Bussokuseki week V (Thursday)

5 of 7

Here in the sunshine
with birdsong soft on the breeze
I can lose myself
close my eyes and drift away
to the sweet refrain of Spring
That favourite melody

©Jemverse

[Bussokuseki is an archaic Japanese poetic device in which lines are written in a 5-7-5-7-7-7 ‘mora’ pattern]

Photo – ‘Half Moon Bridge’ (1940) by Yoshida Toshi (1911-1995)

Poem and Prose II

Today with momentum
finding pattern and form
my page bore a colour
which for me is the norm

It was yellow and vibrant
the colour of Spring
mixing there with my words
and waiting to sing

These words from the poet
who just has to compose
with syntax and rhythm
for poem and prose

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Photo – Jempics

First IX

9 of 12 in the Jemverse series ’12 months III’

On our wall there hangs a Hockney
A print we hold so dear
as with its vibrant colour
always brings us lots of cheer

And as Hockney loves a hawthorn
it seemed appropriate to say
that the colour in the hedgerows now
is the one that is of May

White of course in Springtime
Berries bright and red come fall
There’s something in the flower of May
to please both one and all

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Jasmine tanka

Fragrant with Jasmine
captured in the evening air
The essence of Spring
And here with warmer evenings
embellish the privilege

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Photo – Jempics

Still singing

Wet roads glisten in sunshine
fresh from the rain
as I sit here gazing from
my high window again
There’s not much here passing
lockdown in full swing
but it highlights the colour
which comes from the Spring

The yellow forsythia
is lovely to see
from up here at my window
and brings home to me
that despite all the changes
this virus is bringing
there’s nothing to stop the
world from still singing

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Little Yellow II

There are little yellow flowers
I don’t know what they are
but they always come around this time
and are quite spectacular
Vibrant in the sunshine
they raise their heads and sing
appearing at the end of March
just before the Spring

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

First VIII

8 of 12 in the Jemverse series ’12 months III’

Three months have gone and
April is here and
the world is a different place
Enforced isolation
keeps us apart
as if we had fallen from grace

Yet despite the uncertain
days that we face
we still have cause here to sing
For April is here
to bring us some cheer
and give us the warmth of the Spring

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Sunshine shadow

Sunshine shadow
casts a glance
with nonchalance and whimsy
warming through the window
but outside still frail and flimsy

Sunshine shadow
gains in strength
now though as Springtime garners
new life from winter’s barren hands
for gardeners and farmers

Sunshine shadow
brings to me
a promise edged with laughter
which following the winter chill
is what we all are after

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

And II…

And I’ll tell you one thing
And this is quite good
And it has a good ending
And it’s right that it should
And though there’s a chill
And it’s still hanging on
And there’s no way of knowing
And you feel put upon
And your thoughts turn to Spring
And your voice turns to song
And you know it’s now March
And it won’t be that long
And then things will blossom
And the trees will turn green
And the days will be warm
And be the best they have been

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

I sing

The sunshine comes against the blue
with birds up in the tree
encouraging this morning
as the Springtime here I see
Yes there is still a present chill
the crisp of winter clings
but in my heart the summer comes
so with the birds I sing

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

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