Listening for Loons 

By Gary Lawless 

i

wild roses down

to the water

one loon alone

northeast of the island

cedarscent 

ii

water lily or

loon white

on the water both

bright

flowers flowers

on the surface of

this world 

iii

like loons we dive under

dive under and

come up somewhere else 

iv

every night now

i listen for loons

to hear their voices

to leave this body

to return to stars 

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © Gary Lawless. Reprinted from Listening for Loons, by permission of Gary Lawless. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at [email protected] or at 228-8263.