Bonjour, I am not familiar with this term, cirques. Apparently, in English, "cirques" can mean, a basin, geographically speaking. Could it mean the geographical term here? It's just a bit specialist and I don't think a lot of people are going to know what "cirques" are. Perhaps there is another missed meaning of cirques here? What that got to do with a sheep running round the carnations? Any insights would be appreciated! Context - poem by F. Jammes: Renais, soleil ! Du fond des cirques ténébreux. Renaissez, renaissez, Mystères glorieux, Par la brebis qui tremble au milieu des œillets ?