Sunday 5 May 2019

3 Poems by Lorraine Caputo


I have watched the sun

      rise & set

            between these rivers

Beams slicing

      the blues of skies

            pale colors washing across

      the horizons

& waters

clear in the

      twilight of dawn

            dusky in approaching night

      mists drifting o’er

calm currents

I have watched the sun

      rise & set

            here, entre ríos


In the bright light of sun

The ticky-tacky houses

      climbing the steep

            sides of cerros

Are stark white, fuchsia

      gold, heavenly blue, chartreuse

But under the silver light of moon

      & the dreams of their dwellers

The ticky-tacky houses

      mute to ghostly grey


I lie beneath

heavy warmth

      listening to

this night’s rain splash

upon worn

plaza stones

      listening to

a lone taxi’s

sizzle ‘cross

thin pavement

      listening to

my heart

pulsing …


Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 100 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; 11 chapbooks of poetry – including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017); and 18 anthologies. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose her verse as poem of the month. Caputo has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. For several decades, she has been traveling through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels at:

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