Last day tanka

Twenty seventeen
And with Auld Lang Syne tonight
For sake of old times
We’ll take a cup of kindness
Old acquaintances renewed

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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Goative Greetings

Goat jumped up the fence at me
At Tulley’s Farm today
Bleated out a greeting
Polite, as if to say
‘Good day to you, I’m very pleased
‘You took the time to come
‘And say hello to me today
‘It’s really rather fun’

So, smiling I, replied in kind
As it seemed the thing to do
So charming and polite was he
(Well, you would do, wouldn’t you?)

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

There was gold…

There was gold on the horizon
Out there across the sea
As we drove back into Shoreham
My soulmate, Sal and me
It filled the sky above us
With clouds tinged pink and bright
Heralding a promise
As we’re told to bring delight

There was gold on the horizon
As the sun bid us adieu
But it will be back tomorrow
When morning comes anew

©Jemverse

Photo – sun setting over the sea in Sussex – December 2017 – Jempics

Bing was not in Sussex

Bing was certainly not in Sussex
when he sang his famous song
As a white Christmas here
was so far back, so long
that I can scarce remember it
So many years ago
When we enjoyed in Sussex
a little Christmas snow

Yesterday we got a dusting
on December twenty-seven
when a little of the white stuff
found its way to us from heaven
But it didn’t stay for long of course
and soon turned back to rain
So it may be several more years yet
‘Til we see snow again

©Jemverse

Photo – the last ‘proper’ snowfall in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex – January 2013 – Jempics

Austerity (another casualty)

The Rising Sun at Beeding
is closed and shuttered now
But the stained glass sign outside still hangs
with dignity somehow

Its classic valley views
with a pint come evening time
no longer, sadly, to be seen
when it was at its prime

For now its doors are firmly shut
The beer pumps closed and dry
Another casualty of the times
to bring a tear to eye

But, sad although its closure is
I’m pleased the sign’s still there
As it serves as a reminder
for those who have a care

©Jemverse

The Rising Sun public house at Upper Beeding in Sussex originates from 1857 when it was built as a brewery and ale house. Sadly it closed to the public in 2017, another casualty of UK austerity madness. Photo – Jempics

Lichen Green

And along these brittle winter trails
with barren branches here
The green reminds as lichen still
retains a festive cheer

So, putting best foot forward
a swift step through the field
Wrapped up warm for Christmas
I wander Sussex Weald.

And the lichen green reminds me
of a hand still there at play
in the beauty all around me
on this brittle winter day

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

A soliloquy for Christmas

A soliloquy for Christmas
with a little introspection
Thinking of the year that’s been
in pensive contemplation
And looking forward to the next
anticipation growing
For all the promise that’s in store
A smile, as I’ve the knowing

This Christmas morning silence
affords a moment still
For soon there will be laughter
with gifts exchanged at will
And then there will be merriment
The epitome of joy
Christmas with the family
with promise to deploy

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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