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2019 Camino Guides

poems for seekers

Uncanny! Thunderstorm due here in Dublin shortly! Thank you once more, Pilgrim.
SUMMER SOLSTICE

And the Swifts bring me

a breakfast

of Morning Blue

topping the green

of leaves more numerous

than the stars

as the wind North West

begins to freshen

and sends a whisper:

"The days will turn;

so add these nows

to your store of memory

that they may kindle your soul

when bitter comes the dark

before the day

of Winter Solstice,

when the days will turn".

Walk soft.

Stay safe.

And

as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.

The Malingerer.
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
Winter solstice here. As one salty friend of my parents said - longest night of the year. Best day to get married!
 
Winter solstice here. As one salty friend of my parents said - longest night of the year. Best day to get married!
Being ex Royal Navy methinks I could add a few "salty" remarks of my own! :). However, being long divorced, I will abstain! Take care, and keep on truckin!

Yours aye, The malingerer.
 
Being ex Royal Navy methinks I could add a few "salty" remarks of my own! :). However, being long divorced, I will abstain! Take care, and keep on truckin!

Yours aye, The malingerer.
SOURCE

A small wave

lapped at my feet

here

on a Western shore

and we waited

Then

I asked the questions:

" Where have you been

and

what have you seen"

Gentle as the wing of butterfly

came the answer:

" Far

I have been

and deep what I have felt

unseen."

My heart constricted

for it knew

that tale of old.

" You have been to the Holy Land",

I whispered

and waited.

A time went by

with many tides

before the little wave returned

and said:

" I visited the shore

and a thousand heartbreaks

embarked with me

on every drop of water

salt with tears.

The factories of death

and the murder camps

had leached their crimes

into the waters

which flowed to the sea

that home might be

on the bottom.

Farewell."

And I wondered if

when

I walk The Way

do I seek the roots

of that Ancient Tree

from which I sprang?

Walk soft. Stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
SOURCE

A small wave

lapped at my feet

here

on a Western shore

and we waited

Then

I asked the questions:

" Where have you been

and

what have you seen"

Gentle as the wing of butterfly

came the answer:

" Far

I have been

and deep what I have felt

unseen."

My heart constricted

for it knew

that tale of old.

" You have been to the Holy Land",

I whispered

and waited.

A time went by

with many tides

before the little wave returned

and said:

" I visited the shore

and a thousand heartbreaks

embarked with me

on every drop of water

salt with tears.

The factories of death

and the murder camps

had leached their crimes

into the waters

which flowed to the sea

that home might be

on the bottom.

Farewell."

And I wondered if

when

I walk The Way

do I seek the roots

of that Ancient Tree

from which I sprang?

Walk soft. Stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.
Yesterday I sat on the wall surrounding a well. I thought of all the people, many of whom I have known, who have passed on to other shores. I was just being aware of them, of their contribution to a micro-world ( a city boarding school) and then I watched the insects scrabbling about running here and there, as they have done since forever.... 05C41B74-6841-4639-8780-C98A678B5758.jpeg
 
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andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
Lovely poem, it reminds me of one a heard many moons ago.. possibly keats or maybe Shelley once wrote..

There once was a man from near Reno.
Who decided to walk a Camino.
He threw on his pack
And never looked back.
Spent the rest of his life drinking vino.

Beautiful words I'm sure you'll agree.
 
SOURCE

A small wave

lapped at my feet

here

on a Western shore

and we waited

Then

I asked the questions:

" Where have you been

and

what have you seen"

Gentle as the wing of butterfly

came the answer:

" Far

I have been

and deep what I have felt

unseen."

My heart constricted

for it knew

that tale of old.

" You have been to the Holy Land",

I whispered

and waited.

A time went by

with many tides

before the little wave returned

and said:

" I visited the shore

and a thousand heartbreaks

embarked with me

on every drop of water

salt with tears.

The factories of death

and the murder camps

had leached their crimes

into the waters

which flowed to the sea

that home might be

on the bottom.

Farewell."

And I wondered if

when

I walk The Way

do I seek the roots

of that Ancient Tree

from which I sprang?

Walk soft. Stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.
Yesterday I sat on the wall surrounding a well. I thought of all the people, many of whom I have known, who have passed on to other shores. I was just being aware of them, of their contribution to a micro-world ( a city boarding school) and then I watched the insects scrabbling about running here and there, as they have done since forever.... View attachment 44015
FISTERRA

20 JULY 2018

Today

my birthday

80 years old!

End of decades

and beginning of new.

Magical sunset

Celtic ocean.

I am content to be

with the one I love

and we are reconciled

with the child we lost

those years ago.

It is our promise to take the stones three

to Cruz de Ferro

and say the words.

And now

I am returned to my flat

as the swifts circle in welcome.

I have purpose again.

This will be my last contribution to this thread. Do I hear a sigh of relief? :)

Thank you to all of you. You have been my teachers.

Walk soft. Stay safe.

And

as ever,

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
FISTERRA

20 JULY 2018

Today

my birthday

80 years old!

End of decades

and beginning of new.

Magical sunset

Celtic ocean.

I am content to be

with the one I love

and we are reconciled

with the child we lost

those years ago.

It is our promise to take the stones three

to Cruz de Ferro

and say the words.

And now

I am returned to my flat

as the swifts circle in welcome.

I have purpose again.

This will be my last contribution to this thread. Do I hear a sigh of relief? :)

Thank you to all of you. You have been my teachers.

Walk soft. Stay safe.

And

as ever,

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.
No! Why? You bring tears to my eyes...
 
No! Why? You bring tears to my eyes...
apologies kirkie for delay in reply. As not going on cf till Sep next year am slowly training up. My heart is still on the veedlepee tho and having to write before my brain seizes up! Will start a new thread next year on CF.

meanwhile:

THE MATHEMATICS OF PILGRIMAGE

First

find a Pilgrim

then

divide

Subtract

by the number of blisters

then

find the square root

of floor space

in a Refugio

Take a quantum leap

from all of it

and close down

the machine

in your head.

Open the eyes

of your heart

and begin to listen

with your soul

for the answer

is in the song:

"The answer

is blowing

in the wind."

Q.E.D

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
apologies kirkie for delay in reply. As not going on cf till Sep next year am slowly training up. My heart is still on the veedlepee tho and having to write before my brain seizes up! Will start a new thread next year on CF.

meanwhile:

THE MATHEMATICS OF PILGRIMAGE

First

find a Pilgrim

then

divide

Subtract

by the number of blisters

then

find the square root

of floor space

in a Refugio

Take a quantum leap

from all of it

and close down

the machine

in your head.

Open the eyes

of your heart

and begin to listen

with your soul

for the answer

is in the song:

"The answer

is blowing

in the wind."

Q.E.D

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.
Actually, I re read your post and saw I had not read it properly. You said it would be the last post on the thread, not your last post! So, I was waiting.. and look! Well worth it! Thanks.
 
Actually, I re read your post and saw I had not read it properly. You said it would be the last post on the thread, not your last post! So, I was waiting.. and look! Well worth it! Thanks.
THE ISLES OF TIME

It is said

that on a Time

Time of itself

split

when it came

to a mist in Void

Time flowed round

the Mist

which

it is said

formed a great Island.

There may even be more

than one

There

over Time

strands of Time

would seem to lose themselves

in the Mist

Heaven

or

Hell

or

perhaps

a Lost and Found

of Yesterdays?

I think

I am

a Yesterday

who left the Great Isle

and crossed a Void

in great peril

to rejoin Time


My Guardian Angel

oft returns

there

to prepare

for the greatest journey

of them all

A Leaving

of this Universe

by crossing

the Great Void

between The All

for I

am a Child of Time

God's Wanderer

Eternal Pilgrim.

Walk soft

Stay safe

And

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

The Malingerer
 
THE ISLES OF TIME

It is said

that on a Time

Time of itself

split

when it came

to a mist in Void

Time flowed round

the Mist

which

it is said

formed a great Island.

There may even be more

than one

There

over Time

strands of Time

would seem to lose themselves

in the Mist

Heaven

or

Hell

or

perhaps

a Lost and Found

of Yesterdays?

I think

I am

a Yesterday

who left the Great Isle

and crossed a Void

in great peril

to rejoin Time


My Guardian Angel

oft returns

there

to prepare

for the greatest journey

of them all

A Leaving

of this Universe

by crossing

the Great Void

between The All

for I

am a Child of Time

God's Wanderer

Eternal Pilgrim.

Walk soft

Stay safe

And

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

The Malingerer
SERE

……….. the leaves

as Autumn brings her brush

of wind and rain

to subdue the green

and let the dormant colours through

A rainbow beckons me

reminder

the Earth must turn

and with the turning

seasons

come and go

and so must I

Looms the Equinox

and I shall Mead rack on

that Winter Solstice

might be toasted

as The Light

begins to climb again

and so must I

in preparation for another journey

The Way

where I can be as child again

counting pebbles

raindrops

ants

the minutae

of Wonder.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios


The Malingerer
 
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese' ' Frances' ' Norte' 'Salvador_prim' ‘le puy’ ‘Inglés’ ‘CDM’ ‘Invierno’ ‘Fin_Mux’
SERE

……….. the leaves

as Autumn brings her brush

of wind and rain

to subdue the green

and let the dormant colours through

A rainbow beckons me

reminder

the Earth must turn

and with the turning

seasons

come and go

and so must I

Looms the Equinox

and I shall Mead rack on

that Winter Solstice

might be toasted

as The Light

begins to climb again

and so must I

in preparation for another journey

The Way

where I can be as child again

counting pebbles

raindrops

ants

the minutae

of Wonder.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios


The Malingerer
Such a great gift.
 
Such a great gift.
Hi Annie and thanks for the comment! :)

Now, try this one!

WHEN EVEN BLISTERS SCREAM

I woke up this morning

in the middle of a scream

and thought the bed was red with blood

from someone else's dream


I looked at my palms

and my soul began to quail

for I was gripping fiercely

a long cold iron nail


So I prayed to the lord above

oh where

tell me where

have I been?


There is writing on the walls

in a tongue I do not know

but my heart has heard the whisper

and tells me I should go

to somewhere past the rainbow

and far beyond the walls

too high to climb


For the messenger

was Magpie

who stole the crown of thorns

and planted them as food

for hungry souls


Waiting to be born

on time-lost isles


Which is why my Way

is thorny

full of stones

that rub the thoughts

like blisters

on the bone

but sweet the drink of water

when gentle comes the rest

and my soul begins to smile:

I am Pilgrim.


Walking home.


Walk soft

Stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

The Malingerer
 
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese' ' Frances' ' Norte' 'Salvador_prim' ‘le puy’ ‘Inglés’ ‘CDM’ ‘Invierno’ ‘Fin_Mux’
Malingerer
a perfect gift for today. I am copying it to send to a good friend who should arrive in Santiago today with blisters screaming .
‘Magpie’ is significant to her too ...
Thankyou
 
Malingerer
a perfect gift for today. I am copying it to send to a good friend who should arrive in Santiago today with blisters screaming .
‘Magpie’ is significant to her too ...
Thankyou

THE DEATH OF WORDS

Once

were Refugios

now

Albergues

Once

were Rucksacks

now

"Luggage"

to be forwarded

Once

were Pilgrims

now

walkers

cyclists

Once

there was

The Camino de Santiago

now

Camino Frances

etc.,

etc.,

etc.,

Why go

there is virtual reality

why speak

or pray

there

is text

I go beyond words anyway

to

high

and lonely places

on The Way

where silence

leads

to Silence

and Wisdom

is the ray

of Light

in darkness

ere

the day.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

The Malingerer
 
THE DEATH OF WORDS

Once

were Refugios

now

Albergues

Once

were Rucksacks

now

"Luggage"

to be forwarded

Once

were Pilgrims

now

walkers

cyclists

Once

there was

The Camino de Santiago

now

Camino Frances

etc.,

etc.,

etc.,

Why go

there is virtual reality

why speak

or pray

there

is text

I go beyond words anyway

to

high

and lonely places

on The Way

where silence

leads

to Silence

and Wisdom

is the ray

of Light

in darkness

ere

the day.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

The Malingerer
GUERRA CIVIL

Born in the middle

of it

still

it resonates

as each new book is written

and documentary

made

whilst hidden graves unearth

I walk this country gently

remembering old ones I knew

who had fought there

now dead

and still their ghosts whisper

as I pass

No Pasaran

So I weep quietly

for dreams that were lost

and pray

the nightmare

does not wake again.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con

Dios.

The Malingerer
 


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