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Silver Travelers
Lorraine Caputo


Mississippi River
Silver beneath
the silver-beamed bridge
Brown silt underlighting the reflected sun
So swift
So smooth

We pass by
so swift
so smooth
On our silver-grey road
where the sun reflects silver-black

by Lorraine Caputo.
Used here with the author's permission.

Lorraine Caputo is a writer and visual artist whose work has appeared in more than 250 journals around the world. An avid traveler, with a particular fondness for trains, she is the author of 18 books and numerous travel narratives, articles, and guidebooks. Learn more about Lorraine at or

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Wonderful images, and the alliteration is perfect!
Posted 08/23/2022 12:53 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this very soothing sensual poem with all the "S" sounds starting with Mississippi and then silver, silt, sun, swift, smooth and the repetition of silver, sun, swift, smooth.
Posted 08/23/2022 11:07 AM
Lori Levy:
Love all the silver.
Posted 08/23/2022 10:39 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Silver, silt, so, swift, smooth, sun. I love alliteration, particularly in poetry.
Posted 08/23/2022 08:52 AM
Larry Schug:
Scientifically speaking, it's all about light and our limited power of detecting some of it, including the light that we are made from along with everything else. Poetically as well as profoundly, "so swift" says all there is about the human condition.
Posted 08/23/2022 08:12 AM
I always love reading Lorraine's work - it takes me places! This is no exception. And I hope to get to the Mississippi again soon. For now this poem is doing the job.
Posted 08/23/2022 07:25 AM

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