Love - the word

el Seed 'love you mum'

el Seed 'love you mum'

Thinking about the word - love. One word in English to express so much.  

So, following that train of thought - this is from one of my favourite novels, Ahdaf Soueif’s, ‘Map of Love’, the many ways ‘love’ finds its expression in Arabic:

‘Hubb’ is love, ‘ishq’ is love that twines two people together, ‘shaghaf’ is love that nests in the chambers of the heart, ‘hayam’ is love that wanders the earth, ‘teeh’ is love in which you lose yourself, ‘walah’ is love that carries sorrow within it, ‘sababah’ is love that exudes from your pores, ‘hawa’ is love that shares its name with ‘air’ and with ‘falling’, ‘gharam’ is love that is willing to pay the price.