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Time of past OR future Camino
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BLOSSOM

Drifting West

ahead of a bitter biting

Eastern wind

The Blossom reminds me

of the children of conflict

unable to withstand

the charlatans of cruelty

till they die

like the blossom

underfoot

often

unsung

Vaya

con Dios

I whisper

thinking also of pilgrims

trudging West

past markers of those

who could

like the blossom

float

no further.

walk soft

stay safe

pray hard

think deep.

Samarkand.


APRIL

I scrape the late

April sky

of evening dark

looking for signs

of the early swifts

of May

en route

to me

with dreams

then leaving me

in Autumn's southern flight

calling me

calling

to follow

and so it goes

ebb and flow

as breathes the world

to grow

a time

of mind

and pave the heart

with stones

cobbled from

quarried yesterdays

that I might walk a Way

and let my Soul

fly high

with swifts of May

a-wing

on late of night

sipping

April showers.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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APRIL

I scrape the late

April sky

of evening dark

looking for signs

of the early swifts

of May

en route

to me

with dreams

then leaving me

in Autumn's southern flight

calling me

calling

to follow

and so it goes

ebb and flow

as breathes the world

to grow

a time

of mind

and pave the heart

with stones

cobbled from

quarried yesterdays

that I might walk a Way

and let my Soul

fly high

with swifts of May

a-wing

on late of night

sipping

April showers.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.


HEARTBREAK
APRIL

I scrape the late

April sky

of evening dark

looking for signs

of the early swifts

of May

en route

to me

with dreams

then leaving me

in Autumn's southern flight

calling me

calling

to follow

and so it goes

ebb and flow

as breathes the world

to grow

a time

of mind

and pave the heart

with stones

cobbled from

quarried yesterdays

that I might walk a Way

and let my Soul

fly high

with swifts of May

a-wing

on late of night

sipping

April showers.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

HEARTBREAK


The morning TV news

shows me a young man

receiving an accolade

from his Queen

The next item

shows a bubbly three month old little girl

shortly before

she too receives an accolade

from the invading murderers

in the form of a missile

which will take her life

and that of her mother

and grandmother

Her father thought they were safe

and had gone for some much needed shopping

He returned to nothing.


I weep

for I too lost a little one

many years ago.

What good are tears

I ask

except they turn to ice

in the river

of my heart

and perhaps

in a time

they will help to form a glacier

for glaciers crumble mountains

and love can surely crumble hate


But in this now

all I can do

is weep

pray

light candles

and wait for the road

that I might soothe my heartbreak

with the Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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HEARTBREAK


HEARTBREAK


The morning TV news

shows me a young man

receiving an accolade

from his Queen

The next item

shows a bubbly three month old little girl

shortly before

she too receives an accolade

from the invading murderers

in the form of a missile

which will take her life

and that of her mother

and grandmother

Her father thought they were safe

and had gone for some much needed shopping

He returned to nothing.


I weep

for I too lost a little one

many years ago.

What good are tears

I ask

except they turn to ice

in the river

of my heart

and perhaps

in a time

they will help to form a glacier

for glaciers crumble mountains

and love can surely crumble hate


But in this now

all I can do

is weep

pray

light candles

and wait for the road

that I might soothe my heartbreak

with the Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

NOTRE DAME

I watch

the rebuilding

of a great glory

in stone

wood

and iron

by master craftsmen

of France

as a people

unite

in skills revived

to show

the spirit reborn

of an ancient

symbol.


I have stood

on the square

before the fire

decades ago

awaiting

my first Camino

closed my eyes

wept

and held my journey

in my heart

until its proper time

that came

soft

uncalled

on the mountain

and made me

Pilgrim.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
Time of past OR future Camino
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NOTRE DAME

I watch

the rebuilding

of a great glory

in stone

wood

and iron

by master craftsmen

of France

as a people

unite

in skills revived

to show

the spirit reborn

of an ancient

symbol.


I have stood

on the square

before the fire

decades ago

awaiting

my first Camino

closed my eyes

wept

and held my journey

in my heart

until its proper time

that came

soft

uncalled

on the mountain

and made me

Pilgrim.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.


MAY


A May morning

wrapped soft in mist

like a lover's gift

has me slowly

wandering

through the park

to sit at beach

and sip coffee


watching far of figures

at distant tide edge

almost motionless

like a Lowry tableau

black etched

still

as comes the day.

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
 
Time of past OR future Camino
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MAY


A May morning

wrapped soft in mist

like a lover's gift

has me slowly

wandering

through the park

to sit at beach

and sip coffee


watching far of figures

at distant tide edge

almost motionless

like a Lowry tableau

black etched

still

as comes the day.

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

THEY

A I

created AII

and then crossed it with XR squared

to form

a new crypto metal organism

and it flew

PTERODACTYL

of tomorrow

leaving a razor edged line of precision

across

a leaden sky

filling me with horror

at the future-doom of morrows

when the seas

poisoned

heaved

new evolutions

hunting we

the last of living life forms

who had squandered our Eden

for the briefest of joys

ignoring the pains

and rights

of our fellow creatures

on a burning lifeboat

sacrifice

to forgotten Gods

long since fled.

Samarkand.
 
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THEY

A I

created AII

and then crossed it with XR squared

to form

a new crypto metal organism

and it flew

PTERODACTYL

of tomorrow

leaving a razor edged line of precision

across

a leaden sky

filling me with horror

at the future-doom of morrows

when the seas

poisoned

heaved

new evolutions

hunting we

the last of living life forms

who had squandered our Eden

for the briefest of joys

ignoring the pains

and rights

of our fellow creatures

on a burning lifeboat

sacrifice

to forgotten Gods

long since fled.

Samarkand.
Hi kirkie, is that WOW a goodly WOW or OMG , shock, horror WOW? MANY THANKS ANYWAY! Samarkand :) :)
 
Time of past OR future Camino
06,CF;13,CP;17,SSal;19,Ingles
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cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
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CROCODILE

Head down

full of the wild

of a yester poem

I met

The Crocodile

a long sinuous yellow chain

of high-vis

children

on their way

with smiles

to morrow

and I

smiled too.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
Time of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
CROCODILE

Head down

full of the wild

of a yester poem

I met

The Crocodile

a long sinuous yellow chain

of high-vis

children

on their way

with smiles

to morrow

and I

smiled too.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.


MAY 9th


A hole in the clouds

and a pair of Swifts

falls through!

My heart leaps

as a singleton zooms by

turning on his side

to show his sickle wings

as if to say

YES!

We are back

So I go to Cheddar Gorge

to get my new boots:

ready for a " Bitsa" 29th August


I place my old ones

in my Camino Corner

and pay homage to them

They have served me well

for years

and will not be binned!

Already I taste good red wine

tortilla

and strong black coffee:

No wretched Café con Leche.

So the wind and rain come back

to acquaint my new boots

with fickle weather

and asphalt pavements.

I do not care

My Swifts

are my feathered prayers

that fly

but my booted feet

are my connection

re-connection

with The Way

and Mother Earth.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
Time of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
MAY 9th


A hole in the clouds

and a pair of Swifts

falls through!

My heart leaps

as a singleton zooms by

turning on his side

to show his sickle wings

as if to say

YES!

We are back

So I go to Cheddar Gorge

to get my new boots:

ready for a " Bitsa" 29th August


I place my old ones

in my Camino Corner

and pay homage to them

They have served me well

for years

and will not be binned!

Already I taste good red wine

tortilla

and strong black coffee:

No wretched Café con Leche.

So the wind and rain come back

to acquaint my new boots

with fickle weather

and asphalt pavements.

I do not care

My Swifts

are my feathered prayers

that fly

but my booted feet

are my connection

re-connection

with The Way

and Mother Earth.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.

Samarkand.

BECOMING

A slew of feelings

morph

into

thoughts

and become a self

in motion

past

my

window

and then

I

realise

it

is

me

on my way

to

the road

forever

changing.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Via

con Dios

Samarkand.
 
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BECOMING

A slew of feelings

morph

into

thoughts

and become a self

in motion

past

my

window

and then

I

realise

it

is

me

on my way

to

the road

forever

changing.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Via

con Dios

Samarkand.

A TUBE LINE TO YESTERDAY

I took counsel with my Tomorrows

and got leave of absence

from Today

so I bought an all-zone ticket

and took my mind

on a journey

with an old Thought

as Guide

to a distant

Yesterday

Something there

was troubling me

and would not go away.

I found the Memory Line

far

far

below

down countless

countless steps

and was guided on

at interchanges

by unknowns

hiding in the shelves.


DNA was lurking

at bookstores

of the yester time

where quiet

and rest

and mystery

are safe from Tube and Scope

till I heard the chuckle

from a Child of Time and Wonder

then knew it was but I

reminding me

of sunbeams

dancing

all along The Way

So I took an elevator

and came out on the mountain

to watch the Swifts

at break of day

giving back Tomorrow

my borrowed time

and my ticket

to a child

that Today and I

be one again

and soothe the Self of wild.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
Time of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
A TUBE LINE TO YESTERDAY

I took counsel with my Tomorrows

and got leave of absence

from Today

so I bought an all-zone ticket

and took my mind

on a journey

with an old Thought

as Guide

to a distant

Yesterday

Something there

was troubling me

and would not go away.

I found the Memory Line

far

far

below

down countless

countless steps

and was guided on

at interchanges

by unknowns

hiding in the shelves.


DNA was lurking

at bookstores

of the yester time

where quiet

and rest

and mystery

are safe from Tube and Scope

till I heard the chuckle

from a Child of Time and Wonder

then knew it was but I

reminding me

of sunbeams

dancing

all along The Way

So I took an elevator

and came out on the mountain

to watch the Swifts

at break of day

giving back Tomorrow

my borrowed time

and my ticket

to a child

that Today and I

be one again

and soothe the Self of wild.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.

Samarkand.

GUN-TALK

A dreadful day

of senseless slaughter

when children's laughter

whilst at school

is drowned by chatter

from a gun

to which they can not reply

I weep for you

and as an elder

beg your forgiveness

and that of children

round the world

who do not ask

for such brutality

Via con Dios

Samarkand.
 
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THE POST BOX

My mind has become

a drop zone

for thoughts from Other

who leaves dreams

like postcards

in my sleep.

just recently I saw an envelope

with scrawled Cyrillic pencilled out

and in English

in a corner

a little message

"Democracy is not dead in .........."

and I wondered

was I being told

not to demonise the many

for the actions of the few?


On another night

in what passes for sleep

I was at a meeting

with a few

at a farewell meal.

All were packed and ready

for a journey

but knew not where

or when

or why

they were going.

Was I getting a postcard

from the last

of the Six Million?

In the late evening Turner Sky

of deep reds and blacks

I whispered to the wind

and

My sickle-wings

my Swifts

heard me

and a small group

flew past

my window

to remind me

of connection

re-connection

and the Way

where I will light my candles

for all

and in the great Cathedral

of Santiago

I will pray

for an ancient dream

of journey

is upon me

and my mind is onward posting

to

Jerusalem the Golden

and hills to walk

another day.

And I wonder:

are Poets the Postmen

of the Universe?

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
Time of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
THE POST BOX

My mind has become

a drop zone

for thoughts from Other

who leaves dreams

like postcards

in my sleep.

just recently I saw an envelope

with scrawled Cyrillic pencilled out

and in English

in a corner

a little message

"Democracy is not dead in .........."

and I wondered

was I being told

not to demonise the many

for the actions of the few?


On another night

in what passes for sleep

I was at a meeting

with a few

at a farewell meal.

All were packed and ready

for a journey

but knew not where

or when

or why

they were going.

Was I getting a postcard

from the last

of the Six Million?

In the late evening Turner Sky

of deep reds and blacks

I whispered to the wind

and

My sickle-wings

my Swifts

heard me

and a small group

flew past

my window

to remind me

of connection

re-connection

and the Way

where I will light my candles

for all

and in the great Cathedral

of Santiago

I will pray

for an ancient dream

of journey

is upon me

and my mind is onward posting

to

Jerusalem the Golden

and hills to walk

another day.

And I wonder:

are Poets the Postmen

of the Universe?

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

PRAYERS REQUESTED

after a lovely trip to Scotland to sprinkle ashes and see my Mum's grave, there was a rude awakening. Dot had a recall from the breast screening dept. She had tests yesterday and it has been confirmed she has " a lump". They are not sure what it is or why so she has to go for biopsies etc. She is determined however to go on our planned " Bitsa" camino, i.e. a bit walk here and a bus there etc. As she is 68 and I am 84 ( with attendant discrepancies) it will be luck if we achieve more than 5miles on any given day! We are busy booking -places to stay at both ends of the trip and flights are already booked. My local canon, TOM, is already praying for her. SO, pilgies, a prayer please, or a candle lit, will be most welcome. Thank you.

Samarkand.
 
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PRAYERS REQUESTED

after a lovely trip to Scotland to sprinkle ashes and see my Mum's grave, there was a rude awakening. Dot had a recall from the breast screening dept. She had tests yesterday and it has been confirmed she has " a lump". They are not sure what it is or why so she has to go for biopsies etc. She is determined however to go on our planned " Bitsa" camino, i.e. a bit walk here and a bus there etc. As she is 68 and I am 84 ( with attendant discrepancies) it will be luck if we achieve more than 5miles on any given day! We are busy booking -places to stay at both ends of the trip and flights are already booked. My local canon, TOM, is already praying for her. SO, pilgies, a prayer please, or a candle lit, will be most welcome. Thank you.

Samarkand.
thank you .

samarkand.
 
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Here is my favourite almost real candle. I silence it.

THE POSTMAN

I trudge

from time to time

with a sack

that never empties

for it carries the letters

of yester-morrow

from the tired

lost

cast-down

who need to rest

and sleep

an age

then make a tool of sorrow

to carve a niche

in olden stone

where sun-light

it may borrow

till dream will quicken

and soul-heart surge

to postman's pace

round the boxes

of tomorrow

with laughter in the wind

scouring a Way

across the sands of day

uncovering footprints

always there

for seekers.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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THE POSTMAN

I trudge

from time to time

with a sack

that never empties

for it carries the letters

of yester-morrow

from the tired

lost

cast-down

who need to rest

and sleep

an age

then make a tool of sorrow

to carve a niche

in olden stone

where sun-light

it may borrow

till dream will quicken

and soul-heart surge

to postman's pace

round the boxes

of tomorrow

with laughter in the wind

scouring a Way

across the sands of day

uncovering footprints

always there

for seekers.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
UNCERTAINITY

looking high

over tall trees

I feel

I am on a mountain

The gulls have transformed

to eagles

the crows

to ravens

and there is a sigh in the Western wind

calling me

home

But

"Not yet

not yet "

I whisper to my old and ancient Gods

for I must go

a-camino

with the love of my life

who awaits

perhaps

dreadful news

and without whom

my life would be

as blasted ash

and my heart

a dying star

But

" Look up

Look up "

my sickle-wings do chirrup

slicing past in the evening blue

as my love and I

continue plans to make

holding hands across the miles

to dream of eagles

Spain

Finisterre

where we have stones

to lay

in ocean's deep

and be glad

Our Way

was part

of this

the Greater Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
 
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UNCERTAINITY

looking high

over tall trees

I feel

I am on a mountain

The gulls have transformed

to eagles

the crows

to ravens

and there is a sigh in the Western wind

calling me

home

But

"Not yet

not yet "

I whisper to my old and ancient Gods

for I must go

a-camino

with the love of my life

who awaits

perhaps

dreadful news

and without whom

my life would be

as blasted ash

and my heart

a dying star

But

" Look up

Look up "

my sickle-wings do chirrup

slicing past in the evening blue

as my love and I

continue plans to make

holding hands across the miles

to dream of eagles

Spain

Finisterre

where we have stones

to lay

in ocean's deep

and be glad

Our Way

was part

of this

the Greater Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

THE LITTLE THINGS


I watch a stream

and listen to it

babbling over the stones

at Cheddar Gorge


High

the swifts

are hawking at insects

like my mind

stooping

at thoughts



So

I treat myself :)

to coffee

and a large

freshly baked scone

with cream

and jam


Then I sit contented

for a while

on a bench

near my bus stop


An hour

and a half

will see me home

via the supermarket

and I will have

some chicken wings

a glass of wine

and siesta


Summer filters its way

into

my bones

teaching me

of

little things

like the knots

on a rope bridge

holding us all

together.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand
 
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THE LITTLE THINGS


I watch a stream

and listen to it

babbling over the stones

at Cheddar Gorge


High

the swifts

are hawking at insects

like my mind

stooping

at thoughts



So

I treat myself :)

to coffee

and a large

freshly baked scone

with cream

and jam


Then I sit contented

for a while

on a bench

near my bus stop


An hour

and a half

will see me home

via the supermarket

and I will have

some chicken wings

a glass of wine

and siesta


Summer filters its way

into

my bones

teaching me

of

little things

like the knots

on a rope bridge

holding us all

together.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand
 
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SEASONS

A flickering of wings

in the lowering sky

tells me

swifts this day

will not fly high

in fog and spitting rain

as drink I coffee

then slowly walk

to town

with thoughts aground

like wounded kites

whilst forum news

has fires hard

on camino

where I must go

when comes the time

with swifts ahead

and at harvest

grapes are in

to make the wine

and bottle sunshine

whilst baking bread

to keep the circle

turning.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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SEASONS

A flickering of wings

in the lowering sky

tells me

swifts this day

will not fly high

in fog and spitting rain

as drink I coffee

then slowly walk

to town

with thoughts aground

like wounded kites

whilst forum news

has fires hard

on camino

where I must go

when comes the time

with swifts ahead

and at harvest

grapes are in

to make the wine

and bottle sunshine

whilst baking bread

to keep the circle

turning.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

PRAYERS REQUESTED FROM MY FELLOW PILGRIMS


It has been confirmed that the love of my life has breast cancer. There is hope that surgery to remove "the lump" will stop it from spreading. Treatment and counselling has commenced and surgery date awaited. We are on the floor but hopeful. Both she and I will have to be in hospital before we give up on our planned "bitsa" camino at end of August. !

Thanks to all


Samarkand.
 
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It has been confirmed that the love of my life has breast cancer. There is hope that surgery to remove "the lump" will stop it from spreading. Treatment and counselling has commenced and surgery date awaited. We are on the floor but hopeful. Both she and I will have to be in hospital before we give up on our planned "bitsa" camino at end of August. !

Thanks to all


Samarkand.

So sorry to hear this, @malingerer - a worrying time for you both. Sending prayers and good wishes. ❤️
 
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It has been confirmed that the love of my life has breast cancer. There is hope that surgery to remove "the lump" will stop it from spreading. Treatment and counselling has commenced and surgery date awaited. We are on the floor but hopeful. Both she and I will have to be in hospital before we give up on our planned "bitsa" camino at end of August. !

Thanks to all


Samarkand.
You know you can count on prayer. Here is a photo of a carved statue of St Anthony. I saw it in Killarney on Monday. I was there to get my citizenship! My forebears are from the Inishowen Peninsula, so it is full circle. No matter where we are born, we are all Jock Tamson's bairns. Wiki will tell you more.
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You know you can count on prayer. Here is a photo of a carved statue of St Anthony. I saw it in Killarney on Monday. I was there to get my citizenship! My forebears are from the Inishowen Peninsula, so it is full circle. No matter where we are born, we are all Jock Tamson's bairns. Wiki will tell you more.
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MARTHA D

I stand inside

a circle

of seven candles

whispering my ritual

of connection

to old forgotten Gods

who fly at dusk

as Swifts

from the Other Time

I remind them of who they are

and who

I am

as I make a plea

for my Martha D

the sunrise of my life

who faces peril

far from me

but always here

within the circle

of my love

where I can see

the smile

within her eyes

my love

my life

my Martha D.


Vaya Con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

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I was a published writer years before I walked the Camino. I am not a professional writer. I've written poems about my love for her, poems of a lost marriage and of the ocean. I've written poetry about my Ireland and achieved what I feel is a fairly good use of metaphors..but I've never been able or felt the right to share word's of my walks. I will leave that to others.
 
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I was a published writer years before I walked the Camino. I am not a professional writer. I've written poems about my love for her, poems of a lost marriage and of the ocean. I've written poetry about my Ireland and achieved what I feel is a fairly good use of metaphors..but I've never been able or felt the right to share word's of my walks. I will leave that to others.
I forgot to say "Hi! and welcome". you made an interesting comment but I am not sure if it was a "criticism " :) I have always felt when on Camino that it was that I was doing and have never considered it a "walk". Whatever, buen Camino and keep on writing. I will have a look in my bookshop and see if I can get some of your works. Thank you.

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I forgot to say "Hi! and welcome". you made an interesting comment but I am not sure if it was a "criticism " :) I have always felt when on Camino that it was that I was doing and have never considered it a "walk". Whatever, buen Camino and keep on writing. I will have a look in my bookshop and see if I can get some of your works. Thank you.

Samarkand.
No criticism at all. I read your poems with much interest. Thanks for sharing and indeed, hello.
 
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LOSING THINGS

FINDING THINGS


Unable to find my scissors

Then

brainwave

There is a set

on SWISS A

I cannot find IT either



F...k you Swiss A

I snarl

and F...k you too

comes the reply

from where it sits in a somewhere

deciding to play

so I hunt

pockets

rucksack

everywhere

it should be

could be

but aint

BUT

I find the missing COMPEED

and HOORAY

yells my toes

rejoicing

So I sit down

and

of course

there it is

beside my passport

waiting for The Way

and we laugh our forgiveness

at

my frailty.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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LOSING THINGS

FINDING THINGS


Unable to find my scissors

Then

brainwave

There is a set

on SWISS A

I cannot find IT either



F...k you Swiss A

I snarl

and F...k you too

comes the reply

from where it sits in a somewhere

deciding to play

so I hunt

pockets

rucksack

everywhere

it should be

could be

but aint

BUT

I find the missing COMPEED

and HOORAY

yells my toes

rejoicing

So I sit down

and

of course

there it is

beside my passport

waiting for The Way

and we laugh our forgiveness

at

my frailty.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

A TRIBUTE TO DAME DEBORAH JAMES

You have left us

I read it in the news

and it breaks my heart

You were so bright

beautiful

no cringing victim

but a warrior

and a star

to the last moment

of your life

I have lost so many

during my life

family

friends

colleagues

clients

and now the love of my life

has breast cancer

but we have hope

and you

will always be

a flame in the sky.

I cry my heart out

but they are not the tears

of despair

but the anger and the fury

that will not go lightly

into the night

but help us all to stand

against a loathsome foe.

I salute you

and offer love and peace

to you

and yours.

Vaya con Dios

Smarkand.
 
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A TRIBUTE TO DAME DEBORAH JAMES

You have left us

I read it in the news

and it breaks my heart

You were so bright

beautiful

no cringing victim

but a warrior

and a star

to the last moment

of your life

I have lost so many

during my life

family

friends

colleagues

clients

and now the love of my life

has breast cancer

but we have hope

and you

will always be

a flame in the sky.

I cry my heart out

but they are not the tears

of despair

but the anger and the fury

that will not go lightly

into the night

but help us all to stand

against a loathsome foe.

I salute you

and offer love and peace

to you

and yours.

Vaya con Dios

Smarkand.
Thank you for your poem today. Without details, my gp recommended checks as a family member had what that lovely lady died of. I am clear, as of Monday.
I keep your loved one in my prayer, and you of course.
As you say: vaya con Dios...
 
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Thank you for your poem today. Without details, my gp recommended checks as a family member had what that lovely lady died of. I am clear, as of Monday.
I keep your loved one in my prayer, and you of course.
As you say: vaya con Dios...
Thank you. I keep you in my prayers.

Samarkand.
 

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Thank you for your poem today. Without details, my gp recommended checks as a family member had what that lovely lady died of. I am clear, as of Monday.
I keep your loved one in my prayer, and you of course.
As you say: vaya con Dios...
💗 indeed a lovely poem. To quote a National newspaper..."Achieved more in weeks than most do in a lifetime".
She is not alone.
 
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💗 indeed a lovely poem. To quote a National newspaper..."Achieved more in weeks than most do in a lifetime".
She is not alone.

PRIDE COMETH BEFORE A FALL

and boy did I fall

right outside the hospital door :)

I was racing to keep an eye appointment ( and yes, I had both open when it happened!)

There was a swarm of people around me , dusting me off, mopping up the blood ( I bleed easily thanks to the blood thinner for my heart!) and then I was in a wheelchair and huckled off to Accident and Emergency, for ECG, HEAD SCAN, BLOOD PRESSURE ETC before finally being allowed out, My love says I shouldn't be allowed out on my own anyway:) I came back in the main entrance to have lunch as my original appointment had been switched. I asked one of the ladies doing guide etc if she had seen what had happened and was told I had come in quick, put my pole on the floor, it went off and so did I. Rubber tipped poles on wet floors don't match.
I rang PACER POLE when I got home and it was agreed I shouldn't be going so quick under the circumstances! I think the hospital staff were in agreement without saying, " you daft old coot, pay attention to notices saying WET FLOOR"

What puzzles me , is I knew was going to fall about 20 yards back from the door! I call it THE RUNAWAY, and it has happened to me before, but going down hill, my legs speeded up and I had to head for a wall in order to stop! In urban settings this can scare the billy be Jesus out of MOTORISTS COMING UPHILL!! This has never happened to me on the flat however, so I thought if any of my fellow pilgies have had a similar experience would they mind telling me WHY :)

a fault in the nervous system perhaps, lack of blood sugar etc and yep nary a drop of drink in me blood :)

Thanks for reading!

Vaya con Dios

and of course

WALK SOFT

samarkand.
 
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PRIDE COMETH BEFORE A FALL

and boy did I fall

right outside the hospital door :)

I was racing to keep an eye appointment ( and yes, I had both open when it happened!)

There was a swarm of people around me , dusting me off, mopping up the blood ( I bleed easily thanks to the blood thinner for my heart!) and then I was in a wheelchair and huckled off to Accident and Emergency, for ECG, HEAD SCAN, BLOOD PRESSURE ETC before finally being allowed out, My love says I shouldn't be allowed out on my own anyway:) I came back in the main entrance to have lunch as my original appointment had been switched. I asked one of the ladies doing guide etc if she had seen what had happened and was told I had come in quick, put my pole on the floor, it went off and so did I. Rubber tipped poles on wet floors don't match.
I rang PACER POLE when I got home and it was agreed I shouldn't be going so quick under the circumstances! I think the hospital staff were in agreement without saying, " you daft old coot, pay attention to notices saying WET FLOOR"

What puzzles me , is I knew was going to fall about 20 yards back from the door! I call it THE RUNAWAY, and it has happened to me before, but going down hill, my legs speeded up and I had to head for a wall in order to stop! In urban settings this can scare the billy be Jesus out of MOTORISTS COMING UPHILL!! This has never happened to me on the flat however, so I thought if any of my fellow pilgies have had a similar experience would they mind telling me WHY :)

a fault in the nervous system perhaps, lack of blood sugar etc and yep nary a drop of drink in me blood :)

Thanks for reading!

Vaya con Dios

and of course

WALK SOFT

samarkand.

HIGH JULY

and this

the first day of my birth-month

has a late evening

full of clouds

all shapes

all colours

all speeds

like the wild things

of some forest in the sky

where swifts do play and hunt.

There is news already

as my love gets her breast op 27th

and my brother

has had a bad fall

The TV dominates with a game

played at WIMBLEDON

whilst children die of starvation

and missiles rend the innocent

It was ever thus

as ROME'S citizens

kept themselves in thrall

to bread and circuses

whilst her legions enslaved the world

A fine rain splatters my window

to cool small dogs

at their evening yap

and I will soon to bed

to be ready in the morn

for what my month may bring

from stars a-peep in midnight's

deepest blue

to dreams of love and laughter

midst the pain.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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HIGH JULY

and this

the first day of my birth-month

has a late evening

full of clouds

all shapes

all colours

all speeds

like the wild things

of some forest in the sky

where swifts do play and hunt.

There is news already

as my love gets her breast op 27th

and my brother

has had a bad fall

The TV dominates with a game

played at WIMBLEDON

whilst children die of starvation

and missiles rend the innocent

It was ever thus

as ROME'S citizens

kept themselves in thrall

to bread and circuses

whilst her legions enslaved the world

A fine rain splatters my window

to cool small dogs

at their evening yap

and I will soon to bed

to be ready in the morn

for what my month may bring

from stars a-peep in midnight's

deepest blue

to dreams of love and laughter

midst the pain.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

TRILLION

I

am Trillion

the trillionith part

of another trillion

observed

by

a physicist

capturing

a sudden burst of energy

huge

that only lasted trillions



and I

wondered

at the connection

between all of this

and soul

which

for many years

to me

has left

the question:

is soul

The Grain of Consciousness

The G.O.C

of existence

that has migrated

across

these plurals

of Universes

hidden by the veils

of time and space

woven by a crone

sitting by the tumbril

of ideas

knitting

a

Now?

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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TRILLION

I

am Trillion

the trillionith part

of another trillion

observed

by

a physicist

capturing

a sudden burst of energy

huge

that only lasted trillions



and I

wondered

at the connection

between all of this

and soul

which

for many years

to me

has left

the question:

is soul

The Grain of Consciousness

The G.O.C

of existence

that has migrated

across

these plurals

of Universes

hidden by the veils

of time and space

woven by a crone

sitting by the tumbril

of ideas

knitting

a

Now?

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
woven by a crone

sitting by the tumbril

of ideas

knitting

a

Now?


Move over, ye mystics - Samarkand is on your trail.
 
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woven by a crone

sitting by the tumbril

of ideas

knitting

a

Now?


Move over, ye mystics - Samarkand is on your trail.
GULL

I watch

the swifts of dusk

as a Gull

glides

through my dreams

and whispers to me

" I

am the bird

of the North

Guardian

of your birthplace.

Do not forget this"

and the visions come

of the white bear

in his vast

and frozen kingdom

Loner

Seeker

and where my fate

is etched on whalebones.

Is that why I follow The Way

South

to drink the sun

and good red wine

to warm my soul

as turn I slowly

with fear dragging my heart

to face the Old Ones

of a time

that I may open the gate

and venture forth

to challenge the fear

and in this

find Freedom?

Walk soft

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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GULL

I watch

the swifts of dusk

as a Gull

glides

through my dreams

and whispers to me

" I

am the bird

of the North

Guardian

of your birthplace.

Do not forget this"

and the visions come

of the white bear

in his vast

and frozen kingdom

Loner

Seeker

and where my fate

is etched on whalebones.

Is that why I follow The Way

South

to drink the sun

and good red wine

to warm my soul

as turn I slowly

with fear dragging my heart

to face the Old Ones

of a time

that I may open the gate

and venture forth

to challenge the fear

and in this

find Freedom?

Walk soft

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.

BLUES FOR THE WAY

You can thin my blood

saying

it good for the heart

but don't mess with

my soul

cos that's too hard

and I need that beat

so's my feet can walk

and I need high notes

so's I can moan

when talk of the Way

just makes me groan

as I stumble

and fall

at the crossroads

I seek

and a voice will speak

you cant play a note

but you sure can write

and that's good enough

for poets

and seekers

just another good word

to say

and play on the strings

of the mountains

where swifts play harmonica

and I

just learn

to play.

Walk

and Vaya

con Dios

for the words I give you

but the music

you must make

yourself.

Samarkand.



.
 
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BLUES FOR THE WAY

You can thin my blood

saying

it good for the heart

but don't mess with

my soul

cos that's too hard

and I need that beat

so's my feet can walk

and I need high notes

so's I can moan

when talk of the Way

just makes me groan

as I stumble

and fall

at the crossroads

I seek

and a voice will speak

you cant play a note

but you sure can write

and that's good enough

for poets

and seekers

just another good word

to say

and play on the strings

of the mountains

where swifts play harmonica

and I

just learn

to play.

Walk

and Vaya

con Dios

for the words I give you

but the music

you must make

yourself.

Samarkand.



.

THE SHADOW-MAN

Today

is the last

of my 83 years

Tomorrow

I am 84

At midnight

I shall hover

between

the cycles

one of completion

the other

a beginning

each one twelve years


Each cycle

a great journey


The Way

has opened my eyes

to that which my feet

already knew

and pain

has sharpened my senses

like a new quill made ready

as the words have often

come unbidden

like the shadows

at end of day

but a dawn will find me

on the road

with a shadow

pointing West

forever

like

The Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.

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THE SHADOW-MAN

Today

is the last

of my 83 years

Tomorrow

I am 84

At midnight

I shall hover

between

the cycles

one of completion

the other

a beginning

each one twelve years


Each cycle

a great journey


The Way

has opened my eyes

to that which my feet

already knew

and pain

has sharpened my senses

like a new quill made ready

as the words have often

come unbidden

like the shadows

at end of day

but a dawn will find me

on the road

with a shadow

pointing West

forever

like

The Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.

Samarkand.


LINE

Across my universe

of blue

a line

of Grecian purity

angles

with no explanation

of whence

it came

or explanation

of where

it goes:

should there be?

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THE SHADOW-MAN

Today

is the last

of my 83 years

Tomorrow

I am 84

At midnight

I shall hover

between

the cycles

one of completion

the other

a beginning

each one twelve years


Each cycle

a great journey


The Way

has opened my eyes

to that which my feet

already knew

and pain

has sharpened my senses

like a new quill made ready

as the words have often

come unbidden

like the shadows

at end of day

but a dawn will find me

on the road

with a shadow

pointing West

forever

like

The Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.

Samarkand.
Sorry I missed this - happy year, Samarkand! - all 365 days of it.
 
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A BROTHER IN ARMS

I was your social worker

you

were old and frail

not surprising

you had been a prisoner of war

in Japanese hands

building their death railway

But the sun had set on them

and you

had come home

I do not know exactly

when your wife

had become

a double amputee

but she was your love

and you

hers

You were always a soldier

and I knew the cost to your pride

when I tried to put in a care package

And I knew

that you knew

that I understood

for I too

have been a soldier

You confided in me

that through

all the years of cruelty

and deprivation

that coming home

to your love

was what had kept you alive

and now

you could no longer care

Your family did not live near

and knew you needed help

but everyone was over stretched

and you accepted my help

I knew what would happen

and I knew you understood

that I knew

When all was agreed

you died

a soldier to the end

I salute you sir

down all these years

for what you taught me

that in the midst of all the hells

it was Love

that raged defiant.


I think of that when the darkness

falls on me

and I do not forget

so accept these words as tribute.

Vaya con Dios

Samarkand.
 
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A BROTHER IN ARMS

I was your social worker

you

were old and frail

not surprising

you had been a prisoner of war

in Japanese hands

building their death railway

But the sun had set on them

and you

had come home

I do not know exactly

when your wife

had become

a double amputee

but she was your love

and you

hers

You were always a soldier

and I knew the cost to your pride

when I tried to put in a care package

And I knew

that you knew

that I understood

for I too

have been a soldier

You confided in me

that through

all the years of cruelty

and deprivation

that coming home

to your love

was what had kept you alive

and now

you could no longer care

Your family did not live near

and knew you needed help

but everyone was over stretched

and you accepted my help

I knew what would happen

and I knew you understood

that I knew

When all was agreed

you died

a soldier to the end

I salute you sir

down all these years

for what you taught me

that in the midst of all the hells

it was Love

that raged defiant.


I think of that when the darkness

falls on me

and I do not forget

so accept these words as tribute.

Vaya con Dios

Samarkand.

LAST.........

...........this day

of High July


My month

so frail

fractious

It commences with wind

rain

cloud

and I think

my Swifts

have already flown

but no

three have stayed behind

to remind me

that Camino

is of the heart

and I smile

watching them weave

like aerial surfers

in the clouds

taking my dreams

with them.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand
 
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LAST.........

...........this day

of High July


My month

so frail

fractious

It commences with wind

rain

cloud

and I think

my Swifts

have already flown

but no

three have stayed behind

to remind me

that Camino

is of the heart

and I smile

watching them weave

like aerial surfers

in the clouds

taking my dreams

with them.

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand
PAINTING

I dip the thought-brush of my mind

into

a pot of words

and gaze on my canvas

a late evening blue

empty

or so quails my heart

as my swifts

have long since flown

South

But there

in the corner

hangs a small crescent moon

a warmth of yellow

to complement my candle


The trees

are strangely dark and silent

as if to remind me

of other trees

in another time

in a far place

when midst their green

I did patrol

rifle-handed.

"Obscene"

they whisper

as I come back

to this now

where

a small sickle moon

reminds me

of the cycle of life

triumphant.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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PAINTING

I dip the thought-brush of my mind

into

a pot of words

and gaze on my canvas

a late evening blue

empty

or so quails my heart

as my swifts

have long since flown

South

But there

in the corner

hangs a small crescent moon

a warmth of yellow

to complement my candle


The trees

are strangely dark and silent

as if to remind me

of other trees

in another time

in a far place

when midst their green

I did patrol

rifle-handed.

"Obscene"

they whisper

as I come back

to this now

where

a small sickle moon

reminds me

of the cycle of life

triumphant.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
A DARKNESS OF NUMBERS

...........................

known as a Tyranny

gathers in secret

lest the alphabet

proclaims them

ENEMY

for a seer

has shown

their ambition

to rule

by way of creation:

soul less machines

spewing formulae

enabling energy

to dance of Death

in guise of boon

and travel

to the stars

enslaving the Universe

But

sound is also

quantified

and music is born

with notes of voice

to challenge Tyranny

and subjugate the numbers

who must now

refrain

until

their time

comes

again.

Perhaps

a Union may be found

and with it

a freedom

For I

am wordsmith

and need allies of them both

to count my footsteps

weigh my rucksack

and reduce great matters

to a NOW.

:)

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
 
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A DARKNESS OF NUMBERS

...........................

known as a Tyranny

gathers in secret

lest the alphabet

proclaims them

ENEMY

for a seer

has shown

their ambition

to rule

by way of creation:

soul less machines

spewing formulae

enabling energy

to dance of Death

in guise of boon

and travel

to the stars

enslaving the Universe

But

sound is also

quantified

and music is born

with notes of voice

to challenge Tyranny

and subjugate the numbers

who must now

refrain

until

their time

comes

again.

Perhaps

a Union may be found

and with it

a freedom

For I

am wordsmith

and need allies of them both

to count my footsteps

weigh my rucksack

and reduce great matters

to a NOW.

:)

Walk soft

stay safe

and as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
DREAMS POSTPHONED

The Dream delayed

does not fade

but

like the Salmon

on its seaward run

goes deep

until

when Time is right

it surfaces

like the Salmon

in its homeward run

to follow

the path of heart

Unending Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Via

con Dios

Samarkand.
 
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cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
DREAMS POSTPHONED

The Dream delayed

does not fade

but

like the Salmon

on its seaward run

goes deep

until

when Time is right

it surfaces

like the Salmon

in its homeward run

to follow

the path of heart

Unending Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Via

con Dios

Samarkand.

THE LAST WORD


Am I

the last word

in someone else's

poem?

Is that

why

I seek a way

behind clouds

over mountains

through passes

with eyes

ever skybound?

And the trees

whisper

" mind your feet "

as small lizards

dodge

and birds whistle

in the bush

as my feet

make connection

with the Earth

and build the platform

from whence

my soul

can fly

beyond

the

last

word.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.


Samarkand.
 
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THE LAST WORD


Am I

the last word

in someone else's

poem?

Is that

why

I seek a way

behind clouds

over mountains

through passes

with eyes

ever skybound?

And the trees

whisper

" mind your feet "

as small lizards

dodge

and birds whistle

in the bush

as my feet

make connection

with the Earth

and build the platform

from whence

my soul

can fly

beyond

the

last

word.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

Con Dios.


Samarkand.

QUO VADIS

A new direction

or simply

an old one

still calling me

into The West

and the setting

sun

to that point

where I will leave

this self

and journey on

beyond The Timelines

where my Guardian angel

smiles

and waits

forever

whispering

" Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand

Vaya

con Dios"

and I shall smile

for this

there is no app

or GPS

or Brierly

but a wayward

and singing

heart :)

Samarkand.
 
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QUO VADIS

A new direction

or simply

an old one

still calling me

into The West

and the setting

sun

to that point

where I will leave

this self

and journey on

beyond The Timelines

where my Guardian angel

smiles

and waits

forever

whispering

" Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand

Vaya

con Dios"

and I shall smile

for this

there is no app

or GPS

or Brierly

but a wayward

and singing

heart :)

Samarkand.

THE LEAVES OF MEMORY

Looking out

over the autumn park

watching leaves

changing colour

each one a memory

that soon will fall

like mine

but giving richness

to the soil

as mine will do

to a future self

seeking

the way back.

walk soft

take care

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.
 
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cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
THE LEAVES OF MEMORY

Looking out

over the autumn park

watching leaves

changing colour

each one a memory

that soon will fall

like mine

but giving richness

to the soil

as mine will do

to a future self

seeking

the way back.

walk soft

take care

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

AN AUTUMN OF THE SPIRIT

The sunrise is later

morn by morn

and I begin to wrap

my outer

in "appropriate" clothing

as befitting

an old pilgrim

But my spirit

senses

the dark

and the long wait

till a new spring

fledges

and my Swifts

will Northward

fly

There will be oases:

Equinox

Winter solstice

Christmas

New Year

Spring Equinox

Easter.

Way stations

on my way

Hoping

Hoping

that this time surely

my love and I

will go

a-Camino

to lay down stones

of sorrow

and of joy

at Cruz de Ferro

and the deeps

of Finisterre

where prayer

will guide me

through the seasons

of

The Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
Time of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
AN AUTUMN OF THE SPIRIT

The sunrise is later

morn by morn

and I begin to wrap

my outer

in "appropriate" clothing

as befitting

an old pilgrim

But my spirit

senses

the dark

and the long wait

till a new spring

fledges

and my Swifts

will Northward

fly

There will be oases:

Equinox

Winter solstice

Christmas

New Year

Spring Equinox

Easter.

Way stations

on my way

Hoping

Hoping

that this time surely

my love and I

will go

a-Camino

to lay down stones

of sorrow

and of joy

at Cruz de Ferro

and the deeps

of Finisterre

where prayer

will guide me

through the seasons

of

The Way.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
DUST

.............and unto dust

ye shall return.............


I wonder

as a mote drifts

gently

by

Who had it been

and where

was it bound

had it a message for me?

I'll never know

unless

in a time

I attend The Great Convention

an ongoing Antiquity

waiting to form

futures

for a Self

that might be me?

And I wonder

am I

in this Now

an unwitting

and as yet

unlearned

Host?

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

Samarkand
 
Time of past OR future Camino
cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
DUST

.............and unto dust

ye shall return.............


I wonder

as a mote drifts

gently

by

Who had it been

and where

was it bound

had it a message for me?

I'll never know

unless

in a time

I attend The Great Convention

an ongoing Antiquity

waiting to form

futures

for a Self

that might be me?

And I wonder

am I

in this Now

an unwitting

and as yet

unlearned

Host?

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios

Samarkand.

Samarkand

VOICE

God gave me words

to go with tears

both

spring from the soul

and burst my heart

like an overflowing dam

They can be as salt

ocean's child

stirring

or as points of light

reflecting off a rose

in pre-dawn rain

chorusing my words

and tears

to voice

anew

my prayer

when lone

to that which is

and to which

I walk.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 
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2023
Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb
You are my favourite
Why is my Uncle's bigger than mine?
I give you a sunny spot, out the front
I feed you heavily
I have tried moving you
I have tried different soils and drainage
I have even replaced you
And still you are small and thin
Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb
Why don't you love me?
 
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VOICE

God gave me words

to go with tears

both

spring from the soul

and burst my heart

like an overflowing dam

They can be as salt

ocean's child

stirring

or as points of light

reflecting off a rose

in pre-dawn rain

chorusing my words

and tears

to voice

anew

my prayer

when lone

to that which is

and to which

I walk.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
WHEN MOUNTAINS TALK

.......................................................

they are seldom heard

for it is often

a low rumble

deep

from root to root

across the chain

There are times however

when the winds

high

circle about the peaks

and they sing

as tenors

At other times

I simply sense them

sensing me

as I slowly walk

towards them

with respect

No conqueror I

but glad to be amongst them

with eagles floating

amongst the wholeness

and we talk

In the Universal Tongue

that has never

gone away.

Walk soft

stay safe

and

as ever

Vaya

con Dios.

Samarkand.
 

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