Love One Another
A Poem by Kahlil Gibran
(1883 – 1931)
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 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.
Khalil Gibran, a man truly from the heart who spoke from his voice within. We remember him best as an artist, a poet, writer, who wrote books in Arabic that were translated to English stemming from as far back as 1800s. He was of Lebanese origin, a scholarly man, ahead of his time, with a soul that today still illuminates the hearts and minds of many.
The Prophet was written in English by the Lebanese writer and published in 1923. It’s poetic wisdom and universal message made it a modern classic now translated into more than 40 languages.
Khalil Gibran was known for igniting the world on fire with a new kind of creativity with his mystical prose, and known for his drawings in a number of his books. He earned his fame with his first art exhibition in Boston in the 1900s. His cousin known as Khalil George Gibran succeeded him in doing the same and came to author a book for his renowned godfather – Khalil Gibran His Life And World, Biography of the poet Gibran Kahlil Gibran [1883 – 1931]. Khalil George Gibran was Khalil Gibran’s cousin who himself is a notable sculptor, writer and artist.
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I grace Khalil Gibran today, because as a troubled youth, I wrote in journals given to me as a gift where throughout the blank pages, were etched words and drawings by Khalil. Inspired, he spoke to me, as if from some distant star he understood emotional pain, and helped to lift mine away.