Listening for Loons 

By Gary Lawless 


wild roses down

to the water

one loon alone

northeast of the island



water lily or

loon white

on the water both


flowers flowers

on the surface of

this world 


like loons we dive under

dive under and

come up somewhere else 


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.