Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

For Ana: L'Ametlla del Vallès at Sunset

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

For Ana: L'Ametlla del Vallès at Sunset

Article excerpt

Fire the sky:

Brush is burning on the hilltop,

Gathered like an army

With each of its black limbs

Blazing against the pennants of sunset.

Huddled into dips and ridges of the hillside,

Stone-brown houses shelter the silence of the night

As it creeps past ranks of fire.

A lamp burns here and there,

Solitary, pure white,

And searching in the filmy dusk

For a traveler marching home.

Above the evening

Soft shadows of the light

Streak across the valley-

Chopin's fingers trailing pale spun gold and lavender rose

Through clouds that seem to breathe

Their own pastel intensity,

As though in just this moment

They were free and buoyant.

How long before the little lights on the hillside

Are alone in the darkness? …

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