Svetlana Boym defines nostalgia as:
“a longing for a home that no longer exists or has never existed”
One begins to wonder what the difference between nostalgia and dreaming is… wishing, hoping, perhaps all remembering a home that once was in some life, somewhere, or that almost was… I know I felt that exact almost, that day, my fingertips, my lips, all embracing the soft almost of nothingness given physical form in your words, in your touch, lingering for what seemed like months, standing there, together. And though I know better than to be nostalgic, to dream, to want, to feel… your wandering blues have found direction, piercing down to find a home, however makeshift, within me. Though, it is a home that, for you, no longer exists, never existed, or perhaps was never longed for at all. But, even then, when you’re asleep at night, worlds yet feet away, I can’t help but wonder if you ever get nostalgic, too.
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Peter Smagacz is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago with a degree in International Studies. His writing interests include everything from environmentalism to empathy. Through his writing he hopes to offer brief vignettes of his life journey.