The Fly-past

Gulls above the Metropole
a fly-past just for me
Here in Brighton in the sun
next to the deep blue sea

Their cry is one of happiness
and the joy of being here
With the clarity of summer
at this lovely time of year

©Jemverse

Photo – gulls on the wing above the Metropole Hotel, Brighton, Sussex, UK – Jempics

Slip slide away

Yesterday saw the Solstice
and the summer’s longest day
Midyear passes once again
as time slip slides away

Yet it is only just mid-June
so although the light will now
grow gradually fainter
no frown is on my brow

For these are days of summer
with the sun high in the sky
And I’m alive as live can be
as every day goes by

©Jemverse

Photo – Brighton’s i-360 observation tower with sun, from Kings Road – Jempics

Tie-dye in the sunshine

Yesterday in the sunshine
On my day of birth I saw
Some flowers in the garden
Which deserve (at least) encore

Tie-dye in the sunshine
A halcyon memory there
Absolutely gorgeous
Which I’m happy here to share

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

(If anyone knows what these flowers are called – please leave a comment to let me know. Thank you)

Birthday (aka ‘Born to the sun”)

I’ve seen fifty-eight summers
and have loved every one
For back in the fifties
I was born to the sun

A child of a Thursday
I had far to go
But I’d hardly have guessed
what I now have to show

For I’ve memories a-plenty
and a lot more to come
For this child of the summer
who was born to the sun

©Jemverse

Photo – sunrise over Shoreham harbour, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

Joie de vivre II

Don’t let me sit inside
when there is sunshine to enjoy
Fill me with the wonder
that is out there to deploy
Give me the enthusiasm
to be out there on a whim
just lapping up the atmosphere
with an expectant grin

Don’t let me get complacent
whilst I have the breath to live
for the pleasure of the moment
is complete with joie de vivre

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Big Sky III

With a big sky over mudflats
out in the estuary
The rain it seems has left us
momentarily

And there are glimpses there of sunshine
in amongst the grey
with blue sky poking through the clouds
to make a brighter day

It’s a promise we will cling to
for the sun is everything
Particularly after rain
with the warmth that it will bring

©Jemverse

Photo – Mudflats of the Thames estuary – Portsea, Essex – Jempics

Into the sun

I’m heading east to Essex
It’s very wet out there
There are raindrops on the window
But I don’t at present care
For I am warm and dry
On a quiet commuter train
On my way to Southend Central
Quite protected from the rain

And in the sky above me
A brightness has begun
So when I reach my destination
I may well see the sun

©Jemverse

Photo – Rain through the window of a C2C train in Essex, UK – Jempics

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