I have no desire to make any New Year resolutions, simply because my biggest one for the past few years (get a good, stable job that I actually like) has already been fulfilled and seeking more seems greedy right now. But there are a few things I want to write down today. I know that soon my mind will be filled with administrative detail, and packing, and moving, and I won’t have much time to notice anything else. But today, I just want to look at things and record them in my memory.
This is not so much a poem, but a list of things I’ll miss ...
Kobi glinting in the sun, waddling in between burnt leaves
The blinding blue of the sky in Perth, which hurts my eyes and makes them swim
Brown fur through patches of light
Roses blooming in deep red, loud pink, peachy orange and sublime white in my mum’s front garden
Candy floss clouds floating in the evening sky
The smell of the sea all year round
The hard, diamond like gleam on the tops of sultry leaves
Daily freckles on my shoulders and nose in summer
Shoe tan lines on my feet
The crackling brown grass, exhausted by the heat
The steam coming off pavements like waves of smoke
My favourite tree that changes from brown, to green, to lavender, and then drops heavy curtains of light purple, dusting the street and cars with its colour
Long drives that lead to nowhere
A favourite chair to be left behind, on which I laughed, cried, ate, slept and read
Sitting by the river with a sugary milkshake in hand, numbing my fingers as my toes get burnt
Ice cream that melts before the first taste
Nights with the windows wide open
My friends, who I will miss so much it hurts
My mum’s hugs, my dad’s hugs, my brother’s sarcasm, missing them will be the hardest
P.S. Kobi is coming with me though, he will be a cold, English cat.