Danny Draper (14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)
Sonnet for essence
Faint aeons dimmed over far spreading bly,
Soft even light blanketed ground and sky,
A kindness where both day and night relent
And now exhausted land lies calm and spent.
Perpetually it grew as from a kiss
Myriad challenges bringing it to this,
Clung on tight with indifference where 'er found
And yet in every nook and cranny did abound.
Endurance gave rise to bold prosperity,
Sentience arose, and sometimes serenity,
Aesthetic connect weaved a care for life
Business ate amenity, awakening hiraeth.
And within, a most subtle beauty lies,
Love realised, is that which it implies.
Danny Draper 24/10/2013
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Hiraeth - hear eye-th (pronunciation)
Hiraeth /hɪəraɪ̯θ/ is a Welsh word that has no direct English translation. The University of Wales, Lampeter attempts to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past.
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