Today features something quite rare for Jemverse – a repost. But I’ve an ulterior motive, because this is the result of a collaboration with Nadine Jordan of Sacramento for The Neighbourhood’s ‘Cities’ project. It was published on ‘The Public Blogger‘ on 26 July. Mine are the first, third and final stanzas…

[NB – in case you wonder from the title pic below…I’m originally from Bristol!]

The Neighborhood

poetry stage


from Limerick Ireland
Translation by Goitse



CONTRASTS a poetry duet

by Jeremey J Croucher of Jemverse, Sussex UK
& Nadine Jordan Sacramento via Montreal

There’s no metaphor here
and no hidden meaning
This picture you see
Isn’t sly or concealing
It’s not trying to hide
with devious intent
or deceive and
beguile to your detriment

All the tall buildings
Hiding the sky; boldly
Enclosed under the clouds
People are kneeling and feeling proud
Screams of “Black lives matter”
“Blue lives matter” “All lives matter”
I do know that city life matters
The cold cement of my surroundings
Makes for a quiet, unmoving peace

So what do you see
in this green open space
Is it somewhere you feel
that could satisfy grace?
Or does it conjure up something
that instead mystifies
about which you ate
puzzled and have long agonized

The magical wonder of urban life


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thereluctantpoet
    Aug 25, 2017 @ 10:13:43

    Thanks for sharing this. It was great! I loved the contrast! I’m interested in the backstory of how the two of you met and came to write this – curious, interested/not nosey.

    Also, as a long time former resident of Sacramento I was wondering if you would be so Kind as to make an introduction to Nadine for me and send her an invitation to connect? Thanks so much!!

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    • Jem Croucher
      Aug 25, 2017 @ 11:02:54

      Thanks for that Chuck – I’ll by all means pass on an intro to Nadine, although I suspect that your comment on ‘The Neighbourhood’ page will get Nadine’s attention direct.

      The connection came via Kendall F Person, the man behind The Neighbourhood. He picked up on Jemverse via The WordPress Blogatorium on Facebook, then tapped into the Jemverse page itself. The collaboration started from there.

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  2. thereluctantpoet
    Aug 26, 2017 @ 05:44:52

    Cool! Thanks for sharing that and for the intro!!

    Liked by 1 person


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