Taking Flight

geese, swans and swallows
travel the world, while sparrows
stay here the year round
they’re all on a pilgrimage
winging their way towards spring

Kim M. Russell, 2017

 

My response to Carpe Diem #1114 Arrival (at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port)

Today we are on our way! Chèvrefeuille tells us that, in the early Middle Ages, Oviedo was the starting point of the Road to Santiago, but most pilgrims started (and still do) in the Pyrenees, in a little village called Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. This is the place where Paulo Coelho starts his pilgrimage to recover and regain the power and the light of his sword, which he lost at the start of his novel.

[…] “You’re supposed to go to France and, at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, seek out Mme Lourdes. She is going to put you in touch with someone who will guide you along the Road to Santiago.”[…]
 

[…] “She … kissed me desperately. She looked at me for some time without saying a word. This suddenly made me realize that now I was actually in Spain and that there was no going back. In spite of the knowledge that there were many ways in which I could fail, I had taken the first step. I hugged her passionately, trying to convey all the love I felt for her at that moment. And while she was still in my arms, I prayed to everything and everyone I believed in, imploring that I be given the strength to return to her with the sword.” […] (source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

lotus flowers
rising from the depths of the pond
everlasting love
like a river flows onwards
uncertain of its goal

© Chèvrefeuille

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7 thoughts on “Taking Flight

  1. Yes, you remind me that life itself is a pilgrimage. It’s the first time for me to follow one of Carpe Diem’s journeys and it will be fun to read the book and poems such as this one along the way. Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year, Janice! This is a new thing for me, too. I enjoyed the music theme before Christmas and learned a lot about composers I’d never heard of. Now I’m finding out about places I’ve never been. 🙂

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