Begging your pardon

The sunshine is glorious

here in the garden

so if you don’t mind

and begging your pardon

I’ll just sit me down

right here and right now

and turn my nose skyward

for the warmth on my brow

I’ll not be here long

but it’s really quite rude

not to sit here a while

and never intrude

when the sunshine is high

and it’s lovely like this

which for black dogs like me

is quite close to bliss


Photo – Wolfgang in the sun – Jempics

Blessed and content

It doesn’t take much

in fact not much at all

to make something feel

quite so wonderful

So out here in the sun

I am blessed and content

summed up in a moment

and every word meant


Photo – Jempics

Shiny II

I’m in the garden, it’s shiny

and growing right there

two dandelions in

the bright sunshine glare

So, as they’re yellow and lovely

and doing no harm

I trimmed the grass round them

so as not to alarm

And sitting here now

with a beer at my side

the shiny world smiles

and my grin is quite wide

There’s an ambiance softened

by the warmth of the breeze

with the sound of the birds

up there in the trees

So with sunshine around me

I’m happy to stay

right here in my garden

on this fine Springtime day


Photo – Jempics

Removed from the sand

April arrives and I sit in the sun

here at the end of the day

in a spot at the end of the garden where

I can write and then have my say

It is a savouring grace to have and to hold

and cherish like a living thing

and to feel the last embers of the warming sun

is just cause I can tell you to sing

So though this is my pleasure it’s repeated

by people all over the land

particularly now that the Spring has arrived

and heads are removed from the sand


Photo – Jempics

Sunshine shadow revisited

11 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series

Sunshine shadow

casts a glance

with nonchalance and whimsy

warming through the window

but outside still frail and flimsy

Sunshine shadow

gains in strength

though now as Springtime garners

new life from Winter’s barren hands

for gardeners and farmers

Sunshine shadow

brings to me

a promise edged with laughter

which following the winter chill

is what we all are after

Sunshine shadow

saving grace

from the long hibernation

as we waken to the wonder

shouting loud our jubilation


Photo – Jempics

Sunshine Shadow‘ was originally published in March 2020 with a new verse added on 14 April 2021


7 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’

The spirea in full bloom

with white flowers there abundant

and warmth of the sunshine

means winter’s redundant

and I’m pleased about that

and it fills me with joy

something first realised

when only a boy

For as a child of the summer

the heat’s that of June

from the warmth of the Springtime

cannot come too soon

For I’m alive in this weather

when the sun climbs up high

and the clouds are all fluffy

and blue fills the sky

So the spirea in full bloom

forms a synergy here

which is always a comfort

at this time of year


Photo – Jempics

‘Spirea’ was first published as ‘A synergy born‘ in April 2017. Rewritten April 2021

Verdant again

6 of 12 in the ‘Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

Luxuriant this time of year

the grass is verdant green

and unless I am mistaken

looks the best it’s ever been

It’s thick and lush and lovely

and loves the Springtime sun

which bathes it in a golden light

until the day is done


Photo Jempics

Verdant‘ was first published in April 2016

A pocket of Springtime revisited

5 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

Sitting in a pocket of Springtime

warmed by a welcome embrace

breathing in deeply the fragrance

feeling the sun on my face

knowing the winter’s behind me

forgetting the long months of chill

looking forward to summer

promising warmer days still


Photo – Jempics

I first published ‘Pocket of Springtime‘ in March 2016. Rewrote it for this on 7 April 2021.

Fine days and sunshine

Sitting in my garden
thinking ‘grass – it needs a trim’
but I’m content to sit here
in the sunspot I am in
and sip an IPA I found
in the cupboard waiting there
for just a moment such as this
I’l say with ‘savour faire’

For moments such as these I live
and it’s really been too long
since I have felt the warmth of sun
and heard the Springtime song
So now there’ll be no stopping me
I’ll be out here all the time
lapping up the sun and all
on days when it is fine


Photo – Jempics

Swathes of sun

It’s hopeful seeing swathes of sun
in the garden daily here
even though it’s three weeks hence
til longer daytime cheer
It’s not until the end of March
that British Summer Time
gives us more daily sunlight
as we turn to warmer clime

Yet still the grass grows longer
and each day the warmth it grows
and shoots in all the borders
with Springtime floral shows
So hope is what I cling to
now as winter fades away
and the Spring and Summer promise
gets much closer every day


Photo – Jempics

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