Stranger in a strange land

Ventured to a wall of glass
with suits and conversations
much of which just passed me by
such was my motivation
For I was as a stranger
in a land I didn’t know
London’s dockland business world
with money there on show

To me it all seemed alien
and unsettling I would say
So I’m rather pleased I only
had to be there half a day
I’d rather see the sun on sea
than from reflections on the glass
So you can keep your business world
on that I think I’ll pass

©Jemverse

Photo – Canary Wharf in London’s docklands (aka ‘The City’) – Jempics

Autumnal sun

I went back to the beach
though the summer was done
But there was still a warmth
in the autumnal sun
The sea was the same
with the waves a deep blue
reflecting the sky
with its colour and hue

And the peace and the solitude
down there with the sun
was perfect I’d say
with my working day done
So I sat there a while
and reflected that this
is where my contentment
borders on bliss

©Jemverse

Photo – South Lancing Beach on one of the last warm days of 2018 – Jempics

The Circle II

This time of day it changes
at each different time of year
Certain little nuances
as morning time draws near

In winter it is brittle
with a chill upon the air
And this time you’ll find me wrapped up warm
with coats and jumpers there

In springtime it is fragrant
with a promise born of old
Summer’s child lies waiting
to bring respite from the cold

In summertime it’s warming
Windows open to the air
To find me in my element
with sunshine here to share

And in autumn it is whimsy
Halcyon memories are here
To remind me that the passing
of this time is drawing near

This time of day it changes
but the thought remains the same
Knowing that the circle
will repeat this time again

©Jemverse

Photo – ironwork garden sculpture from a foundry near Lewes, East Sussex. Author’s garden – Jempics

These Words

These words on a page
in my little book
I’ll return to again
for another good look
As I’ll craft them and
often I’ll rearrange
for the syntax to work
from a nuance or change
And then when I’m happy
with what my words say
I’ll give them a name
and call it a day

©Jemverse

Photo – my current poetry ideas book, hand-crafted and purchased in Venice, Italy – Jempics

Aspects of Gold III

Part 3 of 3

Of the sunsets I’ve seen
these aspects of gold
are treasures to cherish
and assets to hold
For each is a promise
to capture and seize
from the sun in the sky
like a kiss on the breeze

©Jemverse

Photo – from #Jemverse on Instagram, September 2018 – Jempics

Aspects of Gold II

Part 2 of 3

On the footbridge returning
from a day on the beach
there’s a place where I stand
that’s within easy reach
to envelop myself
in the colours I see
and gaze out in wonder
as it falls around me

For here there are moments
to capture and hold
as each sunset settles
to aspects of gold

©Jemverse

Photo – from #Jemverse on Instagram, September 2018 – Jempics

Aspects of Gold I

Part 1 of 3

Golden the sunshine
Drips from the sky
To the water below
As sunsets come by
And the river just glows
To this golden encore
As I’m caught in the moment
With wonder and awe

©Jemverse

Photo – from #Jemverse on Instagram, September 2018 – Jempics

End of summer Robin

Saw a Robin Redbreast
by the bike sheds yesterday
Reminded me that winter
isn’t now that far away
Yet now there’s still a warmth
on the breeze so it’s not yet
time to dig the coats back out
and scarves and jumpers get

Autumn still has promise
and the sunshine still has strength
Although the days are shorter
and the evenings have less length
So for now I’ll cling to sunshine
as I heard the Robin say
that he’s been here all summer
and more warmth is on the way

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Sitting by the Sea

I’ve sat by the sea in Croatia
I’ve set by the sea in Spain
I’ve sat by the sea in Turkey and Greece
but it’s never quite been the same

I’ve sat by the sea in Gibraltar
I’ve sat by the sea in France
I’ve sat by the sea in Montenegro and Crete
but it’s always like taking a chance

For when I sat by the sea here in Sussex
there’s no asking for anything more
As it excludes a peace that makes my soul shine
by Southern England’s home shore

©Jemverse

Photo – the Sussex Sea – Jempics

The Bull

Went for a walk up on Mill Hill
and met some scary sheep
But although we had due warning
it was the bull that made us weep

For he was really jolly big
as nervously we trod
around him fairly gingerly
on Sussex chalkland sod

We hugged each other with relief
when on the other side
then shared the pic on Instagram
to spread the story wide

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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