Hiraeth. A welsh word for a lost home that can never be returned to. 

I’m curious, though, why the feeling is present strongly enough in the welsh, for them to have a word for it. I know precious little about them- maybe one of you could explain why?

Or maybe, they just recognized something so many people ache for, and cannot precisely name. 

A lost home. Homes lost in people. Homes lost on people. Loss. 
Still finding, 

Yusra ❤️


2 thoughts on “Hiraeth 

  1. Michael Rush says:

    I’m not Welsh myself but I’ve known a few Welsh folks in my time and the subject of Hiraeth has cropped up in conversations with them. Sadly I am still unable to truly explain the word or its etymology. I think the closest I could get was that it related to a type of longing which you could only have for a place like Wales, with its unique landscape and the character of those who have lived there. Having visited Wales I can confirm it has some spectacular views and interesting people!

    I have to say that I think your poem managed to personify the idea of Hiraeth well, especially for a non-Welsh person. The line ‘The earth from which his heart was made’ in particular seems like a more accessible interpretation of the Hiraeth than anything offered by my Welsh friends. The lyricism and repetition of a-sounds in that line is also slightly reminiscent of cynghanedd; a style of Welsh-language poetry heavily utilising similar aural devices.

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    • I’ve always wanted to visit Wales. My friends who go back and forth a lot tell me about how it’s unassuming and captivating at the same time. Only adds to the appeal, really.

      Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂 I found the concept of a lost earth intriguing, having lost a dear home somewhat definitively recently. Not to mention, the homes we make in people… and a Cynghanedd, you say! I have to check that out!

      Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂

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