Song – Lynda Monahan

Song

in the crisp quiet
at Kinasao if you listen carefully
the lake ice sings to the pines
to the low winter sky
into the core of me
lone woman standing on the frozen shore

the lake sings all the old songs
of love and longing
the songs I know so well
that sit in my hurt heart
where they live with their quiet humming

it sings of my sister
and her slow tumble back into childhood
of that list I keep of old losses
mother father brother friends
lining up their familiar faces
mourning each of their domino deaths

it sings the questions
that quicken inside of me
who am I? what am I doing here?
songs that puzzle under the lake ice
and move across
the constant white ache of snow

at Kinasao the lake sings
and here I am able to listen
to let that song ring out
the clear true notes
rising up and out
over the tops of blue spruce
and tamarack that touch the shore

and it’s all of our songs
and each of us singing
as the lake does
of what moves underneath
the sheet glass surface of things

Lynda Monahan is the author of two collections of poetry, A Slow Dance in the Flames and What My Body Knows, both published by Coteau Books. Her third collection titled “verge” is upcoming with Guernica Editions. Lynda has taught creative writing at SIAST Woodland Campus for the past several years and facilitates a variety of writing workshops for schools and organizations across the province.

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One Response to Song – Lynda Monahan

  1. Lynda, I so enjoy the concept of a frozen lake singing. Whatever the province or territory in Canada, readers can identify with these seasonal waters. These lines finish your poem so well, summing up a truth–
    “and it’s all of our songs
    and each of us singing
    as the lake does
    of what moves underneath
    the sheet glass surface of things”
    🙂

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