Our beach hut

And the view from the beach hut
to the shine of the sea
on this day in December
was fantastic for me

So pleased I can come
at all times of year
as this place is my haven
and always brings cheer

The locks opened easy
and the roof is still sound
with its turquoise paint job
still the brightest around

This beach hut at Lancing
brings a joy and still more
as place of our own
on the Sussex sea shore

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Photo – the sea from Beach Hut 101, December 2021 – Jempics 

The joy of seven tree field

In seven tree field Santa's sleigh had arrived
and Obi sniffed inquisitively
We paused for a snap
with the little chap
before he ran off for a wee

In seven tree field December has come
but it's still not really that cold
The trees are now bare
but none of us care
for they've left the grass covered in gold

In seven tree field where we come every week
the joy this place brings just exudes
So as Obi runs round
on this familiar ground
Not to come would be rather rude

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Photo – Jem & Obi at ‘Houndie House’ in Seven Tree Field – Sally Croucher

Boostered! (whoop whoop)

Got boostered in Brighton
it's given me lift
as I'm all chuffed to bits
by this wonderful gift

It was easy, a walk-in
just gave them my name
then the small Pfizer jab
and the reason I came

And I walked out elated
Cloud 9 ringing true
with a massive 'thank you'
(well you would, wouldn't you?)

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Image from Facebook – Jempics

I waved a long shadow

I waved a long shadow
by a favourite tree
in a favourite field
where I love to be
the sunshine was bright
but with rain in the air
though sadly no rainbow
was evident there

But as usual the joy
of the wander we had
in Seven Tree Field
just made our hearts glad
and our little dog, Obi
he ran and he ran
with exuberant gait
with which all dogs can

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Photo – Jempics

Married on a birthday

Went to a birthday party
in Surrey, Saturday night
took us a while to get there
but that was quite alright

Loud cheers when we got there
the celebrations had begun
so we hurried there to join them
so we'd not miss out the fun

And we found the cheers had purpose
for the birthday and for now
as my brother had got married
on his birthday with a vow

Charles and Geoff now family proper
overjoyed does not come close
celebrating birthday marriage
on this day to juxtapose

I am a proud and elder brother
this is the best news in a while
exuberant jubilation
evident within my smile

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Photo – Emily Rose Croucher – Charles & Geoff Croucher/Hack

Through the trees

Evening sunshine through the trees
the Warren shaded now
but I still feel the sunshine
so warm upon my brow

It has been one of those balmy days
that only summer brings
and conjures up the feelings
to pull at old heart strings

And now as evening settles in
the sunshine fades away
as we here celebrate the joy
rekindled here today

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Photo – Jempics

Easter’s grace

Shadow of your crown of thorns

up there on the wall

contrasted in the sunshine

and captivating all

Easter in reflection

the people bowed and prayed

silence as the Spirit moved

and precious vows were made

And kneeling in the quiet

the sun became the Son

as at Easter his forgiveness

fell there on everyone

As a solitary tear fell

with joy and perfect grace

filling every essence of

my being in that place

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Photo – Jempics

Quote

Dawn Chorus Joy

I wrote some words without a picture

save the one that’s in my head

so it’s imagination that

you’ll have to use instead

For this is about the chorus

that I hear each day at dawn

the sweetest sound I’ll ever hear

as I awaken with a yawn

A happy throng in harmony

welcoming new day once more

nothing ventured nothing gained

for what it has in store

No, this is at its simplest

joy unabashed you see

which every morning here at dawn

we all can hear for free

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Days

Days I can throw wide abandon
open the window and sing
breathing in deep the fresh morning air
warmed by the sunshine of Spring

Such as these made for enrichment
filling us each with sublime
for spring to the step and joy to the heart
in which we all are entwined

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Photo – Jempics

Pink IV

A little sprig of pink
in the winter brown today
captured my attention
as I passed upon my way
So I whipped my iPhone out
and took a picture on the spot
as it seemed the thing to do
and I thought ‘why ever not’

It’s nice to see such things
as they bring a smile and more
something to be glad about
and raise a loud encore
For as the seasons gather
their skirts and have a fling
the result around this time of year
is the joy we call the Spring

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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