Loon (on Lake Denise, Soldotna, Alaska)

A loon owns this lake,
the call over still water
at dusk and dawn.Loon

King of the underworld he probes
muted in shadows
delving, searching, resurfacing.

The water rolls off
like a world one forgets
he propels himself onwards

head high, red eyed,
chequered black and white feathers.
A quick turn of his neck

to the stir in his wake.
What does he keep fettered
under those prison-bar wings?