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poems for seekers

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
well I never thought you were a malingerer

I also enjoy your posts very much.

1963

I looked in the small bowl

in which I keep small coins

ones

twos

fives

tens

twenties ( for my candle in the chapel)

I use them to get to fifty two

and this is for my wild-card bet

on numbers (49's)

in the bookies

I have a genuine half-pence

one half of an original coin

which I found

I found myself looking

at the date

1963

and knew it was bait

I am a memory hunter

fisher of pasts

1963

I came back from two years in the East

to be married

1963

I was a stranger

but didn't know it

my daughter was born that year

I am long divorced

and my daughter is sometimes distant

too much like me perhaps

Fragile inner

eggshell outer

fossil

of '63 .

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

some wounds

never heal.
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
1963

I looked in the small bowl

in which I keep small coins

ones

twos

fives

tens

twenties ( for my candle in the chapel)

I use them to get to fifty two

and this is for my wild-card bet

on numbers (49's)

in the bookies

I have a genuine half-pence

one half of an original coin

which I found

I found myself looking

at the date

1963

and knew it was bait

I am a memory hunter

fisher of pasts

1963

I came back from two years in the East

to be married

1963

I was a stranger

but didn't know it

my daughter was born that year

I am long divorced

and my daughter is sometimes distant

too much like me perhaps

Fragile inner

eggshell outer

fossil

of '63 .

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

some wounds

never heal.
I can’t stop collecting goodies myself.

The poem is a sad one but I see you get these thoughts out - Stops wounds from festering.
Annie
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
I can’t stop collecting goodies myself.

The poem is a sad one but I see you get these thoughts out - Stops wounds from festering.
Annie

RETURN

it has been said

that when Constantinople fell

a party of the besiegers burst into a church

where priests were holding a service.

It is said that

the priests disappeared into the walls

never to return

till Constantinople is Christian again

and I wonder

if in all

the wild and lonely places

of my Caminos

those strange emotions

were the ghosts

of Sacred Yesterdays

looking for those

who may still hold a Truth?

I wonder.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
RETURN

it has been said

that when Constantinople fell

a party of the besiegers burst into a church

where priests were holding a service.

It is said that

the priests disappeared into the walls

never to return

till Constantinople is Christian again

and I wonder

if in all

the wild and lonely places

of my Caminos

those strange emotions

were the ghosts

of Sacred Yesterdays

looking for those

who may still hold a Truth?

I wonder.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya con Dios.

Samarkand.
WEST

I walk

head down

into the West

from whence blows a wind

that calls

from marble halls

where the dreamers

of the wind

that blows within the wind

and gently chimes

with time lines

in the Fars

of far-off times

lit by candles in the stars

calling me

Home.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya con Dios.

samarkand
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
‘Home’ is calling to us all. Maybe one day we will all find our way back.

i always enjoy reading your words.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I connected your poem with the honours paid today to an Irishman who has gone home, seen out by many candles. The service was streamed around the time you posted your poem. (The man in question: John Hume, co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, and also received both the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Martin Luther King Award. He is the only person to receive the three major peace awards).
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
I connected your poem with the honours paid today to an Irishman who has gone home, seen out by many candles. The service was streamed around the time you posted your poem. (The man in question: John Hume, co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, and also received both the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Martin Luther King Award. He is the only person to receive the three major peace awards).

CAFE SAMARKANDA

My Western sky is ablaze with lightning

reminding me of the hills

above Valcarlos

when first I went a-Camino

that welcomed me with thunder

and storm of heart

There is a calling again

a pull that frightens me

for I am no longer young

and know what I must endure

But somewhere I saw the word

Samarkanda

and felt the hook

I pored over my rough guide to Portugal

the guide book to the route

the apps

No luck

I got stubborn

and mentally retraced my steps

examined photographs

and then

I found it

under my nose

I had read without seeing

for there it was

Café Samarkanda

behind the Mercando

in Santiago

and I begin to wonder

am I to Lisbon

and fortress Tomar

fado in Coimbra?

I have no inclination for Fatima

for I sense another

Marian shrine waiting for me

Thence Porto

and a glass or two to celebrate

The northern half of this route

I have done some years ago

by calendar

but only a heartbeat ago in memory

and I would walk again slowly

in

to Santiago

via Café Samarkanda

and whisper my prayers in the great cathedral

for in the now

I must pray

for the health of Iberia

it's people

all those connected with Camino

no matter how humble their role

and my fellow pilgrims

the life-blood in the arteries of Camino

on it's way to the heart at

Santiago.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
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This one? If ever I go again - and I will, virtually, in about another half year! - I will have a coffee there and think of you. So lovely to be greeted by another poem from your good self on my first check in to the forum since last week. I was on a different kind of journey - a retreat. Funny word for stocktaking...
Thanks again for your poem, especially:
for in the now

I must pray

for the health of Iberia

it's people

all those connected with Camino

no matter how humble their role

and my fellow pilgrims

the life-blood in the arteries of Camino

on it's way to the heart at

Santiago.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
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This one? If ever I go again - and I will, virtually, in about another half year! - I will have a coffee there and think of you. So lovely to be greeted by another poem from your good self on my first check in to the forum since last week. I was on a different kind of journey - a retreat. Funny word for stocktaking...
Thanks again for your poem, especially:
for in the now

I must pray

for the health of Iberia

it's people

all those connected with Camino

no matter how humble their role

and my fellow pilgrims

the life-blood in the arteries of Camino

on it's way to the heart at


Santiago.
Do NOT sit in MY chair! :)

Samarkand

and yes that's the café I intend to visit ! If you get there before me you can warn them in advance!
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
CAFE SAMARKANDA

My Western sky is ablaze with lightning

reminding me of the hills

above Valcarlos

when first I went a-Camino

that welcomed me with thunder

and storm of heart

There is a calling again

a pull that frightens me

for I am no longer young

and know what I must endure

But somewhere I saw the word

Samarkanda

and felt the hook

I pored over my rough guide to Portugal

the guide book to the route

the apps

No luck

I got stubborn

and mentally retraced my steps

examined photographs

and then

I found it

under my nose

I had read without seeing

for there it was

Café Samarkanda

behind the Mercando

in Santiago

and I begin to wonder

am I to Lisbon

and fortress Tomar

fado in Coimbra?

I have no inclination for Fatima

for I sense another

Marian shrine waiting for me

Thence Porto

and a glass or two to celebrate

The northern half of this route

I have done some years ago

by calendar

but only a heartbeat ago in memory

and I would walk again slowly

in

to Santiago

via Café Samarkanda

and whisper my prayers in the great cathedral

for in the now

I must pray

for the health of Iberia

it's people

all those connected with Camino

no matter how humble their role

and my fellow pilgrims

the life-blood in the arteries of Camino

on it's way to the heart at

Santiago.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
So beautiful and memory provoking for many of us. - we have to be ever hopeful of getting back there to finish the walks we’ve started .
if i feel I am not able then to walk; I will still return to ‘be there’ .. I want to feel the Spanish sun again and to sit with or near pilgrims.
I hope eventually to meet you Samarkand and all the other readers of this ‘special’ thread.
Thank you
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
So beautiful and memory provoking for many of us. - we have to be ever hopeful of getting back there to finish the walks we’ve started .
if i feel I am not able then to walk; I will still return to ‘be there’ .. I want to feel the Spanish sun again and to sit with or near pilgrims.
I hope eventually to meet you Samarkand and all the other readers of this ‘special’ thread.
Thank you
ABSENCE

Loneliness

is the absence of

The Other

and my swifts are

My Others

like my love

they are a link with love

and my candle

in the dark

They have returned South

early this year

because of climate change

loss of nest sites

and food supply

leaving me behind

for another season

but

soon the geese

will Southward fly

from out the North

and fill the sky

with clamour

like the distant wail

of a locomotive early morn

and the hobo's call:

"The Road! The Road!

it matters not if it be steel

or asphalt

mountain track

or forest path!

The Road! The Road awaits!"

for Road it wraps the Pilgrim

like blanket

in the cot

and Camino

is mother-lode:

The hand that won't let go.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
ABSENCE

Loneliness

is the absence of

The Other

and my swifts are

My Others

like my love

they are a link with love

and my candle

in the dark

They have returned South

early this year

because of climate change

loss of nest sites

and food supply

leaving me behind

for another season

but

soon the geese

will Southward fly

from out the North

and fill the sky

with clamour

like the distant wail

of a locomotive early morn

and the hobo's call:

"The Road! The Road!

it matters not if it be steel

or asphalt

mountain track

or forest path!

The Road! The Road awaits!"

for Road it wraps the Pilgrim

like blanket

in the cot

and Camino

is mother-lode:

The hand that won't let go.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

A SURPRISE GIFT

Cursing and muttering

I drag the damn vacuum cleaner

around the flat

I have steam cleaned the carpets

with the steam mop

and were it not

for the pain in my back

would feel quite righteous

I pause to talk to my chilis

(they are huge!)

and look up

FOUR SWIFTS ZAP PAST MY WINDOW

Meniere's disease be damned

I am dizzy

with delight

Perhaps they are a late brood

still fattening up

for the long flight South

Who knows!

Who cares!

A gift beyond price

to find them still here.

Walk soft stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
A SURPRISE GIFT

Cursing and muttering

I drag the damn vacuum cleaner

around the flat

I have steam cleaned the carpets

with the steam mop

and were it not

for the pain in my back

would feel quite righteous

I pause to talk to my chilis

(they are huge!)

and look up

FOUR SWIFTS ZAP PAST MY WINDOW

Meniere's disease be damned

I am dizzy

with delight

Perhaps they are a late brood

still fattening up

for the long flight South

Who knows!

Who cares!

A gift beyond price

to find them still here.

Walk soft stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

PEOPLE

In all the wild

and lonely places

I have been

some

terrifying in their beauty

I have noticed

over the years

an absence of people

No traffic

no noise

no canned music

but a silence so deep

you can hear

the grass grow

listen to the sacred whisper

in the breeze

and leaves rustling gently

But come you

to the deep Pacific

in typhoon's rage

as seas roar

and the silence is your own

centre

sunk in self

But then in square small

under a darkening sky

I think of the little one I lost

and my heart constricts

till a solitary swift

sickles the clouds

circles me and is gone

South

as if to say:

" we wait for you"

and a small child passing by

smiles

with that smile that holds

all the smiles I think I've lost

and I stand up

unafraid

to carry on my wandering

and my dreaming

seeking that which

I already hold.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
PEOPLE

In all the wild

and lonely places

I have been

some

terrifying in their beauty

I have noticed

over the years

an absence of people

No traffic

no noise

no canned music

but a silence so deep

you can hear

the grass grow

listen to the sacred whisper

in the breeze

and leaves rustling gently

But come you

to the deep Pacific

in typhoon's rage

as seas roar

and the silence is your own

centre

sunk in self

But then in square small

under a darkening sky

I think of the little one I lost

and my heart constricts

till a solitary swift

sickles the clouds

circles me and is gone

South

as if to say:

" we wait for you"

and a small child passing by

smiles

with that smile that holds

all the smiles I think I've lost

and I stand up

unafraid

to carry on my wandering

and my dreaming

seeking that which

I already hold.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

NO ROSES

There are no roses

on drowned sailors' graves

so I wear mine own

The Rose Tattoo

symbol of mystery

terror

beauty

when howls the gale

and rages the sea

to form a canopy

over ocean's floor

where sleep the mariners

of yesteryear

yesterday

and room enough for all

tomorrow.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
NO ROSES

There are no roses

on drowned sailors' graves

so I wear mine own

The Rose Tattoo

symbol of mystery

terror

beauty

when howls the gale

and rages the sea

to form a canopy

over ocean's floor

where sleep the mariners

of yesteryear

yesterday

and room enough for all

tomorrow.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

TAPESTRY FOR A SWAGMAN

I weave myself

in

to the road

using the wind

as needle

My poles upon the way

are as clack of loom

and memories are my fabric

I use the dawn

to colour my dyes

and watch my life

unroll

to hang upon

my walls of years

as I listen to the chamber music

of the grass growing

making a bench for butterflies

as wrap I tight with love

and softly

sleep.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios


Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
TAPESTRY FOR A SWAGMAN

I weave myself

in

to the road

using the wind

as needle

My poles upon the way

are as clack of loom

and memories are my fabric

I use the dawn

to colour my dyes

and watch my life

unroll

to hang upon

my walls of years

as I listen to the chamber music

of the grass growing

making a bench for butterflies

as wrap I tight with love

and softly

sleep.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios


Samarkand.

PORLOCK

WEIR

where the wild things wait

in league with thoughts

I thought had drowned

now scattered round

like broken slate

in disused quarries

souls to sate

I try the cleanse of running water

churchyard hallowed

but my time is older

than the birth of Christ

and I find it hard to catch

the trout like whisper faint of faith

that beckons me to follow

the restless yellow arrow

of my soul

So still I wait

by Porlock Weir

and watch the stone of Seer

brought to me from Ireland

place of heart

talking to the stream

and mist

morning rain

soul of otter

ancient laughter

and I am child again

of star-born water.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios


Samarkand.
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
Hi Samarkand
TAPESTRY FOR A SWAGMAN

I weave myself

in

to the road
walking ‘the way’ with backpack, I’ve often felt a link to the ‘Swagman’ I’d remembered seeing in my childhood .. and realising now they were free to wander and roam to where they wanted

PORLOCK

WEIR
I feel in tune to your wanting to walk and follow the arrows here but a few wild things proving to be a barrier just now.
You will follow the yellow arrows again.
Buen camino
Annie
 

malingerer

samarkand
Camino(s) past & future
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
Hi Samarkand

walking ‘the way’ with backpack, I’ve often felt a link to the ‘Swagman’ I’d remembered seeing in my childhood .. and realising now they were free to wander and roam to where they wanted



I feel in tune to your wanting to walk and follow the arrows here but a few wild things proving to be a barrier just now.
You will follow the yellow arrows again.
Buen camino
Annie
Thank you. The years closing in make the waiting hard. And patience is not one of my virtues! :)

samarkand.
 

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