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Poetry To Go

Updated on May 19, 2020
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

April Poetry Month 2020

Alas! It ended with a crash. Now I'm stuck in Android, and it's like writing in a void. Please bear with me while I compose myself. These poems need somewhere to go. On with the show...

Run Out

Have run out of paper, computer has crashed,
the tablet I borrowed has saved my a**
work is dangerous, we leave home at our peril,
a virus is lurking, its fiendish aim like an arrow.
aimed at you? aimed at me?
It's too late to close the gate,
it's creeping closer, in for closure.
We are all in this together, risking exposure.
In the house, it's okay, as we face a new day,
still the silence is deafening, waiting for the reckoning.
Seeping in, on our skin
on our touch
on our breath
on our clothes
on our shoes
it's on the carpets
on the floors
on the handles of the doors
it's everywhere, omnificent
the killer air is indifferent
the news has stopped
I'm losing contact.
The gloom has lifted momentarily
I accept this warily.
My head is in the sand, only the pen
to make a stand, every movement must be planned
Wash your hands!
The days are different now, melting into Spring
still, it's not a happy thing, bittersweet
the flowers bloom
I can see them from my room.
I hear the rain, I feel the hours
a marked disdain, no time for flowers.
I fear the people around me are not
taking this thing seriously
the same ones that have
always frightened me, running free
it's anarchy!
Disillusioned, in deep confusion
higher power falling into disrepair
too late for prayer?
Rain is roaring, now at morning.

Letting Go

There's no knowing where it's going,
compass is off kilter.
It's May, but you wouldn't know.

Suddenly everything is slow.
A strange isolation
moving back to basics
back to things you know.

A kind of letting go.

Blue redux

Blue as the breast of a jay (wind-up toy roadrunner)

Resting now in the bough of the flowering cherry.

Warmed by the afternoon sun, air faintly scented.

Puffed into a feathery blue ball, showing it all.

I watch from the open door, I am floored.


It doesn't get all flowery
Looks more like shrubbery
Making a screen where the fence ends
A japonica of some sort
A Japanese import?
Strategically placed to add a touch of civility
Out back behind the house along the forest edge
Nondescript greenery just part of the scenery
Where Lillian planted her store bought potted
Primrose in the ground and puttered around.
This long preamble to suggest the years, the
Many summer seasons that I passed right by
The little tree dragging the hoses
On my way to water the roses
I would stop to water the sweet peas
At it's feet in the summer heat
And took no notice of its slow growing.
Until last summer's end when I was startled to see
That shrub loaded down with fruit
Like little green appples
Even at summer's end still not ripe
Still I picked before the bears' arrival
Not sure even a hungry bear would
choose for his survival.
Left them ripen in the window
Of the furnace room for weeks
When the crisp green took on a faint blush
And yellowed, Lillian said it was time
To make jelly, chopped the small fruit
unpeeled it was all pit, not much meat in it
Boiled hard with sugar until it foamed
And turned bright pink she let me skim
The waxy skin, and pour into hot
jars and seal it
At the kitchen sink.
It's Quince I think.

© 2020 Verlie Burroughs


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    • Sankhajit Bhattacharjee profile image

      Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

      10 months ago from MILWAUKEE

      I enjoyed your writing up to the brim.

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      Moshiur Rahman Nishan 

      10 months ago from Rajshahi,Bangladesh

      Wow! very nice!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      13 months ago from Canada

      Thanks so much greg for reading, and leaving your awesome comment.

      Thanks again Sankhajit for taking time to read my poems, and your encouraging words.

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      Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

      13 months ago from MILWAUKEE

      I like 'Run Out'. It's a beautiful narration.

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      greg cain 

      13 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Verlie - these are wonderful pieces all. I do like Quince the best, too, perhaps mostly because I was eager from the title of it to learn what it was, thinking at the start it was 15 and wondering where that would go. I had no idea it would end in sweet jelly. The entire quartet was pretty sweet, actually. Nicely done.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      13 months ago from Canada

      Thanks a lot Denise. Quince I wrote for April poetry month (write a poem about a particular fruit). But I have a whole series of poems about Lillian, an old friend turned 90 this year, and the wonderful experiences that I've had working with her in her garden. Appreciate your reading, and leaving a comment. Means so much to me!

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      Denise McGill 

      13 months ago from Fresno CA

      The quince jelly was my favorite because it was so homey and honestly optimistic. Lovely the way you walked it through a whole season of growing to get the jelly.



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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Thank you kindly Kari.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      14 months ago from Ohio

      These are marvelous! The first so true, the second and third short and sweet, and the last so clever. Thanks!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Thank you manatita, thank you Dora, I'm smiling here reading your lovely comments.

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      Dora Weithers 

      14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Your poems are all excellent. I especially like your lines about nature. Such rich phrases in Quince. Beautifully appealing!

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      14 months ago from london

      Lovely set. Done like a realistic blog, it seems ... a diary of events. A touch of nature and the environment as well as coping mechanisms in practice. Noble effort. That black bird and flowers are really charming!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading, and positive comments Demas, Laurie, Jodian, Sankhajit, Linda, and Mike. Your kind feedback means so much to me. The clear favorite in this bunch is 'Quince' I think. What fun, thanks dear readers.

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      Linda Crampton 

      14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always enjoy reading your poetry. I like all of the poems in this collection, but my favourites are "Letting Go" and "Quince". The first fits this special time very well. The second is an enjoyable look at the quince plant and what it offers us.

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      14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Verlie - This lovely poetry is just what I needed this morning. Coffee and poetry from Verily is a nice combination.

      Stay safe

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      Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

      14 months ago from MILWAUKEE

      interesting to read........fabulous

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      Jodian Patterson 

      14 months ago from Jamaica

      My My My, when it pours out of you, you need to put it somewhere. I like.

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      Laurie S Novak 

      14 months ago from Michigan

      This is a fun read thank you!

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      Demas W Jasper 

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

      Quince is noted for its high levels of pectin. One other Hub writer has written a recipe for Quince Jelly. We have a quince tree perhaps 12 years old. It produces a good supply of its fruit each year, and does blossom very briefly in the spring when winds do its pollinating. Your poem is a fine remembrance of some gardening and a time with Lillian.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Hello Ms Peggy Cole, I can just picture you trying to eat those sour plums, too funny. The Quince jelly is so good, I still have a couple of jars left. Yum. I hope we get more this year. Happy to hear from you, thanks for being here. Hope you're staying safe and well.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Thanks a lot Bill, my Wednesday is going a lot more brilliantly since reading your really really nice comment. Right back at ya Mailman. Oh, and have you heard from manatita? I've lost contact with everyone in the crash.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Hi Rinita, thank you. Grim wins again. What a drag, it is hard to pull oneself out of it. I'm thankful I had the April poetry for a creative outlet, helped me stretch a bit out of my comfort zone. Thanks again, I always appreciate your feedback.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Thanks so much Louise. Hope you are staying well through this ordeal.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Lorna Lamon. Very good to get your feedback, appreciate your good eye. The rhyming gets too much. I can't seem to stop it.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      14 months ago from Canada

      Hey John, thanks for reading. And thanks again for your kind response to my scribble. Poetry month was a bust, but I did manage to write a poem a day, so I may send a few more this way in May (artificial intelligence permiting).

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      Peg Cole 

      14 months ago from North Dallas, Texas

      Love your poetry, particularly the line, "Not sure even a hungry bear would choose for his survival. Reminds me of a shrub we had in Key West called a Governor's Plum. Fruit the size of a large cherry was hidden beneath a bitter skin but, as kids, we ate it anyway.

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There is a frantic nature to "Run Out," which really is a brilliant piece of writing, Verlie. You really are a topnotch poet, you know? It's always a pleasure to read your work.

      Take care of you and have a brilliantly happy Wednesday.

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      Rinita Sen 

      14 months ago

      Dejection and gloom seem to be the theme today, but of course your style does full justice to the situation we are in. Quince was a different go, I particularly loved the multiple enjambments. So totally you. Happy to see your work again.

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      Louise Powles 

      14 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's lovely poetry. I really enjoyed reading your poems.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      14 months ago

      Such a wonderful selection Verlie and I enjoyed each one. Great play on words and amazing rhyming skills. "Run Out' has a sense of running within the lines - loved it..

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Verlie, it is a pity these poems didn't make it for poetry month but I am glad you published them now. Very good poetry, and I especially enjoyed "Quince."


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