Posts tagged ‘sunshine’

March 11, 2023

Sunshine Smiles

by Jem Croucher
Wrapping arms tightly around
the grey cloud in the sky
the sunshine warmly smiled
saying 'no more need to cry'
'You're done today, your tears have fed
the world down there below
but now it's time to rest
and let my smiles now gently glow'

January 23, 2023


by Jem Croucher
I have written of winter, the chill and the rain
and the ice and the snow and the shivers again
of the iron cold muster that lingers and bites
finding its way into warmth with a spite
But throughout all of this always I have half a mind
on the warmer days coming I know soon I'll find
For it's January now but soon I'll see May
and the sunshine that'll soon brighten my day

December 21, 2022

Of the sun (revisited)

by Jem Croucher

10 of 12 in ‘The of…’ series from Jemverse 2022

Winter clung fast
to April’s last day
with rain and strong winds
to greet first of May

Yet there is still time
for the sunshine to come
with promise of summer
born of the sun

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

October 23, 2022

London tales #3

by Jem Croucher
Across the way St James' Tower
its clock face in the sun
as morning breaks in London
and the night time is all done

There's promise in that glow
of a lovely day to come
the sky already cloudless blue
the rain there quick to shun

September 29, 2022

Settling in

by Jem Croucher
We're settling in to Autumn
as the summer is now done
daylight fades at teatime
and there's more rain now than sun
But still some strength there sometimes
when the bright one gets its way
so we're not prepared to throw the towel
just yet, least not today

August 29, 2022

Sunshine true

by Jem Croucher
Some say it debilitates
that may be true
yet never from sunshine
you'll see me eschew
for as had been said here
many times in the past
I was born of the summer
and that fact will last
So to sunshine and warmth
I will gravitate and
promulgate all its virtues
so you'll understand

August 21, 2022

A place in the sun (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

7 of 10 in ‘The lavender series’ from Jemverse

Our new bench sun trap captures the sun
right at the end of the day
Surrounded by lavender, it’s just what we need
for a rest from the frack and the fray

August 15, 2022

What the sun does (reprise)

by Jem Croucher

1 of 10 in ‘The Lavender series’ from Jemverse

Yellow, warming, lifts my soul
Catches me and comforts. Gives me strength
Encourages smiles when smiles are scarce.
Breathes contentment.
It is a friend, closer in the summertime;
More distant in winter chill. But always there.
Always listening. Always rooting for my best interests.
It is lavender and jasmine and honeysuckle
Combined and lingering in the evening air.

August 12, 2022

Morning Sunshine

by Jem Croucher
Sunshine of a morning
from my window up here high
shining on the hilltops
as the early birds go by
It's great to see it every day
it seems this summer here
as it brings a peaceful feeling
and fills my heart with cheer

August 10, 2022

No hose

by Jem Croucher
We've hidden the hosepipe away in the shed
as the long lack of rain has inevitably led
to a ban of the sprinkling of water for gain
pending reservoirs filling up once more with rain

August 6, 2022


by Jem Croucher
The waves are thundering on the shore
as the sunshine makes a show
and whooping we cry out for more
of that music down below

July 29, 2022

The sun I find

by Jem Croucher
This time of year with pen in hand
I'll sit down in my garden and
as sunshine warms and shines and does
what in July it will because
this is summer, so will I
sit down and watch as time goes by
and words may come. they often do
reflecting on a whim eschewed
crafted from a poet's mind
inspired here by the sun I find

July 25, 2022

Melting Days

by Jem Croucher
The mercury climbed to forty
for the hottest we had seen
records broken everywhere
from what they once had been
and everybody moaned
as no infrastructure here
to cope with extreme weather
when the high is in the clear
Ice-cream sales and paddling pools
brought respite here to some
but most of us just melted
in this gorgeous summer sun


July 24, 2022

Sunshine on Neville Street

by Jem Croucher
Sitting in Newcastle Tap
here on Neville Street
I've had a lovely pizza
and the beer's going down a treat
Outside Newcastle sunshine
though chillier up here
shines as evening shadows fall
and I enjoy this beer
By and by I'll take a stroll
as this time is all my own
so I may as well enjoy it
all these many miles from home

July 21, 2022

Fields of long summers II (part 5)

by Jem Croucher

11 of 12 in the Jemverse summer series ‘Melting Days’

Those fields of long summers I expect to remain
returning to them again and again
with more adventures to come in grass baked by the sun
and in old age have days filled with laughter and fun

July 19, 2022

Fields of long summers II (part 3)

by Jem Croucher

9 of 12 in the Jemverse summer 22 series ‘Melting Days’

In fields of long summers the colours of yellow
was ever there present for this happy fellow
reflecting the sunshine to which he was born
those summers were everything as per the norm

July 18, 2022

Fields of long summers II (part 2)

by Jem Croucher

8 of 12 in the Jemverse summer 22 series ‘Melting Days’

In fields of long summers I ran around free
full of the joys of just being me
All of the innocence given to youth
revealed in those moments full of the truth
and the sunshine was there as it always was
for this was the summer and simply because

July 17, 2022

Fields of long summers II (part 1)

by Jem Croucher

7 of 12 in the Jemverse summer 22 series ‘Melting days’

In fields of long summers explored as a child
seeking out blackberries that grew in the wild
Enjoying adventures in grass under sun
those were the days of laughter and fun

July 1, 2022

One XI

by Jem Croucher

11 of 12 in the ’12 months V’ series from Jemverse

With 'Dog Days' just beginning
July the first is here
for long hot days of summer
the ones I most revere
A child of summer born and bred
these are the days for me
getting browner in the sunshine
on the beach beside the sea

May 29, 2022

In the sun II

by Jem Croucher
Wolfgang on the garden bench
panting in the sun
whilst I sit down relaxing
now my working week is done
The warmth today is growing
so whilst I am sitting here
he's given his permission
for me to have a nice cold beer

May 6, 2022


by Jem Croucher
The grass on the allotment
was very long indeed
the no-dig plots were overgrown
and needed thorough weed
but after we had strimmed it
it once again took shape
so I don't thinks it will be
too long now til we make
it start to grow some produce
for our table and for more
to brighten up this place
which both Sal and I adore

May 1, 2022

One IX

by Jem Croucher

9 of 12 in the Jemverse series ’12 months V’

Maybe May will find me
on the beach once more
as warmer days get warmer
and summer waits in store
Maybe May will be the one
to see those doors flung wide
for long days in the sunshine
no more the place to hide
Maybe May will see these things
as they're the thing to do
for the fifth month and summer
are quite symbiotic too

April 27, 2022

Summer in April

by Jem Croucher
At the end of April, summer
made an early show of hand
as the sun shone warm on Sussex
fair across this pleasant land
So I put a best foot forward
took advantage with no shame
once more into the hedgerow
bordered pathways, trails and lane
Exploring parts of Sussex
I had never been before
in this lovely springtime sunshine
as that's just what it is for

April 2, 2022

Small yellow II

by Jem Croucher
Small yellow in my garden
at the bottom in the sun
caught my eye this morning
now the winter time is done
I don't what its name is
but it grows here every year
yellow in Spring sunshine
so for me has purpose clear
It's there to play a rhythm
to accompany the song
that rises with crescendo
to play all summer long

March 28, 2022

First Daisy II

by Jem Croucher
First daisy down there
in the grass
waiting for me
as I passed
Radient with sunshine flare
I took a pic
to onward share
and with the green
a painting framed
as gilt-edged it
the Springtime named

March 26, 2022

Sunshine XII (tanaga)

by Jem Croucher
Found a pool of golden sun
knew that Spring had now begun
and I'd once more found the one
proving winter blues are done

March 25, 2022

Sunshine XI (bussokuseki)

by Jem Croucher
Here I am, smitten
once again head over heels
a poor Romeo
with the beauty of your face
and the radiance around
as throughout each day you tread