May 24, Puente la Reina by Sean Denmark

The pilgrim asked me to take
a picture of him &
as I did he smiled
& lifted his Coke &
sandwich. He said it
was for his wife,
to prove he’s eating.
He sends, in my
imaginings, three pictures
a day for her to
feed her love on &
if he walks from St. Jean
all the way to
Santiago some
hundred strangers
will document his meals
& he’ll have a hundred
pilgrim’s views
of what he lived on.


Sean Denmark is a teacher and writer who lives in New York City. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in St. Sebastian Review, EcoTheo Review, Right Hand Pointing, Geez, and Bearings. He is working on a longer manuscript of poems first written on the Camino de Santiago.