To the river

There are steps to the water
and I don’t know why
Something with meaning
in times now passed by

Perhaps for a boatman
to access his craft
For trade on the river
to board fore and aft

Perhaps for some access
for folk who lived near
and needed to get
to the river right here

Suffice now to say
on this morning in June
it gives me a place
to hum a nice tune

and write down some words
of this place I have found
by the Thames here in Kew
with peace all around

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Photo – the Thames at Kew, West London, UK – June 2018 – Jempics

Peace

At Kew by the water
The Thames is quite low
It’s still early morning
and the river is slow
Time for respite
and peace by the trees
with only the sound
of birds in the leaves

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

At one

On the old oyster beds
as a tide at mid-ebb gurgles
and glints in the midday sun
Seagulls play and water shines

And across the way
this special moment grabs attention
and captured there I breathe it in
and am at one

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Photo – Jempics

On built up embankments

Standing on built up embankments
for a moment or two at midday
It’s a pleasure to see the old oyster beds
and seabirds out there at play
The sunshine plays on water
and I squint in the bright glare
relishing, despite the chill
that precious moment here

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©Photo – mudbanks and oyster beds, River Adur, West Sussex – Jempics

Brilliant

The glare was quite brilliant
from the bridge with the blue
and the sunshine so bright
that it looked almost new
The river was brimming
the tide really high
with soft wavelets lapping
as I wandered by
A bridge with a promise
brilliant to me
as it takes me across
from the town to the sea

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Photo – The Adur Ferry Bridge, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK. Taken from landward side looking south to beachward side – Jempics

It’s a gull’s life

“So, this wall in the sun
makes a great place to view
this town where we live
don’t you think, just us two?”

“You’re not wrong my friend
it’s a great place to be
down here by the river
not far from the sea”

“We can fish, we can fly
or just sit in the sun
It’s a gull’s life for us
and it’s plenty of fun”

“You said it, my friend
Living here is just great
and it’s better by far
with you for a mate”

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Photo – gulls on the new sea defence wall, river Adur, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex – Jempics

Quirky

3 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

And I am a community
fascination here to pique
All along the river bank
quirky and unique
Houseboats here in residence
tradition to bizarre
Conformity is alien
I’m not particular
But I’m as much a part of Shoreham
as the townsfolk either side
Here on Adur’s mudflats
where my people all reside

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Continuing the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series, Quirky is all about the houseboat community on Riverbank. Moored along the mudflat banks of the River Adur estuary at Shoreham, the boats vary from the traditional to the not-so-traditional. 

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