As loneliness slips in beside,
and fills the space where warmth once lay,
in creeps hiraeth in shades of grey;
cuts deep the sheets with sharpened scythe.
Future borrowed from tomorrow
to gladly pay the levied tithe
and have the past rewind/replay
as loneliness slips in beside.
~ Hiraeth is a Welsh word. Like many strong passionate words in the language there is no single English word that adequately translates the meaning of the word but it means a deep sense of longing, a yearning for that which has past, a sense of homesickness tinged with grief or sorrow over the lost or departed.
The piece is written in Octain form, an explanation of which can be found at this link.