In winter

I’ve stood by this river in Summer
and early Spring and in fall
but in spite of the chill in the winter
the view is the best one of all

For the sun is low in its apex
and as it shines through the trees to the east
the way it catches the water
provides here a visual feast

So I stood for a moment and shivered
and took in this beautiful scene
grateful for all of the seasons
and the times that here I have been

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Photo – the Thames at Kew Bridge, December 2019

Safely Asleep

The dawn’s not yet broken
and I’m travelling again
on the road for one more business trip
With birds still asleep
as the night is yet deep
I tip toe up the road lest I slip

The street lights are out
and everything’s dark
the silence is still and complete
And I quickly go
so no-one will know
and the world remains safely asleep

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Photo – Jempics

Rain or shine

It rained and it rained
and it rained and it rained
and then it just kept on raining
But although we got wet
‘most all of the time
there was seldom any complaining

The sun shone and it shone
and it shone and it shone
and then it just kept on shining
But though we hankered
after the rain
there was seldom anyone whining

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Photo – jempics

This town of mine

Someone sent a photograph
of how it used to be
Shoreham when I was a lad
Evoked a memory

Walking home from school each day
climbing up the wall
Jumping on the old bomb there
never once to fall

The den up in the manor
on the edge of Buckingham Park
where we’d hide and read our comics
and stay ’til it got dark

The sea defences on the beach
near to the harbour’s arm
Ignored our parents’ warning
though we never came to harm

The ruined house in Kingston Lane
its air-raid shelters gave
us reason for adventures
in the dark just like a cave

So many memories I have
of times now gone before
when Shoreham was a different place
this town on Sussex shore

But something nurtured way back then
has stood the test of time
As I’m still here and call this home
This lovely town of mine

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Photo – Jempics

How many words?

How many words written
goodness only knows
It must be in the millions
with the poems and the prose
that all these years I’ve written
ever since I was a lad
Some words to cover sadness
but most to cover ‘glad’

How many words I’ve written?
I’ve really no idea
although it has been said before
I’ve ‘verbal diarrhoea’
But this is something that I do
so I don’t really care
‘Cos I’m not stopping writing
as there’s lots more life to share

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Photo – Jempics

First IV

4 of 12 in the Jemverse ’12 months III’ series

December is here and as the first arrives
I am content for Christmas
to make its annual entrance
November’s too early or course
But this year there were ads in October
which borders on a step too far.
Yet today with a house full of adults remembering childhood
dusty boxes from dark attics
open to reveal their treasures
And sparkle brings glow as festive spirit blossoms into joy

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Photo – Shoreham’s Christmas sheep – Jempics

Four Haikus II

This is the second
but I don’t want to waste words
So straight to the point

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[These four haiku’s – 27 to 30 November 2019 – were written to read together. So please read yesterday’s and keep reading – at least for the next two days!]

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