LAKE TITICACA 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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