Day Five (Alfriston to Eastbourne)

by Jem Croucher

And just when we needed the sunshine
there it was just like a friend
to enrich us and encourage
and spur us to the end

Warm and bright and wholesome
with reflections on the sea
as we crossed the Seven Sisters
my brother Dave and me

And as we neared Eastbourne
as all good friends just should
it stayed as our companion
as we always hoped it would

©Jemverse

Over five days, starting on Tuesday 2 May, my brother and I walked the second half of the South Downs Way – from Washington in West Sussex to Eastbourne in East Sussex. Day five was from Alfriston to Eastbourne.

Photo – three of the ‘Seven Sisters’ from the top of ‘Rough Brow’ – Jempics. The ‘Seven Sisters’ (Haven, Short, Rough, Brass, Flagstaff, Flat and Baily’s Brows) are a series of high chalk cliffs bordering the English Channel in Sussex and part of the long distance ‘South Downs Way’. An eighth ‘sister’ is currently forming – ‘West Hill Brow’ – as a result of coastal erosion.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little capture of the ‘South Downs Way’ as much as my brother Dave and I have enjoyed walking it. We’re dedicating all eleven poems to Peter Owen-Jones, another lover of Sussex and presenter of the BBC documentary ‘South Downs: England’s Mountains Green’

And here are the links to all eleven poems in the series and reflecting all 100 miles of the South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne:

Fifty Miles
Old Winchester Hill
Big Sky
Houses for Eeyore
Into Sussex
The Yellow Road
Day One (Washington to Truleigh)
Day Two (Truleigh Hill to Ditchling Beacon)
Day Three (Ditching Beacon to Rodmell)
Day Four (Rodmell to Alfriston), and
Day Five (Alfriston to Eastbourne)

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