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MOONLIGHT SERENADE

By Lorraine Caputo

In the late-hour hours
I am awakened
by the song
of the full moon shimmering
upon the rising tide

A golden halo surrounds her
in that cloud-hazed sky
bright pewter-blue like
the sea lapping against
the shell & rock-splinter shore


Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 250 journals on six continents; and 19 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. Her writing has been honoured by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2011) and nominated for the Best of the Net. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels on Facebook or through her website.

DESERT RAINS

By Lorraine Caputo

I.

During day’s predawn
darkness, the desert night mist
is heavier, a
thin rain gliding off these parched
tin roofs & sear dreams

II.

In the midnight hour
a distant patter upon
the eaves disrupted
my meditation

Out to the terrace
I walked, to bathe in the light
rain falling upon
this desert city

III.

3:30 a.m.
a rain begins to splatter
this other night … then

its rhythm rises
into a constant clatter
on the roof as I

begin to lay my
anger in blood ink upon
leaf after sear leaf


Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 250 journals on six continents; and 19 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. Her writing has been honoured by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2011) and nominated for the Best of the Net. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels on Facebook or through her website.

MOONLESS NIGHT

By Lorraine Caputo

This moonless night is
bathed by the orange glow of
street lamps. Clouds lie low
on the mountains, then tendril
through the folds of this valley.

Rain begins again,
at first a whisper, its voice
growing stronger , a

monotonous murmur …


Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 250 journals on six continents; and 19 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. Her writing has been honoured by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2011) and nominated for the Best of the Net. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels on Facebook or through her website.

OPENING MY WINDOW

By Lorraine Caputo

From my pocket with a hole
(that hole through which tarnished coins fall),
I pull a soiled tattered rag.
With wide strokes on the glass, I begin 
swiping away grime that built up since your death,
grime that had built up over the years of abuse …
I want, I need to scrub away that muck, 
wipe away that negativity that obscures my view.
I need clarity, brightness to see …
… I need to scrape away that dirt, 
flake away those too many lies that
bind this window stuck …
… throw this window open
to my future …


Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 250 journals on six continents; and 19 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. Her writing has been honoured by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2011) and nominated for the Best of the Net. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels on Facebook or through her website.

CAPTURING THAT ELUSIVE PERFUME

By Lorraine Caputo

Through the cracks of my ill-fitting windows drifts the perfume of some night flower … a perfume that tendrils across rooftop tejas, down narrow cobblestone streets … remnants of the afternoon’s storm beads on that blossom’s ghostly petals gleaming in the new moon’s dark light … elusive … elusive as a deep dream dissipating in the pale dawn twilight … slipping away through cracks, into the darkness, into oblivion, forgotten memories, perhaps someday to arise in some moment least expected … cracks meshing across my mind like the golden city lights that cobweb across this valley, capturing that elusive perfume.


Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 250 journals on six continents; and 19 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. Her writing has been honoured by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2011) and nominated for the Best of the Net. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels on Facebook or through her website.