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holy saturday
April 15, 2017, 1:41 pm
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Cart – Puebla de Sanabria

Behind the monastery, down by the road,

there is a cemetery of worn out things

there lie smashed china, rusty metal,

cracked pipes and twisted bits of wire,

empty cigarette packets, sawdust,

corrugated iron, old plastic, tyres beyond repair:

all waiting for the Resurrection, like ourselves.

– Ernesto Cardenal



behind the monastery
November 6, 2009, 11:17 am
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Yesterday I went for my first walk since coming home.  I spent a couple of hours walking the Clent Hills, following familiar paths, carrying just a couple of apples and a raincoat.  Good to get some of the aches out of my feet and legs, good to be walking into prayer again and to reflect a bit more on the Camino.

One reason for the short walk was that I wore out my boots on the pilgrim paths of Spain.  I need to wear in my new pair.

Looking at my old boots I am reminded of the piles of rubbish that I often passed on the Camino and I wonder about the significance of things that are worn out and can no longer be used.  I remembered this poem by Ernesto  Cardenal:
                              

Behind the monastery, down by the road,

there is a cemetery of worn out things

there lie smashed china, rusty metal,

cracked pipes and twisted bits of wire,

empty cigarette packets, sawdust,

corrugated iron, old plastic, tyres beyond repair:

all waiting for the Resurrection, like ourselves.

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Cart - Puebla de Sanabria