Saudade (Portuguese): The feeling of longing for someone that you love and is lost. Another linguist describes it as a “vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist.” It’s interesting that saudade accommodates in one word the haunting desire for a lost love, or for an imaginary, impossible, never-to-be-experienced love. Whether the object has been lost or will never exist, it feels the same to the seeker, and leaves her in the same place: She has a desire with no future. Saudade doesn’t distinguish between a ghost, and a fantasy. Nor do our broken hearts, much of the time.

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We have a painting in my parents’ house that is titled “Saudade.” My mother, born Portuguese, loves this painting and I’ve heard her recount the meaning many times.

I’d never spent much time considering its relation to my life, but I somehow find it directly applicable to my everyday life.