|December 20th, 1999|
The Guardian of the Lakes at Notre Dame
by John Engels
Excerpt from: Big Water
I can no longer bring to mind
the name of the ancient Brother
who patroled the lakes at Notre Dame
and ran us kids off, waving his old gun
from the far shore, shouting in a voice
that from a hundred yards away
seemed dangerous as a sword.
Retired to guard the lakes, the old man did.
There is something to be said
Surely to him the sky came more and more to seem
go home, gone home! in fierce order that we might
About John Engels
John Engels has taught English Literature at St. Michaels's College in Winooski, Vermont for many years. He is the author of five books of poetry, including The Homer Mitchell Place, Vivaldi in Early Fall, and Weather-Fear, for which he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is recognized as one of America's finest poets. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
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