The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Lighthouse

When night has fallen from the sky
I light the dark with loving eye.
I stand above the angry sea,
above the gulls that circle me.

I stand above the angry sea,
yet sailors cannot fathom me;
ignoring my rotating light.
I shine on them from lonely heights.

Ignoring my rotating light,
they drown themselves beneath the night,
but still I long to set them free;
if they can fix their eyes on me.

I stand above the angry sea,
a thousand miles from Kilmore quay,
and though the world just passes by,
I light the night with loving eye.

About the Writer

Damian Balassone

Damian's work has appeared in a variety of Australian and international publications including The New York Times, The Australian, The Canberra Times, First Things, Asses of Parnassus, Snakeskin, Lighten Up and Light. His most recent collection of poems is 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.