A song for the way

5 of 5 in the Jemverse ’31’ series

We lost sight of our accordion player
as we wandered, singing our song
But he was just lagging behind us
as we slowly ambled along

So, reaching the base of escarpment
Fulking Village just ahead there to find
We turned and up there high above us
we found him in the sunshine

Reunited, the company’s spirits
in song were rekindled anew
and together we lifted our voices
For that’s what we wanderers do


Photo – (top) Our accordion player at the crest of Fulking Escarpment, South Downs, Sussex; (bottom) – in full swing at The Shepherd & Dog, Fulking Village – Jempics


Piper in the Weald

1 of 5 in the Jemverse ’31’ series

Heading down Fulking Escarpment
with a piper to herald the way
The entourage headed down to the pub
on this lovely February day
The view of the Weald was breathtaking
as it always is in the sun
The company laughing and happy
and having plenty of fun


Photo – Sam Salter playing ‘Happy Birthday’ on the pipes – Fulking Escarpment, South Downs Way, Sussex, 17 February 2018 – Jempics

The silver sea

Stood and looked out on
a shining silver sea
the far horizon deep and blue
and beckoning to me
It was cold there on the shingle
Winter’s grip an iron chill
But the sunshine on the water
was good and vibrant still

It was a pleasant moment
though I could not linger long
the biting wind encouraging
a walk along the Prom
Warmed, my stride improving
I headed to the west
Worthing pier behind me
with the sea for interest

The shine upon the water
remained a visual feast
and even though it was so cold
I didn’t mind the least
For here I’m in my element
with my life-long friend the sea
Never ceasing to provide
a wonder here for me


Photo – Jempics

The stranger came…

The sunshine came and visited
today for just a while
Somewhat like a stranger
but gave us cause to smile

With the year that’s still quite young
her warmth has yet to grow
But Spring is not that far away
and will soon be here you know

Then the stranger’s strength will grow
She’ll not be quite so shy
And we’ll welcome her with open arms
whenever she calls by


Photo – Jempics

At one

On the old oyster beds
as a tide at mid-ebb gurgles
and glints in the midday sun
Seagulls play and water shines

And across the way
this special moment grabs attention
and captured there I breathe it in
and am at one


Photo – Jempics

You can never have too much yellow (revisited)

6 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Yellow’ series

You can never have too much yellow
for it’s the colour of the sun
And I’d challenge you to disagree
it’s not loved by everyone

For me that’s going to be the case
for as long as I can see
For it’s synonymous with summer
Where I so love to be


Photo – Jempics

You can never have too much yellow was originally published on Jemverse on 15 September 2017

The thing about yellow (revisited)

5 0f 6 in the Jemverse ‘Yellow’ series

The thing about yellow
is that no matter how grey
the sight of it’s likely
to brighten your day

It could be in the sunshine
or on a passing car
or the colour of morning
seen from afar

It could be in a flower
or a plane in the sky
or just something you see
when hurrying by

But one thing’s for sure
and absolutely for me
that yellow says smile


Photomontage – Jempics

The thing about yellow was originally published on Jemverse on 2nd February 2016

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