Tenebrific is darkness and gloom in one glorious descriptive term. Tenebrific is Latin in origin (combining tenebrea which translated would be darkness + fic) and it’s one of those deliciously poetic words that adds a poignant touch to whatever it may be used in. Winter, especially those seemingly dead middling weeks that stretch on forever in their soppy, frigid grayness, is a tenebrific time (those with S.A.D.S. will especially know what I mean). Yet, for all it’s sun and warmth obscured gloominess, the tenebrious Winter does have it’s blissfully cozy side, so that’s something.
The soul sits quiet / stillness sets in / a tenebrious weight threatens the inner world / So painful, so free / the soul obscura / a path / a choice / a destiny. ~ Ella
I am really looking forward to utilizing tenebrific/tenebrious/tenebrosity in future poetry and writing. Tenebrific is a beautiful word for a not always so beautiful thing.
Namaste ~ Ella
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