Song of a Streetlamp

Song of a Streetlamp

One day (I think) I will grow up
And be as tall as you
Who reach towards infinity
And shelter those below

I don’t have much, and I repeat
I don’t have much to give
I’m just a little, lonely light
Only useful when at night
People walk the paths unlit
Except the space I glow

I know there’s no comparison
Between a tree and me
I know I’ll never be as tall
Or be as tenderly loved by all
My beauty is too stark and small
No poets write about me

One thing I know
That gives me warmth
My solace I find there:
I fight the currents of the night
If only in this sphere of light
The weary soul regains his sight
And leans against me, breathing

Soft, his breaths, they bring me
life again, our shadows merge
under the trees, my light,
reflected on their leaves –

Dear traveller of the world,
My light in exchange for your love
Your love in exchange for my light
That’s enough for me
That’s enough

Copyright © 2013 Antelune. All Rights Reserved.

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2 thoughts on “Song of a Streetlamp

  1. joan

    hi, your poem blew me away. the cadence is just perfect. reading it aloud feels almost like a song. also, it really reminds me of our calling to be like Jesus, light of the world, and to let our light shine before others. thank you for such a beautiful poem 🙂

    1. Hi Joan, thank you for your lovely comment! It does feel like a song 🙂 I’m glad that my poem inspired that sentiment! We are the salt and light of the Earth indeed. Thank you for the wonderful reminder 🙂

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