Peace at Midnight (la paz a medianoche)

Midnight in Sitges,
Alone on the long jetty:
Silver of moonlight, its glistening
Dagger slitting the tranquil bay;
The sonorous song
Of the incoming tide
Rising slowly, ecstatically;
La iglesia a floodlit beacon
Impaling the night sky,
The slender promontory
Meandering to blackness
-Points of light pinning it
To its uncertain end;
The air salt-tanged, cool,
-And twelve bells stumbling out of
La iglesia’s belfry:
Authenticating the moment.

El rompeolas de la playa de Sitges
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