Good friend music

Open fire, St James’
folk music and a beer
My soulmate and two daughters
on a Sunday with me here

Waiting for the music, chilled
good conversation flows
The band arrives, the music plays
and dancing with it grows

The rhythm and the atmosphere
the tapping of the feet
and us beside the roaring fire
enjoying welcome heat

©Jemverse

Photo – open fire at the St James’ Tavern, Brighton for ‘Beggar’s Belief’, Sunday 26 March 2018 – Jempics

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Beach Hut weather revisited

7 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Beach Huts’ series

Felt quite low for several days
but then the sun arrived
Opened up the beach hut
glad to be alive
Wandered round the market
picked up a few cheap things
Watched the plovers playing
fishing on the wing

Saw a rabbit on the beach
frolicking about
Holly learned to fly a kite
got the nets back out
Brewed up coffee on the stove
lounged about in chairs
Forgot all about the world out there
our worries and our cares

The children found the sand again
with their buckets and their spades
And though the sea was pretty cold
we had a little wade
Chucked a Frisbee in the wind
sketched a little bit
Wrote a poem in my book
ate some chocolate bics

Hope this beach hut weather stays
now for a little while
As we need a perk back up again
and learn again to smile

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Jemverse originally published ‘Beach Hut Weather‘ on 18 May 2014

My Mum

Just like the summer sunshine
My Mother shines for me
As she has done throughout the years
Unreservedly

So on this Mothering Sunday
Have a really special day
With all my thanks for being you
In every single way

©Jemverse

Photo – Ruth Eunice Croucher snapped in June 1959 by my father, John Alan Croucher, a week after the birth of her firstborn (me).

Giggle and cheer

To Alcampo for brunch
with the family in tow
London Road, Brighton
devoid now of snow

Good conversation
Flat whites and beer
A nice place to come
for a giggle and cheer

And I think this is what
the weekends are for
as with family close
I could not ask for more

©Jemverse

Photo – the Alcampo coffee lounge/bar/restaurant, London Road, Brighton, UK – 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).

A Christmas eve walk

The day of the eve before Christmas
and all of us out for a walk
Taking in Sussex, the river and downs
for a jolly good laugh and a talk

Conversing about the things we have done
whilst out in the fair countryside
Dusting off cobwebs, eight miles or so
Family and friends to confide

And much later on at ‘The Lion’
we’ll put up our feet with a beer
The laughter is sure to continue
as we celebrate good Christmas cheer

©Jemverse

Photo – the traditional ‘Croucher family’ Christmas Eve walk – Jempics

Coming Home II

It’s been twelve months
since last we were
a full contingent
of ‘Croucher’
For one of six
who’s been away
from Oz is coming
home today
Christmas this year
life is sweet
as once again
we are complete

©Jemverse

Photos – Jempics

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