Posts tagged ‘family’

May 7, 2021

Family things

by Jem Croucher
Another garden, one in Brighton
at the tail end of the week
where we've come for Wagamama's
on order as we speak
Our youngest daughter's residence
below the railway line
on a mellow Friday evening
with the weather warm and fine

May 4, 2021

May the fourth be with you

by Jem Croucher
Obi-Wan Kinobi
five years ago today
came to join our family
hip-hip, hip-hip, hooray

So May the Fourth
be with you here
with Obi-Wan
to bring you cheer

April 3, 2021

Easter Egg Hunt

by Jem Croucher

I’m devising an Easter egg hunt

it’s a giggle

as I had to squeeze into some spots

with a wiggle

too cunningly hide the eggs

with some guile

as my children have been at this

for quite a while

February 23, 2021

Social distance birthdays

by Jem Croucher

It was murky on the Dyke today
and you could not see far
which really was a pity as
the view’s spectacular

You’ll have to take my word for that
because the picture shows you nowt
of what Sussex has to offer
and what the Weald is all about

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February 19, 2021

For Pops

by Jem Croucher

Look at me now Pops, I’m an older man now
I’m past sixty, the years have flown by
That slap in the face
has long turned to grace
yet still on this day I will cry

Nineteenth of February nineteen seventy-four
etched in my mind for all time
The day that you left
leaving family bereft
although all these years later we’re fine

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February 17, 2021

Thirty-four

by Jem Croucher

On a February day
thirty-four years ago
I remember quite well
the remains of the snow
as on a bright morning
I walked by the sea
so proud of the fact
of no longer ‘to be’
But actually now
a father at last
all those long months of waiting
now finally past
For there on that day
to Sally and me
the gift of a daughter
with our Emily

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December 30, 2020

Eighteen crazy holes

by Jem Croucher

Eighteen crazy holes
Chichester in the sun
an after Christmas present
enjoyed by everyone
The plane up on the falls
gave us all a focal view
and every single hole
gave us a challenge new

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December 28, 2020

Family II

by Jem Croucher

A sound of something falling
on the TV; cries of ‘ouch’
accompanied by laughter
from the children on the couch
a house of conversation
undercurrent with a thrum
heard buzzing on the airwaves
like welcome rays of sun

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December 27, 2020

Christmas week VII

by Jem Croucher

7 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Christmas week’ series

The Christmas week now
today sees its end
with just five days to go
before this year we’ll send

On its way with relief
as really we should
as let’s face it, it’s truly
not been that good

But before it’s sent packing
we still have some December
to fill with good things
for us to remember

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December 26, 2020

Christmas week VI

by Jem Croucher

6 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Christmas week’ series

T’was the day after Christmas
twenty-sixth of December
and if I say so myself
a one to remember

For this year as we know
has been naff to extreme
the worst one in fact
that the world has yet seen

But despite all the naffness
we have still come together
for the best of good times
we will treasure forever

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December 25, 2020

Christmas week V

by Jem Croucher

5 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Christmas week’ series

The week before Christmas
has been and has gone
And it’s Christmas Day now
that this day is upon

We’ve had Bucks Fizz for breakfast
and a walk on the beach
a tradition of ours
as it’s in easy reach

Christmas dinner’s at five
but before that in store
are whoops of delight
and presents galore

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December 24, 2020

Christmas week IV

by Jem Croucher

4 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Christmas week’ series

T’was the week before Christmas
and the last day arrived
Twenty-fourth of December
and we’d all survived

The gifts are all wrapped
and the ‘bubble’ is here
with big smiles all round
for good Christmas cheer

And as we settle down
for ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
we’ll put to one side
all the trouble and strife

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December 23, 2020

Christmas week III

by Jem Croucher

3 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Christmas week’ series

T’was the week before Christmas
just two days to go
Twenty-third of December
and all were a-glow

For true festive spirit
descended today
and despite the restrictions
with loud ‘weh-heh-hey’!

As we are determined
this Christmas will be
the best Christmas ever
for our family

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December 22, 2020

Christmas week II

by Jem Croucher

2 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Christmas week’ series

T’was the week before Christmas
just three days to go
Twenty-second December
but no sign of snow

But the Bethlehem star
from the planets alignment
had shown on the Solstice
for worldwide excitement

So that was quite special
for many to see
in the week before Christmas
in twenty twenty

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December 21, 2020

Christmas week I

by Jem Croucher

1 of 7 in the Jemverse ‘Christmas week’ series

T’was the week before Christmas
just four days to go
and most of the household
was ready to go

The tree had been splendid
for several weeks there
with gifts now appearing
just waiting to share

And excitement was growing
there in the wings
for this time with a promise
of the joy that it brings

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December 21, 2020

MY CHRISTMAS WISH

by thereluctantpoet

MY CHRISTMAS WISH
By Charles Robert Lindholm

As I make my wishes for Christmas 2018 – the best gift after a wish for world peace and the love of my soulmate and family is for a lifetime of friendship with you!!!

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

WISHING YOU THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL  –  SPENDING CHRISTMAS WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE

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December 6, 2020

A calendar for Advent

by Jem Croucher

Each day throughout December
home-made by children dear
a little box of mystery
waits to bring me cheer

A calendar for Advent
four and twenty little gifts
which with each morning’s cry of joy
serve well to spirits’ lift

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November 28, 2020

HAIKU: LATE NIGHT TURKEY SANDWICHES

by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm

Family And Friends Share

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November 26, 2020

GRATEFUL

by thereluctantpoet

DINNER IS SERVED
Wishing this year was like past years and not
restricted because of Coronavirus!

By Charles Robert Lindholm

Of All The Days In The Year
The One That Means The Most To Me
Is Thanksgiving Day

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October 18, 2020

Too good to miss

by Jem Croucher

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained”
the ancient proverb word
so we put best foot forward
and proceeded undeterred
Maintaining social distance
for our safety guaranteed
we met for conversation
with an appetite to feed

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September 4, 2020

To enjoy

by Jem Croucher

With the fragrance of autumn
like something not there
is just creeping in
on the late summer air
We venture to Brighton
at the end of the week
for brunch with our children
and pleasure to seek

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August 16, 2020

The Circle III

by Jem Croucher

The Circle, a walk
the morning quite warm
and three of us here for a change
showing others the view
made it all seem like new
though the route I did not rearrange

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August 11, 2020

Things to do on hot days I

by Jem Croucher

Went down to Al Campo
the heat just like abroad
somewhere on the Continent
for brunch between a word

Conversation with my children
well, most of them at least
with a cold beer on the side
and late breakfast for a feast

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August 2, 2020

Hand in Hand

by ladyliterati

we walked as if unaware

through youthful days

without a care

singing songs of sunshine

and daisy days

of are you mine?

hip-high in wheat-top sways

we walked through our youthful days

…O’Prunty 8/1/2020

July 5, 2020

Together

by Jem Croucher

We all went up to Bignor Hill
the six of us as one
It wasn’t actually raining
but there wasn’t any sun
Yet none of us we cared one jot
as this was perfect weather
for a long walk in the countryside
the six of us together

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July 4, 2020

Simply back

by Jem Croucher

Simply back together again
the six of us once more
was absolutely all that
we’ve been really waiting for

‘Normal’ is a word that I
think has lost its meaning
at least now here in context
and the way the world is leaning

But the chance to re-unite
our family – six as one
brought us all a joy which
is second here to none

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June 29, 2020

Virtual hugs

by Jem Croucher

What I wouldn’t give
for an actual real-life hug
but that’s not to be so when
we meet we smile and shrug
throw wide our arms as always
for a virtual one that’s best
under these cruel circumstances
Covid’s given us to test

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June 24, 2020

Back to the beach hut

by Jem Croucher

Got back to the beach hut
it’s been quite a while
so it’s good to be back
at the place with a smile
The wind was quite blowy
but the sunshine was out
and because of the wind
there was no-one about

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