Favourite things

The beach at any time of year
The sea, my friend, to bring me cheer

Lavender in purple fields
Walking in the Sussex Weald

Music as my food for life
My lovely children and my wife

My dogs, the young one and the old
who understand me, so I’m told

Treasures all with songs to sing
These are all my favourite thing

©Jemverse

Photo – Gracey Croucher – the author at one of his favourite places, watching a sunset

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The colour of rain

I saw splashes of colour
like rain falling down
A rainstorm of rainbows
to dispel any frown
So I danced as the colour
fell all around me
soaking and soothing
and setting me free

©Jemverse

Photo – from #Jemverse on Instagram, July 2018 – Jempics

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Back in nineteen seventy-nine
all those years ago
With me in white, my bride in blue
we walked in sunshine slow
A promise made, sealed with a kiss
the entourage they laughed
and in that moment, with applauds
we were wed at last

A love that sparked with smear of clay
grew stronger every year
The laughter stayed, the children came
to fill our lives with cheer
Now almost forty years have passed
yet still in love are we
Thirty-nine upon this day
Our anniversary

©Jemverse

Photo – Jem (of Jemverse) and his soulmate Sal on their wedding day – 7 July 1979 

Life Music

Quite often then
my eyes will dance
‘tho my feet
are slower there
For there is music
all around
in life most
everywhere

©Jemverse

Photo – from Jemverse on instagram (#Jemverse), June 2018 – Jempics

Of planting and weeding and watching things grow

Went to the allotment
the sun wasn’t there
But I attacked all the weeds
that had grown everywhere
And I planted nasturtiums
and more lavender too
To add to the ones which
from seedlings I grew

I watered the onions
and talked to the beans
Said they would soon grow
in the light and sunbeams
It’s not looking bad
and the grass is quite short
But things aren’t growing
quite as fast as we thought

Mind you, the lavender
(My favourite by far)
is looking quite lovely
and spectacular
It’s attracting the bees
which is what we all need
As they will in turn
pollinate all the seeds

And nature’s life cycle
when the summer is done
will yield I am sure
lots of produce with sun
Which we’ll then partake
and enjoy with good cheer
Before planting begins
once again come next year

©Jemverse

Photo – Ham Field allotments, Shoreham, June 2018 – Jempics

Water Flows

In rippling brook the water flows
Whence it came I do not know
Suffice to say its pleasant sound
is quite the nicest thing around

©Jemverse

Photo – from Jemverse on Instagram, May 2018 – Jempics

The day

A welcome embrace I gave to the day
as it crept up and grabbed hold of me
Reciprocate it returned with a smile
edged with grace and a fragility

And in that exquisite found moment
when the day in its infancy grows
a part of my spirit awakens
and into the moment it flows

©Jemverse

Photo – from Jempics on Instagram, April 2018 – Jempics

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