On the Photograph by Dionisio Ameal Pacheco
by Robert Lima
The old hórreo, a granary on the Rio Minho,
receives the torrent of stars into its wooden hold.
It is a stellar blessing on the landscape
of the ancient Celtic peoples,
sons of Breogán, that begat the line.
A bountiful engagement of primal matter
and elemental Earth,
the stars falling on Galicia,
melded in the deep hold of the hórreo.
PHOTO: “Via Lactea” (Milky Way) Galicia, Spain, by Dionisio Ameal Pacheco, used by permission.
NOTE: Galicia is an autonomous community and historic region of Spain, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and by Portugal to the south. The autonomous community of Galicia was established on April 6, 1981. Galicia has a parliament, headed by a president, and a unicameral assembly. The capital is Santiago de Compostela, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.
ROBERT LIMA, is a Cuban-born award-winning poet, and an internationally recognized critic, bibliographer, playwright, and translator. As a Greenwich Village poet during the 1960s, he read at coffeehouses and other venues, co-edited Seventh Street: Poems of Les Deux Megots, introduced by Denise Levertov, and the second series of Judson Review. His 15 poetry collections include Celestials, Elementals, Sardinia/Sardegna, Ikons of the Past. Poetry of the Hispanic Americas and Writers on My Watch (2020). Over 600 of his poems have appeared in print in the U.S. and abroad. Eleven of his poems have just appeared in Greek translation in Noima Magazine. Among his numerous critical studies are works on García Lorca, Valle-Inclán, Borges, Surrealism, folklore, dramatic literature, and translations of plays and poetry.