The Fly-past

Gulls above the Metropole
a fly-past just for me
Here in Brighton in the sun
next to the deep blue sea

Their cry is one of happiness
and the joy of being here
With the clarity of summer
at this lovely time of year

©Jemverse

Photo – gulls on the wing above the Metropole Hotel, Brighton, Sussex, UK – Jempics

Slip slide away

Yesterday saw the Solstice
and the summer’s longest day
Midyear passes once again
as time slip slides away

Yet it is only just mid-June
so although the light will now
grow gradually fainter
no frown is on my brow

For these are days of summer
with the sun high in the sky
And I’m alive as live can be
as every day goes by

©Jemverse

Photo – Brighton’s i-360 observation tower with sun, from Kings Road – Jempics

Birthday (aka ‘Born to the sun”)

I’ve seen fifty-eight summers
and have loved every one
For back in the fifties
I was born to the sun

A child of a Thursday
I had far to go
But I’d hardly have guessed
what I now have to show

For I’ve memories a-plenty
and a lot more to come
For this child of the summer
who was born to the sun

©Jemverse

Photo – sunrise over Shoreham harbour, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

Resplendent

Full of life and joie de vivre
flowers in full bloom
So resplendent in their glory
that we have to give them room
And the wonder overflows here
full of the warm sunshine
that lets us know without a doubt
that it is summertime

©Jemverse

Red III

A little bit of red came
to my driveway where it stayed
and stood alone, magnificent
with beauty there displayed
So gorgeous was its colour
that it brought a little tear
Vivid and resplendent
at this lovely time of year

(And no, I haven’t Photoshopped
the red to beautify
for it really is that vibrant
I am pleased to clarify)

©Jemverse

Photo – poppy – Jempics

Sultry

Mid May and springtime evenings
with warmth still in the air
left over from the sunshine
that has been shining there

Walking through the city streets
A sultry feeling here
It is a pleasure knowing
that the summertime is near

And it has a certain nuance
you have to feel to know
when you simply have to wander
take your time and just be slow

©Jemverse

Photo – Brighton’s Royal Pavilion on a warm late Spring night – Jempics

Sunshine IV

Sometimes those sunshine moments
catch you unaware
when beams of warmth come calling
and find you waiting there
And you are in your element
as summer calls your name
The dulcet sound you’ve longed for
returns with life again

©Jemverse

Photo – the poet’s dog “Obi-wan Kinobi’ found by sunshine – Jempics

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