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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, Portuguese.
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.
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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/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
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/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
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
 
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
CHANGE

…………….. comes the order

and man

obeys his clocks

A full moon

frigid

pale

glares down

as comes the dawn

harried

by flint edged winds

cold

that will not let me sleep

for my soul

is in my mountains

and my feet

are in my bed

both unwilling partners

of the time.

:)

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya con Dios.

The Malingerer
 
CHANGE

…………….. comes the order

and man

obeys his clocks

A full moon

frigid

pale

glares down

as comes the dawn

harried

by flint edged winds

cold

that will not let me sleep

for my soul

is in my mountains

and my feet

are in my bed

both unwilling partners

of the time.

:)

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya con Dios.

The Malingerer

MEAD


"Andalucía" I whisper

adding chillies to the honey

when I craft my mead

bringing the burn

to the edge of sweetness

like a flamenco dancer

weaving her fiery sinuosity

around the singer

and his Cante Jondo

of deep song sadness

that yet retains

life

defiance

in the face of all

repression.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.
 
MEAD


"Andalucía" I whisper

adding chillies to the honey

when I craft my mead

bringing the burn

to the edge of sweetness

like a flamenco dancer

weaving her fiery sinuosity

around the singer

and his Cante Jondo

of deep song sadness

that yet retains

life

defiance

in the face of all

repression.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The Malingerer.


WITNESS

I am reading Hugh Thomas:

"The Spanish Civil War".

Near close of book (and war)

I am in July, 1938.

Suddenly

it is no longer history

for this is when I was born

I am now Witness

not reader

to my time

drawn relentlessly

to this time of blood

when I walk my caminos

with the ghosts and souls

of those who died

walking beside me

in silence

There was little time then

for "Buen camino!"

I light the candles

in my heart

whispering in prayer

as the stones beneath

my feet

murmur their refrain:

"We sought the fair land

we seek it

still."

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

The Malingerer
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
Malingerer, what a wonderful return to the Forum! I think I am only stealing someone else’s words when I say that artists speak the universal for each of us, no matter the medium. If we can recognise words, or strokes, or chisel marks, or the sculptor’s lines we acknowledge the artist, and the heart’s utterances. Thank you, at least three times more!
 
Malingerer, what a wonderful return to the Forum! I think I am only stealing someone else’s words when I say that artists speak the universal for each of us, no matter the medium. If we can recognise words, or strokes, or chisel marks, or the sculptor’s lines we acknowledge the artist, and the heart’s utterances. Thank you, at least three times more!
CLOSED DOORS


I walk through

small villages

with small churches

closed

doors locked.


I look along the road

to watch a shadow

tapping on the hearts

of passing pilgrims.


They are closed.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.


The malingerer
 
CLOSED DOORS


I walk through

small villages

with small churches

closed

doors locked.


I look along the road

to watch a shadow

tapping on the hearts

of passing pilgrims.


They are closed.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.


The malingerer
TALES FROM "THE STEEP"

The "Steep" is the name I gave

to the hospital ward I have just left

and this is for those who passed through

and the staff

who gave so unstintingly

of love

care

and compassion

to take us through the dark


That one

there

going to a home

That one

confused

he too is moving on

There is never an empty bed

more traffic than Piccadilly Circus

an endless parade

of the many

approaching an end


There are bleeps

alarms

all night long

and but for sedation

I would be exhaused


I am minded of Camino

sitting on my sacred arse by the roadside

watching the western migration

of endless flocks of newbies

some still a-laugh

and excited

by their adventure

others

grave

aware

of what they have achieved

and what is still to come


I receive many whispered "buen Caminos"

shy smiles

and sometimes gifts

a piece of chocolate

a biscuit

little tokens of the journey

more poignant than sagas

like the nurse who held me tight

when I thought my heart would break

on Remembrance Day

and the special one

who walked me to the door when I was leaving

and held me

with no need for words

as she was already engraved on my soul

on its way

to Santiago.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios


The Malingerer
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
TALES FROM "THE STEEP"

The "Steep" is the name I gave

to the hospital ward I have just left

and this is for those who passed through

and the staff

who gave so unstintingly

of love

care

and compassion

to take us through the dark


That one

there

going to a home

That one

confused

he too is moving on

There is never an empty bed

more traffic than Piccadilly Circus

an endless parade

of the many

approaching an end


There are bleeps

alarms

all night long

and but for sedation

I would be exhaused


I am minded of Camino

sitting on my sacred arse by the roadside

watching the western migration

of endless flocks of newbies

some still a-laugh

and excited

by their adventure

others

grave

aware

of what they have achieved

and what is still to come


I receive many whispered "buen Caminos"

shy smiles

and sometimes gifts

a piece of chocolate

a biscuit

little tokens of the journey

more poignant than sagas

like the nurse who held me tight

when I thought my heart would break

on Remembrance Day

and the special one

who walked me to the door when I was leaving

and held me

with no need for words

as she was already engraved on my soul

on its way

to Santiago.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios


The Malingerer
Softly, poignantly, beautiful.
 
Softly, poignantly, beautiful.

FREEDOM

Walking slowly

to the bus stop

with rain driving

wind moaning

CLATTER

BANG

CRASH

I look up

as a dustbin

leaping wildly

dancing like a demon

whirling

gyrating madly

hurtles down the road towards me

and shouts

"Freedom!"

then

in a low whisper

tells me:

"you have put one foot

past the other:

you are still

Pilgrim

Caminato!"

and off it shot.

I rearranged my face

as my mouth was hanging open

and then laughed

for I have already booked my hotel

in Bordeaux

for Sep '19

and reserved my accommodation

for St. Jean

and Roncesvalles

Next week I will book the flight

and that will be the beginning

of Camino

My head lifts

my heart swells

and my spirit

unfolds its wings.

Walk soft. Stay safe.

and

as ever

Vaya con Dios.

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

Walking slowly

to the bus stop

with rain driving

wind moaning

CLATTER

BANG

CRASH

I look up

as a dustbin

leaping wildly

dancing like a demon

whirling

gyrating madly

hurtles down the road towards me

and shouts

"Freedom!"

then

in a low whisper

tells me:

"you have put one foot

past the other:

you are still

Pilgrim

Caminato!"

and off it shot.

I rearranged my face

as my mouth was hanging open

and then laughed

for I have already booked my hotel

in Bordeaux

for Sep '19

and reserved my accommodation

for St. Jean

and Roncesvalles

Next week I will book the flight

and that will be the beginning

of Camino

My head lifts

my heart swells

and my spirit

unfolds its wings.

Walk soft. Stay safe.

and

as ever

Vaya con Dios.

The Malingerer.
Resurrexit sicut dixit...allelujah!
 
Wrong season, methinks! He is risen, as he said...
EARLY

A TURNER dawn

stains the sky

with angry reds and blues

colder than iron

as night begrudges day

with a rising wind

and falling temperature

promising me a coldness



I do not think I will leave my flat

this day

There is much to read and write

and the minutiae of chores

I remember that first dawn

of the New millenium

when I stood at Land's End in Cornwall

and sang myself

into a New Age

I did not know then

that it would be

Camino

I look around my flat

Compostelas on my bedroom walls

Scallop shells

here and there

Photographs

Books

and yes

apps on the mobile

Folders of notes and Credencials

maps

Rucksacks

poles

sleeping bags

all hanging in their place

The Robes of the Road

in their cupboards

and Esmeralda

my trusty trailer

waiting by the door

I yearn for Solstice

that I might say:

"Soon!

Soon!"

and in the meantime

I hone my patience

by counting raindrops

on my window

as fly my thoughts

to the road ahead

and hope my feet

will meet them.

:)

Walk soft

Stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

The Malingerer
 


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  • May

    Votes: 192 24.4%
  • June

    Votes: 55 7.0%
  • July

    Votes: 15 1.9%
  • August

    Votes: 12 1.5%
  • September

    Votes: 236 30.0%
  • October

    Votes: 96 12.2%
  • November

    Votes: 11 1.4%
  • December

    Votes: 5 0.6%
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