a trillion wonders wake me soon
beguiling time and time again
in recompense i deftly swoon
to leave behind all hurt and pain
resisting nothing, ebb or flow
i ask to see and pray to know…

for none so fine as what would sing
in heartfelt open morning joy
be tempered not by man or thing
or what the base would soon destroy…
be nimble now in sacred shade
to honour what is eden made…

with growing numbers breaking chain
advances drawn and truth be told
a single time could soon remain
where none would leave, and none grow old…
no threat could do with sullen flame
the healing light, the lulling name…

to languish fair behind such gate
and wander down the paths of rite
a consecrated hint of fate
could keep the angels close at night
and wondrous questions, dashing deep
the sacred substitute for sleep…

in mortal thought a perfect storm
remained in sight, malign behest
where menace comes to speak the norm
through clever uninvited guest…
and wary be the soul tonight
who hides in mirth but deals in might…

for seeking true my wave is thrust
i find the drift and labour on
and even though i know i must
retreat at some whose veil is drawn
i have been tutored to revere
the trillion wonders present here…

BLC 12/06/10

About Burton Cummings

Recipient, Order of Canada & Order of Manitoba. Voice & Songwriter: American Woman (6m+ plays), These Eyes, (5m+ plays) & Stand Tall.


  1. Lynette Taylor says

    It seems to me it is good to “wary be the soul tonight
    who hides in mirth but deals in might…”
    as there seems to be tremendous unrest in the world as the the Age of Aquarius is about to dawn. It does my soul good to read your poetry. There is always something important hidden in a line or a verse somewhere. Thank you for sharing this one, Burton.

  2. Kevin Hollingshead says

    Poems, song lyrics and even your musings are works of art. Thank you for sharing your gifts!

    • Gail L. Ballantyne says

      Hi Burton
      I am trying to figure out how to use this site.
      Glad you are back online.
      Thank you for encouraging me to keep on writing. I used to write poetry, but now mostly write song lyrics.I sent you that song/poem “One More Chance”. I have a couple of singers / musicians that are interested in my writing. I will be at your October 3rd concert in Prince Albert, and am really looking forward to it. Perhaps we could meet and I could show you my song lyrics.
      I ❤️ Your 🎼🎼🎼 Wishing you all the best. ❤️

  3. Blanche Somers says

    Just like fine wine my old friend,
    Your voice and song are rich and touch the taste buds of my mind .

  4. Christine Campbell says

    Such a lovely poem. I hope it will be included in the second volume of your poetry.

  5. Heather says

    So nice to read your poetry again. Thanks for sharing ❤️ And coming back online. We have all missed you.

  6. Carolyn Bembridge says

    At your concert inMoncton some months ago you told a story of how you played the roulette table winning for a band member, putting down $20 on number 11, won about $750, and then played your band members $20, likely you remember the story. It was pretty funny After your concert my two girlfriends and I thought it would be fun to do the same. Into the casino we went and put $20 on number 11 at the first roulette table we saw. Believe it or not, number 11 was the winner!! We were beyond excitement with our win of $720!, so thanks Burt, we did it on a whim, and really won. True story.

    • Clara says

      I was present that evening when Burton told the audience , that’s a really cool story flowing Carolyn, always nice to receive some cash , especially on a whim that would never have happened if not for Burton… in the trillion wonders of Burton’s poetry therein lives a remarkably sound mind 🙂

  7. Ian Baldock says

    Long time fan Mr. Cummings. With all this poetry it seems there are quite a few songs left in you. Would love another lp.

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