Lauds and Loons


Loons on Wolfe Lake (Ontario, Canada)

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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.

Loon Call from soundbible.com

I’m posting this older poem to Gooseberry Gardens and dVerse Open Link Night. Both sites are a feast of poetry and friendship. I usually prefer to offer something unique for each, but this week is a bit overloaded.

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28 thoughts on “Lauds and Loons

  1. vivinfrance says:

    I just found this, lovely poem – almost sacramental – and now I know what produced the Monday morning prompt.

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  2. munchow says:

    Very lovely words – so peaceful and touching. I like the simplicity with all its depths.

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  3. Window lad says:

    Dear Miss Victoria,

    I’ve previously left a comment here but i don’t see it here.. anyway, i’ll just repeat what i’ve said:

    I really like this poem. Very meditative and close to soul adoration. I’ve noticed that in the beginning part you clearly expressed your Nun-like worship to our Lord – so sacramental. But this piece is not actually about your life having been a former nun but rather this poem is more on your life now – the new you being like the birds expressing a pure, free and very elemental worship – a pagan-like adoration. Thanks for a wonderful poem.(:

    Good day!

    ~Kelvin

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  4. tinkwelborn says:

    this has nice rhyming structure and a smooth rhythm. the content is of an interesting ‘turn’ in life….but was it a turn? good poem.

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  5. The beauty in your work…I can almost see the lake and hear the loons….nature is my tabernacle

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  6. Dear Victoria….

    Its so lovely… and your lines I could relate to very much…

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

    How much we live … only if we live in the now… listening to the songs of the birds that sing outside or inside our hearts…

    Thanks for sharing..

    Shashi
    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com/2011/11/whispers-tears-in-rain.html

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  7. Window lad says:

    Dear Miss Victoria,

    I really like this poem. Very meditative and close to soul adoration. I’ve noticed that in the beginning part you clearly expressed your Nun-like worship to our Lord – so sacramental. But this piece is not actually about your life having been a former nun but rather this poem is more on your life now – the new you being like the birds expressing a pure, free and very elemental worship – a pagan-like adoration. Thanks for a wonderful poem.(:

    Good day!

    ~Kelvin

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  8. ‘Perfect simplicity’ you said about one of my poems, to my delight. This beautiful and profound piece shows you as a master of the same! I could read it over and over.

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  9. being beautifuol all year long,

    love the grace in it,
    🙂

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  10. wolfsrosebud says:

    such a peaceful piece… I love the sound of a loon.

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  11. Steve King says:

    Chanting lauds…listening to loons, what a great set of bookends for the verse. I’ve been on remote lakes early and late and heard the loons, too. It’s the best sort of vesper. I enjoyed reading this. So very focused and disciplined in its compact-ness. A fine poem.

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  12. dragonkatet says:

    I like the way this poem shifts, Victoria. The sounds of loons always make me feel kind of sad, but winter is indeed a time for retrospection and holding on to the things which warm us. Thanks for sharing this and I hope that you get some time to breathe easy soon! Thank you, too, for the visit to my blog. 🙂

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  13. Gay says:

    There’s no praise like birds singing matins! Well done!

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  14. colleen says:

    It reminds me how much I miss birdsong in winter.

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  15. Timoteo says:

    Really like this one…maybe because I’m a bit of a loon myself.

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

    love these lines here, and your winter treatment is cool too.

    🙂

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  17. Soothing and calming, just what I needed this morning!

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  18. ayala says:

    A wonderful poem, Victoria.

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  19. The verse and the picture seem to play off one another so elegantly. Together they are magical. I can almost hear that eerie call of the loon…

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  20. Mary says:

    This is beautiful. Yes, winter IS the time that one should go within!

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  21. brian says:

    i will sing with the birds as well…sounds like a wonderful start to the morning…and those notes of praise are just as important…hope you are well victoria!

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  22. Such a lovely and serene peace, and beautiful picture to match. (Can’t help but think of “On Golden Pond.” Thank you for sharing.

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  23. claudia says:

    oh i love to join my voice
    to songs of birds as well…i’m such a morning person…as you’re obviously as well…hope you’re still enjoying the time in the desert..tomorrow’s my last day in brighton…sad but was a good time..

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  24. Phil says:

    Elegance and eloquence in simple verse. Perfect.

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  25. Ruth says:

    I love the sound of loons. And the sentiment expressed in the poem has a certain familiarity – I hear myself saying: me too re the former life, and again: me to re the current one. Really a beautiful read, especially when toned out loud…

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  26. Morning says:

    very tranquil feel from your words, you always charm our place.

    Cheers.

    🙂

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  27. Shawna says:

    This is my favorite, Victoria:

    “In winter dark
    when hearts are cold
    I go within”

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  28. siggiofmaine says:

    Thanks…this is so lovely.

    Peace,
    Siggi in Maine

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