Saturday, January 23, 2010

Your Children are not Your Children

He was such a wonderful poet, we don't really thing about Kahlil Gabran as being an artist too. Coming across his "Your Children are not Your Children" twice in one week, I realized I needed to refresh my knowledge bank of this wonderful man.

Did you know he was a Lebanese immigrant that spent most of his life in New York? The picture shown on the left is entitled Self Portrait and Muse, 1911.

Gibran was born January 6, 1883 in Bsharri, Lebanon and died April 10, 1931 in New York City. He was an artist, poet, writer, philosopher and theologian. He was born in Lebanon when it was the Mount Lebanon Province of the Ottoman Empire. He is the third bestselling poet in history after William Shakespeare and Lao Tse.

I'd like to share with you the most stunning words I've ever read about children.--Ruth Mitchell

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.

Found in Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

(c) 2009 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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