Poetry for Poets

1 of 5 in the Jemverse ‘Poets’ series

Some words have nuance
others structure
which at point
or other juncture
appear to us through
inspiration
combining then
in aggregation
onto paper
onto page
for we are seers
we are sage
Life through words
here we reveal
in poetry
we daren’t conceal

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1 in a series of 5 poems written about poetry for poets. Photo – Jempics.

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Quirky

3 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

And I am a community
fascination here to pique
All along the river bank
quirky and unique
Houseboats here in residence
tradition to bizarre
Conformity is alien
I’m not particular
But I’m as much a part of Shoreham
as the townsfolk either side
Here on Adur’s mudflats
where my people all reside

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Continuing the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series, Quirky is all about the houseboat community on Riverbank. Moored along the mudflat banks of the River Adur estuary at Shoreham, the boats vary from the traditional to the not-so-traditional. The one in the background here is part of the ‘Verda’ community built, owned and resided on by Hamish, a local Shoreham sculptor. Photo – Jempics

Convenient

2 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

There’s a house whose walls were green
but now they’re painted grey
Where for quarter of a century
we have been every day
It’s positioned in a little street
just up from Shoreham station
Fifteen minutes from the beach
if you’ve the inclination

It’s convenient for shops in town
and pubs for food and beer
So we know we are quite fortunate
to be living quite so near
And yes, you might have guessed it
from the many lines I’ve written
that Shoreham has a special place
with which we are quite smitten

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‘Convenient’ is 2 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series celebrating the little town on the south coast of the UK where we live. The picture here was snapped when the big tree opposite our house was felled in June 2015 after it had fallen unwell. It’s been replaced now with a sapling which is already growing tall.

Everything

1 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

It has the downs, it has the sea
with a river running through
It has a thousand years of history
for the memories it grew
It has my heart, it has my love
with home right at the centre
It has excitement every day
for a spirit of adventure
It has unique, it has sublime
with everything for me
It has a name, synonymous
with Shoreham by the Sea

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Today sees the start of another Jemverse mini-series, this one being six poems about aspects of my home town of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK. I took the picture used for ‘Everything’ in June 2014 from the beach side of the town looking back across the river to the 11th century tower of the parish church of St Mary de Haura. 

Just as well

It felt just like the weekend
and for me that’s what it was
as these days I need a bit more time
to recuperate because
the travelling I’m doing now
takes it right out of me
and much as I enjoy it
long rests are what I need
But in Brighton in the sunshine
you really couldn’t tell
that this was just a Friday
which I guess was just as well

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Photo – Brighton on a Friday in the sunshine – Jempics

Big Ben’s bell is silent

Big Ben’s bell is silent
no chimes upon the hour
And all wrapped up in scaffolding
right around the tower

It needs a lot of TLC
to bring it back to scratch
but is missed by all commuters
who have a train to catch

For Big Ben’s peel, familiar
gave them the time of day
and helped them keep to schedule
as they went upon their way

But now they’ll need to wait four years
’til Big Ben chimes again
Except for extra special times
which happen now and then

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Big Ben is actually the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock in the tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The tower is now officially the Elizabeth Tower, renamed to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012; previously it was known simply as the Clock Tower. In August 2017 a four-year period of renovation of the tower and the clock began, and the bells were silenced. They’ll still peel on special occasions like New Year though. 

Photo – Jempics

Squirrel II

I met a little squirrel
in St James’ park today
He stopped and looked straight up at me
I think, as if to say
That if I were to be so kind
A little titbit please
‘For I’m find it quite hard
to find my nuts amongst the leaves’
‘Alas’ I said, ‘I have no food’
‘Well, never mind’ said he
‘It was really nice to meet you
‘So I’ll leave and let you be’
I watched him as he scampered off
and smiled when there he found
the nuts he’d stashed amongst the leaves
right there upon the ground.

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Photo – St James’ Park squirrel, London, November 2017 – Jempics

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