Friday 6 January 2023

Four Poems by Lorraine Caputo




Transform to jaguar 

under the Samhain half moon 

hunting my nightmares 





In the twilight of morn 

      the Jaguar upon my wall 

            jumps down upon my bed 


I lie still 

      sensing him 

            lying next to my  

                  still-sleeping body 

His breath       his rough tongue 

      bathes me in 

            long strokes 


& when I awaken 

      with the light of dawn 

            his musk fills my room 





Beneath the full moon 

Jaguar cleanses my body, 

his rough tongue passing 

along my dreaming 


            & during the siesta 

a soft, far away 

voice whispers in my 


            but understand I can 






Rough tongue washes my 

sleeping self, jaguar’s musk swells 

another hushed night

Lorraine Caputo is a wandering troubadour – and a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 400 journals on six continents; and 23 collections – including Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017), On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019) and Caribbean Interludes (Origami Poems Project, 2022). 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. Caputo has done literary readings from Alaska to the Patagonia. She journeys through Latin America with her faithful knapsack Rocinante, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her adventures at and 



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