More than fifty years on
and the smell on the air
is the same to me now
as it was way back there
That of sea and the tar
and the pitch and the oil
and the sweat and the grime
from the long days of toil
Down there on the docks
though so much has changed
some things like the smells
are exactly the same


Photo – Shoreham Harbour, West Sussex, March 2018 – Jempics


Haven by the sea revisited

6 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Beach Huts’ series

Opened up the beach hut
which needs a lick of paint
But it’s still a lovely place to be
All ours and very quaint

We used to paint it ‘beach-hut white’
by regulation every year
But now the rules have been relaxed
and colour has appeared

It won’t take long, I’m sure of that
and in the August sun
We’ll spend some time with cans of paint
until the job is done

Yellow’s nice and so is green
but with ocean in plain sight
a blue reflecting sea and sky
is justified and right

It remains a lovely place to come
and with some work and TLC
We’ll keep our beach hut spick and span
in our haven by the sea


Photo – the view from our ‘haven by the sea’ – hut 101, Lancing Beach Green, West Sussex, UK – Jempics

Jemverse originally published ‘Haven by the Sea‘ on 26 July 2016

Privilege to share revisited

5 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Beach Huts’ series

Another lovely end of day
in my favourite place
Sitting in the sunshine
with a big smile on my face

I’d take a little selfie
but I’m pretty sure that you
Would rather see some beach huts
from my favourite sea view

It really is a privilege
that’s not lost on me each day
Pausing as I cycle home
‘Cos it’s always on my way

I’ll watch the sea a little while
and write a poem in my book
Capturing words of what I see
as it’s always worth a look

Perhaps some day you’ll join me
I have some deckchairs spare
As it would be a pleasure
This view with you to share


Photo – Lancing Beach Green beach huts at sunset – Jempics

Jemverse originally published ‘Privilege to share‘ on 27 September 2016

Our happy place II revisited

3 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Beach Huts’ series

Took a trip to the beach hut
It’s looking quite good
If you don’t look too close
at the oft patched up wood
The locks opened fine
with some lubricant there
and it doesn’t look like
it needs much repair

Even the paint job
I gave it last year
has weathered well in the winds
that blast around here
And the view of the sea
is (as ever) divine
Particularly now when
the weather is fine


Photo – hut 101, Lancing Beach Green, West Sussex, UK (with view of the sea insert) – Jempics

Jemverse originally published ‘Beach Hut (Our happy place too)‘ on 20 June 2017

Beach Huts revisited

1 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Beach Huts’ series

Stretching to infinity
Beach huts on Beach Green
Painted many colours
Brightest you’ll have seen

Here on the coast in Sussex
a haven on the beach
A little bit of paradise
there in easy reach

And don’t they just look gorgeous
Their colours bright on show
Quintessentially English
all there in a row


Photo – beach huts, Lancing Beach Green, Sussex, UK – Jempics

Jemverse originally posted ‘Beach Huts‘ on 15 July 2017

Found myself in Sussex

Found myself in Sussex
in fields of verdant green
Early Spring or Summer
the best that I had seen

Seemed time for adventure
in hills I hold so dear
The ones right on my doorstep
so close and yes, so near

So much for me to see and do
just wander for a while
Take in the sights around me
and always with a smile

These hills and fields of Sussex
my element is here
As all of this is part of me
and always brings me cheer


Photo – The South Downs way, Devils Dyke, Sussex – Jempics

No Fishing

The seagulls were hopeful
as they flew overhead
But the fisherman’s stayed
nice and warm in his bed

And his boat remains covered
with tarpaulin and snow
His nets and his lines
packed away and in stow

No fish trail to follow
on the flat calm today
so no food for the gulls
as they flew on their way


Photo – Worthing beach, West Sussex – Jempics

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