The safe warmth of home

Steel grey seas with iron chill
it’s with whimsy that I peer
at the beach I know so well
in summer brings such cheer
Yet now the winter’s icy hand
has me firmly in its grip
As grey green waters frenzied churn
with northern winds are whipped

So I with best foot forward
march swiftly ‘cross these stones
No lingering in winter times
for the safe warmth of home

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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Seascape

If I do nothing else today
the one thing I will do
Is sit down on the beach a while
and watch the lovely view
For I will never tire of this
The sea, the sky, the sun
Particularly when like now
My working day is done

Encapsulating promise
when there’s no one else around
I love to sit here on my own
and listen to the sound
As waves upon this Southern shore
with tidal waters turn
and echo to the silence
I will never, ever spurn

Reflected blue of seascape
above as down below
I cannot think of anything
to better this I know
And here in beach hut heaven
I can watch it all day long
Just listening to the sweet refrain
The oceans’ happy song

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

To feel the sea

A ship is out there sailing
I can’t see it but it’s there
Out upon the ocean waves
of me, it’s unaware
And yet a synergy akin
we share both it and I
Affinity with ocean wide
as both go passing by

I’m landlocked now but often
to the seashore I am drawn
to gaze out to horizon
on an autumnal morn
And I know that out there somewhere
a ship is sailing by
And it, like me, will feel the sea
beneath a deep blue sky

©Jemverse

Photo – the Adriatic Sea off the Croatian coast – Jempics

Sitting by the Sea

I’ve sat by the sea in Croatia
I’ve set by the sea in Spain
I’ve sat by the sea in Turkey and Greece
but it’s never quite been the same

I’ve sat by the sea in Gibraltar
I’ve sat by the sea in France
I’ve sat by the sea in Montenegro and Crete
but it’s always like taking a chance

For when I sat by the sea here in Sussex
there’s no asking for anything more
As it excludes a peace that makes my soul shine
by Southern England’s home shore

©Jemverse

Photo – the Sussex Sea – Jempics

Every Ocean

3 of 3

Sailed every ocean
over several years
They’ve given me joy
and also some tears
Yet great as they are
I will always defer
to the sea here in Sussex
the one I prefer

©Jemverse

Photo – the Sussex sea, looking towards Brighton – Jempics

Several Oceans

1 of 3

Sailed several oceans
then came home for a rest
as the ocean of home
is always the best
For it’s here that my heart
with the sea that I know
will always stay true
wherever I go

©Jemverse

Photo – the Sussex sea – Jempics

The Soothing Sea

I have lost count the number
of poems I have written
about the sea in Sussex
as really, I am smitten
So, if I only wrote of water
would you think less of me?
for really, if the truth be told
it’s best beside the sea

I can sit here hour on hour
beside the soothing waves
and gaze out at its fathoms
on sultry summer days
For me it’s inspiration
of it I’ll never tire
It prompts my words and writing
and builds in me a fire

Sometimes the sunshine glistens
like diamonds out there
so it would be quite selfish
these moments not to share
This preciousness, this richness
makes me a wealthy man
so I’ll gladly share some with you
(At least, that is the plan)

Its wide expanse, its changing form
its moving tides and more
all taken in and captured
from hours down on the shore
So I’ll just keep on writing
of my passion and then share
Something of the sea with you
as nothing can compare.

©Jemverse

Photo – South Lancing Beach, West Sussex – Jempics

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