Sitting in the sunshine

It’s a beautiful thing
A perfect distraction
sitting with sunshine out here
And with a good book to read
and the breeze on my brow
I will often be here with a beer

It just something I do
Along (I would say)
with many all over the place
As the joy of sitting
with sunshine out here
is a gift born simply of grace


Photo – Jem on the beach in the sun with a beer – Sally Croucher



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


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


Photo – Jempics

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

Elegant Green revisited

No 9 of 12 in the Jemverse series ‘Back to the sea’

Elegant green whisper away
soft the turning sea
Shingle drift, the undertow
pulls back to stiffened breeze
Ebb once more again my friend
Egged on by seagull’s call
From Worthing in the sunglare
to Brighton’s massive sprawl

Hasten now the ocean’s roar
Tumble down the waves
Crescendo to that sweetest song
on this midsummer day
So blue the sky, so sweet the taste
The salt upon my breath
Embraced again, beholden to
the ocean’s soft caress


Photo – Jempics

Elegant Green‘ was originally published on Jemverse on 21 June 2014

Sitting in the sea revisited

No 8 of 12 in the Jemverse series ‘Back to the sea’

Think I’ll go sit in the sea
Let the waves wash over me
One of the best places to be
When I am feeling like this

Think I’ll go play in the sand
Build something with my own hand
A castle that’s splendid and grand
Where I will then live in bliss

Think I will let go and fly
Up with the seagulls on high
But then I will awake by and by
With a caress from the breeze and a kiss


Photo – Jempics

Sit in the sea‘ was originally published as a part of the WordPress Writing 101 challenge on 11 June 2014

I watched the sea revisited

No.2 of 12 in the Jemverse series ‘Back to the sea’

I watched the sea
It did me proud
I smiled at it
Then laughed out loud
The warming sun
Bright in my face
On Shoreham beach
My special place

It’s everything
And all of me
For I am whole
Beside the sea
I laughed again
And felt at ease
For I’m content
At times like these


Photo – Jempics

I watched the sea‘ was originally published on Jemverse on 27 April 2014

Revisting a Pocketful of Pebbles

1 of 12 in the Jemverse ‘Back to the Sea’ series

I have a pocket full of pebbles
But some are no longer there
Weighty, they burn a hole and yet
Their tactile pleasure keeps them there. For a while.

My pebbles are selected well
I will see them and feel them and then
When I am sure that one is right
I will add it to the others where it becomes a friend.

My pebbles do not stay for good
Sometimes I discard them. They serve a purpose
For a time they are there within easy reach
And then they are gone, washed away with another tide


Photo – Jempics

Pocketful of Pebbles‘ was originally published on Jemverse on 7 October 2014

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