The red

I stopped, reduced to tears
when the red before me lay
Tear of joy for splendour
shown to me upon this day

Walking down an avenue
trees on either side
Then this, the most spectacular
to leave me misty-eyed

Nature’s hand, the master
brings perfection to the fore
The red, a perfect picture
How could I want for more?

©Jemverse

Photo – autumn colour at Sheffield Park, Sussex, UK – Jempics

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The Yellow

Underneath the canopy
the yellow on the ground
the changing of the seasons
as autumn comes around
The beauty at this time of year
takes my breath away
enraptured by the wonder
on this fine October day

©Jemverse

Photo – Autumn at Sheffield Park, Sussex, UK – Jempics

Redwood

The tree was so majestic
and very, very tall
So when I stood beneath it
I felt very, very small
The mass of green above me
with branches spreading wide
overpowered my senses
and I felt small inside

I felt in awe and humble
in the presence of such might
with me so insignificant
so tiny and so slight
Yet here was no malevolence
as, whilst I gazed above
I felt the beauty of that power
embraced in arms of love

©Jemverse

Photo – Jem under a Redwood at Wakehurst Place, Sussex, UK – Sally Croucher

The Zest

Resplendent the yellow
the daisy-like smiles
Their zest keeps me going
for miles and miles
Like a tonic for life
from fair nature’s hand
on the path that’s before me
across this great land

And wherever I go
the zest I will see
be it there in a flower
or a shrub or a tree
The essence of life
so perfectly free
is there for the taking
and all around me

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Black Sheep

It’s said that we all have one
and in my family that was me
Albeit some time ago
rather thankfully
But this evening up at Manningtree
On the Essex coast
the black sheep I saw grazing
were lovelier than most

Not a bad thing here at all
the opposite, I’d say
A really lovely country scene
on this October day

©Jemverse

Photo – black sheep at Manningtree, Tendring district of north Essex on the River Stour, UK – Jempics

Little Bridge

Fording ‘cross a gentle stream
at the bottom of the field
Down some steps cut to the bank
a little bridge revealed

The undergrowth retains its green
though autumn is now here
On the last day of September
at the turning time of year

©Jemverse

Photo – Woodland walk at Washington, West Sussex, UK, 30 September 2017 – Jempics

Reflected summer

Summer in the water
reflected by the green
Its millpond surface smooth
reflecting where I’ve been
Days of warmth and pleasure
bathing in the sun
Life exuding nature
enjoyed by everyone

And here beneath an oak
its boughs of green spread wide
I’m reminded of its excellence
reflections here beside

©Jemverse

Photo – Westwood Lake, Wakehurst, Sussex, Uk – Jempics

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