Do the loons tell their children
stories of this lake?
Do the stones remember the glacier?
In the clay, clamshells from
ten thousand years —
do they dream of the ocean?
Do we remember the time
before there were stars —
before there was light?
‑Gary Lawless, April 17, 2021
Gary Lawless is a poet, bioregional advocate, and co-founder of Gulf of Maine Books, in Brunswick Maine.
He and his wife Beth Leonard care-take the old farm of Henry Beston & Elizabeth Coatsworth (both acclaimed authors of the mid-20th century), near Damariscotta Lake.
Gary’s score of poetry collections includes Poems for the Wild Earth and Caribou Planet. His new book of poems is How the Stones Came to Venice, and his poetry blog.