poetic journeys: a contagion of fireflies

A Contagion of Fireflies

With nonchalance, the morning flung
a flannel cloak high over the Meseta.

In wind gusts, wheat stalks fluttered and moon-faced
sunflowers sashayed in a rush of whispers.

Thistles thrashed and windmills twirled
pale arms on a distant ridge, poised to take flight.

Under the edge of the world, a thousand candles flamed
and then burst above the prairie like a contagion of fireflies.

The golden light drifted like dandelion dust to the cloud ceiling,
and a blush of peaches and fringed violets quivered over the fields.

The morning stretched out all across the plateau,
rippling across the land like the tide rushing in.


“POETRY” Invitation:  I invite you to write a poem of any poetic form on your own blog about a particular travel destination.  Or you can write about travel in general. Concentrate on any intention you set for your poetry.

One of my many intentions for my Camino was to write at least one poem inspired by Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.  One of the poems I used for inspiration was his “Landscape” in his collection Federico García Lorca: Selected Verse.  I wanted to capture in a poem one of the favorite landscapes I encountered one morning on the Camino: {camino day 21} hornillos del camino to castrojeriz & ruminations {week three}.

You can either set your own poetic intentions, or use one of the prompts I’ve listed on this page: writing prompts: poetry.  (This page is a work in process).  You can also include photos, of course.

Include the link in the comments below by Thursday, October 3 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  When I write my post in response to this challenge on Friday, October 4, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation, on the first Friday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂

I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!

the ~ wander.essence ~ community

I invite you all to settle in and read a few posts from our wandering community.  I promise, you’ll be inspired. 🙂

  • Christopher, of clcouch123, wrote a beautiful poem about “small blessings” on the Camino, which he says was inspired by a post I wrote about my experience.

Thanks to all of you who wrote poetic posts following intentions you set for yourself. 🙂

I am traveling from September 1 to October 4. If I cannot respond to or add your links due to wi-fi problems or time constraints, please feel free to add your links in both this post and my next scheduled post. If I can’t read them when you post them, I will get to them as soon as I can. Thanks for your understanding! 🙂