No 9 of 12 in the Jemverse ’12 months II’ series

May arrives with emerald glow
When Spring is here and in full flow
And oft to walking we will go
In the warm sunshine

May arrives as summer’s child
With warmer days and weather mild
On which we all will oft have smiled
With the warm sunshine

May arrives to herald June
As it will be the summer soon
And we will dance beneath the moon
After warm sunshine


Photo – Jempics

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.

Adventure Planning

Around about this time of year
my brother Dave and me
Take maps and pens and paper
to our local hostelry
And there we’ll plan adventures
whilst sharing a fine ale
Recalling all we’ve had before
with memories to regale

It’s something to look forward to
now winter’s come to stay
A plan for when the springtime comes
and April’s turned to May
For then with backpacks we will go
for several happy days
Along the paths we’ve trod before
on splendid Sussex ways



Mock Orange

The mock orange in my garden
has blossomed now it’s May
And its fragrance is abundant
at any time of day
Especially of an evening
when it fills the air with scent
And I stand there for a moment
Breathing in with good intent


The gift of May

A poem for Maytime
sitting out in the sun
The warmer air tells us
Springtime’s begun
There are dandelions
buttercups, daisies too
growing there in the grass
with the bells of blue
And the fragrance is there
breathe it deep, take it in
For it tells us that summer
is about to begin


Vibrant Blue

Vibrant splash of vivid blue
Wild, untamed and bright
Bluebells in my garden
Are a welcome sight
Greeting me as May takes hold
Their constancy remains
A testament to their language
So admirably explained


May Day

Sun rises golden, gleaming
Over Sussex field
Heralding the first of May
Its glory is revealed
Silence reigns, the world awakes
Slumber fades and here
Through the green of leafy bough
The sunshine brings us cheer

There’s frosting on the dew-clad grass
But rising now as mist
There is no greater wonder
than the spectacle of this
A kaleidoscope of colour
Arrives with breaking dawn
A privilege to witness
On this early summer morn


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