Homefield Park


Homefield Park, West Worthing
Upon its spreading greens
So many times I’ve visited
Through five decades it seems

A haven for the family
For picnics ‘neath the trees
Or walks in Autumn’s golden days
Kicking up the leaves

Halfpipes now for boarders
Tennis courts have gone to seed
The movement of the years that pass
Makes way for changing need

Unchanging though remain the trees
Proud ‘neath Worthing skies
A Homefield Park for squirrels too
Taking refuge in their size


Every breaking wave


With every breaking wave
I see a part of me
My life down here in Sussex
In Shoreham by the sea
So taciturn, its nuances
Reflect the changing years
An echo to my lost and loved
My joy, my smiles, my tears

With every breaking wave
I count the blessings that have passed
And with its incessant movement
Know I have not seen the last
So beautiful, its eloquence
Is never lost on me
Its movement as a promise
From my confidant, the sea.


Lovely II


Emily at Backyard Owl made my day today by including Jemverse in the list of 15 blogs she loves, part of the One Lovely Blog Award. I’m really pleased about this as it’s so nice to hear about how my poems are received and appreciated worldwide.

The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the blog that nominated you
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Identify 15 blogs you love and
  4. Tell each of them about this with a comment on their blogs.

This a great way of spreading the word about blogs you love. It’s always nice to catch someone doing something right and this is a great way of doing that.

Seven things about me:

  1. I have a passion for Victorian (and later) wooden breakwaters. Sadly these are in decline these days but there are still some fine, weathered examples to be found. I have myriad photographs and have used their inspiration in many of my driftwood sculptures over the years
  2. For over ten years I played bass surdo (a 22 inch deep sounding drum) as a sambista in a local bateria samba band – the Beach Bateria. Sadly failing health meant I had to stop but I retain a deep-seated love for all things ‘drum’
  3. My favourite food is Yaki Udon – a japanese noodle stir-fry with vegetables and ginger
  4. My favourite film of all time is the 1947 version of Graham Greene’s ‘Brighton Rock’ starring the late Richard Attenborough
  5. I am passionate about lavender
  6. I collect stones with holes; I very rarely leave the beach without at least one in my pocket
  7. I love Converse hi-tops. Currently I have around 15 pairs of varying age and condition and in a variety of colours.

My 15 Lovely Blog nominees – Really hard to choose here. Some I’ve been following for a while; others are quite new to me, but all help to brighten up my day and that’s what counts. Some bloggers have their own rules about awards. So, if your policy is not to accept them, no worries – doesn’t stop me loving your blog and saying so!

  1. The Red Box
  2. Wordypenguin
  3. Life in Poetry
  4. Trifles & Trinkets by the Sea
  5. Alfred’s Almanac
  6. And a poem on the side please
  7. MaggieMaeIjustsaythis
  8. Peace Love and Patchouli
  9. Traces of the Soul
  10. Quatrains of a Novice Poet
  11. The Starting End
  12. Colleen Kelbert – Canada
  13. Johnpoetflanagan
  14. Strings of soulfulness
  15. A word of mine

Thanks again Emily at Backyard Owl.

Breakwater II

breakview 4

Casting long shadows in the late October sun
Breakwaters deep in the sand
Wood smooth and moulded, seasoned by salt
And carved by the sea’s mighty hand

Green seaweed covers its old weathered joints
Crustaceans on seaward end
Its long arms reaching down to the sea
From the beach it seeks to defend




I have to get back out there
For one last tidy round
Before the damp and rain of autumn
Saturates the sodden ground
Tidy up the spread nasturtiums
Cut back the deadened stems
Prepare the garden for the winter
On which its dormancy depends

There’s still a sun trap at the bottom
So I’ll take advantage there
The shorts replaced by long-johns
With the cooling of the air
Firepits replace now loungers
The heat from fire instead of sun
But it won’t be long again until
Another summer is begun




Screaming in the darkness
We run about like fools
Shocktoberfest is back again
So time to break the rules

Deep in the heart of Sussex
To Tulley’s Farm we’re bound
Where the quiet of the countryside
Is the noisiest place around

Five thousand people screaming
Will be an awesome sight
Having zombie fun with all the ghouls
In the middle of the night

It’s a family tradition
We come back from year to year
Our purpose to have lots of laughs
Though born from fright and fear


Photo by Tulley’s Fright by Night


(9) footbridge (2002)

Bright lights on Salts Farm pierce the half light
The remnants of night time remain
As in this silence before the waking hour
I pass by on the red eye train

There’s a warmth in the air despite Autumn’s call
And with a promising glow to the East
The reflections in the water of the sky overhead
Are a moving visual feast


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