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In 2002, my family was evacuated out of Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, due to a civil war. I was five years old at the time, and my older sister was in boarding school. Two years later, my family returned to Côte d’Ivoire, only to be evacuated again after the nearby town was bombed. Despite only living in Côte d’Ivoire for four years of my life, the country and both evacuations have left a tremendous mark on my life. Through my poem “Hiraeth,” I explore nostalgia and the uncontrollable fleeting of time. According to Merriam Webster, “hiraeth” is a Welsh word meaning, “a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or that never was.”

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Brian Campbell is majoring in music education at Cedarville University. He draws inspiration for his poetry from his life as a missionary kid, filled with countless transitions, multicultural experiences, unique adventures, and lifelong friends. He is thankful for these experiences God has given him, and through his poetry, Brian desires to give his readers new perspectives on themes like love and time through the challenging, but ultimately blessed, life of a third culture kid.


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