Invisible Cities (Les Ponts).
Invisible Cities (Les Ponts)
Skies a crystal grey. Bizarre design of bridges, some straight,
some hump-backed, others looping down oblique and angulate,
a design repeated in the other, lighted circuits
of the grand canal, but all so long and delicate
that the docks, overloaded with domes, are lowered
and diminished. A few of the said bridges are still covered
with hovels. Others support poles, frail parapets and tropes.
Minor chords cross each other and fade away; ropes
ascend from the embankments. You can make out a red coat,
perhaps other costumes; musical instruments you may note.
Are these popular tunes, snatches of seigneurial spree,
fragments of public anthems? Wide as an arm of the sea,
the water is grey and blue. A white ray
falling from the outer sky annihilates this comedy.