Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Listening for Loons
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
This week’s poem from a past column was chosen by Margaret S. Davenport, who writes: “In Rangeley, we love our loons, listening, picturing, and anxiously counting them.” The poem reminds her, she adds, that like the loons, “we also dive under, to catch that silver fish of an elusive dream.”
Listening for Loons by Gary Lawless
i wild roses down to the water one loon alone northeast of the island cedarscentii water lily or loon white on the water both bright flowers flowers on the surface of this worldiii like loons we dive under dive under and come up somewhere elseiv 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.