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There's a Poem on Every Page

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

Comments

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on August 13, 2018:

Thank you!

Fatima ahmad on August 13, 2018:

Amazing

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 31, 2018:

Jill, thank you for reading, and your enthusiastic response. I'm happy you enjoyed. Cheers

Jill Spencer from United States on May 31, 2018:

I'm a great lover of poetry, too-- as a reader, not as a writer. I absolutely love these lines of yours: "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." The vivid imagery in the first stanza of "Pension Day" delighted me as well, as did the word play and movement in Stanza two. Reading something so well made really lifts the spirit. I'm so glad I came to this page today.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on April 14, 2018:

Thanks Tom, smiles are good. :)

Tom Cornett from Ohio on April 13, 2018:

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

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

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

DREAM ON on March 21, 2018:

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.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 12, 2018:

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.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on March 12, 2018:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 10, 2018:

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.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on March 10, 2018:

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. :-)

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 08, 2018:

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

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on March 08, 2018:

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.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 07, 2018:

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.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 07, 2018:

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.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 07, 2018:

AA, thank you!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 07, 2018:

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.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on March 07, 2018:

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!!

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on March 07, 2018:

Awesome collection! Thank you for sharing.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 07, 2018:

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.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 07, 2018:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 07, 2018:

Thank you so much Bill!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on March 07, 2018:

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

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 07, 2018:

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.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on March 07, 2018:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 07, 2018:

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

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on March 07, 2018:

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