The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Emperor of Rhyme

I stood before the Emperor,
the Emperor of rhyme.
‘So pleased to meet you Emperor.
I thank you for your time.’

‘My Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not wish to trouble you,
but could you help me find a rhyme for W?’

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'.