Right time, right place

In London quite early
(I was up with the lark)
So it’s still very quiet
in St James’ park

And just there by the lake
as I happenchanced by
A picture of heaven
for a smile and a cry

A swan with her babies
sheltered there by a wing
A privilege to see and
a beautiful thing

So I paused for a moment
and watched and admired
those small fluffy babies
the swans here had sired

An exquisite moment
right time and right place
which, I might add
brought a smile to my face

©Jemverse

Photo – Goslings sheltering under mother swan’s wing – St James’ Park, London – Jempics

The breathless cygnet

Beside the Brayford Pool
in Lincoln’s city fair
Two swans swam toward me
with a cygnet following there

He was moaning as he followed
in his parents’ speedy wake
with a little voice that whimpered
“Slow down for pity’s sake”

But, resolute he didn’t
waiver or resign
following at a distance
in his much slower time

I smiled as he came near me
for his accomplishment
Urged him ever onward
to give encouragement

And, unless I was mistaken
I’m sure he looked at me
and chirped a little ‘thank you’
(though rather breathlessly)

 

©Jemverse

 

Black Swan

Early morning in St James’
A black swan came swimming by
Reflected in the water
as if to beautify
It was a peaceful moment
London slumbered all around
and in the stillness of the hour
I could barely hear a sound

©Jemverse

 

Shoreham by the Sea

I have a beach of shingle mixed

With golden sea-washed sand

Its grandeur and its mystery

Forged by God’s own hand

I have a river winding through

The valley from the sea

Its tidal water carrying

Swans and seabirds oft to me

I have a range of rolling hills

The green of Sussex fair

And there really isn’t anything

With all this to compare

My home is here with all of this

It is a special place to be

The river, hills and beach that is

Shoreham by the Sea

©Jemverse (November 2005)

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