Circular Sussex

It’s that time of year
the bags are all packed
the walking boots firm on my feet
My brother and me
with hearts full of glee
are off for our annual treat

Winchester bound
and the start of the trail
we’ll walk and we’ll chat and have beer
And through valley and field
to the Sussex Weald
we’ll rejoice in the fact that we’re here

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

[Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go out for a week’s walking. Typically this’ll be on our favourite long-distance trail – the South Downs Way through Hampshire and Sussex]

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A 60th tale

A day out in Lewes
with the girls in the sun
Browsing antique shops
and all having fun
Here for Sal’s sixtieth
Celebrations start here
Two months for us all
in this special year

We’ve had olives and coffee
at ‘Bills’ for a treat
and later ‘The Snowdrop’
for a beer sounds sweet
We’ve danced in the square
with a man on a flute
and paused on the bridge
watching one with a lute

We’re brought things for the garden
and stationary too
and second-hand clothes
of course, as you do
And best thing of all
and the reason we came
was Cliffe High Street antiques
for some presents again

Three tall iron sculptures
for the garden outside
pre-rusted for us
with iron oxide
And now that we’re done
with Lewes behind
we head back to Brighton
with dinner in mind

Bangers and mash
in the pub on the hill
With plenty of choice
’til we’ve had our fill
An excellent day
it has been for us all
With memories made
we will oft now recall

And the star of the show
for our own Sally Ann
her sixtieth birthday
has been rather grand
Precious these are
these family days
with memories to treasure
in so many ways

©Jemverse

Photo – the three iron garden sculptures we brought at Cliffe High Street antiques centre in Lewes on 16th May 2019, in situ – Jempics

i-360

Went for a flight
in Brighton today
British Airways
but not in a plane
Five hundred feet plus
straight up in the sky
on the i-360
ever so high

Excellent views
of Brighton below
and over to Shoreham
out there on show
Bank holiday Monday
all six together
We always have fun
and will do forever

©Jemverse

Photo – The British Airways i360, a 162-metre (531 ft) observation tower on Brighton seafront – Jempics.

Watersoft

This water soft
beneath my feet
lapping gently
feeling sweet
It is a comfort
solace, more
down at the edge
of this seashore

This water soft
is part of me
as I am whole
beside the sea
It’s vista wide
I wipe a tear
as it is simply
lovely here

©Jemverse

Photo – lapping low tide waves, West Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

Cherry blossom lovely

The cherry blossom’s in full bloom
on the allotment in the sun
as I sit here and write a while
now the strimming is all done
The grass grows quick this time of year
so I’m down here quite a bit
with spare batteries in my bag
in case the good ones quit

It’s quite cathartic working here
watching as things grow
but it’s nicer still just sitting
in the sunshine, as you know
So I’ll sit here with the blossom
beneath the deep blue sky
content to ponder for a while
as time slips slowly by

©Jemverse

Photo – cherry tree blossom, Ham Field allotments, Shoreham, Sussex. Spring 2019 – Jempics

Every Breaking Wave revisited

No 11 of 12 in the Jemverse series ‘Back to the sea’

With every breaking wave
I see a part of me
My life down here in Sussex
In Shoreham by the sea
So taciturn, its nuances
Reflect the changing years
An echo to my lost and loved
My joy, my smiles, my tears

With every breaking wave
I count the blessings that have passed
And with its incessant movement
Know I have not seen the last
So beautiful, its eloquence
Is never lost on me
Its movement as a promise
From my confidant, the sea.

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Every Breaking Wave‘ was originally posted on Jemverse on 21 October 2014

For Otis

As Otis and Steve Cropper
wrote so eloquently they
Of sea when they were sitting
on the dock of that fine bay
So whimsically I
here in Sussex by the sea
Hum that tune quite often
when I’m sitting peacefully

For it captures every essence
of this place I love the best
This bay in Southern England
where I often come for rest
So I’d like to think that Otis
still sings his song today
from the peace he has in heaven
to those still by the bay

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Inspired by ‘(Sittin’ on) the dock of the bay’ by Otis Redding & Steve Cropper (1967)

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