Reader’s Poem: Listening Point

cover image of stream in woods from Sigurd Olson's "Listening Point"

Point of discovery,
of subtle undertones
the cabin symbolizes
a way of life.

Will all places of quiet
and beauty be altered?

Look, listen,
and the day’s confused

Glimpse the slow
moving cycles
of growth and change.

Catch the mystery
as a place speaks
of the unknown.

The old wilderness
leaves its sense of peace
upon you.

We glimpse
through this window
expansiveness of soul.

Sigurd F. Olson. Listening Point. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Fifth printing, 2011. Reader’s poem by Samuel Rahberg.

After I finish a good read and before I tuck it away on the shelf, I like to spend some time summarizing what was most important to me. I use the author’s own words, varied only slightly, and follow the themes that speak most strongly to me at this time. The example below remains a summary and serves only as my own interpretation, so I take responsibility for any deviation from the author’s original intent. Even so, may it be a helpful reflection for others and an encouragement to read a fine book in its entirety.


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