Sultry

Mid May and springtime evenings
with warmth still in the air
left over from the sunshine
that has been shining there

Walking through the city streets
A sultry feeling here
It is a pleasure knowing
that the summertime is near

And it has a certain nuance
you have to feel to know
when you simply have to wander
take your time and just be slow

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Photo – Brighton’s Royal Pavilion on a warm late Spring night – Jempics

A long walk to the pub

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We went on a long walk to Lewes
Along the old Drovers way
Following the ancient Trail of Juggs
on a wonderful sunny day

The sky was as blue as blue can be
the company jolly and fun
the scenery simply breathtaking
and enjoyed by everyone

It took about four hours
to the Snowdrop for a beer
A really very special day
with laughter, fun and cheer

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Photo – us lot (apart from me as I was taking the pic) on the Juggs Drover path between Brighton & Lewes, East Sussex – Jempics

Brighton for Brunch

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To Brighton for brunch on a Sunday
egg muffins and hot cups of tea
Meeting some Crouchers who now live close by
Holly, Grace, Sally and Lee

Later we may do some shopping
I believe there’s a record shop here
so maybe I’ll get some new music
as long as it’s not very dear

To Brighton for brunch on a Sunday
a great way to filter some time
especially here with family
when the company is so fine

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i-360

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I walked this way so many times
the route I made my own
Knew everything about it
from where I worked to home
Yet, walking there this morning
there’ve been changes over time
Not least of which the view I see
on the Brighton city line

For now instead of open sky
from the churchyard on the hill
Brighton’s i-360 tower
looms omnipresent still
It’s really a monstrosity
(though some would disagree)
A spike upon the skyline
in Brighton by the sea

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Photo – the ‘spike’ of Brighton’s i-360 tower looms between the trees seen from St Nicholas churchyard – Jempics. The ‘British Airways i-360’ is a 162-metre (531 ft) observation tower on the seafront of Brighton, near to the remains of the West Pier. It opened for business in August 2016.

Music – sedoka

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Life without music
is like a tree without leaves
sadly bereft in winter

and left without warmth
or the promise of summer
to awaken it to joy

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Photo – Rounder Records, Brighton (sadly no longer with us) – Jempics

Day 2 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Six Lines’ event – a sedoka a day for 7 days.

A Sedoka is an unrhymed poem of Japanese origin comprising two three-lined Katauta. A Sedoka has a syllabic sequencing of 5/7/7, 5/7/7.

Lazy day – tanka

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Breakfast in Brighton
November morning sunshine
follows after rain
Both providing sustenance
for lazy Sunday slowness

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Photo – Brighton Pavilion – Jempics

Day 7 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Five Lines’ event – a tanka a day for 7 days.

A tanka is a five-line non-rhyming poem of Japanese origin dating back almost 1200 years. Using simile, metaphor and personification, the five lines must follow a syllabic sequence of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7.

A fall from grace III

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I found it on the high tide line
after a night of fire
the grand old lady of the sea
destroyed by spite and ire
Never proved but always known
her final hours presumed
the work of arsonists with flame
the pier now lost, consumed

Yet carried on an ebbing tide
along the coast to me
a memory of those boards I trod
now rescued from the sea
And though her grandeur now has gone
complete her fall from grace
Brighton’s West Pier always will
in history have a place

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Photo – charred West Pier planking – Jempics

On 28 March 2003 the pavilion at the end of the derelict West Pier in Brighton caught fire. Always presumed to have been the work of arsonists, yet never proven, it was still the final death knell for the grand old lady. Opened back in 1866 and surviving two world wars, the pier was sadly closed to the public in 1975. However, I still have fond memories of walking its promenade decks back in the 60s and early 70s. Who knows, I could have trodden the very board fragment I rescued and which now has pride of place in my back garden.

Part III of the ‘Falling from Grace’ trilogy
Part II – 7 October
Part I – 6 October

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