July 18, 2018 | By:

The Good News

By Gary Lawless

Roads disappear, and the caribou wander through.

The beaver just gets tired of it, reaches up, through the ice,

grabs the trapper’s feet and pulls him down.

Wolves come back on their own,

circle the State House,

howl at the Governor, and piss on the ATVs.

Trees grow everywhere.

The machines stop, and the air is full of birdsong.


Gary Lawless is a poet, bioregional advocate, and 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 Bay. 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.

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