More than fifty years on
and the smell on the air
is the same to me now
as it was way back there
That of sea and the tar
and the pitch and the oil
and the sweat and the grime
from the long days of toil
Down there on the docks
though so much has changed
some things like the smells
are exactly the same


Photo – Shoreham Harbour, West Sussex, March 2018 – Jempics


Haven by the sea revisited

6 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Beach Huts’ series

Opened up the beach hut
which needs a lick of paint
But it’s still a lovely place to be
All ours and very quaint

We used to paint it ‘beach-hut white’
by regulation every year
But now the rules have been relaxed
and colour has appeared

It won’t take long, I’m sure of that
and in the August sun
We’ll spend some time with cans of paint
until the job is done

Yellow’s nice and so is green
but with ocean in plain sight
a blue reflecting sea and sky
is justified and right

It remains a lovely place to come
and with some work and TLC
We’ll keep our beach hut spick and span
in our haven by the sea


Photo – the view from our ‘haven by the sea’ – hut 101, Lancing Beach Green, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

Jemverse originally published ‘Haven by the Sea‘ on 26 July 2016

My Mum

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

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


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

Liverpool Skyline

Liverpool skyline
Five thirty A.M.
and I’m in a hotel
on my travels again
Radio City at St Johns
lights up the sky
up there just off Lime Street
ever so high
And it’s peaceful up here
with the lights all aglow
with the Liverpool skyline
to start a day slow


Photo – Liverpool from the 11th floor of the Novotel on Hanover Street looking towards the Radio City Tower at St Johns – Jempics

No Fishing

The seagulls were hopeful
as they flew overhead
But the fisherman’s stayed
nice and warm in his bed

And his boat remains covered
with tarpaulin and snow
His nets and his lines
packed away and in stow

No fish trail to follow
on the flat calm today
so no food for the gulls
as they flew on their way


Photo – Worthing beach, West Sussex – Jempics

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


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

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


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

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