Just an extract

20 Feb

My wife went to a funeral of a friend over the weekend and I didn’t go with due to being on a course, but while waiting for her return, I was reading an article and it had the following extract from “The Prophet”. Even though I have read it many times in the past, it just seemed to stick with me for some reason or the other. Maybe someone out there needs to read it, and possibly apply it to there lives. I don’t know….

An extract from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

You were born together and together you shall be for evermore.
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 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 heart


Posted by on 20/02/2012 in Musings


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6 responses to “Just an extract

  1. thehappyhugger

    20/02/2012 at 16:09

    Thanks for this Paul. I read The Prophet many years ago. A good reminder.

  2. adinparadise

    20/02/2012 at 16:16

    Love that book. It makes so much sense.

  3. colonialist

    20/02/2012 at 16:23

    It makes a great deal of sense, and ties in with the idea of freeing what you love, and then seeing if it returns.

  4. 68ghia

    20/02/2012 at 16:30

    Makes absolute sense this…
    Maybe I should invest in that book…

  5. optie

    21/02/2012 at 10:14

    Thanks for sharing – I read that book as a teenager and found it so inspirational. Your post has inspired me to read it again.

    • paul

      23/02/2012 at 13:28

      Good for you. And each time I read it there are new things jumping out to make me think of things in a different light


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