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Haikus for our Postponed Caminos

2020 Camino Guides

FooteK

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC, 2013; Lourdes to SdC, 2015; ??? to SdC (2020)
Ok, everyone. Since we all now have alot more time on our hands, let's get creative with our texting. A haiku generally has a 5-7-5 syllable format, if I remember correctly from high school back in ancient times. Here's my first attempt (drum roll, please):

Mist
Bless'ed Way of life
The early wine-y mist yearns,
Betrayed by a cough.

OK. Stop laughing. I challenge you to do better :p
 

Marla in CA

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances September 15, 2019
Ok, everyone. Since we all now have alot more time on our hands, let's get creative with our texting. A haiku generally has a 5-7-5 syllable format, if I remember correctly from high school back in ancient times. Here's my first attempt (drum roll, please):

Mist
Bless'ed Way of life
The early wine-y mist yearns,
Betrayed by a cough.

OK. Stop laughing. I challenge you to do better :p
Covid go away
Camino virus please stay
Covid go away
 
Camino(s) past & future
May June (2020)
I'll play, knowing I began my Camino preparations in July of 2018 for a May of 2019 journey on the Frances only to be disrupted, in a good way, by our oldest daughter's August 2018 engagement and subsequent wedding in May of 2019 setting me back to May-June 2020 then:

Camino Retrasado!

First bump the Wedding
A viral outbreak Second
Camino onward

Keep laughing!

"Worry is interest on borrowed trouble."
 

Maxy

Maxy
Camino(s) past & future
Norte 2018 cycle
I cycled the Norte solo in June 2018 and composed Haiku's to pass the time - rereading them brings back the memory of each particular time. Not good verse however:

Hard rain in my face
Wind very strong must walk downhill
Cheese and fish omelette

Arrived mid-day ish at a little bay - soaking wet - went into café and a wonderful host looked at me, turned on the fire, made me a wonderful coffee and then a large omelette with cheese and fish. Never had such a mixture before, it was wonderful. Cemented the 'love' I have for the Camino and all those people who served/supported or just showed friendship.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Francais: 2002, 2012, 2019. (Future Ingles, Primitivo, Portuguese in 2020)
Herewith for the "cat" in Catheriam; Catherine in Latin.

Surprised with the rapidity this fell from my pen; maybe a syllable off here and there but ... this is me!

Camino longing
Like whining cat
Window scrabbling
At backyard bluebirds.
 

FooteK

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC, 2013; Lourdes to SdC, 2015; ??? to SdC (2020)
Herewith for the "cat" in Catheriam; Catherine in Latin.

Surprised with the rapidity this fell from my pen; maybe a syllable off here and there but ... this is me!

Camino longing
Like whining cat
Window scrabbling
At backyard bluebirds.
My son's cat was watching finches eating nuts ON YOUTUBE for 3 hours. My longing is more actual, like yours. Nice metaphor (simile? you know what I mean).
 

FooteK

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC, 2013; Lourdes to SdC, 2015; ??? to SdC (2020)
I'll play, knowing I began my Camino preparations in July of 2018 for a May of 2019 journey on the Frances only to be disrupted, in a good way, by our oldest daughter's August 2018 engagement and subsequent wedding in May of 2019 setting me back to May-June 2020 then:

Camino Retrasado!

First bump the Wedding
A viral outbreak Second
Camino onward

Keep laughing!

"Worry is interest on borrowed trouble."
Upbeat, take it as it comes. I like your attitude! See you on the Camino soon.
 

FooteK

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC, 2013; Lourdes to SdC, 2015; ??? to SdC (2020)
I cycled the Norte solo in June 2018 and composed Haiku's to pass the time - rereading them brings back the memory of each particular time. Not good verse however:

Hard rain in my face
Wind very strong must walk downhill
Cheese and fish omelette

Arrived mid-day ish at a little bay - soaking wet - went into café and a wonderful host looked at me, turned on the fire, made me a wonderful coffee and then a large omelette with cheese and fish. Never had such a mixture before, it was wonderful. Cemented the 'love' I have for the Camino and all those people who served/supported or just showed friendship.
Uh, cheese & fish? I totally felt the weather you were up against in your words. Thanks for saying that the omelette was great. Please share some more.
 

Marla in CA

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances September 15, 2019
A haiku or a prayer?
@ FooteK, Both! I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep. Saw the post about Haiku, and typed that in 1 second. Guess I go to sleep hoping and praying it will go away and wake up feeling the same way. But in all this chaos, I will not lose my Camino desires.
 

Bad Pilgrim

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Far too many...
I like the image of the Camino taking a break. You made me see the whole situation in a new light.
(I had forgotten how ANNOYING that tap-tap-tap is to me).
@Felice That was a good poem!

The Camino does NOT need more plastic bags, or any plastic.

What if we could keep the plastic to a Coronal-level even when people get back to the Camino...
 
Camino(s) past & future
el Norte June 2020
The Camino has be gently calling me for many years now and when my daughter announced her intention to get married in late July this year in the Pyrenees Mountains to her Spanish partner it seemed like perfect timing for my first camino. I booked tickets from Australia for 1 June to walk del Norte and gave myself two months in Spain for the walk and the wedding. What can I say.....

Still incubating
My first el Camino dreams
Galicia calls
 
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Francais: 2002, 2012, 2019. (Future Ingles, Primitivo, Portuguese in 2020)
My son's cat was watching finches eating nuts ON YOUTUBE for 3 hours. My longing is more actual, like yours. Nice metaphor (simile? you know what I mean).
Indeed I do! As I wrote that haiku in one minute, I would now change "dreaming" to "longing". Aw, what the heck -- pilgrims who have cats know exactly what I meant! I wish I did the words to express that sound, that whispery-gargling-not-quite-mewing sound cats make when they see a bird -- and their eyes! Talk about a thousand yard stare! Back away from your darling Fluffykins; the Tigress emerges!
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
About this time of year in 2018 I was walking the Shikoku pilgrimage circuit. I took a day off to walk around Matsuyama and part of that stroll took me up to the castle where I saw this. Inviting visitors to write and leave their own haiku - an invitation in three languages. A beautiful notion.
haiku2.jpg
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I'm no good at writing haiku. But I keep imagining those tiny yellow arrows (sometimes they are hard to find) on stone walls in ancient villages, still pointing west even though there are no walkers to follow them. There's probably a good haiku in there somewhere.
 

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)
Ooo, an assignment.
Fun!...let's all try, and there will be many good haikus, starting with @Kanga's..
I keep imagining those tiny yellow arrows (sometimes they are hard to find) on stone walls in ancient villages, still pointing west even though there are no walkers to follow them. There's probably a good haiku in there somewhere.
Faded yellow paint
Another day in the sun
Only leaves blowing past.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
Ooo, an assignment.
Fun!...let's all try, and there will be many good haikus, starting with @Kanga's..


Faded yellow paint
Another day in the sun
Only leaves blowing past.
Hah, the one I was working on was similar... the wind carrying leaves west.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I'm no good at writing haiku. But I keep imagining those tiny yellow arrows (sometimes they are hard to find) on stone walls in ancient villages, still pointing west even though there are no walkers to follow them. There's probably a good haiku in there somewhere.
Where are you hiding?
I know which way you must point...
lead me to the sea.
 
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