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Mr. Foskett, in his writing, can without effort skate that interface between prose and poetry coming down on either side with e qual skill to suit the mood his wishes to convey. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean.
“Hills either side cup me in, and the River Mazaro foams and gushes as the mountains funnel me upwards. Sunlight gradually clears the tops and drifts down to meet me, and I’m grateful for the warmth on my face as a mist slowly evaporates, creating vapors that snake upwards. The dew winks back at me from the sodden grass.”
“Trees block out the sun, chilling the air and I smell musty soils. Sunlight discovers chinks in the foliage and paints patterns on the ground.”
Prose? Poetry? …or both? You decide for yourself. For me it is poetry.
Mr. Foskett owns the El Camino de Santiago. Are does it own him? The spirit of the El Camino de Santiago allows his pen to record insights that are so dead-on they send cold chills up my back. The El Camino allows, inspires and permits him to write “…Observe the mind’s logic, but chase the heart’s passion.” He has never visited Ireland but imagines the north-western part of Spain to be just like Ireland. “Its eerie mood comes from the mist that cloaks the countryside. To walk at 7:00 am, still dark out there, is a lesson gifted by Mother Nature allowing the hiker to observe how she wakes up. It’s a present worth unwrapping. Study, be still, listen, savorer and remember.”
One of my favorite lines in the book shows the British humor at its best at least for me. I enjoy one of best burgers I had ever eaten, said good byes, left marveling at the novel idea of being able to exchange money for beer.”
Since I am contemplating a hike on the CDT this coming summer, I read Chapter 11 “An Abrupt Ending to the CDT” with special interest. Mr. Foskett had to call an end to his CDT hike when he developed a pain in his chest later to be diagnosed as bronchitis and still later to be correctly diagnosed as pneumonia. He was airlifted from the trail to hospital by copper. When I read “…The remoteness struck me as we took off. From horizon to the next was just barren shrub with the odd forest. No roads, no houses, nothing…” it made me seriously wonder (and still does) if hiking the CDT is such a good idea for me.
I selfishly wish Mr. Foskett a long life. I want to be able to read more of what he has to write and “… to live outside the system…” through his writing.
Long live dromomania!!!
Johnny B. Varner