Best of British

JM has spent many happy holidays in Britain, especially in the West Country, and she cannot help but pen some verses to accompany photos she has taken over the years of her favourite haunts, such as St Ives,  Lizard Point, Bedruthan Steps, and Boscastle in Cornwall; Watersmeet and Lynmouth in Devon. There are a few sample excerpts  below, and further reading in the category Best of British. Not all of her poems that she has written about British places feature on this website, because in the future JM has the intention of producing photographic poetry books relating to each of her favourite counties. The first,  produced in  hardback during 2013, is called “Captivated by Cornwall”.

St Ives – An Artist’s Paradise

How many diff’rent shades of blue can one get into a view?
‘An artist’s paradise’ they call it. That’s just so very true.
If I could paint a picture, then I would paint one now for you,
but I guess that my little photo here will just have to do.

St Ives is the place to be whenever you are feeling blue.
There are beaches to die for and ev’ry street affords a view.
There’s gift shops and galleries up little narrow alley ways
and perchance you will find a pleasant place to gawp, gasp and gaze.

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Did you know that I am an auntie to some choughs?
They live here at Cornwall’s Lizard, on these bluffs.
Their breeding nests are well guarded both night and day,
just in case marauding egg hunters come that way.
It is good to know that they are back at nightfall
safely nesting, where they belong in old Cornwall.


The London Inn, Padstow

Oh to have these pretty pictures framed and hung upon my wall,
they bring back such pleasant memories that seem to say it all.
But I’ve lost the better photos that my lovely daughter took
and all that I have got left now are these prints that do not look
like they will last much longer before the vibrant colour fades,
and they will lose all their bright detail and their beautiful shades!
I am sitting here now at my desk, crying into my cup
so I think I’d better go away and do the washing up!

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