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.

17 thoughts on “My Favourite Poem.”

  1. 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.

    Ursula recently posted..On the up

  2. ‘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.
    Grannymar recently posted..The End is never the End ~ Part 3

  3. 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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