Summer to share

The warmth on my shoulder
as I sit here and write
is really quite lovely
in this winter sunlight
It feels just like summer
and if I close my eyes
I can see myself there
with no little surprise

But it’s February now
and though it’s still cold
it won’t be that long
if I may be so bold
before Springtime gathers
and the weather prepares
as its garners itself
the summer to share

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Photo – Jempics

For je ne sais quoi moments

I stood still in the meadow with winter around me
a hand raised there to the sun
My shadow still long
tho’ now bright my song
with a feeling that Spring had begun

It was a je ne sais quoi in that moment I felt
a fleeting moment in time
But the promise was there
quite willing to share
and unique as it was wholly mine

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Photo – Jempics

Seasons song

I have a mind’s eye picture
of autumn here to find
which I’d like to share with you
and hope that you don’t mind
For though it’s one of fading
from a summer that’s now passed
it’s also one of hope
which I know is set to last

Yes the winter it is coming
and it will be long and cold
but to the autumn’s promise
throughout that I can hold
For I’ve entered an agreement
binding, absolute and strong
of a new hope come the Springtime
when I’ll sing that seasons song

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Photo – Jempics

Bussokuseki week V (Thursday)

5 of 7

Here in the sunshine
with birdsong soft on the breeze
I can lose myself
close my eyes and drift away
to the sweet refrain of Spring
That favourite melody

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[Bussokuseki is an archaic Japanese poetic device in which lines are written in a 5-7-5-7-7-7 ‘mora’ pattern]

Photo – ‘Half Moon Bridge’ (1940) by Yoshida Toshi (1911-1995)

Poem and Prose II

Today with momentum
finding pattern and form
my page bore a colour
which for me is the norm

It was yellow and vibrant
the colour of Spring
mixing there with my words
and waiting to sing

These words from the poet
who just has to compose
with syntax and rhythm
for poem and prose

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Photo – Jempics

First IX

9 of 12 in the Jemverse series ’12 months III’

On our wall there hangs a Hockney
A print we hold so dear
as with its vibrant colour
always brings us lots of cheer

And as Hockney loves a hawthorn
it seemed appropriate to say
that the colour in the hedgerows now
is the one that is of May

White of course in Springtime
Berries bright and red come fall
There’s something in the flower of May
to please both one and all

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Jasmine tanka

Fragrant with Jasmine
captured in the evening air
The essence of Spring
And here with warmer evenings
embellish the privilege

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Photo – Jempics

Still singing

Wet roads glisten in sunshine
fresh from the rain
as I sit here gazing from
my high window again
There’s not much here passing
lockdown in full swing
but it highlights the colour
which comes from the Spring

The yellow forsythia
is lovely to see
from up here at my window
and brings home to me
that despite all the changes
this virus is bringing
there’s nothing to stop the
world from still singing

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Sedoka week V (Thursday)

5 of 7

Shouting to the world
laughter grows and gathers pace
to turn back the growing tide
Softened by Springtime
Gentleness and comfort spreads
there with a warming embrace

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Photo – ‘Painter by Ferryboat’ – woodcut on paper – Yamada Basuke (©1930)

Sedoka is a japanese poetry form comprising 38 syllables spread over 6 non-rhyming lines with a syllabic sequence of 5,7,7, 5,7,7

Little Yellow II

There are little yellow flowers
I don’t know what they are
but they always come around this time
and are quite spectacular
Vibrant in the sunshine
they raise their heads and sing
appearing at the end of March
just before the Spring

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Photo – Jempics

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