Posts tagged ‘Shoreham’

December 11, 2017

St Mary of the Harbour

by Jem Croucher

So, there’s already some words written
about me as I am today
But there’s more to make the story
complete in every way
For once I was much bigger
cruciform in shape
Part of Shoreham’s presence
on the Sussex south landscape

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November 29, 2017

Church

by Jem Croucher

5 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

Nine hundred years I’ve been here
in Shoreham’s ancient port
A Catholic church turned Anglican
the parish to support
My cruciform original has
crumbled over time
But what is left still standing
is still within its prime

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November 28, 2017

Shingle

by Jem Croucher

4 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

The shingle covered beaches
mightn’t be your cup of tea
But they’re all a part of Sussex
so that’s good enough for me
You might prefer the feel of sand
Well Shoreham has that too
For at low tide there’s great expanse
extending from the land

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November 27, 2017

Quirky

by Jem Croucher

3 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

And I am a community
fascination here to pique
All along the river bank
quirky and unique
Houseboats here in residence
tradition to bizarre
Conformity is alien
I’m not particular

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November 26, 2017

Convenient

by Jem Croucher

2 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Shoreham’ series

There’s a house whose walls were green
but now they’re painted grey
Where for quarter of a century
we have been every day
It’s positioned in a little street
just up from Shoreham station
Fifteen minutes from the beach
if you’ve the inclination

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November 10, 2017

At Home

by Jem Croucher

Part 6 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘At Home’ series

At home this little series
concludes today when I
get back there from the Midlands
late this evening, by and by
Still a few hours travelling
but the further south I go
the closer home it takes me
which is wonderful to know

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November 9, 2017

Shoreham

by Jem Croucher

Part 5 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘At Home’ series

At home for me is Shoreham
by the sea down Sussex way
Nestled underneath the Downs
in a wide sweeping bay

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October 30, 2017

Mother Nature’s Gifting

by Jem Croucher

With yellow sky, the sunset
was something to behold
A panoramic spectacle
tinged with flecks of gold

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October 24, 2017

Ocean of Everything

by Jem Croucher

3 of 3 in the Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy

It’s the ocean of everything
I know and hold dear
And I’m part of its essence
That much remains clear

But explaining just why
is a difficult thing
There are words and a voice
and a mystery to bring

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October 23, 2017

Ocean of Senses

by Jem Croucher

2 of 3 in the Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy

Sensory perception
a fragrance on the breeze
Carried in the air across
the wild and raging seas
Heard and felt and witnessed
in my blood and in my bones
Appealing to my senses
and a love I’ve always known

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October 22, 2017

Ocean of Me

by Jem Croucher

1 of 3 in the Jemverse ‘Ocean’ trilogy

A whisper carried on the breeze
heard across the air
Like an echo over many years
of me still walking there

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October 19, 2017

The Welly

by Jem Croucher

The feet upon the wooden floor
Are moving to the beat
as conversation struggles
for those who’ve found a seat
The man up on the microphone
is getting really loud
But the music’s really throbbing
and is pleasing to the crowd

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October 9, 2017

The morning moon

by Jem Croucher

October morning
chill in air
with harvest moon
in blue sky there
Commuters with
their i-phones out
capture it
so there’s no doubt

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July 17, 2017

Contrasts, a big pond & an affinity

by Jem Croucher

As a rule you will find me
surrounded by green
I’m often the nicest place
you’ll have seen

The winter skies are
blue/grey and bright
The reflection of snow
glimmers by night

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June 16, 2017

Allotment IV (aka ‘A certain pleasure’)

by Jem Croucher

There is a certain pleasure
at the end of a long day
to pop to the allotment
and have a little play

I might do some watering
or strim the grass a bit
or do a little weeding
or in the sunshine, sit

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May 11, 2017

Seagulls passing

by Jem Croucher

Sitting in the sunshine
by the river at high tide
A seagull came and perched
on the railings by my side
We had a little chat
as it seemed the thing to do
Passing a few pleasantries
before away he flew

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April 16, 2017

Because we can

by Jem Croucher

We’ll walk on the beach
at low tide on the sand
as dusk descends swiftly
and everything’s grand
With the lights from the city
out there to the East
Shining bright like a beacon
for a visual feast

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April 1, 2017

A half pint of prawns

by Jem Croucher

A half pint of prawns
and a beer in the sun
At the Bridge on a weekend
with Spring just begun

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February 24, 2017

Surfcall

by Jem Croucher

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Sun on water
Surf a flat white
The beach as ever
A wonderful sight
Wavelets turning
Watch them fall
The sea in movement
With its call

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February 13, 2017

Seen and found

by Jem Croucher

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Sand as far as eye can see
with Brighton to the East
this vista at this time of year
a perfect visual feast

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February 12, 2017

Widewater Teazles

by Jem Croucher

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Widewater teazles
on a cold winter’s day
the air was quite frigid
and the water was grey

There was no-one around
when we got there at three
Just Obi and Basil, our dogs
Sal and me

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February 6, 2017

Rummaging

by Jem Croucher

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Something that I love to do
whenever I get the chance
is go rummaging in a charity shop
by design or happenstance
Some days I’ll just have a browse
as it’s a good way to unwind
but most times I’ll make a purchase
when a treasure I will find

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January 8, 2017

Sunday afternoons…

by Jem Croucher

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Sunday afternoons
A walk, a rest, a cup of tea
This insouciance

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January 3, 2017

The Photographer

by Jem Croucher

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My eye in the lens
I capture to see
all of the beauty
here around me

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December 26, 2016

Close to the sea

by Jem Croucher

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The joy of a home
that is so
close to the sea

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November 28, 2016

Winter – sedoka

by Jem Croucher

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As winter takes hold
Autumn fades to memory
with a tinge of sadness there

Yet with the winter
Crystalline treasures return
and we are richer for that

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November 19, 2016

Secret Places

by Jem Croucher

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It’s hidden by the railway line
unkempt for many years
and if the Signalman could see it now
he’s be reduced to tears
Once known as Railway Gardens
when the signal box was there
Nestled just behind the sign
that warned us “Trains – beware”

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November 9, 2016

Winter comes to town

by Jem Croucher

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Autumn at St Mary’s
the yellow and the gold
the sunshine on the falling leaves
hides the biting chill
Crunching footfall as I walk
A blanket crisp and brown
as breath escapes in tiny clouds
and winter comes to town

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