Pining for summer

So, winter has me in its grip
and won’t let go right now
Her cold and icy fingers
spider-like across my brow
Shivering, I try to smile
and brave the worst of it
But winter’s not what I’m about
and never seems to fit

For I’m a child of summer
something that’s been said before
I clamour for the warmer months
when cold knocks at the door
I come alive with warming sun
I laugh within its glare
And always, always miss it
whenever it’s not there

©Jemverse

Photo – December frozen puddle at minus five degrees – Jempics

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Thinking of summer

And around about this time of year
when winter’s settling in
The days are getting shorter
and I’ve started shivering
It’s then I think of summer
and wish that I was there
When instead of wearing jumpers
my arms and legs are bare
But now I’ll have to be content
with sunshine through the glass
of windows closed to winter
until the Springtime comes at last

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Yellow Moggy

I spied a yellow moggy
in the sunshine yesterday
Parked outside Emmaus
Looking pretty good I’d say

Born in nineteen seventy-one
She’s forty-six years old
which for a car is something
with a colour quite so bold

And this was her original
as the dashboard does attest
Vibrant here and lovely
still looking at her best

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

‘Emmaus’ is a UK based charity working together to end homelessness. The first community was founded in France in 1949 by Father Henri-Antoine Groues (better known as ‘Abbe Pierre’). The Morris Minor featured in the poem (and pic) became affectionately known by the nickname ‘Moggy’. This one has a ‘K’ registration plate from 1971

You’ll always find me smiling

You’ll always find me smiling
when the sunshine shows its face
Particularly in its summer warmth
with evidential grace
I’ll find a little corner
where I’m sheltered from the breeze
and spend some peaceful moments
‘Cos they’re always there to seize

And even when it’s cooler
and the autumn cools things down
The sunshine brings a smile
(always better than a frown)

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Nine bells

It blew nine bells again last night
But you’d never know this morning
As, when the night time clouds had cleared
A lovely day was dawning

The sun was bright, the sky was blue
and the wind had disappeared
Something of a respite
from the cooler day we’d feared

September warmth stays with us still
The summer’s not yet gone
Delaying start of autumn
though it won’t be all that long

©Jemverse

Photo – September sunshine over the Thames estuary, Essex, UK from a C2C train heading for Southend – Jempics

Sunshine Bright

Dawning bright, I know you well
you are a friend of mine
Always welcome, never shunned
the warming bright sunshine
I smile upon your dazzling face
I squint into your glare
And always come alive a bit
whenever you are there

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Caryopteris

With delicate blue flowers
Caryopteris in the sun
Brings a certain cheerfulness
Enjoyed by everyone

And though Autumn’s round the corner
The beauty here displayed
Retains a bit of summer
As the green begins to fade

©Jemverse

Photo – Caryopteris in the sun in my front garden, September 2017 – Jempics

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