Allotment II

The allotment’s looking lovely
if I do say so myself
We’ve been doing lots of digging
‘Cos it’s quite good for our health
We’ve got some fruit trees growing
and have planted lots of seeds
And in between the watering
have been pulling up the weeds
It’s really therapeutic
and cathartic doing this
So already our allotment
has become a place of bliss

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Photo – Jempics

Long awaited

A day long awaited
arrives and I’m ready
Gear is all packed
and weather looks steady
Dry bags for the rain
if it comes just in case
But I’m hoping that they
will remain in their place

And the trail lies before us
the chalk and the loam
of the South Downs way
in Sussex, our home
Two brothers off doing
the thing they love most
Walking the Downs on
the hills by the coast

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Photo – Jempics

Smile III

I only have five letters
but they go a long, long way
Combined they spell out something
that will brighten up a day
Sometimes I’m told I use it
too often in my verse
But I tend to ignore that
for the other thing is worse

For these five letters – ‘S’ and ‘M’
and ‘I’ and ‘L’ and ‘E’
together precede laughter
and sometimes hilarity
And you know you will feel better
when you’ve laughed a little while
So that’s why I quite often
write a poem with a smile

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Photo – Henry ‘Henners’ Hannan (the smiling pig) – Mok Towers, Lancing, Sussex, UK – Jempics

Blue, the beach, twilight and a wander

Lights in the far distance
across the darkening sand
In swiftly facing twilight
as night-time gathers and
the beach and sea reflect the blue
with a peaceful lapping sound
And we’re the only people here
with silence all around

This is a good time for a walk
and the pleasure it will give
Always thankful for this place
of Shoreham where we live

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Photo – West Beach at low tide, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

The seagulls’ cry

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The seagulls’ cry
synonymous
of living by the sea

A thing of which
I’ll never tire
for it is a part of me

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Finding your sublime

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Yes, I know it’s winter out there
and it’s miserable and wet
But with your imagination
A little summer I can get
It’s really not that difficult
your mind’s eye is what you need
and a willingness to just let go
and listen as agreed
Close your eyes and see the scene
a meadow full of flowers
Bathed in golden sunlight
for hours and hours and hours
You’re wandering there, but by and by
you lie down beneath a tree
and simply watch the world go by
A fine picture, you’ll agree
And the beauty of this journey
is that you can go there any time
Just close your eyes and drift away
and find your own sublime

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Pictures II

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Do you have a picture
one close to your heart
Capturing a moment
from which you cannot part?
Perhaps it looks like mine
though I have many, truth be told
Ones I will keep with me
Until I’m very old

They capture special moments
and I feel them every one
Some started many years ago
and some have just begun
Yet all of them are precious
and completely part of me
Pictures bringing substance
to a treasured memory

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Photo – The Croucher family outside the gates of Hogwarts, Warner Bros Studios, London – Jempics

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