A word with no translation

I went back to visit

and the place still had

it's old magic

but the people had gone.

I found 

one small trace 

of them

a stepping stone 

in the grass

to help cross the green.

When the time came to leave,

I realised

that you can revisit

a place,

but you can't revisit

a time.

'hiraeth'

I wondered,

remembering a word.

Did it mean that feeling?

Or was the feeling

a stepping stone

left behind

for me?

douglas natusch

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Douglas Natusch

Douglas Natusch

Consultant in Pain Medicine in South Devon. Personal posts, poems from #teacher5adaywrite

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