Coming Home II

It’s been twelve months
since last we were
a full contingent
of ‘Croucher’
For one of six
who’s been away
from Oz is coming
home today
Christmas this year
life is sweet
as once again
we are complete


Photos – Jempics



2 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

There’s a house whose walls were green
but now they’re painted grey
Where for quarter of a century
we have been every day
It’s positioned in a little street
just up from Shoreham station
Fifteen minutes from the beach
if you’ve the inclination

It’s convenient for shops in town
and pubs for food and beer
So we know we are quite fortunate
to be living quite so near
And yes, you might have guessed it
from the many lines I’ve written
that Shoreham has a special place
with which we are quite smitten


‘Convenient’ is 2 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series celebrating the little town on the south coast of the UK where we live. The picture here was snapped when the big tree opposite our house was felled in June 2015 after it had fallen unwell. It’s been replaced now with a sapling which is already growing tall.


1 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

It has the downs, it has the sea
with a river running through
It has a thousand years of history
for the memories it grew
It has my heart, it has my love
with home right at the centre
It has excitement every day
for a spirit of adventure
It has unique, it has sublime
with everything for me
It has a name, synonymous
with Shoreham by the Sea


Today sees the start of another Jemverse mini-series, this one being six poems about aspects of my home town of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK. I took the picture used for ‘Everything’ in June 2014 from the beach side of the town looking back across the river to the 11th century tower of the parish church of St Mary de Haura. 

Just as well

It felt just like the weekend
and for me that’s what it was
as these days I need a bit more time
to recuperate because
the travelling I’m doing now
takes it right out of me
and much as I enjoy it
long rests are what I need
But in Brighton in the sunshine
you really couldn’t tell
that this was just a Friday
which I guess was just as well


Photo – Brighton on a Friday in the sunshine – Jempics

At Home

Part 6 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘At Home’ series

At home this little series
concludes today when I
get back there from the Midlands
late this evening, by and by
Still a few hours travelling
but the further south I go
the closer home it takes me
which is wonderful to know
My dogs will go ballistic
with a welcome home for me
And I shall be back in Shoreham
where I truly love to be


Photo – the house where Jem and Sal live; home – Jempics


Part 5 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘At Home’ series

At home for me is Shoreham
by the sea down Sussex way
Nestled underneath the Downs
in a wide sweeping bay

Brighton out there to the East
with Worthing to the West
I’m partial to both places
but Shoreham is the best


Photo – my home town of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK – snapped from the Adur Ferry Bridge looking along the High Street West; Star Gap in the foreground – Jempics


Part 4 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘At Home’ series

At home is where I’ll always
feel contentment with some pride
For this is where the heart is
as the saying goes, implied
And there’s truth behind those simple words
Far more than I can say
The pleasure that I feel right there
when I have been away


Photo – Jempics

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