Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Khalil Gibran's been a favourite from school days.. thanks to a dear friend who introduced me to his collected works. So simple yet profound.














On Marriage
by Khalil Gibran


You were born together,
and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when the 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 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.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of the most evocative poems of Khalil Gibran! Was very happy to see if again! And love your posts Leena. Am definitely going to follow them more frequently. Thanks for posting. :)

Vivek Anand

Zoeb Habib said...

Wish this verse was made mandatory at all weddings across all religions, what a difference it would make