Nefelibata (pronounced ne-fe-LE-ba-ta) is a charming Portuguese word – from ‘nephele’ (cloud) and batha (a place where you can walk) – used to describe those of us who are rather unique and unorthodox. A nefelibata is a cloud walker or or one who does not abide by the precepts of society, literature, or art. Nefelibata’s think and live outside of the preconceived societal norms and boxes. Being a nefelibata doesn’t mean you don’t understand societal or artistic precepts, it simply means you have your own views and ideas and functionalities.
Nefelibata /she walks her own path /guided by longings and desires unmapped. /She set out alone /wandered along /gathering inspirations /humming an unknown song. /What worlds she imagined /what dreams she wove /what earthly experiences she sought to behold. /Never belonging to reality’s coil /seeing it all through honey and foil. /Sometimes she wondered what it’d be like to fit in /to be another /without and within. /The thought would pass by /a momentary glimpse /then a new thought would surface /a new dance would begin. /Nefelibata /she walks her own path /unorthodox, certainly /but worth every step. ~ Ella
Nefelibata is a new favorite word of mine and one that I think describes me quite nicely!
Namaste ~ Ella
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