Good Cheer

I've probably said it and written it down
in a poem I've crafted before
Repetition aside though, I'll say it again
as this is what writing is for
A message in words with a syntax to flow
off the tongue as one reads it aloud
which as poet and wordsmith fills me with a joy
of which (I might add) I am proud

For if by that measure the message I bring
is revealed and remembered and lived
my purpose as poet to fruition is come
delivered to you by this gift
And freely that's given, I've no restraint there
as my role is custodian here
for the words that I craft to verse which I leave
has one purpose - to bring you good cheer


Image – Jempics library

Lifting (reprise)

1 of 10 in the ‘Music II’ series from Jemverse

Like a strong hand to lift my soul
Music comes again
And as my rock begins to roll
Sunshine comes to play

Like a fishing net to catch my blues
Music drains away
All the cobwebs which have gathered
In the corridors of grey

Like a drum which beats a rhythmic sound
drowning my dismay
Music cleanses, music cleans
more than I can say

Like a sunbeam piercing stormy clouds
Cutting through the rain
Music is my heart and soul
My perfect summer’s day


Photo – Jempics

Lifting‘ was originally posted to Jemverse in July 2014

Three Thousand

Three thousand poems published
since Jemverse came to be
on WordPress as a daily blog
in two thousand and fourteen
Just over eight years, April last
I started sharing wide
the poems I had written
for in others to confide
and since then it's grown to passion
something that's a part of me
which, with Jemverse as the outlet
I can let you people see


[For more about ‘Jemverse‘ read the bio, penned at the blog’s first anniversary in April 2015]


Concluding the Jemverse series ’12 months V’ (12 of 12)

Another twelve month series done
now that August's finally come
but next month there'll be a new one
on Jemverse here for you

Twelve poems, one for every first
most for the best, some for the worst
but all well penned and all well versed
on Jemverse each one new

All published when the first comes round
that's the plan so all is sound
with words for each the poets' found
on Jemverse as you do


Photo – Jempics

[’12 Months VI’ starts on Jemverse on 1st September 2022]

One thousand days

Today is the one thousandth day
I have published this site
a thousand days of Jemverse
and the poems that I write
consecutive one thousand
I am quite proud of that
something for the repertoire
a Jemverse 'coup d'etat'


Although I’ve been writing poetry for over half a century, it was only in April 2014 that I started posting daily online via the Jemverse Wordpress blog. Since then there’s only been a few days here and there when I haven’t posted something I’ve written. But, since the start of the pandemic, there’s been no break at all. Here’s to the next thousand!


So as I sit here writing poems
casting my life into words
capturing nuance as it transpires
from mundane to the absurd
for this it is my passion
a thing I've always done
never still my pen has been
since I was just begun
and long my it continue
for my essence in here lies
always finding things to say
to bring joy and yes, surprise


Photo – Sally Croucher (edited)

For good intent

Little ditties written free
clearly for the day
crafted in the gift of rhyme
in my own Jemverse way
Gifted to the reader who
by whim or happenstance
takes them for a purpose
or otherwise by chance
And always by the poet's hand
no discontent to tally
each verse provided daily
here good sentiment to carry


Rhyme my raison d’être

Sun streams through my window
blank pages waiting there
inspiration with this warming light
words gather here to share
and as invigorated poet I
seize pen and write away
plucking words to hone my craft
in my own special way
Rhyme my raison d'être
tells its story here once more
in this daily visitation 
of what the poet's in me for


Photo – Jempics

Like a friend II

Many times in these hours
I have fine honed my craft
some say I am mad
and others I'm daft
but this edge before morning
this whispering time
is perfect for me
for writing a line
when the words like a river
flow from my pen
and the poet embraces
them each like a friend


Photo – Jempics

Caught unaware

Catch myself sometimes, sideways glance
when I'm in vacant mood
pensive with my many thoughts
on which I often brood
and when I do I'll try to find
the spark I know is there
ignite it and release the vibe
when I'm caught unaware

Because when that is ignited
the fire leaps to the page
and I am then encouraged
with my words to re-engage
life becomes more tangible
and sunshine lights the way
to guide the form and syntax
in my writing every day

So yes it's good to sometimes
whene'er you get the chance
to seize a captured moment
and use it there to prance
upon yourself at random
whilst you are standing there
for release from pensive lethargy
when you're caught unaware


Photo – Emily Rose Croucher

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