The Long Way Home

Featured Photo by Alberto Restifo on Unsplash

dry hot southern plains
naïve youth thirsty for more
exotic landscapes

ancient red centre
soft sand-dunes and spinifex
exposes my soul

distracting detour
through shiny harbour city

blue mountains weave spells
dramatic beauty claims me
heart flourishes here

love found me a home
the last place I imagined

© Josie Kirkwood 2020

A personal journey through some iconic Australian landscapes I have called home. It was just west of the Blue Mountains that love finally found me. I was in my forties; it was unexpected and brilliant, and I came to understand that home for me was not a place, but a bond of love. As long as we are together, any place is home.

Previously published in ‘P.S. I Love You’ on Medium 17 February 2020.

Haiku is a very short poem format following the traditional Japanese form of 3 lines of 17 syllables: 5/7/5. It is often about a moment in nature with a juxtaposition included on the third line. The less rigid Contemporary haiku also explores elements of human nature, culture and society, but the 5/7/5 form provides for a challenging creative expression of ideas.