Lismore Lantern Parade

Where The Wild Things Are Lanterns

On Saturday I pushed my baby’s pram, power-walking as I urged my 5 year-old to keep up. He hopped along beside me, rugged up in two jumpers and a beanie. My husband had rushed back to the car to get a forgotten glow-in-the-dark sword for my 5 year-old.

My breath puffed clouds of frozen air into the winter solstice night. Would we make it in time?

A crowd became visible in the darkness ahead. As we merged in it became warmer. I found our friends by the drumming circle.

Would you like to know what happened next?

Well, here is a poem!


The Lantern Parade

The moon is rising,

pulling in a tide of people

to the Northern Rivers.

A bubbling brook

that slowly grows

then overflows

into a flood of dreadlocks, berets, beanies and beards.

They converge into a stream down Keen Street,

teeming with excitement

for the moment yet to come.

Market stalls infuse the breeze

with wafts of chai,

of fried pad Thai,

and sweet, buttery popcorn.

The rumbling thunder of drumming

draws near,

luminous lanterns appear.

Sparkling along the swell,

bobbing, bouncing, brilliantly,

they burst forth

into magical forms.

A giant Viking ship soars by,

oars stroke the gushing streams,

flanked by rainbow fish.

Stars light the way for an owl,

who flies on the breath of the crowd.

A smiling goddess with seaweed hair

drifts gracefully onwards,

while belly dancers shimmer to the rhythm

that I feel pounding in my chest.

2 thoughts on “Lismore Lantern Parade

  1. That is beautiful Sara I will be honoured to publish it. I am so happy you enjoyed the parade, and hope you will come again for many years to come!
    My only comment would be that this is by no means a “hippie” festival, in fact the dreads, berets and beards are far out numbered by twinsets, dryasabones and parkas, our festival audience is as diverse as the lanterns!
    I love your poem……


  2. Thank you for your comment! I absolutely love the lantern parade, you all do such an amazing job. It’s such a unique, creative and well-organised event. I certainly will go again!
    You are right, it is not only hippies at the Lismore Lantern Parade. Its a fantastic event for everyone and every age 🙂


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