you and listen to music by the fire - love me some Ryan Adams, having only discovered him over this last year.

      Thanks for this morning escape. Love and hugs, mar

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