On the beach II

10 of 10 in the Jemverse ‘On the beach’ series

The sprawl of Brighton to the east
and Worthing to the west
is why this beach at Lancing
sparks such an interest
As lying equidistant
the eye is drawn to each
affording quite the best of views
when sitting on the beach

Just a short walk from Shoreham
(even quicker in the car)
it’s a perfect beach to come to
as it’s really not that far
Yet despite that clear attraction
‘tho folk this way still come
it’s never all that crowded
even in the summer sun

But here in late September
there is more here to condone
as I am here for hours
and quite often on my own
I might see a paddle board
or fishing boat out there
but it’s mostly me and seagulls
this beach to love and share

Sometimes a dog walker
will slowly amble by
mostly in the mornings
before the sun is high
And as they pass the beach hut
we’ll exchange a word or two
as the dogs around us frolic
like dogs on beaches do

And other times kite surfers
when the wind is blowing strong
will fill the sky with colour
as they skim and surf along
They are indeed a spectacle
and privilege to see
on this beach in Lancing
where we just love to be

This beach it is my haven
and this hut my special place
somewhere to escape to
when I need a saving grace
Epitomising everything
I love about the sea
and somewhere I’ll return to
on the beach where I am free

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Photo – Jempics

Back for more

8 of 10 in the Jemverse ‘On the beach’ series

Not content with just a day
I’m back again for more
a repeat here of the yesterday
close to this fine sea shore
The sunshine just as warming
the sea just as sublime
on this beach at Lancing
which I regard as mine

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Photo – Jempics

Twenty year view

3 of 10 in the Jemverse ‘On the beach’ series

For over twenty years
I have sat and watched this view
back since I was forty when
this vista was brand new
Hut one-o-one at Lancing
on the east side of the beach
about three miles from where we live
so still in easy reach

And even after twenty years
this view down to the sea
exudes its charm and here remains
quite unequivocally
A place where I am quite at ease
and in my element
for it is where for all these years
my summers I have spent

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Photo – Jempics

Atmospheric 3

3 of 3 in a Jemverse mini-series

Looking eastwards cross the raging sea
grey clouds above the green
The beach at Lancing here today
amongst the best I’ve seen
That is, I’d say, for quite a while
so fortunate am I
as I can come and witness when
wind blows and waves are high
This beach, this shore in Sussex
wonderful throughout the year
Its glory never lost on me
when I am standing here

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Photo – looking eastwards from Lancing Beach, Sussex, UK – Jempics

Tri-Tanka IV (Lancing Beach)

Once again relaxed
Lancing Beach does that for me
Every single time
The sound of the moving sea
The sight of the ocean waves
And I’m in my element

Completely relaxed
Listening to the ocean
I sit here for hours
Reading for a little while
Writing for a while longer
Here outside Hut 101

Relaxation here
This is my perfect haven
Little home from home
Where I can quite simply be
Where I can quite simply feel
The simplicity of life

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Photo – Lancing Beach, West Sussex, looking East – Jempics

A tanka is a 31 syllable 5 line Japanese poem with a syllabic sequence of 5-7-5-7-7

Breakfast on the beach

Down at the beach hut
for bacon and eggs
Early Saturday morn
No-one else here
just us and the sea
on the beach not long after dawn

It’s cathartic down here
our haven near home
Somewhere we just love to be
Hut 101 on Lancing
Beach Green
on the coast by the Sussex sea

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Photo – Jempics

Me, two crows and the beach

Just me at the beach hut
the sea and two crows
And what they were up to?
Well I guess no-one knows
Suffice just to say that
at times such as these
this place is a haven
in soft summer breeze
There is peace and contentment
and I love being here
By the sea here in Sussex
at a place I hold dear

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Photo – South Lancing Beach, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

Shadow Wave

Shadow cast on turquoise
I raised a hand and waved
One finger on the shutter
for the photo that I saved

The sunshine played, it always does
on summer evenings here
The beach hut looking lovely
with the sunset drawing near

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Photo – South Lancing beach huts, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

Makeover 101

Our beach hut’s had a makeover
it’s looking pretty swish
and now it has been painted
in bright colour, per our wish

We’ve had it now for twenty years
so it’s good to keep it nice
and (not that we intend to sell)
it does add to the price

Turquoise to reflect the sea
and sparkle in the sun
Here’s to twenty more years still
in Beach Hut one-oh-one.

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Photo – Beach Hut 101, Lancing Beach, West Sussex – Jempics

Haven by the sea revisited

6 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Beach Huts’ series

Opened up the beach hut
which needs a lick of paint
But it’s still a lovely place to be
All ours and very quaint

We used to paint it ‘beach-hut white’
by regulation every year
But now the rules have been relaxed
and colour has appeared

It won’t take long, I’m sure of that
and in the August sun
We’ll spend some time with cans of paint
until the job is done

Yellow’s nice and so is green
but with ocean in plain sight
a blue reflecting sea and sky
is justified and right

It remains a lovely place to come
and with some work and TLC
We’ll keep our beach hut spick and span
in our haven by the sea

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Photo – the view from our ‘haven by the sea’ – hut 101, Lancing Beach Green, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

Jemverse originally published ‘Haven by the Sea‘ on 26 July 2016

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