Moist, delicious Christmas cake
In sun-filled garden – leaves all raked
A vast tree shelters patio;
Nearby, quiet waters flow.
Hot coffee brought out on a tray
Like England on a sunny day
Except that here the heat's intense
And butterflies cluster round the fence.
Huge ferns sprout upwards - a green fan
Their febrile fronds mocking our tan
The sun is fierce – hats de rigueur
A warm breeze makes the flowers stir.
The native eucalypts give shade
A myriad greens that never fade
My retina records the scene
I pinch myself – it is no dream!
(c) Poet in the woods