THE CYPRESS OF SILOS
To Ángel del Río
Upright geyser of shade and slumber,
Who piques the sky with its spear.
A gushing spurt that all but reaches the stars
Unwinding in wild abandon.
Mast of solitude, an island wonder,
An arrow of faith, a dart of hope,
Today I come to you, to the banks of Arlanza,
A chance pilgrim, my rudderless soul.
When I saw your lonely, tender, firm frame,
I felt my anguish dissipate,
And ascend, like you, crystal-sheathed,
Like you, black tower of daunting blades,
A paragon of vertical delirium,
Mute cypress in the fervor of Silos.
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