Earth Sunset Healing | Lorraine Caputo

This Earth

The Earth has a memory

Dawn fog lays low
where rivers once flowed
now forced underground
by the city growing
over centuries

The Earth has her secrets

Long-disappeared species
emerge from scarred forests
scarred landscapes
Fernandina giant tortoise, Wallace’s
giant bee, Formosa clouded leopard …

This Earth lives

Watercolors from Zimbabwe 2
©2022 George Terziev

In the Sunset Sea

Bands of rose ripple
            across the deep blue water
As I lift my arms above
            the golden sun reflects off
                        the droplets
The gentle waves bathe my Spirit
            soothing her
            carrying away all the fatigue
                        all the sorrows
I sink into the sea’s warmth
            floating on its salty breadth
watching the now-orange sun
                        sink deeper behind the hills
Its colors spread wide
            across the broken clouds
                        like an opal
I turn over & over in this iridescent water
            just to feel my muscles move
                        to feel their pull with each stroke
            just to know that
                        I’m still, I am still

Earthly Lamentations…& Healing

Who will…
Who will answer?

Amid lies and denials
the earth is dying
A million deaths per minute
of all our relations
When will Homo sapiens species-centralism end?
When will the pain end?

~       ~       ~       

I hear shouts in the night
echoing down deserted streets
echoing through the valley,
down its slopes

Sirens wail and beep
announcing— as if— the end
of this world… the urgency

Sometimes I believe
(I wish)
it would be best
if the end just come
to wipe out this
human plague


I hear the wind ripping
at tin rooves
as if to lay bare
the lives of humankind
to lay bare their
denials and deceits 

When will it all stop?
Why can’t humans just
what they are mindlessly
doing… become mindful 
of this planet… of all other
being here— live
and not dominate

Life will go on…
Perhaps not what
we have known…
But it shall go on…
Mother shall heal—
she needs to be cleansed
of the human plague…

~       ~       ~       

Then the long, slow, peaceful process of healing shall begin…

~       ~       ~       

Then the long, slow, peaceful process of healing shall begin…
Earthly Lamentations
©2018 Lorraine Caputo

©2022 Lorena Caputo
All rights reserved

Lorraine Caputo…

…is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 300 journals on six continents; and 20 collections of poetry – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019), Caribbean Interludes (Origami Poems Project, 2022) and Fire and Rain (Red Mare #18, 2019), a collection of eco-feminist poetry. She also authors travel narratives, 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, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. 

Follow her travels at: Latin American Wanderer


Be inspired… Be creative… Be peace… Be

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