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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Damian Balassone's poems have appeared in a variety of Australian and international publications and have been broadcast on ABC Radio. His second collection of poetry was recently published by Ginninderra Press and is available for purchase at Readings bookstores.

Damian Balassone


The Mormon and the Mermaid

Wounded and winded
by the wind and the waves,
he scratches her name in the sand,
her love is rescinded,
she hides in the caves
where the water caresses the land;
he sings her name in spite of his distress,
and fashions beauty out of loneliness.