By Lorraine Caputo
I. Afternoons the heavens grey, layer upon thick layer of looming clouds, thunder crumpling then silenced by the rain that dampens lanes, streaks white-washed walls of Ciudad Blanca. II. Sometimes the thunder awaits the dusk to sweep the streets clean of another day. III. One late day, as the sun painted a clearing sky, a rainbow arced over the forest-jade hills as this courtyard garden again was dampened by a shower.
Again rain falls all day, all night pooling on the terrace, flowing down the tejas, shimmering bright in the sparse moonlight, faint glowing, the rain’s rhythm steady, growing, still falling, flowing, swirling down, the bare breeze so slightly blowing around adobe homes, raw brown.
Surrendering to Wakefulness
In this pre-dawn hour, a light rain wets the rough lava soil, the sea rolls evenly, breaking its white caps in the near distance, a chirp of some creature, the click of geckos … & I surrender my self to wakefulness, not able to slip into sleep again, not willing to slip into strange dreams that again, this night disturb the peace of these Enchanted Isles.
River of the People of the Clouds
The Utcubamba scribbles a thin valley through these mountains swathed in clouds, banks lush green, cliffs like the crafted stone walls of Kuélap.
Agitated by waking life I finally repose after 2 a.m., lying like a corpse, my body, my mind relaxing Visualizing the beauty of another day of life, the people who teach me & the hummingbird zigzagging across the rooftop terrace, mating dragonflies darting by, the yellow swallowtail fluttering around the patio, spiraling higher & higher to freedom But yet the invisible creatures of worries, doubts & fears nibble at my body All night I travel, visiting Kuma in New York City, Cloud in Arkansas, I go to see a woman who fled death threats lurking in her Wayu’u dreamland & I awaken after dawn exhausted & my hair windswept
Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 300 journals on six continents; and 20 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Caribbean Interludes (Origami Poems Project, 2022). She also authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. Her writing has been honored 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 at: www.facebook.com/lorrainecaputo.wanderer or https://latinamericawanderer.wordpress.com.