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Poetry along the way

Time of past OR future Camino
Le Puy to sjpdp, next planned Norte.
While walking solo I often find myself voicing out a few lines of poetry or lyrics from a song. Examples may be "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky" or "I wander lonely as a cloud....", "Black bird singing in the dark of night" and many others. I also recite verses from Psalms," Yea tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil". I think everyone gets the idea, but I find I have very few lyrics to draw on so I'm recommending to myself and others to refresh some lines they feel may comfort or pleasure them along the way. I'd appreciate some suggestions for various circumstances; when challenged by a hill; when first viewing your lodging town; being on a special bridge; overtaken by a panoramic landscape, etc.
 
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Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
When you should be concerned about heat stroke:
Who is the third who walks always beside you?
When I count, there are only you and I together
But when I look ahead up the white road
There is always another one walking beside you
Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded
I do not know whether a man or a woman
—But who is that on the other side of you?
 

mspath

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Time of past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
These words are useful whenever/wherever courage and hope are necessary to overcome difficulties.

"...but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope."
Romans 5:3-4
 
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While walking solo I often find myself voicing out a few lines of poetry or lyrics from a song. Examples may be "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky" or "I wander lonely as a cloud....", "Black bird singing in the dark of night" and many others. I also recite verses from Psalms," Yea tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil". I think everyone gets the idea, but I find I have very few lyrics to draw on so I'm recommending to myself and others to refresh some lines they feel may comfort or pleasure them along the way. I'd appreciate some suggestions for various circumstances; when challenged by a hill; when first viewing your lodging town; being on a special bridge; overtaken by a panoramic landscape, etc.
I found myself singing the old John Bunyan hymn many times “ To Be a Pilgrim” There is a wonderful version on You Tube that gives all the lyrics. Not slow and draggy at all, sung by a young woman. I will look up the name and repost
 

isobelmtl

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While walking solo I often find myself voicing out a few lines of poetry or lyrics from a song. Examples may be "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky" or "I wander lonely as a cloud....", "Black bird singing in the dark of night" and many others. I also recite verses from Psalms," Yea tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil". I think everyone gets the idea, but I find I have very few lyrics to draw on so I'm recommending to myself and others to refresh some lines they feel may comfort or pleasure them along the way. I'd appreciate some suggestions for various circumstances; when challenged by a hill; when first viewing your lodging town; being on a special bridge; overtaken by a panoramic landscape, etc.
Maddy Prior singing “ To be a Pilgrim” on You Tube
 
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Sue127

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Time of past OR future Camino
Portuguese Coastal May 23
I found myself singing the old John Bunyan hymn many times “ To Be a Pilgrim” There is a wonderful version on You Tube that gives all the lyrics. Not slow and draggy at all, sung by a young woman. I will look up the name and repost
I find myself singing songs in my head that have a steady beat, to encourage me up the hills.
 

bullingtonce

New Member
Time of past OR future Camino
I plan to do the Ruta de la Lana in August/September 2021
While walking solo I often find myself voicing out a few lines of poetry or lyrics from a song. Examples may be "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky" or "I wander lonely as a cloud....", "Black bird singing in the dark of night" and many others. I also recite verses from Psalms," Yea tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil". I think everyone gets the idea, but I find I have very few lyrics to draw on so I'm recommending to myself and others to refresh some lines they feel may comfort or pleasure them along the way. I'd appreciate some suggestions for various circumstances; when challenged by a hill; when first viewing your lodging town; being on a special bridge; overtaken by a panoramic landscape, etc.
"I am but a dewdrop within a dewdrop." This insignificance of man/woman is but to help one obtain a proper perspective on and in life. It is from a Japanese temple monk. Anything beyond this is but a man/woman creating a fantasy world . . . supposedly, but what do I know?
 

TrvlDad1

Covidyard Bob
Time of past OR future Camino
2017 Frances from Saria
2018 Finnisterre & Ingles
2019 Portuguese from Valenca
2020 Assisi(cancel.)
A simple verse for every CF stage; touch’s all my feelings.
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Chris Day

Hesed Walker
Time of past OR future Camino
Frances-14/15/16 Part-17/18/19/20
VdlP/Sanab/Finist 16
Port/Ingles 17
Norte 18 Le Puy&Prim 19
This has “morphed” very slightly, but is in essence something by one T Pratchett and summarised my feelings on my 3rd Camino, whilst foot-blistered (again) and walking in a rain storm to Roncesvalles 🙄. The final two lines in particular express a good Camino Sentiment, I always felt……

Why do we go away?
So that we can come back!
Why do we leave our homes and the familiar; those we know and love?
So that we meet new friends and see new landscapes and places.
Then we can see the place that we came from with new eyes and extra colours.
And the people we return to then see us differently too.
Coming back to where we started is not the same as never leaving.
 
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mspath

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Time of past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Perhaps these words
from Ulysses, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson are relevant for all of us who are older.

"...and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
 

Tony Lenton

Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Camino Ingles (2018)
Camino Frances ( from Ponferrada 2019)
I found myself singing the old John Bunyan hymn many times “ To Be a Pilgrim” There is a wonderful version on You Tube that gives all the lyrics. Not slow and draggy at all, sung by a young woman. I will look up the name and repost
“ Oh, I would walk 500 miles……”
 
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Time of past OR future Camino
Le Puy to sjpdp, next planned Norte.
Perhaps these words
from Ulysses, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson are relevant for all of us who are older.

"...and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
Great, my favorite choice from the offerings (while I like them all) Thank you.
 

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