POETS LIVING ROOM
Hosted by Kathabela Wilson
A few years ago my husband Rick Wilson, professor of Caltech, and I traveled to Tuscany and stayed in a beautiful 15th century house, restored by a dear friend and British mathematician. We found ourselves walking along the Francigena, in the small village of Caprio. We slept in a beautiful stone room with a low ceiling where the cow had been kept long ago! Now we travel in good company with Susana Porras and Giselle Maya.
this path this life –
we travel with our hearts
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Traveling the Camino de Santiago with my 73-year-old father was a life-changing journey filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, spiritual awakening and plenty of cafes con leche. Come with us as we journey physically, spiritually and historically along this 500 mile Camino, from France to Spain. Take in the scenery, learn about its millennial history of clerics and kings, and of course, don’t forget to stop and savor the tortillas. Susana documented their journey by writing sonnets each day during this 39-day trip, and compiled them in her book “To Compostela and Beyond! Chronicle of a poet from the Camino de Santiago ”.
Sonnet 31 Chemin de Villafranca Del Bierzo
The region’s cherry season at its peak,
Each branch falling under the weight of its fruit.
We choose some for a taste of the unique
And sneak in to enjoy our delicious loot!
On the hill, the Templar Castle
With imposing stone walls and watchtowers.
An order whose life is stellar
And has unprecedented earthly powers.
The visit of the park of the castle puts us out of the question
And we warned of an impending storm
It threatens to strike the region with force.
The sky slowly darkens and gray clouds form.
We arrive late in the evening
In a picturesque village under rain showers.
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Giselle Maya and Kathabela Wilson
Tree of life
tree of life
its rain-soaked lichen
hurt and healed
after a thunderstorm
strong root wrap
son of light
a canopy of stars
planted a long time ago by the roadside
the path taken by travelers
to go from Rome to France
in the village of Caprio
our sleepwalking steps
on the Francigena
fill the cracks
between old stones
the pond reflects the moon
along the narrow path to the house
the herbs whisper
with gold leaf the dream
in the covered passage between the days
moss green this bed
where the pilgrims stop
to hold hands in sleep
Traveling together: quotes and credits
Susana Porras is a poet, travel enthusiast and community organizer. In 2010, she was named one of the The magazine‘s 50 Women of Influence for her commitment to finding innovative ways to rebuild neighborhoods in her hometown of Pasadena, California.
Susana has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Central America, rooting both in the south of France and in Guatemala. She is fluent in French and Spanish.
Susana obtained her Masters in Sociology and a second BA in French from California State University-Los Angeles. Her love of learning has given her an appetite for cultural appreciation and an understanding of social nuances, making her a longtime traveler and adventure columnist both at home and abroad.
After her journey along the Chemin de France to Spain, she concludes her book of sonnets, Vers Compostelle et au-après! Chronicle of a poet from the Camino de Santiago, with a…“Thank you
Hearing the gratitude and appreciation in my father’s voice as we disembarked at LAX brought tears to my eyes. In this moment of calm, I realized the gift I had received: a stronger father-daughter bond than we could have imagined, forged during this life-changing adventure along the Camino, through resilience, perseverance and love.
Giselle maya lives in Saint-Martin de Castillons, in Provence, a land of paths not far from the Via Domita. She says: “This ancient road was built around 118 BC to connect Italy with Hispania through southern France. Already the road had been used for centuries, redone if necessary, with the traces of a mythical route traveled by Heracles. These roads have several “arms”, one of which goes through Apt-en-Provence, and through the valley just below the house in the village where I live. I can see it from my window.
Giselle Maya is a painter, poet and gardener who has lived in Provence for nearly 30 years, maintains land with a source, organizes exhibitions of works of abstract art in chapels and writes haiku, tanka, haïbun, tanka in prose, published in the journals Ribbons, CHO, Haibun today, Lynx, Kokako, Lark, the Tanka Journal, and gusts. She studied Chado, the Japanese tea ceremony in Kyoto, literature at Sophia University in Tokyo and has published several books, among which the Tao of water, Tales of poems, Mandala Garden, Anemones, Whispers of trees, Shizuka and song of the cicada.
Kathabela says: “Giselle and I have combined here our experience to walk the pilgrim’s path in our poems, finding there, The tree of life! Our poem is a tanka sequence (a five-line lyrical verse, emotional, linked, responding to each other from our own experiences.
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