A Friday Afternoon On Isla Del Tigre
by Lorraine Caputo

A burro lumbers down the street
	past the weather-eaten church
From its loudspeakers chamber music
	drifts across the central park
Where people sit & talk
	on walls, on benches

At small tables women prepare
	chicken sandwiches for customers
Another barbecues strips of beef
	on a wheel-hub-turned grill

A breeze freshens the humid air

On the north side of the plaza
	balls clack in the billiard hall
The ceiling fan’s blades cut a shadow
	over a man leaning on his pool cue
He looks out the open door
	watching the burro wander by
		… & another … a third …
			… a sixth …


Lorraine Caputo’s poetry and travel narratives appear in over 300 journals on six continents, and 19 chapbooks – including On Galápagos Shores (dancing girl press, 2019). Her writing has been nominated for the Best of the Net. Caputo journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her journeys: www.facebook.com/lorrainecaputo.wanderer.