The Yellow

Underneath the canopy
the yellow on the ground
the changing of the seasons
as autumn comes around
The beauty at this time of year
takes my breath away
enraptured by the wonder
on this fine October day

©Jemverse

Photo – Autumn at Sheffield Park, Sussex, UK – Jempics

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Jemverse

And if I thought for a moment
that the words wouldn’t come
My pen laid to rest
and my writing days done
I would know then that life
had come to an end
and, bereft my abandon
like the loss of a friend

But thankfully there is
no sign of that day
As life keeps on showing
new things to relay
And my pen is as ever
as busy can be
For the words keep on flowing
and coming to me

For that is what Jemverse
my outlet’s about
Sometimes with a whisper
Sometimes with a shout
But always with gusto
and a joie de vivre
For that’s always something
we need I believe

©Jemverse

Brighton Greenway

High above the Brighton streets
on the old railway bed
Through the locomotive works
the Brighton Greenway led

The engines left here long ago
but their memory remains
Homage paid by sculptor’s hand
to Brighton’s long lost trains

©Jemverse

The Brighton Greenway follows the trackbed of a branch line that once led through the steam locomotive works based in Brighton. The ‘Ghost Train’ was sculpted by John Mills and is a homage to the ‘Jenny Lind’, a 2-2-2 locomotive designed in 1847. Photo – Jempics

Redwood

The tree was so majestic
and very, very tall
So when I stood beneath it
I felt very, very small
The mass of green above me
with branches spreading wide
overpowered my senses
and I felt small inside

I felt in awe and humble
in the presence of such might
with me so insignificant
so tiny and so slight
Yet here was no malevolence
as, whilst I gazed above
I felt the beauty of that power
embraced in arms of love

©Jemverse

Photo – Jem under a Redwood at Wakehurst Place, Sussex, UK – Sally Croucher

The Zest

Resplendent the yellow
the daisy-like smiles
Their zest keeps me going
for miles and miles
Like a tonic for life
from fair nature’s hand
on the path that’s before me
across this great land

And wherever I go
the zest I will see
be it there in a flower
or a shrub or a tree
The essence of life
so perfectly free
is there for the taking
and all around me

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

A last word from the sun

To the west was the gold
over Brighton tonight
It was simply breathtaking
and a wonderful sight

The heavens were black
Cloud cover complete
except in the west where
the golden had seeped

And as the sun bade farewell
at the end of the day
It was clear to us all
it had plenty to say

©Jemverse

Photo – sunset over Brighton’s Palace Pier, Sussex, UK, October 2017 – Jempics

The morning moon

October morning
chill in air
with harvest moon
in blue sky there
Commuters with
their i-phones out
capture it
so there’s no doubt

For magic moments
such as these
are gone so swiftly
time to seize
And smiles appear
to make the day
in ways that words
can seldom say

©Jemverse

Photo – Harvest moon over Shoreham station, West Sussex, October 2017 – Jempics

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