June 10, 2006

Gibran on "Love"

When love beckons to you, follow him
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you, believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

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Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks to yet another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

By: Kahlil Gibran
excerpt from The Prophet

8 comments:

Samawel said...

We need more of him in this world.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

I couldn't agree more.

BuJ said...

i keep being reminded to read The Prophet!
I'll have to look it up and read it ASAP!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Well I can always fed ex one over to you. It is one of the books that inspires me the most. Although written originally in english, it is equally delightful to read in arabic. In syria I got Gibran's complete works, mo3arrab as well. Feel free to browse.

BuJ said...

thanks :)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

3ala 3ein wo raaaaaaaaaaaas!

Kyaroko said...

This is a beautiful sculpture! Where is this?

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

hey kyaroko!

It's from a cemetary in Rome called Accatolico cemetary. where all non catholics are buried. I saw the sculpture and my heart just stopped. It's breathtaking.