Can you hear it?

Can you hear it?

Roaring thunder of the ocean

The mighty Atlantic

Rough and raw

steady, beautiful rhythm

Foamy waves rolling on the shore

Can you hear it?

Screeching seagulls at the beach

Circling the air

Up and high

constant, wide wingspan

Searching for food

Can you see it?

Shining light through thick cloud

A piece of blue sky

Light and bright

 promising, little smile

Warming my face.

Can you see it?

Uplifting rocks along the coast

Coloured beauty

Rugged and rough

 hard, yet soft surface

protecting the land.

Can you feel it?

Squeeking sand between my toes

Cleaning my skin

Fine and coarse

 water washed away

Massaging gently.

Can you feel it?

Love, I love the sea

The beach and the sun

The wind and the sand

The beauty of nature

Giving me peace.

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Frederick

I am Frederick.

You don’t know who Frederick is?

Frederik, the little field mouse.

You still don’t know?

Frederick, who never collects food for winter like all the other mice.

Frederick.

The one who is lazy while his companions work hard.

Frederick.

Instead of collecting food for long winter months,

Frederick uses his time to collect other things:

Silvery sunrays

Radiant rainbows

Sweet sounds

Spectacular smells

Terrific tastes

Perfect pictures

And many other valuable things.

Valuable?

Frederick’s collection is valuable.

Silvery sunrays

bring warmth to cold winter nights.

Radiant rainbows

remind of summer’s colours

Sweet sounds

Supply music for a winter’s dance

Spectacular smells

bring back memories of spring

Terrific tastes

are the spice on bland food

And perfect pictures

Make our soul fly.

This year

I am Frederick.

This year,

I don’t collect food for winter.

This year,

I am lazy while my companions work hard.

Instead of providing for the months to come,

I use my time to collect other things.

Sunrays and raindrops

Colours and shades

Sounds and waves

Smells and scents

Tastes and spices

Pictures and photos

Things from afar.

Many valuable things.

For myself

For the winter days

That will come for me, one day.

And for you

Whose winter days may be here

Already

To share my collection

With you

And to bring

Sunshine

Into your life

And help your soul to fly.

   I wonder:

 Will you

like my collection?

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CAMINO – THE WAY

It didn’t matter to me.

Without my dear husband,

I would have forgotten.

I had read about it, but

Had put it in the

Unnecessary-to-remember-drawer

Of my brain

Which was already overloaded by then

From all the packing lists

And guide books

And other books on the subject.

Friends who had done this thing before

Showed it to us proudly, but –

Honestly –

I didn’t think much of it.

But –

You will need it

As evidence.

Evidence?

Who do I need to give evidence to?

People who know me will believe

What I have achieved.

If, and only if I succeed

in the end.

I might ….

………..

…………..

……..

Some people do this for spiritual reasons,

Some people need to get over their burnout

Some people try to get their life back in order

Some people do it for fun.

FUN ?

You can’t be serious.

Nobody can call this fun.

Blisters.

Knee pain.

Hurting shoulders.

Sweating.

And sleeping in a dormitory.

Using the same liquid soap for

Showering

Shampooing

Conditioning

AND

Washing!

No, not to brush your teeth.

You buy the miniature tube for that.

And the mini toothbrush.

The one you can fold.

You get them on the plane.

Hand washing

One of the only two

Sets of cloths you carry with you

Every night –

You’ve got to be joking.

With shampoo/showergel or liquid soap

Same diff.

You are supposed to

Wear two pairs of socks

On top of each other.

To avoid blisters

AND

You are supposed to

Wash your socks only

Every three days

Pwehh!

To avoid blisters.

At least that shortens the washing ritual.

Didn’t work for me

Still got the blisters.

However  –

I don’t do it for religious reasons

Or to get my life in order

I do it because

I want to prove to myself

I    CAN    DO    THIS

In the end

I     DID     IT

AND

it was FUN!

Arriving in Santiago

I had to open

The drawer in my brain

To get out

The book

The one my dear husband

Reminded me of

Every day

To collect

All the stamps

On the way

To get

THE CERTIFICATE

To have evidence

That I did it:

I walked

266 km

And completed the

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO PORTUGUESE

So proud of myself.

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