Red Passion Writings

A collection of short stories and poems from a queer romance writer

TO MY MOUNTAIN HOME

From the coast
Down the highway
Across rivers
Past the city
Suburbs
The airport

Past where we used to live
Reminisces of a few years ago
When we were first dating
Of hot dry summers
Of driving to work together

Out through the suburbs
And the countryside
Past paddocks
And country towns

Mauve jacarandas
Bright pink and red bougainvillea
Near houses
On fences
And letterboxes

Ant hills
Horses
Cattle
In paddocks

Across rivers
Almost dry from lack of rain
Lakes and dams
Shorelines receding
The bush
Dry and dusty

My mountain home
In the distance
The ridge called the beacon
Distinct
Signaling we are almost there

Up the winding road
Through the rainforest
Green
Lush
Coolness in the air

Climbing higher
Looking out
At the surrounding hills
Down to the rainforest in the valley
Tall palms
Cedars
Rainforest trees

A sense of coming home
Of knowing this road
It’s turns and camber
The view
The national park

To the Irish pub
On the main street
Rainforest across the road
Tall gum trees
Wooden houses
And old shop buildings

A birthday get-together
Family and friends
Nice food
Drinks
Laughs and conversation
Temperature turning cold

Retreat inside
A warm fire
Locals coming in for a drink
Coziness
Comfort
Familiarity

Drive to our family home
Through the rain
Mountain weather
Past rainforest
Quaint cottages
And brightly lit restaurants

Dinner
A curry
Drinks
Cake
Conversation

Gathered in a gazebo
Around a brazier
Warm on a cold night
Yellow flames
Glowing coals
Mountain weather

A nights sleep
Snuggled together
Greeted in the morning
By a myriad of birds

King parrots
With green and red plumage
Rainbow lorrikeets
Large cubby rainforest pigeons
Sulphur crested Cockatoos

Surrounded by birds
At one with nature
My parents lush garden
My mountain home

Drive back home to the coast
A different route
Down the mountain
Past lush paddocks
Spreading fig trees
Across small creeks

To the highway
Back past the city
Across rivers
Past suburbs
And the countryside
To the coast
And my home now

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