Like diamond (haiku)

Light fills my garden
Yellow into golden here
Shining like diamond


Photo – from #Jemverse on instagram, August 2018 – Jempics


Too hot for the beach

It’s too hot for the beach I think
so in the garden I will stay
relaxing in the sunshine
on this August Saturday

It’s closing in on ninety
and though cooler by the sea
the thought of walking down there
is a bit too much for me

So I’ll sit here in the sunshine
with ice lollies close at hand
and see more of this summer
which has turned out so grand


Photo – Jempics

Somewhere cold

In the summer I sit here
and soak up the sun
but sitting here now
would be cold on the bum

The lavenders’ branches
whilst still with its green
are flecked now with white
from the snow that has been

And my bench will remain
with a covering of snow
as I’m snug inside
in the warm with a glow


Photo – Jempics

Old blue bird table

We have an old blue bird table
some years beyond its prime
But we’ve had it now for ages
and once it looked just fine

Perhaps it should have found its way
to firewood long ago
But we like it in our garden
and are loathe for that, you know

It’s got a certain presence
‘Je ne sais quoi’, we’d say
So until it actually falls apart
it has a place to stay


Photo – Jempics

The Promise II

Outside the weather
reminds me again
that winter’s still here
with the wind and the rain
It’s blowing so hard
with a howl and a moan
from the cold of the north
where it’s festered and grown

And it’s here now to chill
and make us feel old
as like Michelin Men
we dress up for the cold
It’s January now
so there’s more still to come
for a while longer yet
we’ll be freezing and numb

But not all of it’s bad
There’s promise here yet
For it won’t be that long
before Springtime we’ll get
As already we’re seeing
some signs that it’s coming
Albeit sometime yet ’til
our legs we’ll be sunning

The promise with January
momentum is flowing
of Springtime is welcome
whilst it’s chilly and snowing
Because it comes with the knowledge
that in eight weeks or so
the colour of Spring
will be starting to show


Photo – a little winter colour with a promise – January 2018 – Jempics


In the barren forsythia a house has appeared
built by an industrious sparrow
with twigs, grass and straw a nest has been made
between the branches narrow

There aren’t any babies in there just yet
but I guess it won’t be that long
Til more feathered friends in my garden I’ll see
to add to that sweet morning song


Photo – Jempics


Part 3 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘At Home’ series

At home we have a garden
It brings us lots of cheer
It’s nice to simply look at
at any time of year
In the summer months we’re out there
in the sunshine all the time
as it’s perfect for relaxing
when the weather’s warm and fine
But it’s great at other times as well
Our extension to the world
Watching at the seasons pass
and changes are unfurled


Photo – Jempics

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