"A gift for Francis", a poem presented by Alejandro Roemmers to His Holiness, Pope Francis, during the audience granted him on 18 September 2013.
Translator's note: Readers should be advised that the rhyming scheme and metre of the originals, which follow the Spanish tradition, have not been maintained in the translation. The complexities of such an endeavour would render too many differences to the impact, vitality and spirit of the originals. We have opted instead to try to capture the force of their imagery and meaning in a more literal fashion, finding their conceits powerfully reminiscent of the English metaphysical tradition in spite of their Spanish form. Furthermore, we believe a blank verse translation also pays greater respect to the modernist feel to, and impact of, the originals.