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message 1: by Heather (last edited Jul 10, 2018 07:17AM) (new)

Heather | 8545 comments I love this particular, I don't know if it's considered a poem, but this chapter in Gibran's boook The Prophet. Has anyone read this book? Or any of the poems?
I just wanted to post this because I love the depth and symbolism in its simplicity, if that makes sense.

"And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Ring Around the Rosie
Edward Henry Potthast

message 2: by Heather (last edited Jul 10, 2018 07:25AM) (new)

Heather | 8545 comments Khalil Gibran
Poet, Author, Illustrator, Journalist (1883–1931)

"Born in 1883 in Lebanon, Khalil Gibran was a writer and poet whose book The Prophet, achieved cult status in the United States. The book of essays grew in popularity during the 1930s and found a particular resurgence in the counterculture movement of 1960s America. He was also a prolific artist who studied in Paris hundreds of paintings and drawings.


Khalil Gibran was born Gibran Khalil Gibran on January 6, 1883, in Bsharri, Lebanon. He immigrated with his mother and siblings to Boston in 1895 - his father remained in Lebanon to address financial matters. Gibran would return to Lebanon three years later to continue his education but returned to America after illness took the life of one of his sisters. He met Mary Haskell who encouraged his artistic development. During his life, Gibran was a prolific artist who created hundreds of paintings and drawings.

In 1920, he was a co-founder, along with other poets of Arab and Lebanese backgrounds, of The Pen-bond Society, a literary society, also known as Al Rabitat al Qualamiya.

Gibran's works, written in both Arabic and English, are full of lyrical outpourings and express his deeply religious and mystical nature. The Prophet (1923), a book of poetic essays, achieved cult status among American youth for several generations.

In 1928, he published Jesus, the Son of Man. Gibran died in New York City on April 10, 1931."

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