Pilgrim's progress

the pilgrim

to the holy shrine

in bare feet

set off walking


rough terrain

and scorching heat

will test his

resolve along the way

to the distant shrine


it will take

several soul searching days

to realize

a life times desire

and his faith

will be sorely tested


the pilgrim

will rely upon

the hospitality of strangers

to fulfil his dream


each evening

strangers will welcome him

with open arms

to their homes


here he'll nurse

and bathe

his blistered feet

and aching body


he'll break bread

and share wine

with his hosts


he'll have a bed

to rest his

weary bones in


each morning

invigorated after

a good night's sleep

he'll enjoy a

hearty breakfast


he'll then thank

his hosts

and bid them farewell


they'll wish him

God's speed

and he'll wend

his way nearer

to the journey's end


on the day

he reaches the shrine

he'll say

a silent prayer


a certain sense of calm

and inner peace

will pervade his aura


his belief in God

thus confirmed

his life 

will be transformed

for ever

◄ Happiness

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Abdul Ahmad

Sun 20th Sep 2020 22:43

Anmolpreet Kaur
Thank you for your commentary on the subject of pilgrimage. I entirely agree with you that there is a greater degree of fulfilment in going on a pilgrimage under your own stem.

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Anmolpreet Kaur

Sun 20th Sep 2020 14:44

A great reminder of the importance of journey to pilgrimage. Nowadays people use horses or cars to speed up their progress but the real pleasure is always preserved for those who work to reach with their own determination.


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Abdul Ahmad

Fri 21st Aug 2020 20:12

Thank you for your historic references regarding Pilgrimages in days of yore.
Your gift of the red rose is appreciated Keith.

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keith jeffries

Fri 21st Aug 2020 16:04


A meaningful description of a pilgrimage and its importance. Centuries ago pilgrimages were regarded as journeys both physical and spiritual to a holy place, carried out to gain benefits for the soul. This poem does them great credit.

Thank you for this

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Abdul Ahmad

Thu 20th Aug 2020 09:09

Thank you for your usual well considered comments. The like is welcome too.

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Shifa Maqba

Thu 20th Aug 2020 01:03

Devotion to the higher power, whatever it may be, indeed pervades our souls with peace. A blessed piece!

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