by Lorraine Caputo
Under the full moon a procession wends through the village At 14 altars the 14 stations of the cross decorated with flowers & candles they stop A woman waves copal incense in front A man says a prayer in Quek’chi The altar boys in white & red carry the crucifix & candles Next come the elders Then Christ in red carrying his cross upon men’s shoulders After them walk the congregation the priests & on-lookers Their voices rise in song in Spanish, in Quek’chi
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 journeys through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels at: www.facebook.com/lorrainecaputo.wanderer or https://latinamericawanderer.wordpress.com.