There’s a lady with a cup of tea
who comes from time to time
Sits on the shingle for a while
when the weather’s fine
And sometimes when the wind is strong
colour fills the sky
as kites takes to the sea and surf
and pass me swiftly by

Sometimes there’a a single hut
that’s open to the sun
And other times there’s many more
for long days filled with fun
Days pass, times change but always
I am here on southern shore
For I’m the beach at Lancing
and there’s always room for more


Photo – the ‘cup of tea’ lady (snapped from Hut 101), Lancing Beach, West Sussex, UK – Jempics


I am your words

I am your words
there for the taking
Sometimes accepted
other times not
Yet always captured
For I am yours
and always will be
To use as you will
and leave as you choose

When you find me
I am crafted
like clay to the potter
to form and substance
For I am your words


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

Ever present

The sun has shone for several weeks
and England’s seen no raining
But I’ve been on the beach most days
so you’ll not hear me complaining

A child of summer, this for me
is perfect beyond measure
Blue skies every day and warmth
revealing summers’ treasure

May to June and then July
absent precipitation
Changing colours, grass and more
across the Southern nation

The beach hut’s open every day
more rays there to capture
Watching as the sun goes down
for sunset’s daily rapture

And though the breeze is cool sometimes
With colours effervescent
up in the blue with fortitude
the sun is ever present


Photo – South Lancing Beach huts – Jempics

Summer Knows

Purple fields
fragrance high
sunshine bright
deep a sigh
in perfect rows
ripe for harvest
summer knows

Healing here
in nature’s hand
growing on the
Sussex land
A little piece
of heaven here
oozing peace and
bringing cheer



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

Fields of Lavender

We walked in fields of lavender
on the sixth day of July
On a summer evening
beneath a clear blue sky
Lordington near Chichester
high on Sussex hills
to watch the setting of the sun
A cure to cure all ills

A setting here for lovers
romancing with a smile
on this our anniversary
(We stayed for quite a while)
The sun sank low, the fragrance grew
as we sat and watched the scene
here amongst the lavender
my soulmate Sal and me


Photo – Jempics – Lordington lavender farm, near Chichester, West Sussex, UK. The farm opens for a small number of paying guests on July evenings each year. The chance to walk in and watch the sun set over the lavender fields with a glass of wine. Perfect for our 39th wedding anniversary this year.


Woke up to a morning
with zero chance of rain
Another perfect day
for our walkings once again
Starting here in Eastbourne
with the sun on deep blue sea
the day is full of promise
for my brother, Dave and me
Fourteen miles, the Seven Sisters
over cliffs, the country park
Heading down to Alfriston
where we’ll be before it’s dark


Photo – Eastbourne seafront, East Sussex, looking towards the Beachy Head rise – Jempics

Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go for a week-long walk. We’ve been elsewhere but most times, the draw of the wonderful South Downs Way – out there on our doorstep – keeps us close to home. This year we started from Eastbourne.

Twelve months five

No.10 of 12 in the Jemverse ’12 months’ series

On our wall there hangs a Hockney
print we bought at Tate last year
which with its bright strong colour
brings us constant cheer

And as Hockney loves a Hawthorn
it seemed appropriate to say
that the colour in the hedgerows now
are the birth flowers of May

White of course in Springtime
berries bright and red come fall
there’s something in the flower of May
to please both one and all


Photo – Jempics

This is 10 in a series of 12 poems written for and published on the 1st of every month for a year. See also Twelve Months Eight, Twelve Months Nine, Twelve Months Ten, Twelve Months Eleven , Twelve Months Twelve , Twelve Months One,  Twelve Months Two , Twelve Months Three and Twelve Months Four.

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