Things Have Changed

Updated on April 18, 2020
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

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Flowers Scuffed by Bees

Tiny
footprints in
the yellow powder.

The
Bee's knees
are dusty too.

Pollinating
feverishly doing
what Bees do.

Note

NaPoWriMo Day 10 prompt: Write a 'Hay(na)ku; the hay(na)ku is a variant on the haiku. A hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza, where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words.

Canadian Gothic

A ghostly cold crept in through the walls.
Night lasted past morning time.
The deflated moon limped eerily along
like a ship without a rudder.
A lone jay called through the dark
as if to say wake up it's day.
I followed its squawking out
into the violet scented gloom,
as I went to spread some corn around,
And nearly tripped over the body
of my brother Don, who'd fallen
drunk among the bracken.
Lord love a duck!
Don get off the ground you'll
freeze your ass get crackin!
He crawled on all fours in through the door
and collapsed in the middle of the floor.
I threw a blanket on him and he
shivered and asked for rum.
What the feck you doin out there Bro
Don't you know the war is on?
Sit up boy, here's your gun.

Then I woke up with a start.
It was a dream Jean, you worry wort,
I told myself.
The jays were agitating
As I lay contemplating.
A new day was dawning, and the sky sang
yellow.
All was mellow.

Then Mr Hunt came up the rise
with his Post bag at his side.
Good morning Jean you look a sight
Here's a letter from your brother
I was sure I heard you say he passed away.
You look a fright, like you seen a ghost
What's the matter ?
I looked back in the room and saw
my brother in the chair.
How could he be there? When he died
in the war?
Mr. Hunt, I cried, That's him inside!
He just laughed,
You are mistaken!
What kind of drug have you been taking?
As he turned and walked away
I saw the sun was setting.
And I watched with dismay as the blue jay flew away.
When I went back inside the house
there was no one there
except an empty chair.
It whispered to me
You need a rest, you've gone quite loonie.
Take a load off now,
We'll sort this out somehow come Tuesday.

Note

The Day 5 prompt was arduous asking you to include 20 specific poetic devices. For example:
Begin the poem with a metaphor.
Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
Use an example of false cause-effect logic.


Things Have Changed

Frail and Astonishing

A baby is born
an old man passes forlorn
a first breath
and a last [death]
laughter and crying
living and dying
upon the frailly astonishing
hazel.

Note

In this last poem surprising results came from collaborating with an online poetry generator. Who knew?

Self-Portrait

I linger at the lavender
crush it without rush
inhale it's amethyst ardor
trusting with my touch.

Note

Write a self-portrait poem in which you make a specific action a metaphor for your life – one that typically isn’t done all that often, or only in specific circumstances. .

That's all for now. Thanks for reading!

© 2020 Verlie Burroughs

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    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Gnite, sweet dreams.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Seems so. Off to bed any moment. 01: 08 here. Good night.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      3 months ago from Canada

      Hi manatita, thank you very much. Must be late there. Are you burning the midnight oil?

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Excellent! Self-portrait appeals to me a lot. Succinct and charming. very vivid too.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      So true Demas.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      If none of our dreams, fell apart down our lives' seams, there'd be fewer screams.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      Thanks so much for reading. And many thanks for your kind comment.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      4 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      So beautiful. If only world leaders could arise so fully to their challenges, as you have to yours!

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      Muhammad Faisal 

      5 months ago from Faisalabad, Pakistan

      very nice

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Hello Mar, been thinking about you, hope you are staying well and safe, Appreciate your always warm presence. Thank you my friend.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Thanks Lora, appreciate your reading and kind comment!

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I'm particularly drawn to Canadian Gothic and Bob Dylan - thanks for both, dear Verlie.

      Love you and hugs,

      mar

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      Lora Hollings 

      5 months ago

      Sounds like quite a challenge, and you certainly rose to meet it, Verlie. I really like your originality, beautiful verse, and the vivid imagery of your poems. My favorite is Canadian Gothic. Great work!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Hi Dora! Thank you, that was the one thing I wasn't sure if I had accomplished because I failed miserably at logic in University (embarrassing). Can you tell me how I used it? I'm not seeing it, but I know I tried really hard to grasp the concept, so maybe I did it without knowing? No rush for a reply, I'm just curious where you see that. I might learn something here. That would be nice.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      It seems that you met the challenges effectively. I especially like the example of the false cause effect logic in the first poem. Well done!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Hello Eric, Thanks for the empathetic read. Good to see you, hope you are well, and riding out the storms safely.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Hi Kari, Thank you much, hope you're doing good too. Take care.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Morning Bill, you honour me with your patronage. I'm going to take your compliment and run with it. Thanks so much.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Thanks Muhammad, kind of you to comment.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Hi Li-Jen. Thank you. I appreciate your feedback, It's always refreshing to see your take on things.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Holy! I've got mail, thank you each of you. Can't reply at the moment. Have to write a 'Triolet' still today. I promise to come back asap. This poetry thang is a tough gig. Who knew?

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderfully done, each so different I cannot pick a fav. Tough challenge, well done.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      5 months ago from Ohio

      I enjoyed these, especially "Canadian Gothic". I hope you are well, Verlie. Stay safe!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are something else. "The deflated moon"...little gems like that make me wonder if you are another species of writer, and I mean that as a huge compliment.

      Happy Easter,Verlie! Thank you for your friendship!

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      Muhammad Faisal 

      5 months ago from Faisalabad, Pakistan

      This is really very beautifully arranged.

      very good work.........

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      5 months ago

      Hi Verlie, thanks for sharing the poems. You did well for each challenge. I like the originality in your poems because the rhymes are endearing as if your poems give off a nice fragrance through the harsh reality. And the self-portrait poem's simplicity makes it sweet and deep. Nice one.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Thanks John, the prompts really make you stretch which is kind of exciting for me, I need the challenge.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Loved all these poems, Verlie. They are all so diverse in subject an style. These prompts were certainly a great challenge and you nailed them. Well done.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Hi Lorna! So nice to see your lovely comment from another writer here who I admire. Fun that you imagined the Bees wearing boots, that's so cute. Once again I am impressed with how much the reader shares in the 'making' of the poem. Thanks for your good wishes. Right back at ya lady.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 months ago

      Wonderful poems Verlie and each poem had its own unique challenge which you kicked out of the box. I loved "Flowers Scuffed by Bees" and I had images of little bees wearing boots. "Canadian Gothic" had a classic feel to it - very impressive. A great collection beautifully written. Stay safe and keep well.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      Thank you!

      Ann

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Ann, Thank you very much, so nice to see your comment. The NaPoWriMo website is easy to find, and posts a new prompt and resources each day in April. I will add a link once this page gets through the QA process. It's worth checking out for sure.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Hi Rinita, you should see me smiling at your sweet comment. I'm so happy you came along today to read. Yes the ten word poem came in handy, I would have been stuck without it. You take care too my friend.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Hello Jamie, good to see you again this April. Thanks for the encouraging words. And thanks for the update! I see you've been posting, and I am looking forward to reading your new poems, over the next few days and weeks. I'm happy we can take this journey together.

      I am staying well, we haven't been as hard hit as many others. We are being asked to stay home except to work, and necessary outings.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      Absolutely brilliant! You've done an amazing job in complying with the conditions. I didn't realise there was a poetry version of the WriMo day!

      'Canadian Gothic' is outstanding. Well done!

      Ann

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      Rinita Sen 

      5 months ago

      Brilliance is shining through all of them Verlie. You cracked some really tough challenges there. The first one, I've read before, in 10 word Tuesday, I remember. Loved it then, love it now. The gothic one gave me a sort of Robert Frost feel. Stay well and continue to churn out more brilliant work dear friend.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 months ago from Reno NV

      All of your poems here are awesome! You did an incredible job with each challenge! I am glad that I remember your poetry from years ago and can think upon how your style has polished and your skill improved, exponentially. I talked with Thomas yesterday, thoughtsandwiches, when was that 2011? Anyways he is working as a mechanic for a mutual friend and does not write much anymore. He survived cancer! I am doing well with the kiddos, so much has changed yet stayed the same. I hope you are well Verlie and thanks for the great poems. Jamie

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