Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wells Within Your Heart

Wells Within Your Heart

There are different wells within your heart.
Some fill with each good rain,
others are far too deep for that.

In one well
you have just a few precious cups of water,
that "love" is literally something of yourself. 

It can grow as slow as a diamond
if it is lost.

This love
should only be offered 
to someone
who has the valor and daring
to cut pieces of their soul off with a knife
and then 
weave them into a blanket
to protect you.

There are different wells within us.
Some fill with each good rain,
others are far, far too deep
for that.

               What do you think this sacred well looks like? The one that has a limited supply? Some forms of love can be offered to the mouths of strangers, doled out like the newest passing craze. When we give this form of love, we know it will come back to us with each new rain (kind gesture, novel idea, compassionate thought, etc.). Conversely, there is a certain type of love that is just so sacred, so deep, so real...so ethereal that it may come only once in this world. And so we should save that love, and use it only when we meet someone who is also willing to use up their own stockpile. In this, I believe Hafiz means someone who will go the extra mile for you, someone who will be there for you, someone who will quietly cut pieces of their own soul in a time when yours requires replenishment.      

               And this is a rare find, a precious gem, a true beauty...the diamond that grows slowly, or not at all, if it is lost. For many, this will be the person they marry. Some cultures have such an emphasis on "saving yourself" for marriage. This I have never agreed with, for the physical self is such a small part of "Self", why would it be the most sacred thing to save? Instead, perhaps we should consider saving this deep well - be it the thoughts, emotions, stories, moments, etc. that make up a part of us too complex to be rejuvenated with each passing rain. Yes, save yourself for marriage, but only if that means saving the parts of your soul you plan to share with just one person.

Remember When (2003), Alan Jackson

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