Posts tagged ‘Jemverse’

May 6, 2021

Dandelion Bouquet

by Jem Croucher
We have an evening pastime
now the 'lotty' is in full swing
a little wander down the road
to do some watering
It's cathartic and a pleasure
and with my air-pods on
I get to hear an album
on my i-phone with a song

May 5, 2021

Spectacular III

by Jem Croucher
From Ferry Road and shingle beach
this curving Sussex bay
is quite spectacular to see
from Shoreham I must say
And chagrined to admission I
shamefaced apologise 
as with this upon my doorstep
I should always recognise
that here is unbridled privilege
to simply cast an eye
and take in this glorious vista
when just simply walking by


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

May 3, 2021

Ways to use time

by Jem Croucher
We went for an ice cream
and sat on the beach
it was rather windy
but within easy reach
in the relative shelter
of Old Shoreham town
nestled beneath
the crook of the Down

May 2, 2021

Treasure Trove II

by Jem Croucher
I get lost in a good bookshop
they are like a treasure trove
and fortunately Lewes town
has them in spades and droves

So of a Wednesday morning
with the sunshine proving warm
we drove there for a browsing
which for us has been the norm

And in a darkened basement
I found Nirvana waiting there
shelves of ancient volumes
just waiting there to share

their secrets with the reader
who will in their pages find
the treasures that I speak of
for the soul and for the mind

Yes, I get lost in a good bookshop
for with patience and good measure
I know that every time I come
I'll find a waiting treasure.

©Jemverse
May 1, 2021

Beginning IX

by Jem Croucher

aka ‘The Plan (Part IV)’ (9 of 12 in the Jemverse series ’12 months IV’)

A new beginning at our 'lotty'
and we're both as pleased as punch
as the planned 'no dig' solution
is paying off from just a hunch
For now we've built with withy
two climbing frames by hand
and planted all the seedlings
we have grown upon our land
And we've strimmed the grass around
so it's looking pretty neat
showing off the lavenders
which are blooming in the heat
Now lots and lots of water
we will add by hose each day
to bring the plan close to fruition
and the vegetables our way

read more »

April 30, 2021

The Big Gay Gull

by Jem Croucher

In the grounds of our Emmaus

Old Portslade village, Sussex way

stands proud a wooden sculpture 

of a seagull tall and gay

The ‘Big Gay Gull’ was built for ‘Pride’

a diverse celebration

in partnership with charities

for summer jubilation

April 29, 2021

Begging your pardon

by Jem Croucher

The sunshine is glorious

here in the garden

so if you don’t mind

and begging your pardon

I’ll just sit me down

right here and right now

and turn my nose skyward

for the warmth on my brow

April 28, 2021

Freedom II

by Jem Croucher

Seagull giving it ‘some of that’

on ‘Fatto Mano’s’ there

whilst we walked slow through Brighton

the afternoon to share

Rock buns in Pavilion Gardens

charity shops galore

cheap CDs in the pound shop

and we’re back here once more

April 27, 2021

Repurposed llama

by Jem Croucher

Repurposed my lighty-up llama

as his battery gave up the ghost

and as he needed to have a purpose in life

I made him a spider plant host

So now he stands proud in the garden

but instead of glowing at night

instead he will proudly grow spiders

and look his best in the light

April 26, 2021

Blessed and content

by Jem Croucher

It doesn’t take much

in fact not much at all

to make something feel

quite so wonderful

So out here in the sun

I am blessed and content

summed up in a moment

and every word meant

April 25, 2021

Pleasant enough

by Jem Croucher

It’s pleasant enough

sitting out in the sun

with a dog at my side

and a pen on the run

Capturing words

here in full flow

from the mind of a poet

to the pages below

April 24, 2021

The Plan (Part III)

by Jem Croucher

I’ve carried the frames

one by one down the the road

as they were quite awkward

so, to lessen the load

I decided four hikes

was better than two

to get the frames there

well you would, wouldn’t you?

April 23, 2021

Shiny II

by Jem Croucher

I’m in the garden, it’s shiny

and growing right there

two dandelions in

the bright sunshine glare

So, as they’re yellow and lovely

and doing no harm

I trimmed the grass round them

so as not to alarm

And sitting here now

with a beer at my side

the shiny world smiles

and my grin is quite wide

April 22, 2021

Bring it on

by Jem Croucher

It’s really taken hold of things

with new growth there abundant

and the garden’s looking lovely

now that winter is redundant

They’ve even gone so far to say

and promise us it seems

that for the next few days we’ll bask

in warmth from bright sunbeams

April 21, 2021

Taking me time

by Jem Croucher

It’s midweek and I’m on holiday

and enjoying every day

as rest-respite is needed

now and then from the foray

Five days to think of nothing else

but enjoyment just for me

doing stuff I love to do

most of it here for free

April 20, 2021

The forbidden word

by Jem Croucher

Yes I know it’s a word

which for me’s rarely hidden

yet as I use it so much

my wife has forbidden

But I really can’t help it

so here as a poet

I’ll resist but I’m tempted

so much, don’t you know it!

April 19, 2021

A visit to the dark side

by Jem Croucher

We ventured to the dark side

it’s been well past a year

but with face-masks and some caution

we felt the coast was clear

We’d forgotten quite how big it was

miles of shiny treasures

but then these massive superstores

don’t do things by half measures

April 17, 2021

Removed from the sand

by Jem Croucher

April arrives and I sit in the sun

here at the end of the day

in a spot at the end of the garden where

I can write and then have my say

It is a savouring grace to have and to hold

and cherish like a living thing

and to feel the last embers of the warming sun

is just cause I can tell you to sing

So though this is my pleasure it’s repeated

by people all over the land

particularly now that the Spring has arrived

and heads are removed from the sand

©Jemverse

April 16, 2021

Tri-haiku XVIII (Summer’s child again)

by Jem Croucher

Concluding ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse (12 of 12)

I am summer’s child

Born of Spring I blossom and

bloom to full glory

I am summer’s child

My warmth grows stronger by the

day as sunshine comes

April 15, 2021

Sunshine shadow revisited

by Jem Croucher

11 of 12 in the Jemverse series ‘The Spring 21’

Sunshine shadow

casts a glance

with nonchalance and whimsy

warming through the window

but outside still frail and flimsy

April 14, 2021

Yup – still singing

by Jem Croucher

10 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

 

Wet roads glisten in sunshine

fresh from the rain

as I sit here gazing

from my window again

Very little here passing

lock-down in full swing

but there’s full colour highlight

born of the Spring

April 13, 2021

Spring (finally) again

by Jem Croucher

9 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

And finally Spring

arrives in a day

long hours of sunshine

hip-hip hooray

On the breeze is a fragrance

carried with grace

as we welcome the Springtime

with warm embrace

April 12, 2021

Perfection in pink again

by Jem Croucher

8 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

The clematis against the fence

of the allotment in Ham Field

has many words which may describe

the beauty here revealed

But I’ll keep it nice and simple

the best way here I think

and simply say in these eight lines

perfection’s here in pink

April 11, 2021

Spirea

by Jem Croucher

7 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

The spirea in full bloom

with white flowers there abundant

and warmth of the sunshine

means winter’s redundant

and I’m pleased about that

and it fills me with joy

something first realised

when only a boy

April 10, 2021

Verdant again

by Jem Croucher

6 of 12 in the ‘Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

Luxuriant this time of year

the grass is verdant green

and unless I am mistaken

looks the best it’s ever been

It’s thick and lush and lovely

and loves the Springtime sun

which bathes it in a golden light

until the day is done

April 9, 2021

A pocket of Springtime revisited

by Jem Croucher

5 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

Sitting in a pocket of Springtime

warmed by a welcome embrace

breathing in deeply the fragrance

feeling the sun on my face

knowing the winter’s behind me

forgetting the long months of chill

looking forward to summer

promising warmer days still

April 8, 2021

Indicative too

by Jem Croucher

4 of 12 in ‘The Spring series 21’ from Jemverse

 

Indicative of summer

the Springtime grows and grows

it’s getting warmer by the day

as only April knows

The light has changed, it’s brighter now

and days are longer too

more growing time much needed

brings colours into view