Lorraine Caputo


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Photo Credit: Lorraine Caputo

Excursion (Into the Night)


Entering the sunset village
********the cloud-patched sky

a cove’s water laps
*************around hulls


& later walking down the
********star-lit lane

meeting other souls
********feeling through the
*************new night

always the wash of the sea
********the short cries of
*************night herons


Now only my light
********floods a sliver
*************of the night

the waning moon
********finally arisen
*************cooling the heavens

crickets, the night
********herons & always
*************the wash

********of that sea

Editor’s Note:

I love the simplicity of the expression that conveys the beauty and mystery of the Galápagos Islands. The repetition of “always,” “the wash of the sea,” and “night herons” brings the seascape in clear focus.

Lorraine Caputo is a 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. She travels through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. 

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