"Eve rests her hand on a skull, time on her hands."

A woman in a tight black pencil skirt —high heels on marble—

passes mahogany confession boxes.

In a side chapel behind glass,

old women in black kneel to the host

in a spiked monstrance silence.

A reclining Templar. By his feet

a black cat. Eve rests

her hand on a skull, time on her hands.


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This poem is from my second book, Santiago Sketches, which is entirely set in the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. You can read more poems here, in Spanish and in English. You can buy the book on Amazon here, or if you'd rather buy local, order from your bookshop. More information is available on my website.