A Bowlful of Cherries

Celebrating Matty and Noah

Khalil Gibran

On children:

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.s
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itelf.
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 whole Prophet is saying one thing: ‘You are far far greater than you know — and all is well.'”

Gibran’s best-known work is The Prophet, a partly autobiographical book of poetic essays. The Prophet, who was living away from home, is about to board a ship that will take him back. He is stopped by a group of people, whom he teaches about children, marriage, death, and other constants of life. The sermons are meant to emancipate the listeners.

In the 1960s, The Prophet became a counterculture guide, and in the 1980s, the message of spiritualism overcoming material success was adopted by yuppies. This mystical poetry is frequently read at weddings. Everybody gets something out of it.

Including me.

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Written by Michael

31 Mar 2004 at 824am

Posted in Misc.

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