Breakwater sunshadow

Breakwater sunshadow
inspiration to me
speak of a time
I recall vividly

When Victorian lines
to the low water reach
with sea-sculpted grandeur
adorned every beach

They’re mostly gone now
a time casualty
more’s the pity I’d say
but that may just be me

So today when I spy
breakwaters there still
I’ll take pictures and gaze
’till I’ve had my fill

Breakwater sunshadow
inspiration to me
remind me of times
I recall vividly


Photo – Breakwater, Southwick beach, West Sussex – 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

The silver sea

Stood and looked out on
a shining silver sea
the far horizon deep and blue
and beckoning to me
It was cold there on the shingle
Winter’s grip an iron chill
But the sunshine on the water
was good and vibrant still

It was a pleasant moment
though I could not linger long
the biting wind encouraging
a walk along the Prom
Warmed, my stride improving
I headed to the west
Worthing pier behind me
with the sea for interest

The shine upon the water
remained a visual feast
and even though it was so cold
I didn’t mind the least
For here I’m in my element
with my life-long friend the sea
Never ceasing to provide
a wonder here for me


Photo – Jempics

Sky, sea, sand and me


Image and words created on Procreate for iPad Pro


The glare was quite brilliant
from the bridge with the blue
and the sunshine so bright
that it looked almost new
The river was brimming
the tide really high
with soft wavelets lapping
as I wandered by
A bridge with a promise
brilliant to me
as it takes me across
from the town to the sea


Photo – The Adur Ferry Bridge, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK. Taken from landward side looking south to beachward side – 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


Photo – Jempics

The seagull serenade (reprise)

6 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Seagull’ series

Alone on dampened shingle
The taste of salt around my mouth
I stand braced against a rising wind
And gaze out to the south

Out there within the greyish-green
As the waves rise up and fall
I am captivated by the sound
Of swooping seagull call

It’s a symphony composed for one
The call, the screech, the cry
Sweet music of the sea I hear
As they around me fly


Photo – Emily Croucher

The Seagull Serenade was originally published on Jemverse on 8 February 2015

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