Ivy leafed Toadflax

Ivy leafed Toadflax
growing on the wall
pink and really pretty
as the Springtime comes to call
Delicate its flowers
as it spreads this time of year
it's great to see it growing there
to bring some daily cheer


Photo – Jempics

Dandelion Bouquet

We have an evening pastime
now the 'lotty' is in full swing
a little wander down the road
to do some watering
It's cathartic and a pleasure
and with my air-pods on
I get to hear an album
on my i-phone with a song

It's peaceful there and lovely
and a pleasant thing to do
as well as one with purpose
for our labours to eschew
But most of all this time of year
with Springtime every day
is the yellow at the gatepost
with a dandelion bouquet


Photo – Jempics

Pleasant enough

It’s pleasant enough

sitting out in the sun

with a dog at my side

and a pen on the run

Capturing words

here in full flow

from the mind of a poet

to the pages below

It’s pleasant enough

when a morning is warm

and the joys of the Spring

are becoming the norm

Forming the syntax

of something that is

a moment of pleasure

and seems right for this


Photo – Jempics

Shiny II

I’m in the garden, it’s shiny

and growing right there

two dandelions in

the bright sunshine glare

So, as they’re yellow and lovely

and doing no harm

I trimmed the grass round them

so as not to alarm

And sitting here now

with a beer at my side

the shiny world smiles

and my grin is quite wide

There’s an ambiance softened

by the warmth of the breeze

with the sound of the birds

up there in the trees

So with sunshine around me

I’m happy to stay

right here in my garden

on this fine Springtime day


Photo – Jempics

Removed from the sand

April arrives and I sit in the sun

here at the end of the day

in a spot at the end of the garden where

I can write and then have my say

It is a savouring grace to have and to hold

and cherish like a living thing

and to feel the last embers of the warming sun

is just cause I can tell you to sing

So though this is my pleasure it’s repeated

by people all over the land

particularly now that the Spring has arrived

and heads are removed from the sand


Photo – Jempics

Tri-haiku XVIII (Summer’s Child again)

Concluding ‘The Spring 21’ series (12 of 12)

I am summer’s child

Born of Spring I blossom and

bloom to full glory

I am summer’s child

My warmth grows stronger by the

day as sunshine comes

I am summer’s child

You will know me as the Spring

Such is my purpose


Photo – Jempics

Summer’s Child‘ as No.18 in the Jemverse ‘Tri-haiku’ series was first published in May 2019

Sunshine shadow revisited

11 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series

Sunshine shadow

casts a glance

with nonchalance and whimsy

warming through the window

but outside still frail and flimsy

Sunshine shadow

gains in strength

though now 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

Sunshine shadow

saving grace

from the long hibernation

as we waken to the wonder

shouting loud our jubilation


Photo – Jempics

Sunshine Shadow‘ was originally published in March 2020 with a new verse added on 14 April 2021

Yup – still singing

10 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series

Wet roads glisten in sunshine

fresh from the rain

as I sit here gazing

from my window again

Very little here passing

lock-down in full swing

but there’s full colour highlight

born of the Spring

The yellow forsythia

is quite lovely to see

from here at my window

as it brings home to me

that despite all the changes

Covid-19 is bringing

there is nothing to stop

the world from still singing


Photo – Jempics

First published as ‘Still Singing‘ in April 2020; rewritten April 2021

Spring (finally) again

9 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series

And finally Spring

arrives in a day

long hours of sunshine

hip-hip hooray

On the breeze is a fragrance

carried with grace

as we welcome the Springtime

with warm embrace


Photo – Jempics

Spring (finally)‘ was first published in April 2018

Perfection in pink again

8 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series

The clematis against the fence

of the allotment in Ham Field

has many words which may describe

the beauty here revealed

But I’ll keep it nice and simple

the best way here I think

and simply say in these eight lines

perfection’s here in pink


Photo – Jempics

Perfection in Pink‘ first published on Jemverse in April 2017

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