Hidden Truth

Fragrance of the harbour
Familiar to me
with salt and oil and pitch and tar
and yes, of course, the sea

Memories of the harbour
treasures from my youth
Those halcyon days that carry
so much hidden truth

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Photo – Shoreham Harbour, Sussex – Jempics

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Same

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

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Photo – Shoreham Harbour, West Sussex, March 2018 – 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

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

On built up embankments

Standing on built up embankments
for a moment or two at midday
It’s a pleasure to see the old oyster beds
and seabirds out there at play
The sunshine plays on water
and I squint in the bright glare
relishing, despite the chill
that precious moment here

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©Photo – mudbanks and oyster beds, River Adur, West Sussex – Jempics

Sheep may safely graze

Bach, three hundred years ago
wrote an aria for some sheep
with words by Salomon Frank
full of meaning, rich and deep

Sheep may safely graze and pasture
and they do still to this day
as we approach the roundabout
down here round Shoreham way

We still share those many blessings
which both peace and plenty bring
prompting us to raise a voice
and Bach’s sweet aria sing

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Photo – Jempics

‘Sheep my safely graze’ was an aria written for soprano and two recorders by Johanne Sebastian Bach in 1713. Words were by Salmon Frank

Sheep may safely graze and pasture
while a shepherd guards them well
So the nation ruled in wisdom
know and shares the many blessings
which both peace and plenty bring

Brilliant

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

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

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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