#AtoZ Challenge Xenodochial


as we all are,
with an un-formed intellect,
I am unable to recollect the early days
of my xenization on this complex planet.
At first, In my simplicity, I thought
that I was all, and all was me;
but after a while
I began to
to understand
my mother was herself,
close by, but beyond my borders,
as was my teddy bear, and even my vest.
the trees above me were more distant,
and the sky was far away.
gradually all
the pieces
as mere extensions of myself
took on their individual characteristics,
became recognised as foreign bodies,
and I was left feeling –
as we all do –

in a sense of isolation,
it is easy to forget that
this world we inhabit
is xenodochial.


Xenization: The fact of journeying as a stranger.
Xenodochial: Given to receiving strangers; hospitable.

©Jane Paterson Basil

22 thoughts on “#AtoZ Challenge Xenodochial

  1. OMG! Jane! That’s one of the best explanations I’ve heard, actually of hiraeth! Think about it. About that separation from everything you see as an extension of yourself as a child. I LOVE the thought of that. 😀

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    1. Ever since I learnt that babies start off perceiving everything as a part of themselves, it’s played on my mind. I’m glad I did this challenge, if only because X finally brought my ideas together. I think that what my poem says is the truth.

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  2. Reblogged this on Impromptu Promptlings and commented:
    I made a note in the comment section on the post on “Hiraeth” to have a look at Jane’s X post for the A to Z Challenge, but I think what she says in this poems speaks to where that feeling of hiraeth comes from. It’s a different perspective, but I sure can see how we might perceive our loss of control at the center of our world a “homesickness” of sort. The idea fascinates me!

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    1. It’s on every April – mark it in your calendar. I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with. I think you feel the same way as me about words – while they’re massively important, they’re also a great plaything.

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