Heatwave

It's been one of those sultry days
that summer sometimes brings
when the sunshine burns intensely
with heat haze shimmerings
and though it's now past five o'clock
there's little respite here
so I feel quite contented
to pour a nice cold beer
And with mock-orange fragrance
heady in the air
sit here a little longer
the evening sun to share

By and by the shadows
of our north-facing garden
will hide the sun as to the West
it sets to beg a pardon
but I'll not fret and raise a glass
as tomorrow it's forecast
for lots more glorious weather
as this heatwave's set to last


©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

The man in the mirror

The man in the mirror
looks back at me
he is a lot older now
He's seen a few things
but still his heart sings
despite the lines on his brow

Maybe he's wiser
and maybe he's not
it's something I'd not really know
But he'll never leave
his own joie de vivre
so he's happy to go with the flow

The man in the mirror
yes that is still me
though now in my seventh decade
but there's still a lot more
I know out there in store
so I'm glad that decision was made

For he knows in his heart
with conviction astute
some would say wisdom defines
that life is for living
and always for giving
especially now in these times

So the man in the mirror
with a curl of the lips
gives a wry smile to the world
and with a doff of his cap
for he is a wise chap
tips a wink to the plan now unfurled

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Al fresco dining

In Shoreham town al fresco
dining now seems to be the norm
which is lovely in the summer
when days are mostly warm
but when they're overcast
or quite windy like today
it's not without a smirk
to see the faces there portray
something of discomfort
as they put on a brave face
yet shiver as they eat their meals
this climate to embrace
But that aside it's good to see
East Street used well this way
as it all adds to the vibrancy
Our Shoreham sees today

©Jemverse

Photo – East Street, Shoreham – Jempics

In my room

In my room of a morning
when all around's still
and the world's waking up
and the birdsong is shrill
I can find inspiration
in the solitude here
to write words of wisdom
erudite and clear
and craft them to lines
to retain for a while
and maybe to publish
with the curl of a smile

For my room has that presence
for comfort of mind
a place I relax in
and often unwind
somewhere to play games
and to listen to sounds
from my music quite loudly
when no-one's around
And somewhere to write
crafting words as they come
til the syntax is ready
and the poem is done

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Sufficient to please

I am pleased with all my lavender
and though weeks yet til the chop
I've several plants now on the go
to bring a bumper crop

Still green of course but now the shoots
here early into June
are good to see and promising
with all the flowers in bloom

So as I pass from time to time
I give a gentle squeeze
as the volume of that fragrance
is sufficient here to please

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Perfect II

Mock Orange and the bumblebees
buzzing in the sun
spreading fragrance in the garden
now the summertime is come

The deepest blue of sky above
the wisp of clouds, the breeze
warm and gentle on my brow
and cool upon my knees

Contentment a prerequisite
quite impossible to be
in this place without it
perfection here for me

So here I sit and contemplate
and breathe the fragrance there
soaking up the sunshine
that this garden has to share

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

New book, nice pen

I have a new book
to write poems in
It'll last me three months or so
as I scribble away
writing words by the day
to capture what life has to show

And I have a nice pen
which does well for me
so I ensure I have refills to spare
as although contribution
it's no substitution
to write with a pen with no care

For it's all about flow
and a passion for life
and the things that I see around me
so with each iteration
from that inspiration
my words when they're crafted set free

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

After the rain II

The sunshine after the rain has passed
makes the garden resplendent and fine
so contented am I to relax in this place
as all of this is Sally's and mine

It's lovely to see the green and the growth
and the flowers coming out in the sun
and to breathe deep the fragrance
headily there now that the rain is all done

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Abundantly clear

And this morning
the glorious sunshine pervaded
so wondrously
that I was persuaded
though it didn't take much
if the truth be told
as when one is faced
by mornings of gold
it is really and truly
abundantly clear
that June has arrived
and the summer is here

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Tri-haiku XXXIII (Heaven)

Afternoon sunshine
in June, deliciously hot
I am in heaven

But it is a place
on earth, as Belinda said
and she was quite right

Nowhere else I would
further be this afternoon
than right here right now

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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