Ithaka: A Wonderful Poem for a Journey

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.

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Posted by Anna-Marie Krahn at 9:05 pm


3 Responses to Ithaka: A Wonderful Poem for a Journey

  1. Kenneth says:

    I, too, have found Ithaka to be a very inspirational poem. Have you read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist? If you haven’t, I think you might like it.

    • Anna-Marie says:

      Thanks for the suggestion! I did read The Alchemist, quite a while ago, and enjoyed it. Paulo Coelho also wrote a book about the Camino, but it seems to be based more on his imagination than on what the Camino is actually like.

  2. Rosemarie says:

    Your words go straight into my heart. Thank you :-))