White Lilacs and Winter Poems

Updated on January 15, 2019
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.


Because my friend has not been well, I wanted to write something to comfort her. In these poems, as in real life, the white lilac is a reminder of her Mother's love.

White Lilacs*

I will love you when White Lilacs bloom in Spring,
and when Roses summer breathes.
I will love you at the Fall.
And when Winter comes -
I will love you
most of all.

*Inspired by Kim Johanna Baker's garden.

White Lilacs II

Scented, snowy, roundly grow,
olive branches where you go.
Perfumed, heated, rippling prayer,
lifting you into the air.
With love so profound
your feet won't touch the ground.

There is a Moon

There is a moon
outside the room
riding high light
bright night sky
stars aligned
fast Earth spins
her wintery rune
to cosmic tune.

Winter Window

Bright blue wings hidden

under green storied branches

ride out the storm's wrath.

Rioting wild red rose hips

free-fall into tumbling sky.

Wood Song

Axe falls on clear wood
sharp scent of cedar kindling,
singing as it falls.

A Poet Writes at Night

Rain whispers wind songs on the window,
a leap of faith lures poet from the pillow
to winnow lines in woolen air.
A poet writes at night, in dim light, without sight.
Night hides the travesty of work week karma,
the worry, and hurry of daytime drama.
Covering, oh so gently the strife.
A poet writes at night.

Photos from Pixabay

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      • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

        Verlie Burroughs 

        4 weeks ago from Canada

        Mark, thank you so much!

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        Mark Tulin 

        4 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        A nice collection, Verlie. These poems have a beautiful fragrance.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        4 weeks ago from Canada

        Dear Maria, Thank you my friend. Your comment warms me!

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        Maria Jordan 

        4 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

        Such a comforting series of poetry for your friend and all of us who are feeling the extreme chills of this winter, dear Verlie.

        You and your writing warms my heart and touches my soul. Love, Maria

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        4 weeks ago from Canada

        Kristen, Thank you. Your reading is much appreciated.

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        Kristen Wettstein 

        4 weeks ago from United States

        I really enjoyed reading all of these. Thank you so much for sharing them.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

        Oh! Thank you Mike, I'm speechless, and, and, well, just speechless!

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        5 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        In Vancover mythology, Calliope / Verile is the muse who presides over eloquence and epic poetry; so called from the ecstatic harmony of her voice.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        6 weeks ago from Canada

        Peg, thank you so much. Been trying lately to capture the sounds of things along with the visual. I'm happy you can hear the rain on the window, it is such a gentle sound. Always appreciate your visits.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        6 weeks ago from Canada

        Rinita thank you again for taking time to read, and comment. You never fail to encourage, blessings Poet.

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        Peg Cole 

        6 weeks ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

        Love each of these beautiful poems, V. One that truly speaks to me is "Rain whispers wind songs on the window." Heard those songs last evening against the west windows. Sweet. Hope your friend's health improves. Nothing better than Mother's love.

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        Rinita Sen 

        6 weeks ago

        You never fail to mesmerize. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be 'Wood song'. The depth in those three lines is unimaginable. Although, if I have to pick a line, it would be 'With love so profound your feet won't touch the ground.'

        Your last poem sure syncs. It reminds me of a time when there were no computers, I was a lot younger, and lines would form in my head past midnight, waiting to be scribbled. I would type them as text messages and send to a friend. Those nights were fun.

        Ah, there's always so much to talk about when you write :)

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        6 weeks ago from Canada

        John thank you so much for reading, Cheers mate!

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        John Hansen 

        6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        What a wonderful and diverse collection of poetry, Verlie. A pleasure to read. I am sure your friend will love them. Well done.

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        Ann Carr 

        6 weeks ago from SW England

        You're welcome.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        6 weeks ago from Canada

        Hi Ann, Thank you, nice to see your comment, you are too kind. Much appreciate your reading, and I've been meaning to get back to you to thank you for looking for that poem I was searching for (months ago!). I did get your message on that.

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        Ann Carr 

        6 weeks ago from SW England

        These poems are sheer bliss to read. Your poetry is so clearly 3D. I love 'rose hips free fall into tumbling sky'; beautiful!


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        Verlie Burroughs 

        6 weeks ago from Canada

        Thank you Bill! Have a great weekend.

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        Bill Holland 

        6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        A beautiful way to end my work week. I love "A Poet Writes at Night"....perfectly captures the inner light we all share.

        Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!


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