The Coastal Meadows (Southwest Estonia)

The Coastal Meadows (Southwest Estonia), was published by Bluestem Literary Magazine. In it I write about the mysterious effect of “knowing” a place in which one steps foot for the first time — in this instance, the reedy, flowering coastal meadows of Pärnu, my mother’s hometown by the sea. The place settles on me, “like linen upon an infant sung and rocked to sleep,” and I wonder, “Who slipped this place in me? Was it my choosing, or has it crept unknown?” These, I ponder, are markings of being “a refugee’s child — daughter of a true daughter of southwestern Estonia — who grew with her mother’s hollow in her heart.”

Click on the link above to read the full poem and to hear my reading of it.


2 thoughts on “The Coastal Meadows (Southwest Estonia)”

  1. Your poem about “knowing” a place is beautiful. It’s strange how some places seem to have some kind of bond with us. 🙂

    I was born in middle-Estonia, in small town Rakvere which was my “home” until I went to the university (quotation marks because it didn’t feel like home). At that time my mother also moved. She sold her apartment and rented rooms in little borough (alev) near to Pärnu. 🙂 Even if Estonia is small country and everything is close, I still think it was brave of her to leave her old life behind and start a new one in the new place alone. And now she is happier than ever. She feels like she is in the right place. My mom relatives are derived from South-West Estonia, so I guess she just returned to the home. 🙂

    I also found my home, in the beautiful island Ruhnu. Maybe you’ve heard about it? If you got a chance then I recommend to visit it, I believe you’ll like there. 🙂 Because of work I’m currently living in Tallinn, but I feel like some invisible ropes continuously pulling me towards the Ruhnu. Now I knew what homesickness means.

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  2. Hanna, You must be very adventurous! Ruhno looks absolutely beautiful and it is way out there “by itself!” I could see why you would love it. I’ve heard and read a bit about it, but after your comments I looked at a film on ERR archives and it’s stunning. For an artist like you it must be especially appealing with all the colors in nature. Hopefully I’ll get to it someday. I know you’ll get back “from the city” to it!

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