Tri-sedoka VII (Thursday)

And so it's Thursday
another week almost gone
but not to wish time away
I still live each day
to its complete fulfilment
for every day is precious

And so for Thursday
for here is no exception
time once spent to never gain
or recoup again
so I spend it with wisdom
treasuring experience

And now for Thursday
for if you are reading this
and the hour is still early
you have the freedom
to do as I do with time
and use it to gain wisdom

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Sedoka – traditional Japanese verse comprising six non-rhyming lines with a syllabic sequence of 577577

The man in the mirror

The man in the mirror
looks back at me
he is a lot older now
He's seen a few things
but still his heart sings
despite the lines on his brow

Maybe he's wiser
and maybe he's not
it's something I'd not really know
But he'll never leave
his own joie de vivre
so he's happy to go with the flow

The man in the mirror
yes that is still me
though now in my seventh decade
but there's still a lot more
I know out there in store
so I'm glad that decision was made

For he knows in his heart
with conviction astute
some would say wisdom defines
that life is for living
and always for giving
especially now in these times

So the man in the mirror
with a curl of the lips
gives a wry smile to the world
and with a doff of his cap
for he is a wise chap
tips a wink to the plan now unfurled

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Soulshine II

Soul searchings' sometimes painful
as thoughts they come and go
but if the end result is such
to bring a warming glow
then you've done yourself a favour
as soulshine's what you need
to bring about a joie de vivre
and happiness indeed

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Second jab

I've had my second vaccine
in fact it was a week ago
but I thought I'd wait a little while
before telling you, you know
I wanted to make sure
that everything was 'hunky dory'
and it absolutely is
hence the telling of this story

So here's a little message
from a poet here to you
whatever you may think
there is one thing that you must do
make sure you get your vaccine
two jabs are all you need
to make the world a safer place
small price to pay indeed

And no we can't be flippant
and still need to take some care
but ensuring your protection
is a no-brainer there
So get the jab when offered
it's the least that you can do
respecting all around us
and a better life for you.

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

See also ‘Jab‘ – published 20 February 2021

The wisdom of the sea

The water looked like crystal
as it sparkled in the sun
Like glass its light refracted
for a New Year just begun

A ‘je ne sais quoi’ said something
as a whisper silently
caught and carried by the breeze
across the windless sea

I think it was a promise
though I’m not completely sure
so I will come here every day
to listen out for more

For the sea it has a voice
oft heard across the years
both a comfort in my joy
and solace in my tears

So I’ve come to trust its wisdom
and as soon as it confides
I’ll share that with you here
when the right time it decides

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Water rings spreading

Water rings spreading
wider they grow
at the fall of a pebble
after a throw

And my hand falls slowly
down to my side
as concentric they fade
on the flat water wide

Like a rumour or whisper
they dissipate now
as my voice it is carried
with them somehow

Water rings spreading
grow as they fade
and new echoed wisdom
is silently made

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Music knows best

The power of music
to lift and release
be it with excitement
or calming and peace
Exuding a something
you can’t quite explain
it does over and over
again and again

No matter your mood
it grabs you and moves
picking you up
it relaxes and soothes
Sometimes you will dance
and at other times rest
But you can always be sure
that music knows best

©Jemverse

Autumn the wise

In the woods I saw a curtain
hanging from a tree
Really quite significant
It said a lot to me
It spoke of changing seasons
standing side by side
when youth makes ways for wisdom
and Summer turns to hide

The red was of the Autumn
standing next to green
An older man, the next in line
as it has always been
And I smiled at that analogy
for it was so full of truth
The wisdom of the cooler months
and the warmer ones of youth

©Jemverse

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