Dusk dusts the crowded trail
ahead a pilgrim drops to one knee
praying for what I cannot say
as I reach his station I find
St. James’ scallop shell
on the ground well worn cracked
abandoned to the dark night
Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Most pilgrims carry a scallop seashell (or replica), traditionally associated with the figure of St. James.