I first came across the poem “Ithaka” by C. P. Cavafy when I read my first book about the Camino, Elyn Aviva’s Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.
Years later, when I set out on the Camino de Santiago, I carried a small notebook in which I’d written out inspirational quotes and poems, including “Ithaka.”
I walked alone a fair bit on the Le Puy route. One of the things I did to keep myself interested was memorize some of the quotes and poems I’d brought. “Ithaka” was the first I memorized. (Alas, I don’t remember all of it any more.)
I was recently reminded of this poem on the Camino de Santiago Forum, in a post by Timid that linked to the video below. I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I do.