Twelve scribings revisited; 7 of 12 in the Jemverse series ‘Malleable Days’

April cast a shadow
though I’m not in mind to care
for it was one cast by the sunshine
and the Springtime almost there
April cast a shadow
to hide the winter chills from view
heralding a summer and
warmer times anew
April cast a shadow
on the first of thirty days
showed the fool where he should go
with all his foolish ways


Photo – Jempics

April‘ was first published via Jemverse on 1st April 2015 as a part of the ‘A-Z Blogging Challenge’ set by WordPress for April that year.


To sunshine I defer

April showers
or sunshine
I know which I’d prefer
Golden shafts v greyish strokes
To sunshine I defer


Zed II

I’ve reached the end of A to zed
with something every day
A poem for the alphabet
in my own special way
I’ve exercised a license
as we poets often do
But I’d like to think the end result
has been encouraging for you

It’s been a real challenge
but I’ve enjoyed the writing thing
Finding ways to give a smile
and a little pleasure bring
This is the end of April
Tomorrow is another day
But there’s be a lot more poems
throughout the month of May


Day 26 in the ‘Blogging from A-Z challenge

And, in case you missed them, here are trackbacks to my contributions to each day of the April 2016 blogging from A-Z challenge.

Day 1, 2 and 3 – “A and B and C
Day 4 – “Dancing
Day 5 – “Exciting II
Day 6 – “Fulfilment
Day 7 – “Gorgeous
Day 8 – “Happy
Day 9 – “Interesting (slight return)
Day 10 – “Joy
Day 11 – “Kindred Spirits
Day 12 – “Lyrical
Day 13 – “Magnificent
Day 14 – “Newcastle
Day 15 – “Obi (paws for thought)
Day 16 – “Precious
Day 17 – “Quiet and Unassuming
Day 18 – “Rainbow
Day 19 – “Seagulls, the sea and a song
Day 20 – “Two circles revisited
Day 21 – “Underneath; the undertow
Day 22 – “Verdant
Day 23 – “Wonderful II
Day 24 – “Xanthophyll
Day 25 – “It has to be yellow

It has to be yellow

What can I tell you of yellow
that’s not already been said?
Something of the pleasure it brings me
over orange or purple or red

Or one of the myriad colours
out there that there are
Because yellow is for me the best
outshining them by far

Van Gogh thought it true as well
(The man who loved the sun)
Using it to capture light
when midday sun had come

He’s been my favourite painter
for that reason for a while
And that passion that I share with him
of yellow brings a smile

There – that’s something new of yellow
that I’ve not said before
Enough to keep me satisfied
Until it’s time to write some more


Day 25 in the ‘Blogging from A-Z challenge


Today the springtime yellow
is blossoming with youth
But winter’s icy fingers
Linger on and hide the truth
And I’m reminded of the evening
with the warmth of autumn gold
When xanthophyll brought yellow
to the trees before the cold
Soon it will be summer though
the proper time for yellow
Which I’ll welcome like a long-lost friend
with a very heartfelt ‘hello’


Day 24 in the ‘Blogging from A-Z challenge

Wonderful II

Wonderful, the morning light
Here in Lincoln’s green
Falling though the branches
to reflect on water’s sheen

The lake in calm serenity
Lies quiet, save for the song
The sound of the dawn chorus
From Nature’s happy throng

And, witness to this wonderful
Display of morning light
I stand in awe and marvel
At this truly gorgeous sight


Day 23 in the ‘Blogging from A-Z challenge


Luxuriant this time of year
the grass is verdant green
And unless I am mistaken
looks the best it’s ever been

It’s thick and lush and lovely
and loves the springtime sun
which bathes it in a golden light
until the day is done


Day 22 in the ‘Blogging from A-Z challenge

Underneath; the undertow

I always pictured quite a monster
lurking down below
Beneath the waves just waiting
but for what I didn’t know
And I never, ever saw it
though I was often in the sea
So I know one thing for certain
– it never bothered me

Underneath; the undertow
My Mother always said
A warning to us youngsters
with stern face and look of dread
It scared the living daylights
out of us, yet all the same
We loved the sea so much
that the fear we overcame

Yet ever mindful of that warning
there are times when I reflect
That the sea with all its beauty
still deserves all due respect
The sea and me are kindred
and the ocean’s in my heart
But I’ll always heed the warning
I was given at the start


Day 21 in the ‘Blogging from A-Z challenge

Two circles revisited

We returned to the two circles
at the back of Findon Gorse
Following the South Downs Way
to Chanctonbury of course
Marvelling at the splendid views
of the Sussex weald below
we wandered back through Sussex green
through fields that we well know


Day 20 of the ‘Blogging from A-Z challenge

Seagulls, the sea and a song

Alone on the shingle
Salt in my mouth
Braced against wind
Looking to South
Out there in the green
Waves rise and fall
As I listen again
To familiar call
A song just for me
The swoop and the cry
The sea and its music
As seagulls fly by


Day 19 in the ‘Blogging from A-Z challenge

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