Viaduct

The viaduct on London Raod
Brighton, late at night
lit up blue with vibrancy
is a lovely sight

High above the city streets
with Victorian pride
to carry trains up there on which
so many people ride

But down here close to midnight
just a passing car
and me with phone to capture
this spectacular

©Jemverse

The London Road Viaduct, Brighton, East Sussex was built in 1845-6 by James Orpeth Rastick. It has 27 arches and is now grade II listed. Photo – Jempics

The stranger came…

The sunshine came and visited
today for just a while
Somewhat like a stranger
but gave us cause to smile

With the year that’s still quite young
her warmth has yet to grow
But Spring is not that far away
and will soon be here you know

Then the stranger’s strength will grow
She’ll not be quite so shy
And we’ll welcome her with open arms
whenever she calls by

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Redbreast

Caught a flash of red
in the hedgerow yesterday
A little robin redbreast
in the branches on the way
Sitting there quite peacefully
as nature had intended
his plumage looking lovely
and his redbreast rather splendid

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

At one

On the old oyster beds
as a tide at mid-ebb gurgles
and glints in the midday sun
Seagulls play and water shines

And across the way
this special moment grabs attention
and captured there I breathe it in
and am at one

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

If I said…

If I said that I loved you
would you take it as that
Would you just take my word
and accept it as fact
Or would a small smear
of clay on your hand
confirm my intentions
like a seal or a brand

If I said that I loved you
still all these years
that we’ve been together
through joys and tears
Would you smile in that
most inimitable way
which though words sometimes falter
a smile will convey

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

[A poem for Valentines Day 2018 – our 39th]

Ironic digging

Irony seemed appropriate
in Gordon Square today
Archeology under wraps
for sometime yet I’d say
I wonder what they’ll find in there
under London’s ground
especially whilst the expertise
is evident around

©Jemverse

Photo – the Archeological Institute (ironic building site), University College London (UCL) – Jempics

Basil’s Story

I’m old and I’m senile
and my hearing has gone
I’ve seen fifteen years
and this is my song

At five-thirty each morning
when they’re still asleep
I’ll scream for my breakfast
which makes them all weep

I’ll stick my head out the catflap
in the back door
think I’m in the garden
and wee on the floor

I have lots of white whiskers
and I’m old and quite frail
but I’ve many a story
with you to regale

My name’s Basil Fawlty
Border Terrier cross
This is my story
and I don’t give a toss

©Jemverse

Photo – Basil Fawlty, aged almost sixteen – Jempics

[See also ‘Obi’s Story‘ – published 11 February 2018]

Obi’s Story

There was a leaf and I barked
and a plastic bag
and something that moved
so I gave it a wag

There were birds and squirrels
and cats with strange tails
and foxes and slugs
and bees and yes, snails

There were newspapers pushed
through a hole in the door
and cast away sweet wrappers
fridges and more

I barked at them all
because that’s what I do
and I do all of this
to protect all of you

©Jemverse

Photo – Obi Wan Kinobi, aged almost three – Jempics

[See also ‘Basil’s Story‘ – published 12 February 2018].

Pyramid to sky

The inverted pyramid ceiling
Friends Centre, Euston Road
Reached up to an iron sky
(the window up there showed)
Rain pitter-pattered gently
with peace upon the place
as I turned my eyes up skyward
with a smile upon my face

©Jemverse

Photo – the ceiling of the main meeting hall, Friends Centre, Euston Road, London – Jempics

Graduation II

We’re on a train to London
all the girls and me
for another graduation
this time for Emily

We’ve goodies in a goody bag
and flat whites – good to go
that, and conversation
which we’ll always have you know

We’re heading up to Regents Park
North London, near the zoo
most of us together
for more fun times, woo hoo!

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics (Me (just), my soulmate – Sal and three daughters. Emily (peace sign) graduated as a Nutritional Therapist – her first degree was in Fine Arts).

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