Shoreham

Part 5 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘At Home’ series

At home for me is Shoreham
by the sea down Sussex way
Nestled underneath the Downs
in a wide sweeping bay

Brighton out there to the East
with Worthing to the West
I’m partial to both places
but Shoreham is the best

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Photo – my home town of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK – snapped from the Adur Ferry Bridge looking along the High Street West; Star Gap in the foreground – Jempics

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To the sea

Morning over Cardiff
Looking to the sea
Across the city landscape
It’s beckoning to me

My soul lies with the ocean
and whenever we’re apart
The sense of loss is palpable
and felt deep in my heart

So, even though it’s distant
out there in Cardiff Bay
It brings a sense of knowing
And a comfort I would say

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Photo – morning over Cardiff, Wales looking to Cardiff Bay – Jempics

Ocean of Everything

3 of 3 in the Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy

It’s the ocean of everything
I know and hold dear
And I’m part of its essence
That much remains clear

But explaining just why
is a difficult thing
There are words and a voice
and a mystery to bring

And a secret I’ve sworn
to hold close to my heart
Never a soul to
divulge or impart

Suffice here to say
that the sea of my youth
remains as a constant
revealing its truth

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Photo – West Beach, Shoreham. Taken January 2003 on a Kodak Dx3600, my first digital camera – Jempics

The Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy: ‘Ocean of Me’ (22/10/17), ‘Ocean of Senses’ (23/10/17), ‘Ocean of Everything’ (24/10/17)

Ocean of Senses

2 of 3 in the Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy

Sensory perception
a fragrance on the breeze
Carried in the air across
the wild and raging seas
Heard and felt and witnessed
in my blood and in my bones
Appealing to my senses
and a love I’ve always known

The Ocean’s voice before me
like music to my ears
A symphony of pleasure
as it’s been across the years

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Photo – West Beach, Shoreham. Taken January 2003 on a Kodak Dx3600, my first digital camera – Jempics

The Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy: ‘Ocean of Me’ (22/10/17), ‘Ocean of Senses’ (23/10/17), ‘Ocean of Everything’ (24/10/17)

Ocean of Me

1 of 3 in the Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy

A whisper carried on the breeze
heard across the air
Like an echo over many years
of me still walking there

The ocean still a part of me
as it has since just a boy
Six decades past it stays the same
a stalwart to enjoy

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Photo – West Beach, Shoreham looking towards the Bay of Brighton and the Seven Sisters. Taken January 2003 on a Kodak Dx3600, my first digital camera – Jempics

The Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy: ‘Ocean of Me’ (22/10/17), ‘Ocean of Senses’ (23/10/17), ‘Ocean of Everything’ (24/10/17)

 

Iron Lighthouse

On the north sea coast at Harwich
Iron lighthouse in the sea
Built to replace the old one
back in eighteen sixty-three

Here are sandy beaches
but the sea looks just the same
As is does down on the Southern coast
where I’ll soon be home again

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The ‘High’ and ‘Low’ Lighthouses on Dovercourt’s shore at Harwich were built in 1863 as a pair after the two Lighthouses at Harwich, which worked on a similar principal of being aligned by the mariner to mark safe passage had become inacurate and dangerously misleading. Pictured is the ‘low’ one of the pair. Photo – Jempics.

Sea Lane Surfers

By afternoon the wind was up
And the tide was really high
So we drove down to Goring
To watch the surfers fly
Sitting in the cafe there
With a coffee on the side
We had a perfect view
Of the rough and surging tide

Protected from the elements
We watched them find big air
Flying with their massive kites
Out on the white caps there
And it was exhilarating
For us and them as well
Watching as they flew and surfed
Out on the Channel swell

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Photo – kite-surfers finding big air, Sea Lane, Goring, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

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