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White Lilacs and Winter Poems

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.

Musical Interlude

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

© 2019 Verlie Burroughs


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 12, 2019:

Dear Kim, thank you for your beautiful comment. I am honoured to have you read.

Kim Johanna Baker on May 12, 2019:

I have been reading your most beautiful poetry for an hour. Verlie every word is like a sublime brushstroke of a soulful artist who uses a quill and not a canvas. Your imagery is truly a joy to see, feel, and read... thank you...Kim x

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on May 05, 2019:

I'm giving this page a 'boot' in honour of Mothers' Day.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on February 25, 2019:

Genna, your comment is pretty breathtaking for me, thank you so much.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 24, 2019:

Such beautiful lines, Verlie! Your poetry often takes my breath away.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 23, 2019:

Mark, thank you so much!

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on January 23, 2019:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 22, 2019:

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

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 22, 2019:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 19, 2019:

Kristen, Thank you. Your reading is much appreciated.

KnWettstein from United States on January 19, 2019:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 14, 2019:

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

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 14, 2019:

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

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 12, 2019:

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.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 12, 2019:

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

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 12, 2019:

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.

Rinita Sen on January 12, 2019:

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 :)

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 11, 2019:

John thank you so much for reading, Cheers mate!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 11, 2019:

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

Ann Carr from SW England on January 11, 2019:

You're welcome.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 11, 2019:

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.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 11, 2019:

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


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on January 11, 2019:

Thank you Bill! Have a great weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 11, 2019:

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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