Solastalgia (an alternative etymology)
solas in Gaelic
means light, solastalgia,
a longing for light
hidden under a bushel
at the end of a tunnel.
The challenge over at earthweal is to “Write a new poem on the theme of Solastalgia” which is “a form of emotional or existential distress caused by environmental change.”
Perhaps that’s where light is most unexpected, hence most appreciated? Simple, clean and also, full of feeling. I have written tanka(and senryu); neither are easy forms–but here you make it seem so.
Thank you…the tanka is a form I like, it’s got those extra fourteen syllables, so there’s a bit more room to play with than a haiku, it can be a bit elusive!
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I love this — it is the silver in the dark lining. You’d be pals with Paracelsus, who believed medicine should be a fire against a fire. We may weep ourselves to glory, may our darkness upchuck the light. Thanks so much for bringin’ it, Brendan
Thank you Brendan…I’m enjoying earthweal and in particular, your editorials….keep it up….JIM