Solstice

Today it is the shortest day
Midwinter, that’s a fact
Followed by the longest night
Solstice to be exact

It’s something I look forward to
for once it’s been and gone
night-time hours get shorter
and it won’t be all that long
Before the Springtime comes again
and warmth returns once more
Coupled with the sunshine
which we all love and adore

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Taking a break

Mid-December is here
We’re winding down fast
Christmas it seems
it with us at last
Just a few days to go
and all of them manic
as colleagues and projects
go into a panic
But the end of the week
slows down quite a bit
so everyone here
can get used to it

Several days off from work
more important things loom
Time for family and friends
which we’ll all see quite soon
And then we’ll forget
what drove us berserk
as we all take a break
from the pressures of work

©Jemverse

Photo – Shoreham’s concrete sheep taking a break for Christmas – Jempics

Twenty Nineteen

I have confidence that
now the year end is here
That twenty eighteen
will end with good cheer
For it’s swiftly flown past
and been full to the brim
with all of the memories
contained here within

And now looms the next
with much promise in store
Our sixtieth year
for two birthdays and more
And whilst I would not
wish time to fly past
I feel certain the next
will for us be a blast

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

When thought lies in summer

In this dark of December
to this iron bone
when daylight is seldom
and sunshine has flown
And winter, vice-like
has me firm in its hold
bombarding my senses
with fingers of cold
My thoughts lie in summer
when June in the light
paints warmth over all
that it has in its sight

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

When the poetry is done

I’ll wrap these words around me
like a comfort blanket they
Calming me and warming
in a very special way

I’ll take these words and scatter
like confetti to the breeze
to celebrate the marriage
of a verse to rhymes like these

I’ll craft these words so precious
A treasure every one
as collective they bring riches
when the poetry is done

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Of Seagulls and seasons

Throughout the year the seagulls
as seasons come and go
are always out there for me
be it sunshine, rain or snow

In the winter and the autumn
In the Springtime when it’s green
In the summer when it’s nice and warm
There are seagulls I’ll have seen

Always out there flying
or swooping ‘cross the sea
I’m so glad I have the seagulls
as they’re part of life for me

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Of seagulls and the drive to work

Each morning on the way to work
we drive beside the sea
Watching seagulls on the wing
my soulmate, Sal and me

It really is magnificent
to see this day by day
and we’d not swap it for a thing
as we love it just this way

Seeing seagulls flying by
as we drive to work and back
Is something we look forward to
Keeps sanity intact

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Photo – Jempics

Of seagulls and home

Although it is still dark outside
Above, the seagulls’ high
Tells me that the day is here
with that familiar cry

I’ve heard that sound ‘most of my days
E’er since I was a lad
It speaks to me of oceans
and by it I am glad

For home is where the seagulls are
here by the Sussex sea
And though I travel far and wide
It’s here I want to be

©Jemverse

Photo – Emily Rose Croucher

Familiarity (haiku)

Familiar this
my solace and my comfort
Warming like sunshine

©Jemverse

Photo & ‘Procreate’ artwork from #Jemverse on Instagram – Jempics

Home (haiku)

Home, where my heart is
Comfort at the end of day
in my safe haven

©Jemverse

Photo & ‘Procreate’ artwork from #Jemverse on Instagram – Jempics

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