Whelve is an interesting word since it’s old English origins have it meaning to turn (as a dish or vessel) upside down usually to cover something, and more modern definitions have it meaning to bury deeply or hide something. Both versions of whelve are akin to each other, since both end up hiding something. I do, however, find the more urban meaning of whelve to be more poetic and I will always choose the more poetic! I mean the example that Urban Dictionary provides is “The secret was whelved so deeply in her heart.” – how beautiful is that?!
We all have secrets whelved into our souls / carried gently, held so close/ tucked into those nooks so precious and dear / memories flamed, filled with hope, love, and fear. / We keep these things for our sort of sight/ for our own protection and our own delight. / Even those open to all that surrounds keep certain things whelved / held in the heart where forever they’ll dwell. ~ Ella
Whelve is truly a beautiful word and one that deserves to be utilized with it’s more modern meaning!
Namaste ~ Ella
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