Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Poetry of the soul

"You may tie my hands with chains and my feet with shackles, and put me in the dark prison, but you shall not enslave my thinking, for it is free, like the breeze in the spacious sky"- Khalil Gibran
Khalil Gibran ... poet, philosopher, painter. Author of the beautest literary work "The Prophet".

Khalil Gibran, my favorite poet, philosopher, painter, sculptor wrote in his short life, nearly thirty books. "The Prophet" is his first book. When he wrote the Prophet he was very young (21 years old). However, none of his beautiful books is so beautiful. Prophet is a masterpiece in the literature.
Gibran's desire was to make a little better this world, to cheer us, to convince us that there is a better way of life. And everyone can find it for yourself.
Prophet is a book which can not be read and forget. Wisdom contained in it is useful in our life many times. Its passages are quoted at weddings, birthdays, funerals and many other occasions, as the hero of the book, Almustafa sage, speaks about:
Marriage, The Children, Love, Friendship and Death.

Then Almitra spoke again and said, "And what of Marriage, master?"
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
The Prophet

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