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SPRING

And softly slips the sunset

ever northwards

dusk on dusk

as spring triumphant

brings the dawn

ever closer

in Light Ascendant.


Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya con Dios

Samarkand.

THE TASTE OF SALT

.......................................... in every tear

reminds me of the brine of ocean spray

when the oars dipped

and the long-ship lifted

as I to Ireland came

to plunder

and raid

but stayed

to begat a line

Mc Glinchey

which through the Irish tongue relates

to Viking

and the ship.

That blood is still there

for at my birth

I had the red-gold hair

of my Ancestors

and still hear the call of deep.

I am Poet

and my old ones knew the Skalds

and the makers of Edda.

I learned much from them in that time

as they in turn reminded me

of their

Elders

who had gone to sea

in the two-masted leather boats

of a lattice wooden frame

and water-tight

with good rich butter.

It is Equinox now

and I feel the need to voyage

once again upon The Way

and into the West

land of the setting sun

and no return

from Joy.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
 
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malingerer

samarkand
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THE TASTE OF SALT

.......................................... in every tear

reminds me of the brine of ocean spray

when the oars dipped

and the long-ship lifted

as I to Ireland came

to plunder

and raid

but stayed

to begat a line

Mc Glinchey

which through the Irish tongue relates

to Viking

and the ship.

That blood is still there

for at my birth

I had the red-gold hair

of my Ancestors

and still hear the call of deep.

I am Poet

and my old ones knew the Skalds

and the makers of Edda.

I learned much from them in that time

as they in turn reminded me

of their

Elders

who had gone to sea

in the two-masted leather boats

of a lattice wooden frame

and water-tight

with good rich butter.

It is Equinox now

and I feel the need to voyage

once again upon The Way

and into the West

land of the setting sun

and no return

from Joy.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

NAMING

What's in a name:

it is but a tendril

of mist in the morning

vanishing with the sun.

It cloaks much

and much we give it

often to hide

our uncertainty

our lack of knowledge

our arrogance

and pretension of ownership

For that which is

will silently steal away

and we will hold

an empty box

But at this

a wayward tendril

small

unseen

had lain against my heart

and now it whispered:

" This

is no empty box or flat;

it is your window-box"

And my new crop of chilis

giggled like children

in their pots

and so did I.

And that I

of I

needs no name:

it is there

within

the laughter.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
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NAMING

What's in a name:

it is but a tendril

of mist in the morning

vanishing with the sun.

It cloaks much

and much we give it

often to hide

our uncertainty

our lack of knowledge

our arrogance

and pretension of ownership

For that which is

will silently steal away

and we will hold

an empty box

But at this

a wayward tendril

small

unseen

had lain against my heart

and now it whispered:

" This

is no empty box or flat;

it is your window-box"

And my new crop of chilis

giggled like children

in their pots

and so did I.

And that I

of I

needs no name:

it is there

within

the laughter.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

BREATH

And retreating Winter

in his death throes

throws a last Cold

like a doomed gambler

And the bear breathes out that last of old

as so do I

and both we wait

till my feet are once again

upon the Way

and breathing in the first of New

when I go past that stone

I made my marker

in so many lives

ago.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
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BREATH

And retreating Winter

in his death throes

throws a last Cold

like a doomed gambler

And the bear breathes out that last of old

as so do I

and both we wait

till my feet are once again

upon the Way

and breathing in the first of New

when I go past that stone

I made my marker

in so many lives

ago.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

THE MOON AND HUNGER

a new moon hangs

like an old dusk's

stranger child

this spring

in a pale of blue

faded out of a washed lino floor

getting ready

for new footfalls

The wind is high and hard

cold

northerly

but I

want the south

to warm

and bring the swifts

my sprites

that will have flown

across Iberia

and the grapes

to capture sun

and ease my soul

at end of day.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

my sprites
 

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samarkand
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THE MOON AND HUNGER

a new moon hangs

like an old dusk's

stranger child

this spring

in a pale of blue

faded out of a washed lino floor

getting ready

for new footfalls

The wind is high and hard

cold

northerly

but I

want the south

to warm

and bring the swifts

my sprites

that will have flown

across Iberia

and the grapes

to capture sun

and ease my soul

at end of day.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

my sprites

MUSING

I light a stub of candle

and watch the sun go down

as my life

flies round in circles

on the rims of time unbound

I light some joss

and smell the smoke

to sanctify

the hour

as power of past

engulfs the now

and night

begins to flower

as last of gulls

has seaward fled

and stars

create a bower

for my sleep.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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MUSING

I light a stub of candle

and watch the sun go down

as my life

flies round in circles

on the rims of time unbound

I light some joss

and smell the smoke

to sanctify

the hour

as power of past

engulfs the now

and night

begins to flower

as last of gulls

has seaward fled

and stars

create a bower

for my sleep.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.


THE LAST OF LIGHT

And the light

pours out

like molten gold

from the last chalice

of evening

draining into the West

as if drunk by

the waiting Goddess of Night

preparing for the birth

of dawn and day

by cradling my tomorrow

in a coat of darkest blue

in this time

of summer velvet.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

Mycroft

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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
You reminded me of a photo a friend took while touring South America in 2019. It is of a tile with the lyrics (in Spanish) from a song by G. Coria Penaloza, which I attach here.
 

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malingerer

samarkand
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cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
You reminded me of a photo a friend took while touring South America in 2019. It is of a tile with the lyrics (in Spanish) from a song by G. Coria Penaloza, which I attach here.
A tardy hi and thank you!

MI CORAZON PERDIDO

....it grows smaller

hiding

as the wings of leaving

flutter

each time I hold you

ere departing

You are my sun

and I need the warmth

to bring again

mine own unfolding

like the lark

of morning

and the first rose.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya con Dios

Samarkand

Written for someone I care about deeply

and yet

encapsulates also

my feelings about Camino.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Year of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
A tardy hi and thank you!

MI CORAZON PERDIDO

....it grows smaller

hiding

as the wings of leaving

flutter

each time I hold you

ere departing

You are my sun

and I need the warmth

to bring again

mine own unfolding

like the lark

of morning

and the first rose.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya con Dios

Samarkand

Written for someone I care about deeply

and yet

encapsulates also

my feelings about Camino.

IRONIES

the gulls of morning

drink the rain

before

in slow circles

descending

on the green of park

to ambush worms

escaping

flooded holes:

and I think

Irony

to escape the

gulley

and fall into a gullet.:confused:


But Memory

and Camino

combine

to lay a nugget

at my feet

the gold

of

yester

day

when rain

and wind

did push me on

and life for me

was footstep

on The Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Year of past OR future Camino
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IRONIES

the gulls of morning

drink the rain

before

in slow circles

descending

on the green of park

to ambush worms

escaping

flooded holes:

and I think

Irony

to escape the

gulley

and fall into a gullet.:confused:


But Memory

and Camino

combine

to lay a nugget

at my feet

the gold

of

yester

day

when rain

and wind

did push me on

and life for me

was footstep

on The Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

COLOUR

And the gull

dips her wingtip

like a fine-haired brush

in

to the pot of sun

and childlike

draws some squiggles

in the sky

to contain

the duvet clouds

of white

so that light between them

shines

amongst the grey

of showers

to remind me

of the night

when shepherds lit the vault

to fire

like a sundown Sistine chapel

of delight.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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samarkand
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cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
COLOUR

And the gull

dips her wingtip

like a fine-haired brush

in

to the pot of sun

and childlike

draws some squiggles

in the sky

to contain

the duvet clouds

of white

so that light between them

shines

amongst the grey

of showers

to remind me

of the night

when shepherds lit the vault

to fire

like a sundown Sistine chapel

of delight.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.


RESONANCE

I am

as a reed

played by

The Great Winds

of

Time and Space

that sometimes

softly blow

upon my way

to where

I sit

and drink the wine

that sun

made music

might fill the soul

and tales

be whispered

to the heart.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

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samarkand
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RESONANCE

I am

as a reed

played by

The Great Winds

of

Time and Space

that sometimes

softly blow

upon my way

to where

I sit

and drink the wine

that sun

made music

might fill the soul

and tales

be whispered

to the heart.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
TIMES

Raindrops

falling like dots

each one a world

and yet they join

to form a word

called Now

where Universes are born

and die

within

the cloud of being

lit by thunder

rapt

in Light.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Year of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
TIMES

Raindrops

falling like dots

each one a world

and yet they join

to form a word

called Now

where Universes are born

and die

within

the cloud of being

lit by thunder

rapt

in Light.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

WINTER'S ORPHAN

Sullen

and angry the sky

this dusk

like the last

of winter's orphans

tormenting the spring

and making summer wail

as would a bullying child

in a shattered park

I do not see my swifts

and call them

"Come!

and bring your sickle wings

to reap the clouds

and harvest sun

that I might warm

my dreams".

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

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WINTER'S ORPHAN

Sullen

and angry the sky

this dusk

like the last

of winter's orphans

tormenting the spring

and making summer wail

as would a bullying child

in a shattered park

I do not see my swifts

and call them

"Come!

and bring your sickle wings

to reap the clouds

and harvest sun

that I might warm

my dreams".

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

EXCHANGES

And day

slow

hands in her colours

to approaching night

who sends in the guardians

robed

in darkest blue

black

and then the blue black

of approaching dawn.

My swifts

care not

and retain their

sickle winged blackness

as they scythe

the harvest sky

to build up muscle

store energy

and chivvy their young

to prepare

for south

and leaving.

They will however

fly over my

Iberia

Camino

and we will wish each other

well

when e'er we pass.

"Buen Camino ! "

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Year of past OR future Camino
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EXCHANGES

And day

slow

hands in her colours

to approaching night

who sends in the guardians

robed

in darkest blue

black

and then the blue black

of approaching dawn.

My swifts

care not

and retain their

sickle winged blackness

as they scythe

the harvest sky

to build up muscle

store energy

and chivvy their young

to prepare

for south

and leaving.

They will however

fly over my

Iberia

Camino

and we will wish each other

well

when e'er we pass.

"Buen Camino ! "

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

REFUGEE

I re-read TOLKIEN

and

THE TWO TOWERS

with mighty tales

of heroes

clad in gold

and wielding swords of power

and yet

through it all

I see a face

REFUGEE

limping

too old to run

leaning on a staff

and on her back

a small bag

perhaps provisions

Her eyes

downcast

look not to sky

so full of swifts

( in latter times
they will be
the STUKAS):

but only at her feet

and yet

and yet

she is a leader

walking before the armies

of droughts

and famines

plagues

always seeking

that better

LIFE

which is

our common goal

REFUGEE

our

MIRROR-MOTHER

often dulled

in which we gaze

to find

COMPASSION

for she knows too well

what little worth

we have when

LIFE

itself

evades us

as our stumbling feet

remind us

of the clay

from which we're baked

to form the vessel

of our self

that final

REFUGE

once our common goal

when

CAMINO

was new

REFUGIO

oft so little

and yet

and yet

encompassed

all our needs.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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REFUGEE

I re-read TOLKIEN

and

THE TWO TOWERS

with mighty tales

of heroes

clad in gold

and wielding swords of power

and yet

through it all

I see a face

REFUGEE

limping

too old to run

leaning on a staff

and on her back

a small bag

perhaps provisions

Her eyes

downcast

look not to sky

so full of swifts

( in latter times
they will be
the STUKAS):

but only at her feet

and yet

and yet

she is a leader

walking before the armies

of droughts

and famines

plagues

always seeking

that better

LIFE

which is

our common goal

REFUGEE

our

MIRROR-MOTHER

often dulled

in which we gaze

to find

COMPASSION

for she knows too well

what little worth

we have when

LIFE

itself

evades us

as our stumbling feet

remind us

of the clay

from which we're baked

to form the vessel

of our self

that final

REFUGE

once our common goal

when

CAMINO

was new

REFUGIO

oft so little

and yet

and yet

encompassed

all our needs.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.


GRIEVING

The Runes of the Road

are at a

standstill

crosroads

As the Shadow

does not pass

but hovers

and I wait

for the sun

to point

the way.

My love

is my Sun:

under a cloud

in a time of grief

that will

in time

pass.

Will I

be passed by?

My feet

struggle

with my heart

my soul

till night

quiets all

and the

dawn

my sunrise

finds me.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Year of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
GRIEVING

The Runes of the Road

are at a

standstill

crosroads

As the Shadow

does not pass

but hovers

and I wait

for the sun

to point

the way.

My love

is my Sun:

under a cloud

in a time of grief

that will

in time

pass.

Will I

be passed by?

My feet

struggle

with my heart

my soul

till night

quiets all

and the

dawn

my sunrise

finds me.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

CHESS

A gull

dark against the deepening dusk

sculls his way

across the sky-sea.


A cloud

follows

slowly

for Night is playing chess

on a board

of his own making.


I send out a knight

so scout

for dreams;

he does not return.


I deepen my defence

retiring

as a hedgehog

to rest

regroup

and await the dawn.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Year of past OR future Camino
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CHESS

A gull

dark against the deepening dusk

sculls his way

across the sky-sea.


A cloud

follows

slowly

for Night is playing chess

on a board

of his own making.


I send out a knight

so scout

for dreams;

he does not return.


I deepen my defence

retiring

as a hedgehog

to rest

regroup

and await the dawn.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
JULY

Clouds

white

small

dodging the wind and rain


My swifts

high

feeding

fattening

for

next month

August

they will leave


The elders

fly serious

but

a small group

youngsters

swirl and chatter

joy of living


This

is my month

Birthday

and already

my mind

is on equinox

Autumn

and solstice

Winter


The tall trees swaying

are telling me

stories

of North and West

ocean

and

the long ships of

my Older people

leaving a lure

in my bloodline

with the smile

of the wanderer


As the wind dies

and the rain passes

the Swifts

return

past my window

calling

"South!

South!

the Way

is waiting"

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con

Dios.


Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Year of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
JULY

Clouds

white

small

dodging the wind and rain


My swifts

high

feeding

fattening

for

next month

August

they will leave


The elders

fly serious

but

a small group

youngsters

swirl and chatter

joy of living


This

is my month

Birthday

and already

my mind

is on equinox

Autumn

and solstice

Winter


The tall trees swaying

are telling me

stories

of North and West

ocean

and

the long ships of

my Older people

leaving a lure

in my bloodline

with the smile

of the wanderer


As the wind dies

and the rain passes

the Swifts

return

past my window

calling

"South!

South!

the Way

is waiting"

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con

Dios.


Samarkand.
HOME

Crescent moon

hanging like a silver sickle

Swift

upon the blue

There is some Irish folk music

in the background

songs

of home

and the swifts will fly there

soon enough

leaving me

to stretch my empty hands

skywards

but grateful

for the fullness

that they leave

within my heart.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

malingerer

samarkand
Year of past OR future Camino
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HOME

Crescent moon

hanging like a silver sickle

Swift

upon the blue

There is some Irish folk music

in the background

songs

of home

and the swifts will fly there

soon enough

leaving me

to stretch my empty hands

skywards

but grateful

for the fullness

that they leave

within my heart.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
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CANT FIGURE OUT HOW TO START!

There is a book called " Places of power on the Camino Santiago". it was mentioned on a programme called Mystic places. it showed Fire Festivals in the Basque Country ! never seen or heard of this. Any info?

Samarkand.

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FOR THE WAY UNSHARED


At first

I shared the "buzz"

till I got fed up

of "pilgrims"

sprinting past

and

the clouds of "gobbys"

yakking on about time

and distance covered

I felt little connection

and went back

to being

lone

I was

after all

65

and no stranger

to hardship

or the road

My companions became

small lizards

baby rabbits

circling hawks

and mountain hares

showing me the way

My sounds

were the winds

shushing the grass

to slumber

and trees rustling their leaves

as I passed

My love

I kept within my heart

until at 80

we shared my birthday

at Finisterre

held hands

and laughed

smiled

and now

at 83

I am not too old to weep

for the ways

I left unshared

with Martha D.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.
 

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