What is poetry?

A collection of words with juxtaposition
Crafted into some lines
That speak of my life and the things that I see
To capture a few of those times

It’s the nuance they have and the mystery too
that capture imagination
And the joy of finding a stanza to fit
Within gift and my arbitration

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Inspired by the Go Dog Go cafe posting ‘What is Poetry?‘ on 3 August

Facelift

It’s been asking for one for many a year
as it was starting to look a bit sad
So we finally decided to do the right thing
and start a facelift, you will be glad

It’s been the same colour since back in the eighties
and the pebbledash got a bit thin
And the leak from the gutter above the front door
was not a good state to be in

So the scaffolding’s up and the painting’s begun
and already we’re starting to see
The new lease of life for this house that’s our home
and the stunner that it’s going to be

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Contrasts

Today features something quite rare for Jemverse – a repost. But I’ve an ulterior motive, because this is the result of a collaboration with Nadine Jordan of Sacramento for The Neighbourhood’s ‘Cities’ project. It was published on ‘The Public Blogger‘ on 26 July. Mine are the first, third and final stanzas…

[NB – in case you wonder from the title pic below…I’m originally from Bristol!]

The Neighborhood

poetry stage

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from Limerick Ireland
Translation by Goitse

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Contrasts


CONTRASTS a poetry duet

by Jeremey J Croucher of Jemverse, Sussex UK
& Nadine Jordan Sacramento via Montreal

There’s no metaphor here
and no hidden meaning
This picture you see
Isn’t sly or concealing
It’s not trying to hide
with devious intent
or deceive and
beguile to your detriment

All the tall buildings
Hiding the sky; boldly
Enclosed under the clouds
People are kneeling and feeling proud
Screams of “Black lives matter”
“Blue lives matter” “All lives matter”
I do know that city life matters
The cold cement of my surroundings
Makes for a quiet, unmoving peace

So what do you see
in this green open space
Is it somewhere you feel
that could satisfy grace?
Or does it conjure up something
that instead mystifies
about which you ate
puzzled and have long agonized


The magical wonder of urban life

Cafes…

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Fridays

Fridays come and Fridays go
and most of them are great
But today’s an extra special one
Now here, well worth the wait

For it means the start of stopping
and resting for a while
For I’m now on my holidays
Relax. Deep breath. Big smile.

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics (NB – there’s no particular relevance to the words; it’s just a nice field of daisies)

Beans ‘n’ Broccoli

Beans ‘n’ Broccoli
we have grown
from tiny seeds
when they were sewn

Now our produce
will instead
be eaten up
now harvested

Beans ‘n’ Broccoli
they were yummy
All gone now
and in my tummy

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Help for a haiku

Stuck in a Haiku?
Feel that you’ve nowhere to go?
Why not try Tanka?
Two extra lines to play with
and thirty-one syllables

©Jemverse

Photo – Haiku from ‘Kito’ (1740 – 1788) – Jempics

Inspired by a blog posting on 30 July from ‘The Reluctant Poet

Both ‘haiku’ and ‘tanka’ are Japanese poetry forms. Haiku comprises three lines with a syllabic sequence of 5,7,5; Tanka comprises five lines with a syllabic sequence of 5,7,5,7,7

Twelve months eight

This poem starts a series
that will run through the year
A new one when the first
of every month is drawing near
And August starts it off
as it seemed the thing to do
No better place than summer
to begin a series, new

August is synonymous
with the height of summer sun
When days are at their hottest
and the holidays have come
And yes, I know that here in England
that’s sometimes not the case
As I’ve known Augusts (as have you)
when it’s chilly round the place

But I’m sure you’ll catch my meaning
as the intention is quite clear
That August brings a smile
because the holidays are here
Time to have a break from work
and maybe get away
Or simply lounge around the beach
as sunshine fills the day

©Jemverse

Photo – Mediterranean August sunrise – Jempics

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