Pretty Sails

Nestling in the harbour
at the yacht club yesterday
a jolly pretty sailboat
I espied whilst on my way

So I made a little detour
across the Adur Ferry Bridge
so that I could take a photo
as a special privilege

For this was something special
canvas sails a-hoisted high
just waiting for the tide to turn
as we all wandered by

Sadly that was hours away
so I couldn't see it sail
but the sight I captured of it
makes for smiles here to regale

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Photo – Jempics

Living in Shoreham

On the last day of August
I crossed the bridge from the town
as this view of Shoreham
brings a smile not a frown
and whenever I see it
a pinch I must give
to myself to remind me
that here's where I live

This town by the river
and yes, by the sea
nestled under the Downs
sheltered there by the lea
and this view from the beachside
never fails to impress
so I'm proud when I say
I've a Shoreham address

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Photo – Shoreham town from the beach side of the Adur Ferry Bridge – Jempics

St Mary’s at night

St Mary's at night time
against black of the sky
looked really impressive
as we wandered by

So I whipped out my iPhone
and with time delay on
took a snapshot to capture
the view this was from

And it came out just fine
as I think you'll agree
from the picture I've added
to this brief poetry

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Photo – St Mary de Haura, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

The Plan (part VI)

No.6 in the continuing Jemverse ‘Allotment’ series 

For the first time I sat back
and knew that 'we'd done good'
at our allotment established
as we'd hoped that it would

And now we can harvest
the produce and fayre
of the things we have laboured
for and groom right there

And keep up the momentum
to see it prosper and grow
and keep on producing
with grandeur to show

Our Ham Field allotment
for pleasure and more
from the toils of our labours
to a place we adore

Yes 'we've done good' and
we're really quite pleased
as the plan's come together 
from the idea conceived

And now it's with a smile
we can look at our land
and know that it's ours
all that loveliness, grand

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Photo – Jempics

‘The Plan (part VI)’ is part of a continuing Jemverse series charting the rejuvenation of our Ham Field, Shoreham allotment in 2021 and beyond. For previous outings see ‘Back to the Allotment‘, ‘The Plan (Part II)‘, ‘The Plan (part III)‘, ‘Beginning IX (aka ‘The Plan (part IV))‘, and ‘The Plan (part V)‘ 

Ubi Sunt

As a boy these docks, this harbour
was a playground for adventure
fascination for a mystery
with no interest in debenture
Freedom then to roam and play
in summers with no ending
gave birth to a long love affair
with Sussex there befriending

But that was a long time ago
and though docklands here remain
the yearning for adventure
I have long learned to refrain
Transitory was that time
yet still there's vestige here
with sun-bleached memories of my youth
rekindled by the year

The harbour may have changed yet I
am still that boy at heart
and though six decades since have passed
we're scarcely now apart
Yes transitory the passing
yet somehow just the same
as every time I pass I hear
the calling of my name

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Photo – Shoreham Harbour from the ‘Albert Dock’, Sussex, UK – Jempics

An ‘Ubi Sunt’ is a verse form in which the poem or its stanzas begin with the Latin words “…Ubi Sunt…” (Where are…) or their equivalent in another language, and which has as a principal theme the transitory nature of things.

This Jemverse ‘Ubi Sunt’ is dedicated to Frank Hubeny and ‘Another Fearless Year’ (aka Linda Kruschker) from whom the inspiration to write it came.

Buckingham House

As a boy I used to play here
inside the burnt out walls
playing hide n seek and other games
within its hallowed halls

Once we ventured to the basement
down dark and dusty stair
oblivious to danger
with innocence to dare

But now all these years later
it is a block of flats
although the outside walls remain
preserved and still intact

A part of Shoreham's history
with reminder of the past
and with thanks to planning foresight
that memory here will last

And yet there is a sadness
of the grandeur now long lost
a testament to passing years
and scandalous the cost

For this history lest protected
will vanish without trace
unless we have the foresight
to preserve it now with grace

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Photo – South elevation of Shoreham’s old Buckingham House, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

The original Buckingham House was built in 1655 but extensively remodelled in 1808. When it’s last owner passed away in 1905 it was left empty until 1910 when dry rot and fire destroyed it. The remains were in ruins until 1962/63 when plans for the new and still existing Woodview Court were proposed within its north and west elevations. Building of the new flats was completed in the late 1960s, the east and south elevations preserved as a part of the planning permission granted.

Church Cottage Twitten

Betwixt Church Street and Middle
in the ancient of the town
is 'Church Cottage Twitten'
where I'll often wander down
It's a short cut to the High Street
and it's quiet and very quaint
besides I like the older things
'Cos young though now I ain't

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Photo – Jempics

Al fresco dining

In Shoreham town al fresco
dining now seems to be the norm
which is lovely in the summer
when days are mostly warm
but when they're overcast
or quite windy like today
it's not without a smirk
to see the faces there portray
something of discomfort
as they put on a brave face
yet shiver as they eat their meals
this climate to embrace
But that aside it's good to see
East Street used well this way
as it all adds to the vibrancy
Our Shoreham sees today

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Photo – East Street, Shoreham – Jempics

Spectacular III

From Ferry Road and shingle beach
this curving Sussex bay
is quite spectacular to see
from Shoreham I must say
And chagrined to admission I
shamefaced apologise 
as with this upon my doorstep
I should always recognise
that here is unbridled privilege
to simply cast an eye
and take in this glorious vista
when just simply walking by

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Photo – Jempics

Ways to use time

We went for an ice cream
and sat on the beach
it was rather windy
but within easy reach
in the relative shelter
of Old Shoreham town
nestled beneath
the crook of the Down

The sun was all squinty
and April shine bright
good to see people
about and in sight
Almost as if a 
new normal is here
evident on the faces
of all around, cheer

We stopped by politely
at the patisserie
to purchase some quiche
for Sally and me
then made our way homeward
for brunch and a snooze
such is our choice
for the time that we use

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Photo – Sally Croucher

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