Dear Don Alberto Flamboyant Octogenarian To a pair of weather-beaten families on the Camino And to Backpacker Bridget from Granada via Barnsley And to all who seek shelter from the Galician downpours You sound Like an Angel As you hold aloft your otherworldly radio And play for us Tina Turner’s Simply the Best On happy repeat.
Dear Don Alberto With your doggy entourage To a bunch of Ryanair Refugees on the Camino And to uber cool Bridget naturalised Granadina don’t mention Barnsley And to all who seek sanctuary from the Galician heatwaves You taste Like a rustic slice of empanada Rich deep and Eternally replenishing itself.
You weren’t ever on our map Don Alberto, were you? The ID cards you offer up for inspection Make us laugh at the farce of our controls and borders.
And so To us make-shift pilgrims on the Camino You show us how to journey properly Dancing the salsa On every roundabout.
This by our recent experience of doing a pilgrimage with 4 children. First in hopefully a series. Feedback welcome!