Tag Archives: sadness

elle

| her (pronoun) | /ɛl/ You loved to watch her read. But you feared the storm that lingered beneath the surface of her smile. Indeed, her eyes betrayed a certain sadness, stemming, perhaps, from the realization that her life would … Continue reading

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lunatique

| volatile (gender neutral adjective) | /lynatik/ I rode the backs of giants. Appalachia, take me home. The steep ascent and      swift           decline, a darkness so profound. How I miss the days I ricocheted from    ashes        the into      flames. If … Continue reading

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immigrée

| immigrant (feminine noun) | /imigʀe/ My palms 10drip crimson 20with the sacrifices I’ve made for a country that dodges my embrace.

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héritage

| legacy (masculine noun) | /eʀitaʒ/ I crept outside the vacuum and, God! How the world spun so swiftly and magnificently without me in it.

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monde

| world (masculine noun) | /mɔ̃d/ I am sorry I couldn’t hold the world for you; I have not the strength of Atlas, and the weight of it bruised my shoulders and rolled 10down 15      my 20          … Continue reading

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mourir

| to die (verb) | /muʀiʀ/ Have you ever mourned the loss of someone living? Have you ever bent before a sadness whose power brought you to your knees? They ask if I believe in God. I say, “I bow before my … Continue reading

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étoiles

| stars (feminine plural noun) | /etwal/ I remember those first days back in the United States: the immensity of it all; those wide, open spaces dwarfing me. At night, the sky seemed infinite. I grew dizzy as I spun … Continue reading

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pavé

| cobblestone (masculine noun) | /pave/ I have friends who have spent months traveling alone through South America and Africa, so you may scoff at my one-week solo trip through Scotland. But it was nothing short of a personal victory. … Continue reading

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magie

| magic (feminine noun) | /maʒi/ There’s an episode of my beloved television show 30 Rock in which Liz Lemon visits Cleveland with her boyfriend. She falls in love with the city, which is infinitely more friendly and clean than her hometown New York … Continue reading

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lâcheté

| cowardice (feminine noun) | /lɑʃte/ People grin, tell me I’m so brave. What strength, what courage I possess to travel so freely, and so far, at such a young age. But they don’t know. “Listen to me,” I confess. … Continue reading

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