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A poem along the way - by whom?

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Vigdis

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008/2009, Roncesvalles-Burgos Oct. 2012
When walking in 2008, between Navarrete and Najera, I came across a poem written in Spanish on a wall along the way. It was very easy to spot. Don't know if it's still there, but I'm gonna look for it as I'll be walking on the same place in a couple of weeks time.

Does anybody know its origin? Who wrote it? It is signed E.G.B.
(have a picture of it on my computer, but it's not possible to load it up as far as I can find out).

I've always wondered about that poem :)
 

Vigdis

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008/2009, Roncesvalles-Burgos Oct. 2012
I have put the picture of the poem to my avatar so you all can see it and may be recognize it, and finally taken the time to write it down from the photo. I like it! :)

Here we go:

I
Polvo, barro sol y lluvia
es Camino de Santiago
Millares de peregrines
y mas de un millar de años

Peregrino, puien te llama?
Que fuerza oculta te atrae?
Ni el Campo de las Estrellas
ni las grandes catedrales

No es la bravura Navarra,
ni el vino de los riojanos
ni los mariscos gallegos
ni los campos castellanos

II
Peregrino, Quien te llama?
Que fuerza oculta te atrae?
Ni las gentes del Camino
Ni las costrumbes rurales

No es la historia y la cultura
ni el gallo de La Calzada
ni el palacio de Gaudi,
ni el Castillo Ponferrada

III
Codo lo veo al pasar,
y es un gozo verlo todo,
mas la voz que a mi me llama
la siento mucho mas hondo.

La fuerza que a mi me empuja
la fuerza que a mi me atrae,
no se explicarla ni yo
Solo el de Arriba lo sabe!

E.G.B.

And with google translater (not correctly, but we all understand it):

I
Dust, mud, sun and rain
Camino de Santiago is
Thousands of pilgrims
and more than a thousand years

Pilgrim puien calling you?
What hidden force attracts you?
Neither the Field of Stars
or the great cathedrals

It is the bravery Navarre
and the wine of La Rioja
Galician seafood or
nor the Castillian countryside

II
Pilgrim, who calls you?
What hidden force attracts you?
Neither the people of the Way
Neither rural costrumbes

Not the history and culture
or the rooster's Causeway
or the Palace of Gaudi
nor Castillo Ponferrada

III
I see him passing elbow,
and is a joy to see everything,
but the voice that calls me
I feel much more deeply.

The force that pushes me
force that attracts me,
I will not explain or
Up only knows!
 

Vigdis

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008/2009, Roncesvalles-Burgos Oct. 2012
Oh, thanks Johnnie, - how very interesting to get to learn that... :)

As I say above, I have often wondered about that poem on the wall. And never forgot it.
 

Vigdis

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008/2009, Roncesvalles-Burgos Oct. 2012
Has it?
Wouldn’t know that.
How amazing.
Will probably see it again soon then :)
 

Priscillian

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 1999, Aragones 2000, Desde Le Puy 2002, Portuguese 2009, hoping RDLP 2014
I have always loved this poem. It was there on my first Camino in 1999 but I believe it had been there for long before that. At that time it was in Spanish and German. I translated it to include it in Pilgrimage to Heresy. Alex reads it to Miranda.
Here is my translation: it may not be very accurate but it sure is nicer than the Google one! TS

"Dust, mud, sun and rain,
is the Way of Saint James;
thousands of pilgrims and more than a thousand years.
Pilgrim, who calls you? What dark force brings you here?
It's not the Way of the Stars, nor the grand cathedrals.
Neither is it the courage of Navarra,
or the wine of the people of La Rioja.
It's not the seafood of Galicia;
it's not the countryside of Castilla.
Pilgrim, who calls you?
What mysterious force attracts you?
It is not the people of the way or their rural customs.
Nor is it their history and culture.
It isn't the cockerel of la Calzada,
Gaudi's palace,
nor the castle in Ponferrada.
Everything you see in passing is a joy;
and the voice which calls me,
makes me feel much deeper.
The force which pulls me, attracts me,
I cannot explain it.
Only he above knows why.
Eugenio Gariibay
Amigos Camino Santiago (Najara)

http://www.pilgrimagetoheresy.com
http://www.pilgrimagetoheresy.blogspot.com
 

andy.d

Veteran Member
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Camino de Levante 2009
Camino Ingles (Coruna) 2011
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Pilgrims Way Winchester - Canterbury
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Thanks Tracey - you've inspired me to sit down and work on a translation myself! Yours is good,

Andy
 

Vigdis

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008/2009, Roncesvalles-Burgos Oct. 2012
May be it's you, Caminando.
I am not sour.
I did not mind your answer.
I liked being informed of the fact you gave, cause I did not know the poem has been there for 20 years. I added a smile hoping to be understood right. My answer was not meant sarcastic if that's what you mean.
I realize though that my English and the way I express myself could have been better, but English is not my first language. Sorry about that.

And Priscillian:
A pleasure to read your version of the poem :)
 

falcon269

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Camino(s) past & future
yes
Thanks Tracey - you've inspired me to sit down and work on a translation myself! Yours is good,

Andy
I sat down to translate it, but the first line came out, "There once was a man from Nantucket..." I suppose I should learn more Spanish before I try again. :D :D
 

Caminando

Veteran Member
Vigdis said:
May be it's you, Caminando.
I am not sour.
I did not mind your answer.
I liked being informed of the fact you gave, cause I did not know the poem has been there for 20 years. I added a smile hoping to be understood right. My answer was not meant sarcastic if that's what you mean.
I realize though that my English and the way I express myself could have been better, but English is not my first language. Sorry about that.

And Priscillian:
A pleasure to read your version of the poem :)
Hi V

I have absolutely no issue at all about your English which is excellent - better than many native speakers - and even if it were not I am honoured that you use it at any level. In fact, your use of English is so good, that the meaning of your caustic post is crystal clear.

My info is also clear - that the poem has been there a long time, which does not mean anything more than it's a long term camino culture feature; nothing more, nothing less. I naively thought you and others might want to know that it has been there for a while. I value contemporary camino history, even if I am in a minority, and sometimes struggle to find like minds.

You invited comment which I gave, on the poem itself. I am secure in what I said. I have more to say on it, if you wish.

Comparisons, as they say, are odious, but may I direct you to the poem of Antonio Machado which begins-

Caminante, no hay camino.......
Traveller, there is no way ahead...
 

ivar

Administrator
Staff member
In a forum that has english as its language, once in a while, there will be some misunderstandings.... since most of us are writing in a language that are not our own...

I think this thread is an example of this.... :)

...loved the poem by the way!

Buen Camino!
Ivar
 

Vigdis

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008/2009, Roncesvalles-Burgos Oct. 2012
- Caminando, you gave good information about the poem, and if you know more I'd appreciate it if you would share it with us :)

- Ivar, it's true, misunderstandings will happen once in a while, even with those who speak the same language ... :)
 

Priscillian

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 1999, Aragones 2000, Desde Le Puy 2002, Portuguese 2009, hoping RDLP 2014
Did I miss something ....? TS
 

Erik Ness

New Member
I walked the Camino (from Taize) in 1988 and this poem was already several years old at that point. Some of my Spanish companions said they had seen it on earlier journeys. I do not know its origins, but memorized the poem as a way to help me learn Spanish. My Spanish-speaking son tells me that it sounds decidedly "medieval" (not modern Spanish at all) but I would not know if this is the case. Perhaps someone more familiar with Spanish linguistics could comment on whether the poem does indeed use "old language"? That might give some indication as to its age.
- Jan Erik Ness
 

Genevievem

New Member
Walking into Najera this year with a friend we stopped to help an elderly priest, with bad arthritis in his hands, shut his allotment gate.
He spoke no English & we, no spanish, so communication was difficult but to say thank you he got two photo copies of "Peregrinos a Santiago" out of his boot, dedicated them to us & signed them. He then kept pointing to the photo copies & then himself. My friend thought he meant that he had written it.
The dedication is signed E G B & I have since found out that Eugenio Garibay Banos is a pastor of Najera & the photo posted on this site looks like the man at the lovely allotment full of flowers & vegetables.
I would like to confirm this though so if anyone knows...
I've done different routes of the camino the last two years so may not get back for a couple of years myself.
 

Cisco Jim

Cisco Jim & Silverado
Camino(s) past & future
June - August (2014)
Camino Frances
SJPdP - SdC - Fistere - Muxia
I have recorded an English version of this poem for my album, "Journey of the Soul, songs inspired by the Camino de Santiago." Does anyone know how to contact Fr Eugenio Garibay Baños? I would like to discuss the poem with him before I go into production on this project.
 

Cisco Jim

Cisco Jim & Silverado
Camino(s) past & future
June - August (2014)
Camino Frances
SJPdP - SdC - Fistere - Muxia
Thank you for the address, I will try it. My understanding is that he doesn't speak English, Do you know if he has access to an interpreter? Or would it be better for me to write to him in my humble but shaky Spanish?
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Thank you for the address, I will try it. My understanding is that he doesn't speak English, Do you know if he has access to an interpreter? Or would it be better for me to write to him in my humble but shaky Spanish?
I have never met the Father. You might write your request in English, translate it using an on-line program and send both notes to him.

Good luck with your research.

MM
 

Cisco Jim

Cisco Jim & Silverado
Camino(s) past & future
June - August (2014)
Camino Frances
SJPdP - SdC - Fistere - Muxia
Thank you MM,
Great suggestions.

Jim Aceves
 

William Garza

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, The Jakobsweg
Hi V

I have absolutely no issue at all about your English which is excellent - better than many native speakers - and even if it were not I am honoured that you use it at any level. In fact, your use of English is so good, that the meaning of your caustic post is crystal clear.

My info is also clear - that the poem has been there a long time, which does not mean anything more than it's a long term camino culture feature; nothing more, nothing less. I naively thought you and others might want to know that it has been there for a while. I value contemporary camino history, even if I am in a minority, and sometimes struggle to find like minds.

You invited comment which I gave, on the poem itself. I am secure in what I said. I have more to say on it, if you wish.

Comparisons, as they say, are odious, but may I direct you to the poem of Antonio Machado which begins-

Caminante, no hay camino.......
Traveller, there is no way ahead...
What a Tesoro. To find a poet like Machado.
 

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