Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

Deeply I\

by Lorraine Caputo

Deeply I         
            sleep, I
In the wash of
            a night’s rain, another
                        night’s rain
& another
The morning glistens
            with muted dawn
                        falling upon
            a shower yet
                        falling upon
Perhaps the rain
            continues all day
                        now & again
Perhaps it wettens
            the late afternoon
                        just before dusk
Perhaps there shall be
            a smudged sunset
                        again this day
Or perhaps gold & rose
            will spill through broad
                        gates of clouds
This moonless night
            rain drips from eaves, pooling
                        yet upon the earth
Stars pierce the
            clear ebony
                        satin sky
In a distance
            dogs bark…& they
            a hush…
But for how long
            shall these skies, my dreams
                        remain free of the
White shadows
            of clouds?

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 150 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; 11 chapbooks of poetry – including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017); and 18 anthologies. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose her verse as poem of the month. Caputo has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. She travels through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.