Posts tagged ‘family’

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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June 19, 2020

Affirmation

by Jem Croucher

Spent the day with family and Wolf
out in the bright summer sun
with social distancing observed as you do
for good conversation and fun

It almost felt normal and was for one thing
as we couldn’t get close for a hug
but even for that we’ve developed a thing
which we smile as we do with a shrug

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February 20, 2020

Of shillings and treasure

by Jem Croucher

I watched the shilling spinning
it was mine in no small measure
Enough to buy two Matchbox cars
to hold and keep and treasure
The fingers twisted blithely
as they caught and spun again
but I saw no abandon
found no one there to blame

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February 19, 2020

19 February 1974

by Jem Croucher

The knock at the door
I remember it well
though forty-six years have now passed
The vicar right there
with something to share
for a slap in the face that would last

It was anger I felt
with a fist in the air
that my father had left in that way
And I heard not a sound
from that hole in the ground
as I stood on that February day

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January 2, 2020

Tottington Wood

by Jem Croucher

To Tottington Wood
in the mud and the rain
resolute and determined
we seven we came
And with best foot forward
we entered the trees
squelching through mud
which came up to our knees

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December 31, 2019

Days gone by (Auld Lang Syne)

by Jem Croucher

And so these few words
at the end of ten years
to wrap up a decade
of laughter and tears

We’re all ten years older
with the wisdom that brings
and we all must have seen
many wonderful things

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December 1, 2019

First IV

by Jem Croucher

4 of 12 in the Jemverse ’12 months III’ series

December is here and as the first arrives
I am content for Christmas
to make its annual entrance
November’s too early or course
But this year there were ads in October
which borders on a step too far.

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November 28, 2019

I’M THANKFUL FOR YOU!

by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm

I’m Thankful For You:

My Wife
My Children
My Family
My Friends
My Followers And Readers

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November 22, 2019

After the small hours

by Jem Croucher

After the small hours we awaken
and with Wolfgang to Alcampo
Parking in our usual space, he leads the way
for he knows this place well
with coffee and conversation and
dog biscuits in a bowl by the bar

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September 17, 2019

Family

by Jem Croucher

On the last day of summer
in the sunshine in Bromley
a barbecue out in the sun
The family together
for the first time in ages
for good conversation and fun

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August 3, 2019

My sons tower over me

by The Cheesesellers Wife

My sons tower over me
making me feel like I have shrunk

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July 18, 2019

Drusillas

by Jem Croucher

We went down to Drusillas
for our anniversary
four of us this time, Bezza
Sally, Grace and me
There were parties of schoolchildren
but we made an escape bid
and marched on up ahead of them
so from the masses hid

Sal and I as senior citizens
got cheaper entry too
First time to take advantage
just for asking, as you do
And we made sure that we got there
when it opened on the dot
As that’s always best on days like this
especially when it’s hot

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June 14, 2019

Farewell but not goodbye

by Jem Croucher

Today we say farewell to you
but definitely not goodbye
For some day we will meet again
when comes the day we die

So here’s to you our Mother dear
we’ll miss you, that’s the truth
But you are in a better place
A smiling John and Ruth

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May 19, 2019

A 60th tale

by Jem Croucher

A day out in Lewes
with the girls in the sun
Browsing antique shops
and all having fun
Here for Sal’s sixtieth
Celebrations start here
Two months for us all
in this special year

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May 18, 2019

Heaven, waiting, sings

by Jem Croucher

It’s peaceful here, these darkened rooms
this ward, this evening hour
A deepened sleep. Breath in, breath out
from this still fading flower

Autumn’s come to this long life
as here we sit and wait
knowing that the time is close
The hour now is late

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May 7, 2019

i-360

by Jem Croucher

Went for a flight
in Brighton today
British Airways
but not in a plane
Five hundred feet plus
straight up in the sky
on the i-360
ever so high

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May 6, 2019

Rope

by The Cheesesellers Wife

Droopily rope you now thread through my life

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May 6, 2019

In the garden with Chris

by Jem Croucher

Sunday in the garden
with jazz and sun and beer
And family, conversation
pavlova and good cheer
Laughter on the Springtime air
from here this afternoon
We’ve been out since breakfast
and evening’s coming soon
But Chris Barber and his clarinet
still has a voice to hear
so we’ll all stay a little while
and have another beer

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April 29, 2019

Jumping Patterdales

by Jem Croucher

Walking on the riverbank
with a jumping Patterdale
On a sunday afternoon
with a waggy tail
He’s happy to be there
as are we this lovely day
The old Tollbridge behind us
for a wander and a play

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April 6, 2019

Mother’s Day II

by Jem Croucher

Four came back for Mother’s Day
last of March for sun
Late afternoon roast dinner
enjoyed by everyone

Conversation snippets
I listen with a grin
These times with all our children
and the pleasure that they bring

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March 2, 2019

Sunshine Brunch

by Jem Croucher

Brunch in the sunshine
London Road buzz
Family gather for
chatting because
the Spring has arrived
and it’s great in the sun
and nice to feel warmth
now the winter is done

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January 30, 2019

Wolfgang

by Jem Croucher

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
has come to join our clan
Living with my daughter Gracie
and her partner Lee, the man

A Patterdale Terrier by breed
His black fur tinged with brown
He’s absolutely gorgeous
and we’re so pleased that he’s around

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January 19, 2019

What Saturdays are for

by Jem Croucher

Brunch on a Saturday
Fried eggs and bacon
Flat white on the side
if I’m not mistaken

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January 15, 2019

Basil

by Jem Croucher

Sir Basil Fawlty lived a life
as full as life can be
For almost eighteen years
he was within our family

A little border terrier cross
he was peace personified
Hardly ever growling
until the day he died

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December 27, 2018

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by dokurtybitz
Family obligations met,
Call or visit,

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