Prayers for the Lagoon

Gary Lawless
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Poet Gary Lawless, from Maine, USA, has a deep and enduring love for Italy and Venice which is reflected in his work, much of which has been published in translation in Italy, where Gary has visited frequently and presented his poetry. He was also recently an artist-in-residence at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice. YtaliGlobal is very pleased to present these poems about Venice, part of a group of Poems for Italy that Gary has very kindly shared with us.

Everything is Holy.

Bless the Lagoon, sweet Saint Lucy.

Bless the birds, the fish,

Bless the trees on the outer islands,

Bless the waves and the wind.

Send the cruise ships to Hell.

There is room there

For one more boat.

Fish Market Prayer – Rialto – Venice

May we be blessed by

the Spirits of these fish

swimming through our world

from the world above

from the world below

rising from the depths of our future

blessing the depths of our past

Lagoon, Venice

Where the outer islands meet

The sea, walls of white

Istrian stone, dunes, grasses, and oak –

Migration routes for

Thousands of years –

Kentish terns and plovers now

Disappearing, places taken by

Kingfisher, herring gull, black-backed gull,

All these coots, ducks, heron, and geese,

Sparrow hawk, osprey, kite –

What follows when we

Are gone,

Forever

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