Tree of Life

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Roots sinking deep into the rich soil, breaking loose the earth, thin, hairy tendrils creeping
… weaving … gathering nutrients that course through the xylem, into my body, limbs reaching into
the azure sky, capturing clouds … tender leaves wavering in the breeze that’s a quiet breath,
respiring, creating oxygen for gecko & squirrel that scurry over the rough bark … leaves
sketching images, casting shadows with mosaicked sunlight … limbs thinning to twigs, slim &
fragile – yet strong, holding, creating life, fingers splaying, gathering air & warmth … & those
twigs thicken & grow new twigs, continuing life ….

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) and Caribbean Interludes (Origami Poems Project, 2022). 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: or

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