Khalil Gibran, On Marriage
As we are getting ready to get married I want to share with you the famous words from Lebanese-American writer and poet, Khalil Gibran, from his masterpiece, “The Prophet”. Last week I shared an abstract on love and this week, on marriage.
This is my favourite pare, and here you’ll find the whole piece.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance
Love one another, but make not a bond
Let it rather be a moving sea between
the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from
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
For only the hand of Life can contain
And stand together yet not too near
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow
not in each other’s shadow.