Delight

Bleak this green into the grey
a salt-laced winter wind
from a prevailing westerly
full in the face that grinned
and shivering at the whitened shore
to far horizon seen
the figure hunched to winter cold
knows full where he has been

This seascape no portend it hides
as waves turn, crash and fall
and seething water to the shore
brings a familiar call
So bleak though green into the grey
may seem here at first sight
it nonetheless a pleasure brings
to bring me a delight

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Photo – Jempics

If you could

Went for a walk
on the beach by the sea
December winds blowing
but lovely to be
in this place that we love
close by where we live
which pleasure on pleasure
it will always give

For no matter the season
or time of year
we visit these shores
we always find cheer

There's a 'je ne sais quoi'
intangible there
which with grace abundant
it's happy to share
so we oft partake
a no-brainer to do
which I'm sure you'll agree
if you could, you would too

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Photo – Jempics

Splendid

The beach was quite splendid but isn't it always
when with Wolfgang or there on our own
with the blue of the sky
and the huts by the by
it's a joy to have this close to home

It's great in the Summer and on bright days in Spring
and in Autumn with waves whipped by storm
with the pebbles and sand
the sea of course and
here on Winter days all dressed up warm

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Photo – Mrs C & Wolfgang outside Hut 101, December 2021 – Jempics

Our beach hut

And the view from the beach hut
to the shine of the sea
on this day in December
was fantastic for me

So pleased I can come
at all times of year
as this place is my haven
and always brings cheer

The locks opened easy
and the roof is still sound
with its turquoise paint job
still the brightest around

This beach hut at Lancing
brings a joy and still more
as place of our own
on the Sussex sea shore

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Photo – the sea from Beach Hut 101, December 2021 – Jempics 

On the beach III

Went for a walk on the beach in the sun
the sea was shiny and green
On the shingle the crunch
for an hour before lunch
the view was the best we had seen

From the West a stiff breeze, refreshing, not chill
whipped the waves as they crashed on the shore
and with the tide on the turn
appetite did we earn
as we walked on the beach here once more

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Photo – Jempics

Sometimes the words

Still and November and grey yet quite warm
to the beach I ventured today
and alone on the shingle with my good friend the sea
stood there with something to say

But the words being stubborn just wouldn't come
so I stood and looked out to the grey
and as high tide turned tail and never looked back
still silent I went back to my day

Sometimes the moments they come and they go
some seized for the moment, some not
and though a beach is a good place to be with no words
it's enough to be calm with one's lot

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Photo – Jempics

Last day in Lyme

No.11 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

On our last day we went back to Lyme
to look for fossils on the beach
heading westward from the town
to one in easy reach
And found them, oh I think we did
some massive ones at that
in boulders far too heavy
to take home and that's a fact

So I built a sculpture with flat stones
I found and balanced there
quite pleased with my achievement
took photographs to share
And the sun as it had been all week
shone down and warmed and beamed
as we sat down and rested
on the sand and looked and dreamed

For this was our swansong glory
so we wanted it to be
quite special to remember
down in Dorset by the sea
So after ice creams on the Cob
as by these words you'll tell
it has been all of that besides
and memorable as well

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Photo – stone tower, Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset – Jempics [The tower is about 4 feet high]

October Summer II

No.9 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

With the sunshine on the water
and the blueness of the sky
you'd be forgiven for believing
this was summer and July
But no, it's mid-October
and yet the sun's still very strong
bringing with it warming rays
which to summer should belong

Of course, we're not complaining
as on holiday we are
down in Dorset by the sea
for this spectacular
And though chilly of an evening
each day has been sublime
with so sign of any wet stuff
for our family holiday time

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Photo – Charmouth Beach, Dorset, October 2021 – Jempics

Seaton Beach Tree

No 8 in the Jemverse series ‘Down in Dorset’

By the orange cliffs at Seaton
on the beach is a dead tree
looking like a natural sculpture
beside East Devon's sea

Of course I had to get a closer look
so I walked along the beach
til I was close to where it was
with it in easy reach

It really was quite lovely
sculpted there by nature's hand
A little sad that it was dead
yet still it's proud to stand

Apparently it got there
when a massive chunk of cliff
one winter slipped into the sea
coastal erosion shift

And the tree it was deposited
upright and still alive
where for several years it prospered
and continued there to thrive

But battered by the winter storms
and exposed there to the sea
its demise was written in the wind
so died one year sadly

And yet its stump and whitened roots
remain there to this day
here on the beach at Seaton
In East Devon long to stay

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Photo – Jempics

No remonstating

And this morning the sunshine
returned with a smile
as it's been fairly rainy
and wet for a while
The mercury's rising
and the thermometer shows
the direction the warmth
and my wandering goes

For it's a no brainer
that the beach is the thing
when the weather's like this
for the joy it will bring
And as it's October
it's a bonus that I
can sit there in the sun
and watch life go by

So that's where I'm heading
the beach and the sea
as this is the place
where I love to be
And whenever the chance
is there for the taking
you'll find me down there
with no remonstrating

©Jemverse

Photo – Sally Croucher

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