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I've been delivered from my first Camino; a few notes and writings

2020 Camino Guides

Dan Murphy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
August 25, 2016
I completed my Camino (the French Way, August 28 – October 3) and here are a few short notes I would like to share …..



- A German man, who was 77 and on his seventh Camino, turned to me in a bar and said the Camion is a “Gift from God”, I believe this to be so.


- I had no blisters or physical problems. Wore Merrill Mohad GTX wide low cut walking shoes with Icebreaker liner socks and lite Phd Smart wool socks. No problems with sweating feet


- Used my sleeping bag twice preferring my silk as albergues were warm.


- Have no complaints about the albergues, never wore earplugs, and only pre booked on three occasions.


- Food was great including the pilgrim meals


- Loved the Meseta, a Gods gift to the inner soul


Meseta


You climb out of the darkness

As if you own the place;

Having certain dominion over it.

Soft and sultry you burn night’s tears off

As fire burns a sugarcane field or your light

Cuts the shadow from an eucalyptus tree.


On my back your first kisses.

Yellow tongues flickering

Along my spine like a razor edge.

Turn me around if you wish.

Entice me to see your medusa sun;

Your peek scorching the sleepy hills of stars.


Unforgettable as autumn leaves

Your orange sky in the morning.

A sailors warning I recall.

So I’ll pull in my sails then.

Hurry my gait to the meadow’s edge

And find safe hiding in your hair

Before you turn my dust to stone.





- Loved the mountains and the hills and the valleys and the steep climbs through the forests.


- Loved the churches and masses and lit candles for all those who were in need


- Loved being tired and hungry


- The first three weeks were brutal with temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees. We left a 5:30 am in the morning to beat the heat.


- Never sweated some much in my life nor drank so much water. I learned to love water and fresh orange juice in the morning.


- Never used my guide book and used Locus map (offline version) from time to time in the early mornings to check my route.


- The Camino provides and this is so true.


Cliff Hanging

(Cape Finisterra)


Tonight music has no moving parts.

Sun’s pendulum taunts its horizon;

Kissing the salted swell with a tongue’s delicacy.

A metallic sheen comes straight at us

Like God’s scolding finger; nails

Still soft oiled from foundries’ quench.


Like marram grass tufts we stick to this rock;

Medieval symbols crucified into its stone.

Spikes have driven themselves deep into our hearts.

Hooked by the thorns of a desert seed

We cannot breath until the sun dips.

Until she buries herself like an animal;

Warm and burning soft at our feet.


The poem I will write bubbles in hot lava.

Sulfur gas holds the words tight

As the ghosts I’ve never seen.

This is the nature of cliff hanging at sunset.

All of us perched like a birds on a hot wire.

The sea cracking below, day snuffed like a candle

And the night at our backs like a pack of wolves.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
Thank you for this uplifting post and congratulations on your Camino :)
 

Dancing Rain

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Salvado (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Beautiful, searing poetry. Thanks
 

CaminoDebrita

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
And the Camino will carry you

Across the dusty plain of mundane life

When the bills must be paid and dishes must be done


The Camino will carry you

when your feet must walk roads of loss

and your shoes just don't feel right

without the merino wool socks.


She will carry you

when the candles in your eyes

feel dry and lost, and you long for the light

of stained glass on the cold gray stone.


Buen Camino,
 

kdehon

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances or Norte (2017)
Thank you, Dan, for sharing some of what touched and transformed you from your Camino. Your perspective is inspiring and your poetry deeply moving. ☺
 

movinmaggie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015) Scotland GGW (2017) Primitivo
Beautifully shared Dan.....thank you.
 

Waka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Some but not all, and other routes too.
Wonderful post, ,thanks for sharing your thoughts.
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
Loved the Meseta, a Gods gift to the inner soul
Meseta
I like this when we walked the Meseta in March it is beautiful, but, it was cold, sometimes sleet, hail and snow with lots of rain and mud. I wouldn't have change a thing about it. It was wonderful.
 

Yellowfriend

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Porto- Santiago / Fisterra- Muxia sept 2016
SJPP- Santiago may 2017planninh
I completed my Camino (the French Way, August 28 – October 3) and here are a few short notes I would like to share …..



- A German man, who was 77 and on his seventh Camino, turned to me in a bar and said the Camion is a “Gift from God”, I believe this to be so.


- I had no blisters or physical problems. Wore Merrill Mohad GTX wide low cut walking shoes with Icebreaker liner socks and lite Phd Smart wool socks. No problems with sweating feet


- Used my sleeping bag twice preferring my silk as albergues were warm.


- Have no complaints about the albergues, never wore earplugs, and only pre booked on three occasions.


- Food was great including the pilgrim meals


- Loved the Meseta, a Gods gift to the inner soul


Meseta


You climb out of the darkness

As if you own the place;

Having certain dominion over it.

Soft and sultry you burn night’s tears off

As fire burns a sugarcane field or your light

Cuts the shadow from an eucalyptus tree.


On my back your first kisses.

Yellow tongues flickering

Along my spine like a razor edge.

Turn me around if you wish.

Entice me to see your medusa sun;

Your peek scorching the sleepy hills of stars.


Unforgettable as autumn leaves

Your orange sky in the morning.

A sailors warning I recall.

So I’ll pull in my sails then.

Hurry my gait to the meadow’s edge

And find safe hiding in your hair

Before you turn my dust to stone.





- Loved the mountains and the hills and the valleys and the steep climbs through the forests.


- Loved the churches and masses and lit candles for all those who were in need


- Loved being tired and hungry


- The first three weeks were brutal with temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees. We left a 5:30 am in the morning to beat the heat.


- Never sweated some much in my life nor drank so much water. I learned to love water and fresh orange juice in the morning.


- Never used my guide book and used Locus map (offline version) from time to time in the early mornings to check my route.


- The Camino provides and this is so true.


Cliff Hanging

(Cape Finisterra)


Tonight music has no moving parts.

Sun’s pendulum taunts its horizon;

Kissing the salted swell with a tongue’s delicacy.

A metallic sheen comes straight at us

Like God’s scolding finger; nails

Still soft oiled from foundries’ quench.


Like marram grass tufts we stick to this rock;

Medieval symbols crucified into its stone.

Spikes have driven themselves deep into our hearts.

Hooked by the thorns of a desert seed

We cannot breath until the sun dips.

Until she buries herself like an animal;

Warm and burning soft at our feet.


The poem I will write bubbles in hot lava.

Sulfur gas holds the words tight

As the ghosts I’ve never seen.

This is the nature of cliff hanging at sunset.

All of us perched like a birds on a hot wire.

The sea cracking below, day snuffed like a candle

And the night at our backs like a pack of wolves.
Thank you for your beautiful words!
 

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
Thank you Dan Murphy - a wonderful post and Very moving poetry. Buen Camino
 

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