Friday, August 15, 2008

Quote of the Week: On Love

One of my FAVORITE writers is KAHLIL GIBRAN (1883 - 1931), a Lebanese poet, philosopher, and artist. His most popular work is the classic book "The Prophet," written in 1923. If there is a book that belongs in the library of any poet, writer, thinker, seeker of knowledge, it's this one.

During my mediation this morning, I re-read his contemplation on love. In spite of the gender bias, there is wisdom here:

Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.
And he raised his head and looked upon
the people, and ther fell a stillness upon
them. And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
For even as love crowns you so shall he
crucify you. Even as he is for your growth
so is her for your pruning.
Even as he asscends to your height and
caresses your your tenderest branches that quiver
in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and
shake them in theier clinging to the earth.

- Khalil Gibran

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