Sun screen, pine needles, chlorine.
The best of a festive perfume.
Mint on potatoes, basil on tomatoes.
Christmas lillies filling the room.
The rattling scatter of Lego.
spilling out of its box.
Kersplosh in the pool. Well practised bombs.
Kids laughing. Dad snoring. Cork pops.
The sweet crunch of sun-soft scorched almonds.
A pungent Marlborough sav.
Dark red strawberries and cherries.
Trifle with cream, and a pav.
Out of the pool to play with new toys.
Kids dripping. Feet slipping. Grazed knees.
Bubbles poured. Glasses raised. There’s a text.
Christmas cheer from a friend overseas.
The sun slowly sinks, holding onto the day.
The sky glowing sunburnt and fiery.
Family together. Dinner outside.
Tired. Contented. And merry.