Posts tagged ‘life’

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 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

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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 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 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 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

Enfold

by Venkat

elusive ether, extolled epiphany
ears exposed, espouse enemies
emerald epoch, emery ends

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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

April 2, 2021

Easter unexpected

by Jem Croucher

Good Friday came up quickly

as it was in disguise

so the long weekend of Easter

kind of took me by surprise

Mind you it is a nice one

to get when least expected

four days to enjoy once more

most welcome and respected

March 30, 2021

Dawn Chorus Joy

by Jem Croucher

I wrote some words without a picture

save the one that’s in my head

so it’s imagination that

you’ll have to use instead

For this is about the chorus

that I hear each day at dawn

the sweetest sound I’ll ever hear

as I awaken with a yawn

March 24, 2021

Back to the allotment

by Jem Croucher

Got back to the allotment
armed with strimmers and a plan
spare batteries in the backpack
and refreshments in a can
The grass had taken over but
we kind of guessed it would
not that this would stop us
as with strimmers there we could
remove those months of overgrowth
and flatten it once more
revealing something of the plan
for it we have in store

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March 23, 2021

Divine Ducks

by Venkat

dormant dawn, distant drums
dahlias damp, dimpled deck

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March 22, 2021

Days

by Jem Croucher

Days I can throw wide abandon
open the window and sing
breathing in deep the fresh morning air
warmed by the sunshine of Spring

Such as these made for enrichment
filling us each with sublime
for spring to the step and joy to the heart
in which we all are entwined

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March 21, 2021

Reflection replete

by Jem Croucher

I took a picture of our house today
in the hub cap of a car
parked across the street because
it looked spectacular
The car, the house, reflection
I’m talking ’bout all three
and something in particular
there which fascinated me

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March 20, 2021

And today there were sheep

by Jem Croucher

And today there were sheep
In the lower field still
jumping about and
climbing the hill
They ignored us of course
but I waved just the same
as they didn’t know
the reason we came
For today there were sheep
but sometime there are not
Sometimes it is cold
and sometimes it is hot
But we always come
because this is our grace
and together we three
are alive in this place

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March 19, 2021

The Music

by Jem Croucher

The music was there with something afresh
it had found and picked up on the way
Something perhaps
with live music’s lapse
that made it quite special today

Seemed the musicians had put in their all
throwing energy full in the licks
As they could not perform
‘Cos now’s not the norm
so they put all they had in the mix

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March 18, 2021

Grins as wide as wide can be

by Jem Croucher

I have my Apple USB SuperDrive
to play those old CDs
on my MacBook Pro Professional
a simple way to please

I have my old bureau to sit at
note book and pen right here
A cup of coffee waiting
for simple ways to cheer

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March 14, 2021

Four flights of steps between

by Jem Croucher

Three rooms, four flights of steps divide
my life these days its seems
and one might question why and what
that self-containment means

But I am not perturbed by it
and not imprisoned I
No captive here, no punishment
I happily get by

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March 13, 2021

Charm

by Venkat

colorless caresses, colored calm
cast corners, castled charm
crested crown, cold curse
crooked cherries, canted curls

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March 12, 2021

Twelfth of March

by Jem Croucher

Today it is the twelfth of March
a Friday nonetheless
here in twenty twenty-one
a fact I here profess
However, having said that
nowt particular to say
about this Friday twelfth of March
in any special way
Apart from as a daily fact

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March 10, 2021

Lucidity

by Jem Croucher

In moments of lucidity
with my eyes open wide
I clearly see what needs to be
out here and from inside
With 20/20 vision
I take a good look all around
absorbing everything I need
from heavens to the ground
And then when I am satisfied
these treasures I will store
for moments of lucidity
when I will see some more

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March 9, 2021

Barnacles

by Venkat

blue boats, barnacles brown
bumpy beetles, boolean blots
baked bold, blended bravery
boats brown, barnacles blue

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March 9, 2021

Back to the beach

by Jem Croucher

I haven’t been down to the beach
in quite a long while now
mainly due to lockdown
and a feeling that somehow
if it doesn’t feel quite right
to walk down into town
because of all the idiots
who spread this virus round
then as to get down to the beach
a walk through town is needed
I think my own advice is here
advice that is well heeded

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March 5, 2021

Acorn

by Venkat

ageless agonies, ageless acorn
acorns armless, armless arrows

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March 2, 2021

Tri-tanka IX – Joy

by Jem Croucher

2 of 7 for Tri-Tanka week

It was full of sun
so I ran and I ran
and bounded about
for this is my expression
of joy in its purest form

It was full of sun
so we watched him run and run
and happily bound
This too is our expression
of joy in its purest form

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