“L” is for Lauds and Loons

Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii), juvenile/f...

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Submitted to Leo’s Z to A Challenge: http://leonnyes.wordpress.com/

“L ” is for Lauds and Loons

In a former life
I chanted Lauds
soon upon awakening:

morning prayer,
quiet time and
praise of the Creator.

Now I join my voice
to songs of birds,
early morning joy.

In winter dark
when hearts are cold
I go within,

remember how it was
when not so stark.
Listen to the call of loons.

Note: Lauds is the morning prayer chanted in Catholic monasteries and religious communities comprised for the most part of a varying selection of psalms.

You may enjoy a visit to this link to hear the “wail” of the loon. http://blog.syracuse.com/indepth/2008/07/audio_hear_the_calls_of_the_co.html


9 thoughts on ““L” is for Lauds and Loons

  1. Nanka says:

    Still appLAUDing with Rumya!! 😀 What a great read it made for us. Besides we learnt two new words too!! Thank you Victoria 🙂 I had missed this post earlier. Just caught up.


  2. Rumya says:

    AppLAUD for the lovely poem!! 🙂


  3. what a mystical poem, Victoria 🙂 lauds n loons.. I’ve to admit though, not heard of either word in the context till now! 🙂


  4. gnarlyoak says:

    Loons are so enchanting. Listening to them is one of my favorite parts about visiting canada. Love this poem! I think you’d like this post of mine: http://gnarlyoak.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/coyotes/


  5. Kavita says:

    Loved the references made here…
    And the general optimistic nature of the poem…
    “remember how it was
    when not so stark.
    Listen to the call of loons” — Particularly liked these lines a lot!! That’s a super cool message really!


  6. shalmalee says:

    Are you a bird/animal lover?
    Beautiful poem!


  7. souldipper says:

    Really a special poem! Love the “tremolo” cry of the loon. I didn’t realize some of the others belonged to the loon.

    Attended Lauds at Santa Barbara before the Benedictine monastery burned a few years ago in “the” fires.


  8. Bodhirose says:

    I loved your poem and listening to the loon wails was so interesting. Thanks for the fun link. Peace…


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