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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2015
Pilgrims Way 2018
Via Francigena #1 Canterbury-Dover 2018
Clean Slate

I would like to start again
with a simple room
overlooking the sea -
empty of memory.
Bare floorboards
so I could hear the rhythm
of my uncluttered heart.
I would build slowly
re-create privacy:
a typewriter
a work table
a pinewood chair
no ornaments
and a small stove to cook
simple food; some books
and perhaps the luxury
of a big bed - just in case…
In such a space I might find
Joy I seem to lose
among the burden of possessions,
pared back to my original self.
I could find a way to live…
After all, I arrived here empty-handed.

🔹Bonnie Quinn Cotter, Ireland

Discovered in an alberque guest book by a AFOTC member
[Sourced from the Australian Friends of Camino Newsletter #29 June 2019]

I'm back on the Forum after some time (years :eek:) away as Life and responsibilities took me in different directions and on many different routes but still Walkabout in corners of this wondrous planet... just recently the Camino has been appearing in my days in the most odd places and and now it calls me back... so Hola to everyone and it's so good to be here again to share and learn and grow :)

This poem touched me in all manner of Ways and brought me to reflect, as I do once home again after another epic trek, what would I have done differently along the Way, knowing what I now know at the end of the journey... an Aussie Balladeer once termed it 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'.

I read voraciously and find such wisdom that echoes experiences on the Camino and other treks as in Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage:
And in the space of a few short hours, life had been reduced from a highly complex existence, with a thousand petty problems, to one of the barest simplicity in which one real task remained - the achievement of the goal.
Some of my mountaineering friends tell me that this truly resonates with them as decisions in the mountains are 'simple' compared with the complexity of day to day living... friends also talk to me about their struggles to reenter daily life after walking a Camino... the Art of Coming Home...

A healthy person has a thousand wishes, but a sick person only one.
All topics touched on and discussed before but so well encapsulated in one beautiful verse...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Clean Slate

I would like to start again
with a simple room
overlooking the sea -
empty of memory.
Bare floorboards
so I could hear the rhythm
of my uncluttered heart.
I would build slowly
re-create privacy:
a typewriter
a work table
a pinewood chair
no ornaments
and a small stove to cook
simple food; some books
and perhaps the luxury
of a big bed - just in case…
In such a space I might find
Joy I seem to lose
among the burden of possessions,
pared back to my original self.
I could find a way to live…
After all, I arrived here empty-handed.

🔹Bonnie Quinn Cotter, Ireland

Discovered in an alberque guest book by a AFOTC member
[Sourced from the Australian Friends of Camino Newsletter #29 June 2019]

I'm back on the Forum after some time (years :eek:) away as Life and responsibilities took me in different directions and on many different routes but still Walkabout in corners of this wondrous planet... just recently the Camino has been appearing in my days in the most odd places and and now it calls me back... so Hola to everyone and it's so good to be here again to share and learn and grow :)

This poem touched me in all manner of Ways and brought me to reflect, as I do once home again after another epic trek, what would I have done differently along the Way, knowing what I now know at the end of the journey... an Aussie Balladeer once termed it 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'.

I read voraciously and find such wisdom that echoes experiences on the Camino and other treks as in Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage:


Some of my mountaineering friends tell me that this truly resonates with them as decisions in the mountains are 'simple' compared with the complexity of day to day living... friends also talk to me about their struggles to reenter daily life after walking a Camino... the Art of Coming Home...



All topics touched on and discussed before but so well encapsulated in one beautiful verse...
perhaps you were gone before I came, but anyway, thank you for your re-entry words. Welcome back to your home place...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2015
Pilgrims Way 2018
Via Francigena #1 Canterbury-Dover 2018
perhaps you were gone before I came, but anyway, thank you for your re-entry words. Welcome back to your home place...
I set off for other climes early in 2017 after 2 years on the Forum so was around when you first joined though our topics must have been divergent then. So... thank you for the welcome and look forward to reading your posts.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Welcome back, @Wokabaut_Meri !
This poem...wonderful!
pared back to my original self.
I could find a way to live…
After all, I arrived here empty-handed.
There are so many layers of truth here.
And the golden question...
Well. It is solved by walking.
 
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Ekelund

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Camino Frances 2005
The Portugese Camino 2014
The Camino Ingles Easter 2015
The Camino Ingles April 2016
The Camino del Norte/The Primitivo 2016
Thank you for sharing the poem, it is beautiful.
Good to see you back on the Forum.
 

Mike Savage

So many friends to meet . . . so little time
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés,Inglés
Muxia/Finisterre
Português Coastal
Português Central
Sanabrés
Welcome back!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2015
Pilgrims Way 2018
Via Francigena #1 Canterbury-Dover 2018

Colette Z

Happy Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
CF- Finisterre-Muxia 03/17; Camino SK 10/17; Norte 03/18; Ingles 11/18; Augusta 03/19
Clean Slate

I would like to start again
with a simple room
overlooking the sea -
empty of memory.
Bare floorboards
so I could hear the rhythm
of my uncluttered heart.
I would build slowly
re-create privacy:
a typewriter
a work table
a pinewood chair
no ornaments
and a small stove to cook
simple food; some books
and perhaps the luxury
of a big bed - just in case…
In such a space I might find
Joy I seem to lose
among the burden of possessions,
pared back to my original self.
I could find a way to live…
After all, I arrived here empty-handed.

🔹Bonnie Quinn Cotter, Ireland

Discovered in an alberque guest book by a AFOTC member
[Sourced from the Australian Friends of Camino Newsletter #29 June 2019]

I'm back on the Forum after some time (years :eek:) away as Life and responsibilities took me in different directions and on many different routes but still Walkabout in corners of this wondrous planet... just recently the Camino has been appearing in my days in the most odd places and and now it calls me back... so Hola to everyone and it's so good to be here again to share and learn and grow :)

This poem touched me in all manner of Ways and brought me to reflect, as I do once home again after another epic trek, what would I have done differently along the Way, knowing what I now know at the end of the journey... an Aussie Balladeer once termed it 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'.

I read voraciously and find such wisdom that echoes experiences on the Camino and other treks as in Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage:


Some of my mountaineering friends tell me that this truly resonates with them as decisions in the mountains are 'simple' compared with the complexity of day to day living... friends also talk to me about their struggles to reenter daily life after walking a Camino... the Art of Coming Home...



All topics touched on and discussed before but so well encapsulated in one beautiful verse...
There is a time for everything in life. Nothing happens by mistake. There are no coincidences in God’s world. You are exactly where you need to be at this moment. Welcome back and happy camino planning.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2015
Pilgrims Way 2018
Via Francigena #1 Canterbury-Dover 2018
There is a time for everything in life. Nothing happens by mistake. There are no coincidences in God’s world. You are exactly where you need to be at this moment. Welcome back and happy camino planning.
No, no coincidences... only a masterful serendipity at work... and faith/fate
the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
That's a great definition of faith.
 

NualaOC

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few and hopefully lots more. See signature.
Clean Slate

I would like to start again
with a simple room
overlooking the sea -
empty of memory.
Bare floorboards
so I could hear the rhythm
of my uncluttered heart.
I would build slowly
re-create privacy:
a typewriter
a work table
a pinewood chair
no ornaments
and a small stove to cook
simple food; some books
and perhaps the luxury
of a big bed - just in case…
In such a space I might find
Joy I seem to lose
among the burden of possessions,
pared back to my original self.
I could find a way to live…
After all, I arrived here empty-handed.

🔹Bonnie Quinn Cotter, Ireland

Discovered in an alberque guest book by a AFOTC member
[Sourced from the Australian Friends of Camino Newsletter #29 June 2019]

I'm back on the Forum after some time (years :eek:) away as Life and responsibilities took me in different directions and on many different routes but still Walkabout in corners of this wondrous planet... just recently the Camino has been appearing in my days in the most odd places and and now it calls me back... so Hola to everyone and it's so good to be here again to share and learn and grow :)

This poem touched me in all manner of Ways and brought me to reflect, as I do once home again after another epic trek, what would I have done differently along the Way, knowing what I now know at the end of the journey... an Aussie Balladeer once termed it 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'.

I read voraciously and find such wisdom that echoes experiences on the Camino and other treks as in Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage:


Some of my mountaineering friends tell me that this truly resonates with them as decisions in the mountains are 'simple' compared with the complexity of day to day living... friends also talk to me about their struggles to reenter daily life after walking a Camino... the Art of Coming Home...



All topics touched on and discussed before but so well encapsulated in one beautiful verse...
Thank you @Wokabaut_Meri for sharing this - and welcome back to the forum.
 

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