Posts tagged ‘poet’

December 8, 2022

And then I write

by Jem Croucher
From varying places I come
sometimes from nowhere, sometimes left field
sometimes from a nuance of something
Perhaps inspiration or a fledgling spark
that imagination plucks from the cusp
presenting an image to shape and mould
from nothing to essence
from left field to right
form something to everything
And then I write

December 7, 2022

North Eastern pleasantries

by Jem Croucher
I'm in Newcastle city again for the week
in situ at present here as we speak
so I thought it polite to give you a peek
of North Eastern pleasantries here

December 6, 2022

Birmingham Penguin

by Jem Croucher
Met a penguin on the street
in Birmingham city centre
he wasn't saying much but then
I'm not sure he was meant ta'
'Cos he was simply standing there
looking rather splendid
so as with penguins everywhere
he was one I then befriended

December 5, 2022


by Jem Croucher

#2 in the ‘Colloquy’ series from Jemverse

It may be true, it may be not
in wintertime to feel quite hot
that actually would say a lot
as you may well be ill

Yet verisimilitudes may well
get in the way and seem to tell
that ailments are there to quell
with warmth opposed to chill

December 4, 2022


by Jem Croucher
Today's overmorrow Tuesday will be
and the week will just have begun
then two overmorrows thereafter we'll see
a week that is almost done
But three overmorrows, it's not long to wait
if a week you need to pass by
so take that to heart and you will find
that time will literally fly

December 3, 2022

Sunshine after rain

by Jem Croucher
It rained and rained and blew and blew
felt as it it almost knew
the sunshine there to long eschew
and me inside to stay

The puddles outside deepened still
they lake-like flowed and rippled til
the fickle weather made me ill
and added to the fray

But then the sunshine threw its toys
out of its pram and with good poise
revealed the warmth its strength employs
to welcome a new day

December 2, 2022

Wander for the day

by Jem Croucher
Planned a walk, it was quite far
but the views would be spectacular
so there was little here to mar
our wander for the day

Yes, we'll be out for several hours
so hoping for some sun not showers
to claim the day and make it ours
in every single way

December 1, 2022

Start 4

by Jem Croucher

4 of 12 in the ’12 months VI’ series from Jemverse

It's the first day of December
the last month of the year
and just three weeks til Solstice
that day is almost here
when daylight hours get longer
and winter starts to fade
and I begin to hope for time
when warmer ones are made

November 30, 2022

Life in words (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

Concluding ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse (10 of 10)

I like writing poems
I write one every day
‘Cos there’s lots in life to write about
and it’s nice to have a say
I’ll write about the sunshine
and I’ll write about the sea
I’ll write about ‘most anything
and sometimes simply me

November 29, 2022

The poet and some troublesome words (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

9 of 10 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

As a candle burned into the night
the poet played a game
Chasing words that tried to hide
behind the flickering flame

But however hard the poet tried
he could not catch but one
The words were quick to disappear
as they were having fun

November 28, 2022

Bond of words (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

8 of 12 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

Though similar paths each day I tread
there is always inspiration
in the things I see around me
to encourage recitation

But in case of memory lapses
my little notebook always carried
allows me to capture what I see
so that sights to words are married

November 27, 2022

My best words (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

7 of 10 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

There’s a place close by where my best words are found
Sometimes it is close to the sea
But at others it is up on the hills where I walk
And most times where I happen to be
It’s a place of deep soul and of feelings and thought
and emotion wrapped up into one
For me it’s the exuberant quality of life
Born from a love of the sun

November 26, 2022

Wordsmith (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

6 of 10 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

Deep in the silence of a warm summer night
I encountered a thought and held on to it tight
With lucidity born of an erudite mind
It was something quite special for me to find

For it spoke of a gift bequeathed to a few
Which, when spoken aloud gave birth to the new
The craft of a wordsmith writing a verse
Born of the one but to many dispersed

November 25, 2022

Just a few words (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

5 of 10 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

Just a few words is all it takes
To change the way I feel
Escapism? Maybe sometimes
But they have the power to heal

In just a few words each morning
I will find a way to say
Something new to bring good cheer
And brighten up my day

November 24, 2022

Wordplay (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

4 of 10 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

Wordplay is a marvellous thing
Finding ways to rhyme
It needs patience and vocabulary
And occasionally time

Syllabic sequencing is key
For some words just don’t fit
They need to flow right off the page
Needing humour, yes; and wit

November 23, 2022

Word camera (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

3 of 10 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

I have a new ideas book the old one’s full up now
Something to carry round with me, comforting somehow
It’s not unlike a camera capturing words I see each day
These pages are my memory card recording what I write and say
Digitalisation in reverse with manual edits done
My words are transferred to the Mac for more ethereal fun
But there’s the rub, for I have both, a digital one and paper
Original scribbles there to cherish for every published caper

November 22, 2022

My words (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

2 of 10 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

I am your words there for the taking
sometimes accepted sometimes not.
Yet I remain. Captured, I am released
yet no malice there, or jealousy.
For I am yours and will always be
to use as you will, to leave as you choose.
When you find me I am crafted
like clay to the potter to form or substance;
a thing of beauty. For I am your words

November 21, 2022

Little Words (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

1 of 10 in ‘The Word II’ series from Jemverse

I'm going to write an extra poem today
I'm sure no-one will mind
As it helps me to express myself
And most days to unwind
Poems are like sketches
As they capture little words
And paint pictures of the nuances
the normal and absurd

November 20, 2022

Delectation tanka

by Jem Croucher
For mid-November
a Sunday tanka I bring
Five short lines of verse
in thirty-one syllables
for your delectation here

November 19, 2022

Bringing Smiles

by Jem Croucher

[#16 in the ‘Past to Present’ series from Jemverse]

One hundred sixteen years ago
'Old B' he wrote some lines
and sent them to Molteno
in those now long distant times
I can't quite read his writing
but I know so well the scene
on the postcard that he used
as it is a place I've been

November 18, 2022

Ticking the box

by Jem Croucher
Walked a circle round the airport
the rain was in the air
and it was fairly windy
but we loved being there
The three of us and Wolfgang
ten thousand steps then home for tea
is always going to tick the box
in Shoreham by the sea

November 17, 2022

Uni sunt for summer

by Jem Croucher
Where are the sunshine days
now winter's cold hand clasps?
Still there though faded now and weak
as summer never lasts

Yet there in the circle promise lies
and breath bated with a smile
knows with reassurance it
will come back in a while

November 16, 2022

Exuberance of cheer

by Jem Croucher
Sunshine returned, it's cooler now
but the beach beckoned silent to me
and I heard its voice and quickened to that
with a wander down to the sea
Catching again the glimmer out there
as the sun on the water it shone
reminded me that these moments in time
need capturing lest they are gone

November 15, 2022

Fifteen minutes

by Jem Croucher
Fifteen minutes to write a few words
what will they feature today?
Will they be about sun 'cos it's raining outside
to encourage it swiftly away?
Will they capture a smile instead of a frown
which autumn and winter I'd say
don't do a lot to dissuade a long face
from becoming the norm by the day
For words, they have magical charm by the spade
with the power to do what they like
so when weather is fickle and continues with rain
in a poem it can just take a hike
Fifteen minutes to write a few words
almost done now but with good resolve
as they've brought to the fore a voice there that speaks
to encourage joie de vivre to evolve

November 14, 2022

A bonus sunrise

by Jem Croucher
Caught a bus into work
'cos the wind was quite high
and overnight it had blown
something onto the line
so the trains were all cancelled
but buses were still
accepting our tickets
for a walk with a will

November 13, 2022

Katauta for Sunday

by Jem Croucher
Katauta Sunday
as more words the poet finds
to paint another picture

November 12, 2022

Venture outside

by Jem Croucher
Early morning, still dark and I'm barely awake
hard to believe that it's almost daybreak
yet morning it is so I will for day's sake
in a moment venture outside

But it's windy out there and blowing a gale
and I'm not that enamoured with fear I would fail
with me being out there in wind rain and hail
just to venture outside

November 11, 2022

A place to be

by Jem Croucher
There's a Millennium Falcon built in Lego on the side
my drum in the far corner which I banged loud with Pride
Evidence of music which is a passion as you'll know
my PS Five and TV - this is a place I go
to while away the hours that I have when being me
be that music, games or writing - it is a place to be