The trees turn angelic white in brilliance,
Adorning fairy lights in festive appearance.
Christmas movies screen by the South Bank,
Enchanted gardens come alive at Roma Street Parkland.
Weekend rejoices at the Eagle Street Pier,
Wine and cheese and turkey on the fire.
The Jade Buddha dances to a summer jazz,
Chilled beer and cocktails, all it has.
Vegemite toast for an Aussie breakkie,
And evening craic at the Irish Murphy,
The young veins dance through the night,
While others relish, the Gelatissimo delight.
The city has mirth for one and all,
Gold Lotto lights for the little Paul.
X’mas tree lights up the King George Square,
Little children play around everywhere.
The city rejoices and celebrates,
It’s time for cookies and chocolates.
The Clock Tower rings 12 on chain,
It is Christmas time in Brisbane!
(C) DIKSHA SHAHI
Notes: Brisbane is the main city of Queensland, a north eastern state in Australia. I moved to Brisbane 2016 and have lived there for a year and half before re-locating to Sydney. Brisbane gave me close friendships and made in-roads in my heart. I often spent time late evenings shaking a leg at Irish Murphy (the best Irish pub in town) with friends or simply walking around the vast Botanical Garden which comes alive during Christmas season decorated with angelic lights. My friends and I would also visit Jade Buddha, an Asian fusion bar and restaurant besides the Brisbane river also known for great dumplings. Not to forget the choco-chip gelato from the Gelatissimo bar at Queen Street in the CBD has me drooling even today! Some December evenings were spent King George Square watching the animated cartoon series displayed at the City Hall’s facade as I indulged in a creamy cappuccino from The Coffee Club. The open air cinema during this season under the bright stars at South Bank is as dreamy as it is romantic. This little city is packed with energy and serenity as alike. Well, I can almost call myself a ‘Brisbanite’.
Image credits: http://www.mantra.com.au