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Wokabaut_Meri

somewhere along the Way
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2015
Pilgrims Way 2018
Via Francigena #1 Canterbury-Dover 2018
Perfect again, dear poet.

My parents' lives changed drastically that day, both at university in Poland... both gone now... and you mention
For it is hard to go to sleep

this night

as the ghosts of millions

softly sigh

like a murmuring of starlings

at the fading

of the light.
my mother always spoke of how the bird song faded and was lost throughout those long war years. She became a passionate advocate for our feathered friends and they, in return, gave her great consolation with their songs.

Thank you for your gift of words
 

malingerer

Active Member
Perfect again, dear poet.

My parents' lives changed drastically that day, both at university in Poland... both gone now... and you mention


my mother always spoke of how the bird song faded and was lost throughout those long war years. She became a passionate advocate for our feathered friends and they, in return, gave her great consolation with their songs.

Thank you for your gift of words
Thank you for reading them. I think of the nightingales high above the gunfire in WW1 and am constantly amazed. My swifts are my camino birds of choice tho!:)

The Malingerer.
 

malingerer

Active Member
Dear Malingerer, you always touch a nerve. Three verses come to mind as a result of your two recent posts;
Into the valley of death rode the 600...
Not a drum was heard...
I will wear more purple...
Clearly enough, the first two could be written again time and time again... when will we ever learn?
The third one is a variation of the final line of a verse supposedly written by a US lady about her old age. She will eat more ice cream, she will wear more purple. If only life could be so simple. Subjunctive notwithstanding, to borrow from another recent post! Thank you. One of my reasons for scanning the forum is to watch and find your posts. Truly.
I enjoy your replies! Truly! :) even tho the subject matter is grim I still think writing about it is worthwhile.

thank you.

The Malingerer.
 

malingerer

Active Member
I enjoy your replies! Truly! :) even tho the subject matter is grim I still think writing about it is worthwhile.

thank you.

The Malingerer.
THE FAR SIDE

I tried to explain to my son

that the young do not understand World War II

but he replied

that they too have had their wars:

" The Nam

Korea

Afghanistan

Iraq "

bit in my book they would be

conflicts

unequal to the industrialised murder

of The Holocaust

or the scientific slaughter

of the Atomic Bomb

but if you are being killed

does the terminology matter

or the numbers count?

The heart is not a calculator

And suddenly I was old

I came from The Far Side

pre-war

and suddenly I knew it

and admitted it

to let go the chains

and live

irrespective of my years

and hope the young will see me

as a bouy that marks the reefs

and hidden channels

or pass me by on Camino

when I sit a-rucksaack

head in hands

not asleep

but wrapt in dreams

of other-lands

and always

on the road.

Walk soft

Stay safe

and as ever

Via

con Dios

The Malingerer
 

Wokabaut_Meri

somewhere along the Way
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2015
Pilgrims Way 2018
Via Francigena #1 Canterbury-Dover 2018
Thank you for reading them. I think of the nightingales high above the gunfire in WW1 and am constantly amazed. My swifts are my camino birds of choice tho!:)

The Malingerer.
The storks in all their scruffy majesty are our Camino birds. Although we did have a cuckoo shadow a lot of the Way. At times we thought the Cuckoo call was very apt...
 

malingerer

Active Member
The storks in all their scruffy majesty are our Camino birds. Although we did have a cuckoo shadow a lot of the Way. At times we thought the Cuckoo call was very apt...
A NEW COMPOSTELA FOR CYCLISTS

I believe this is to be handed out a the START to aged male cyclists and will be titled

THE LAST WHEEL AND TESTICLE!

:) :) :)

The Malingerer!
 

malingerer

Active Member
Usually, I do not reply to such stuff! you have given me a great laugh, sir!
AUTUMN

Turn the leaves

colours

of a dappled horse

in fickle light.


Gull wails

of storms at sea.


Crows screech

of mans' fate

in inland turmoil.


A woman dies alone:

a bad fall

and all of us

a little diminished

whilst she

returns to The All.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Via

con Dios.

The malingerer.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
AUTUMN

Turn the leaves

colours

of a dappled horse

in fickle light.


Gull wails

of storms at sea.


Crows screech

of mans' fate

in inland turmoil.


A woman dies alone:

a bad fall

and all of us

a little diminished

whilst she

returns to The All.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Via

con Dios.

The malingerer.
Once more, thank you. Thank you.
 

malingerer

Active Member
THE LAST DANCE

Clouds

like white feathers

gently brush the blue

whilst the green of trees

upwards strives

as the dance-floor is prepared

for summer late

to tantalise the eye

ere winter

chills the heart.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con

Dios.

The malingerer.
THE STARS ARE BACK

Early

in the morn

on impulse

I get up

and look out

my windows.

Enchantment!

The sky is full of stars.

Where once my day

was empty

at the departure of the Swifts

and the Heavens

just a blackness

now:

a multitude of lanterns

twinkle

teem

and laugh with me to say:

" We are the reminders

of your soul-journey:

your Camino.

It is Equinox

and soon the dark

of Winter.

But turns the wheel

and Solstice

will come round.

So rest

prepare

and do not count the days:

they are as drops of water

in the river of your life".

And back to bed I went

content.

Walk soft

stay safe

And

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The malingerer.
 
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malingerer

Active Member
THE STARS ARE BACK

Early

in the morn

on impulse

I get up

and look out

my windows.

Enchantment!

The sky is full of stars.

Where once my day

was empty

at the departure of the Swifts

and the Heavens

just a blackness

now:

a multitude of lanterns

twinkle

teem

and laugh with me to say:

" We are the reminders

of your soul-journey:

your Camino.

It is Equinox

and soon the dark

of Winter.

But turns the wheel

and Solstice

will come round.

So rest

prepare

and do not count the days:

they are as drops of water

in the river of your life".

And back to bed I went

content.

Walk soft

stay safe

And

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The malingerer.

A ROSE IN THE RAIN

Wind rising

sky darkening

rain squalling

I begin to mutter

and feel down

and then I remember

trialling contact lenses

on a Belfast street

in the pouring rain

dumbstruck

bewitched

for the first time

I see a rose

in the rain

colours enchanting beyond belief

texture too sacred to touch

I stood and gazed for ages

imbibing the all

and I remember

remember

remember.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as always

Vaya

con Dios.


The malingerer.
 

malingerer

Active Member
A ROSE IN THE RAIN

Wind rising

sky darkening

rain squalling

I begin to mutter

and feel down

and then I remember

trialling contact lenses

on a Belfast street

in the pouring rain

dumbstruck

bewitched

for the first time

I see a rose

in the rain

colours enchanting beyond belief

texture too sacred to touch

I stood and gazed for ages

imbibing the all

and I remember

remember

remember.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as always

Vaya

con Dios.


The malingerer.

THE TWELFTH STONE

I weigh my past

on the scales of present:

the right hand side is empty.

It contains Futures

from the realms of Choice.


The lighting of candles

meditation

are but delays

allays

to fears crippling

and yet the twelfth stone

is Harvest.

A Reminder

that Time

has it's own rules

and Harvest is reaped

when Time

decides.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The malingerer.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
THE TWELFTH STONE

I weigh my past

on the scales of present:

the right hand side is empty.

It contains Futures

from the realms of Choice.


The lighting of candles

meditation

are but delays

allays

to fears crippling

and yet the twelfth stone

is Harvest.

A Reminder

that Time

has it's own rules

and Harvest is reaped

when Time

decides.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The malingerer.
so deep....
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese,Frances,Norte,Salvador/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
THE TWELFTH STONE

I weigh my past

on the scales of present:

the right hand side is empty.

It contains Futures

from the realms of Choice.


The lighting of candles

meditation

are but delays

allays

to fears crippling

and yet the twelfth stone

is Harvest.

A Reminder

that Time

has it's own rules

and Harvest is reaped

when Time

decides.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

The malingerer.
@malingerer
I hope you’re feeling well. It is all mapped out for us . Keep your eyes peeled- Just don’t go tripping on any stones.
Take care
Annie
 

Juspassinthrough

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles, June (2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Le Puy-Santiago (2023)
i hope to recommence vdlp sep this year having struggled from malaga to merida some years ago. hopefully i will fly into sevilla and then train up to merida. the poetry will be written as i go. i have one more eye op to go and then i can start to train hard. i am not a good photographer and i really liked windswepts contribution so the poems are for me and all those befuddled about not only why they go a camino but always come back to it!

I am a long way
from who I am
and even further
from who I was
who I will be
heaven knows
I wear the tattoo
of the rose
the seeker's badge
of time and space
a distant point
on the homeward race
to who I am

yours,
The Malingerer
I love this! Thank you and everyone else for sharing, my contribution was inspired by my first Camino.
 

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