LORRAINE CAPUTO

ON THESE GREY SANDS

Along this deserted beach
edged by palm groves

the constant wash
of a shallow sea

darkens the arena
leaving behind even

borders of foam
& sand dollars

sea snails embroider
scribbled trails

& burrow until a
higher tide returns

THAT FLOWER’S PERFUME

A starless sky
clouds this night
scented by golden trumpet

The music of a fountain
spilling its waters
channeled to a pond below
& the rushing river
below
A click of a gecko
or perhaps some night bird

* * * * * * *

With a starry dawn
a crescent moon
hangs over the narrow
valley’s wall

& that flower’s perfume
yet lingers in the air

© Lorraine Caputo 2020

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 200 journals on six continents; 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 authors travel narratives, articles and guidebooks. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada honored her verse. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She travels through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.