My Favourite Poem.

Your children are not your children.
They are the 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 their 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 mark 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 loves also the bow that is stable.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic was chosen by Delirious who however has dropped out of the LBC posting. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

~ Kahlil Gibran.

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17 Responses to My Favourite Poem.

  1. Delirious says:

    Wonderful poem! I really like that. I love poetry, and have many favorites. It would be hard for me to choose one.
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  2. wisewebwoman says:

    I like your favourite poem, it rings true to me.

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  3. Ursula says:

    Whenever I think of that image “the bow and the arrow”, Ramana, it makes me a little tearful. Yes, the bow and the arrow – so very true. Life goes forward. And that is good.

    Kahlil Gibran writing on marriage is my dead hot favourite of his. If only more oouples would follow his advice a lot of unhappiness could be avoided.

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  4. That’s always been one of my favorites too. 🙂
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  5. Grannymar says:

    ‘And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.’ – So many people forget this. We give a child life and not a life sentence. We must allow them to flap their wings and fly free. The most difficult thing for any parent is allowing their child/ren to make their own mistakes and hopefully to learn from those mistakes.
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  6. Alan G says:

    Enjoyed your favorite poem Ramana. Reminds me of an old American Indian poem which is a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Gibran is also responsible for those famous words by JFK – ask not what your country can do…. – I found it in one of his books years ago

  8. tammyj says:

    I had a small copy of ‘the prophet’ and it became very dogeared and worn. I did love it.
    such wise words. if only parents took it to heart.
    a great share here today rummy!
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  9. Anna says:

    And this is one one of my favourives as well even if I do not have children and perhaps have rather detached view here. Similarly to Ursula I like the marriage part of The Prophet a lot. This is the book I read in more tender parts of my life and always come out stronger and wiser.
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  10. Good one, Ramana. I have always loved Kahlil Gibran. Funny how we keep struggling to comprehend what was know by a poet so many years ago.

  11. Maxi Malone says:

    Thank you once again for the lesson, Rummy. Never have I heard this poem but it is profound.

    Does it have a title? Is Kahlil Gibran the author?
    blessings ~ maxi
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