Saudade *


It slinks in,
a shadow:
sometimes through open doors
most, underneath, through cracks
whence light leaks out.

It's cold-
at first may even soothe
as it cools down that heat-
a salve that saves.

But then
it chills too deep-
washes in foaming waves,
then retreats
leaving frost.

It carves and steals souls
with that sharpened blade-
worse than a storm
growling its rage-
a melancholy pain.

*Saudade: a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves; a word present in Portuguese and Galician, but absent in Egnlish.

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