LAKE TITICACA. A Poem by Lorraine Caputo

I.
The fuchsia-orange sun
is cresting the Eastern cordillera
Its colors seep through muslin clouds
& sheen upon the icy lake

II.
Across the altiplano between
maroon worn-ribbed mountains
& bright turquoise waters

Shaggy-roofed adobe homes
land parceled by stone walls
In swampy pastures graze
sheep & llama, cows &
long-haired donkeys

The weekly market at
Benemerita Zepita
Pollera-skirted women sit upon
dwarf grass, surrounded by
their herds of livestock

Beyond the distant shores
of Titicaca the snowy
Andes horizon


III.

On this bank of the deep
cerulean lake edged with marshland
A woman, child to back
tends her sheep

Totora boats anchor
amidst golden-green reeds
A small boy beats
fresh-plowed earth
with a hoe

On the far side
dark copses speckle
parch hills
Ghostly into the clouds rises
that snow-capped range


 
 
Wandering troubadour Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works
appear in over 250 journals on six continents; and 18 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. In 2011, the Parliamentary Poet
Laureate of Canada honored her verse. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia.
She journeys through Latin America with her faithful travel companion, Rocinante (that is, her knapsack),
listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels at:
www.facebook.com/lorrainecaputo.wanderer
or https://latinamericawanderer.wordpress.com.

 
 
 
 
 
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