Poetry

Always the Wind and other poems

by Lorraine Caputo

 

Always the Wind

The wind

stirs whitecaps across the sea

sapphire-blue &

turquoise-green near

the shell-strewn shore

 

The wind

whips that pale sand

about the malecón

duning around benches

& statues

 

In the midst of

the wind

I sit       feeling it

blast my hair

& my skin

 

 

Within the Shadow

 

Night empty street streaked

by the pale glow

of lamplight

 

In her parents’ doorway a

young couple embraces

his kisses flowing

down the contour

of her neck

 

The bougainvillea

casts them within

its shadow

 

 

Somewhere in the Morning Mist

 

Somewheres in this heavy morning mist

a daughter brings corn masa

back from the mill

an oxcart rattles

hooves soft-clopping

 

Somewheres in this heavy morning mist

a turkey hen

gathers her chicks

the dogs bark       the roosters crow

& further up this country road

a donkey brays

 

Somewheres in this heavy morning mist

a jitney passes, journeying

to the jungle border

a man walks along a path, sheathed

machete brushing his leg

 

Somewheres in this heavy morning mist

 

 

Grutas de Coconá

 

Through your pastel Underworld

I tread

The ground beneath my feet

slick with your earth

slithering across passageways

Above     the bats

fly     their chirps

echoing

Walls moist with your sweat

solidifying     over millennia

into green stalactites

A drop

falls

upon my cheek

 

An ocean of crystalline waves

frozen     flowing

into the next chamber

Rock curtains wavering

in a phantom breeze

 

Through a narrow channel I pass

emerging above an

emerald pool

into which my Spirit

dives

 

Embraced by the cool of you,

my Mother

Gently bathed by your waters

I await to reëmerge

from your womb

I await to be

reborn

 

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Lorraine Caputo has literary pieces in over 70 journals in Canada, the US and Latin America, such as Drumvoices Revue, Canadian Dimension and ENcontrARTE (Venezuela). Other publications are seven poetry chapbooks and four audio recordings, including Latina Nights / Noches Latinas (Dimby, 2000). She also pens travel pieces, with works appearing in the anthologies Drive: Women’s True Stories from the Open Road (Seal Press, 2002) and Far Flung and Foreign (Lowestoft Chronicle Press, 2012). In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose her work, “Snow Dreams,” as the poem of the month. Upcoming publications include poems in Beat Texas Anthology (2012) and Blue Fifth Review (October 2012). She has done more than 200 readings from Alaska to Patagonia. Ms. Caputo continues journeying through the southern reaches of the hemisphere, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.

 

Photo by Belinda Poropudas

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