Prompts for the Promptless – Ep. 10 – Saudade

Saudade is a Portuguese word that describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something/someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return.

Saudade was once described as “the love that remains” after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (e.g., one’s children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings all together, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling.

Thank you Rarasaur for making me learning new language and this is my first time do the Prompt for the Promptless.


I miss my mom’s cook and her presence in the kitchen.



7 thoughts on “Prompts for the Promptless – Ep. 10 – Saudade”

  1. I felt exactly like that as well – I know this feeling very well, but I hadn’t encountered the word ‘saudade’ before now and now I feel grateful that I have. : )

  2. Oh beautiful. Just a few short words, and a picture, but you say it perfectly– I can see many people understanding the saudade of that type of everyday moment.

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