Kahlil Gibran – Poet of essence

Lately, I started taking liking towards poetry. Earlier, I never quite understood poems and wondered why people wrote or appreciated in the first place. But only lately did I started understanding the essence of it and the depths it can take you to (well.. may be if the poems are simple and I’ve had hard time getting right meaning of complex poems). Bundle of emotions, stories and more can be expressed greatly in poems.

Here is one that particularly attracted me while browsing through Khalil Gibran’s quotes online. The perspective is quite interesting and if you think about it, don’t you think they indeed make some sense? may be they just lessen your expectations from life in general.

Your children are not your children.
They are 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 thir 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 make 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 also loves the bow that is stable.
― Kahlil Gibran

And another one here ..

“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” 
― Kahlil Gibran

Really?  What do you think?


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