Friendship

I met a friend
he wasn’t well
we chatted for a while
And when I left
he said he felt
quite better with a smile

I wondered at
the truth of that
if humour had a part
But in the hug
he left me with
I knew it came from heart

So homeward bound
I felt relief
though with resolve I’d say
to keep an eye
for friendship true
grows stronger every day

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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Shocktoberfest

We all went to Shocktoberfest
up at Tulley’s Farm
to be scared witness in the dark
whilst keeping free from harm

The men with chainsaws all were there
as were the scary clowns
But loud was all the laughter
to keep away the frowns

The hayride though the orchard
was probably the best
But truth be told we all enjoyed
each moment of the rest

Shocktoberfest in Sussex
comes round once a year
But it is simply brilliant
to couple cheer with fear

©Jemverse

Photo – the entrance to ‘Shocktoberfest’ at Tulley’s Farm, Sussex, UK – Jempics

The Shocktoberfest Scream Park at Tulley’s Farm has been voted as the UK’ s best. We went last night.

Joy to share

Glint on water
Sea of blue
You’re just like a friend I knew

Oft I came
sat for a while
That friend knew how to make me smile

Whiled the hours
slow away
Just sitting here on summer day

Looking out
with sunshine there
My true friend this joy to share

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Photo – South Lancing Beach, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

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

Tradition

3 of 5 in the Jemverse ’31’ series

It’s becoming a tradition
as this is the second year
February seventeen
and a walk to have a beer
We’re spoilt for choice in Sussex
with the hills to take us there
So here’s to many more years still
this special day to share

©Jemverse

Photo – The company for Esory Lime’s 2nd annual birthday walk (February 2018), Fulking Escarpment, Sussex – 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]

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

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