Every Ocean

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Sailed every ocean
over several years
They’ve given me joy
and also some tears
Yet great as they are
I will always defer
to the sea here in Sussex
the one I prefer

©Jemverse

Photo – the Sussex sea, looking towards Brighton – Jempics

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Embers

Around the fireside, family
A summer evening spent
sharing food and drinking beer
and general merriment

The embers glow with flicker bright
A focal point to share
This was contentment, rarified
for everybody there

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Eastbourne

Woke up to a morning
with zero chance of rain
Another perfect day
for our walkings once again
Starting here in Eastbourne
with the sun on deep blue sea
the day is full of promise
for my brother, Dave and me
Fourteen miles, the Seven Sisters
over cliffs, the country park
Heading down to Alfriston
where we’ll be before it’s dark

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Photo – Eastbourne seafront, East Sussex, looking towards the Beachy Head rise – Jempics

Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go for a week-long walk. We’ve been elsewhere but most times, the draw of the wonderful South Downs Way – out there on our doorstep – keeps us close to home. This year we started from Eastbourne.

These Streets…

These streets are mine
a thousand times I tread them every day
I know them well, I hold them dear
with words I cannot say

These streets are mine
Familiar, I know them every one
be that when cold and raining
or brighter in the sun

These streets are mine
A part of me as I am part of them
My birthright, my belonging
just like a closest friend

These streets are mine
This Shoreham, this Sussex by the sea
a place that I will always live
and simply ever be

©Jemverse

Photo – East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

At one

On the old oyster beds
as a tide at mid-ebb gurgles
and glints in the midday sun
Seagulls play and water shines

And across the way
this special moment grabs attention
and captured there I breathe it in
and am at one

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Words about Seagulls

I have written of seagulls
(Well, I would, wouldn’t I?)
As, living in Sussex
you’ll oft hear their cry

They’re as much of a part
of a life by the coast
as the people who live here
The sea playing host

They’re loud and they’re boisterous
with exuberant glee
Born from the thrill
we all get from the sea

And I love every one of them
living down here
As their call and their antics
bring laughter and cheer

So here’s to the seagulls
up there in the clouds
I’m pleased I live with you
May my words do you proud

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Pleasure to bring

Went for a walk
in the town where I live
It’s still got attraction
and plenty to give

And I sill get a buzz
when I’m walking down here
It brings a warm feeling
and plenty of cheer

The eye of my camera
sees what I do
to keep and to cherish
and share here with you

Just a little of what
Shoreham does for my soul
as it tends my well-being
and helps keep me whole

And I know I am biased
but that’s just the thing
As a home to be proud of
has pleasure to bring

©Jemverse

Photo – St Mary de Haura churchyard, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex – Jempics

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