Seagulls passing (reprise)

2 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Seagulls’ series

Sitting in the sunshine
by the river at high tide
A seagull came and perched
on the railings by my side
We had a little chat
as it seemed the thing to do
Passing a few pleasantries
before away he flew

And I stayed a while and pondered
of how fortunate was I
to live in such a lovely place
with seagulls passing by

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Photo – Jempics

Seagulls Passing was originally published on Jemverse on 11 May 2017

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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

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

It’s a gull’s life

“So, this wall in the sun
makes a great place to view
this town where we live
don’t you think, just us two?”

“You’re not wrong my friend
it’s a great place to be
down here by the river
not far from the sea”

“We can fish, we can fly
or just sit in the sun
It’s a gull’s life for us
and it’s plenty of fun”

“You said it, my friend
Living here is just great
and it’s better by far
with you for a mate”

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Photo – gulls on the new sea defence wall, river Adur, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex – Jempics

To grin or not to grin

And there out to the distant West
Gold fades across the sea
As twilight swiftly passes
and the night time comes to me

Shingle crunches ‘neath my feet
Here on Shoreham Beach
So grateful that I live so close
and it’s in easy reach

So I pause there for a moment
to take this glory in
and ask myself the question
‘To grin or not to grin?’

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Photo – low tide, Shoreham Beach, twilight, 1st January 2018 – the lights of Worthing in the distance – Jempics

Silhouette

At twilight down on Shoreham Beach
When the light is fading fast
And the whisper of the turning tide
Is dark as we walk past

The rising moon out to the East
Glistens on wet sand
Bright just like the sunshine
In the shadows where we stand

This fleeting time when daylight
Passes swiftly to the night
Affords some treasured moments
For a truly lovely sight

As silhouetted there against
The backdrop of the sea
The figures in my camera lens
Are captured perfectly

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Photo – My wife, Sally walking our dogs, twilight, Shoreham Beach, Sussex, UK, January 1st 2018 (The lights of Brighton in the distance) – Jempics

St Mary of the Harbour

So, there’s already some words written
about me as I am today
But there’s more to make the story
complete in every way
For once I was much bigger
cruciform in shape
Part of Shoreham’s presence
on the Sussex south landscape

St Mary of the Harbour
I was known as when first built
before my western transepts
fell to ruin with a tilt
Gone by medieval times
my nave in disrepair
My walls retained the choir
with the tower remaining there

Five hundred years have passed since then
yet still some vestige stands
reminding folk that once my size
was wonderful and grand
St Mary of the Harbour
I still stand proud and tall
The parish church of Shoreham
overlooking one and all

 

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Photos – Jempics. Top – the ruins of the western transept walls. Bottom left – filled in nave arches against the standing tower and ruined nave walls. Bottom right – St Mary of the Harbour today. See also Church – 29/11/17

Complete

6 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

There’s a view which here in Shoreham
is complete in every way
as it epitomises
all about the place, I’d say
It looks across the river
to the church up in the town
Enough to always take away
a trace of any frown
It’s a view which brings me pleasure
coupled with a sense of pride
of Shoreham here in Sussex
the place where I reside

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‘Complete’ aptly completes the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series. You can no longer see this actual view of Shoreham, so I’m really pleased I captured it in January 2012. In September that year, the old 1920’s footbridge was closed, demolished and eventually replaced by the new Adur Ferry bridge. The footings for the new bridge differ, changing the view of the town. Still good but not quite as iconic.

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