Malleability and Love

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Back in early 2000, while praying, I heard the word malleable for the first time. I had asked God what kind of woman I was. He said, “Malleable.” Never having heard the word before I had to look it up.

Malleable: Adjective: (of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking. Figurative: easily influenced; pliable.

The ability to be flexible and pliable is a necessary thing in love. Without that pliability we would break easily and never learn how to share and be flexible in a relationship.

I ran across a Hafez poem; Hafez was a contemporary of Rumi. This poem is a compilation of poem fragments actually, by Daniel Ladinsky, all mixed together, about love.

by Hafez

Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.

Your love

Should never be offered to the mouth of a stranger,

Only to someone who has the valor and daring

To cut pieces of their soul off with a knife

Then weave them into a blanket

To protect you.

Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive.

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in the darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.

There are different wells within your heart.

Some fill with each good rain,

Others are far too deep for that.

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.

Even after all this time the sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me”

There is no pleasure without a tincture of bitterness.


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