Wandering troubadour Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 300 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; and 19 chapbooks of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Escape to the Sea (Origami Poems Project, 2021). She also pens travel pieces, with narratives appearing in the anthologies Drive: Women’s True Stories from the Open Road (Seal Press) and Far Flung and Foreign (Lowestoft Chronicle Press), and travel articles and guidebooks. Her writing has been honored by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2011) and nominated for the Best of the Net. She has done literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. Ms Caputo journeys through Latin America with her faithful travel companion Rocinante (that is, her knapsack), listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. You may follow her travels at Latin America Wanderer: https://www.facebook.com/lorrainecaputo.wanderer and http://latinamericawanderer.wordpress.com.
CROSSING THE GULF
Cariaco Gulf surges in salt-dulled teal & whitecaps. The morning sun, a blinding silver sheet upon the waters. The dry hills of Araya Peninsula sparsely green under a hazed sky.
A herd of goats strolls up the road winding from the village, into fragile desert hills & along the sea. Bands of pallid tan-deep blue-deep green water roll under the late morning sun. Below, a crimson tidal pool & rust- dark ship hulls beached on ochre sand.
JOURNEYING TO LOS CAÑONES
Rocky road winds along blue-green gulf, through sienna hills. Inlet waters retreat afar with low tide. Goats bleat & wander across glitter-shaled earth. Gallos crow from a bright-house hamlet nestled in emerald valley, wind-carved árboles, neat crop rows. Inland breeze sways thorn trees & palms.