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MEXICAN MURALS
Puerto Escondido

The morning light
reflects off
white-washed buildings,
yellowing them

Across the bay,
behind the hills,
the soldiers march,
the drum beats
echo across the water

Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tat-tat-tát


In a house
off an alley,
a baby cries,
his high, full-bodied voice
echoes down the streets
He chokes on his cry
and begins again

Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tat-tat-tát

The bright sun,
its body blue,
rises above the hills
Its light is carried
fragmented
on the waters

A pelican arises
from there
turns in mid-air
dives head first

Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tat-tat-tát

The hills are hazed
by the rising mist
of crashing surf
Canopied boats lie anchored,
their white bodies
bob, sway

Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tat-tat-tát

Across the bay,
behind the hills,
the trumpets sound
then fall silent

Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tát-tat-tat
Tat-tat-tát







THESE HANDS

my hands … scarred by
a hundred knives … a thousand
words spilling from the nib
of my pen …

bloodied ink … flooding
across a page … &
another leaf …

& when these hands
be gnarled, twisted
with ancient years

I shall still grasp that
pen … grasp the words
my fingers stained
with a million words …

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 180 journals on six continents, such as Prairie Schooner (US), Revista Máquina Combinatoria (Ecuador), Bajo Otros Cielos (Spain), Open Road Review (India), Cordite Poetry Review (Australia) and Bakwa (Cameroon); and 12 chapbooks of poetry – including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017) and On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019). She also pens travel pieces, with stories 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), and travel articles and guidebooks. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada honored her verse. She has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. Ms Caputo journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.  

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