REFERENCE POINTS WITHIN THE POEM.
(By his mother)
1 He was born at the foot of the mountain,
2 He was taught his first letters in sand;
3 His companions – mimosas and gum trees –
4 And the beautiful birds of the land.
5 To his ear the wild scream of the curlew
6 Was sweeter than sweetest of fruits;
7 And the silvery tinkling of bell birds,
8 More soothing than ladies’ fine lutes.
SO far we have Henry established under Pigeon House Mountain at birth.
3 – Mimosa seems remarkably widespread on the South Coast of NSW. I thought it were an entirely different plant but now find it another name for plants with which I am familiar.
Best I also locate an image of some gum trees for those of you who haven’t had a gum tree as a companion.