FNS: Walk Quietly by Gregory A. Kompes


Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Tonight’s poem is from Gregory Kompes

Via de la Plata calls
Find The Way, walk
Single Path, Multiple Lanes

Yellow arrows, faded paint
Stone markers, allow rest

Lost, Way found
Silence, roaring traffic
Daily cuckoo calls, water

Walk with new friends
Walk alone

Clean bed, hot shower
Laundry, Menu del Dia
Silent night’s sleep, por favor

No signs, head north
City’s edge, new sellos

Tired feet, blisters, pain
Worn boots, walking sticks
Challenges; Progress forward

Plentiful fountains, pilgrims
Tall markers, no more sitting

700, 800, 900 kilometers
Each day a new view
Friends made, left behind

Shells everywhere, guide
Laughter through tears

Spires appear, transformation
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Each walk their own Camino

Gregory A. Kompes (MFA, MS Ed.) has authored than a dozen books (gay-contemporary fiction, poetry, and metaphysical nonfiction), contributed to over a dozen anthologies (including Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog), and written more than a hundred published articles on a wide range of topics. Gregory teaches online classes for writers at WriterWorkshop.org and a popular fiction series for the James L. Gibson Library, Henderson, NV. Learn more at Kompes.com.



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