Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On Marriage By Khalil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter
your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of  the heavens dance between you.

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 others 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 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

It is a beautiful poem, telling us that marriage can be meaningful only when couples give each other the space. I can somehow relate to this poem as, our marriage is based on this same principle.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rama,
    You have an interesting blog here.
    Read a few of them and I'll be back
    for more later.

    So you are a Gibran fan-well, he has
    something for everyone, I guess.

    His writings are difficult to classify
    and open to interpretations-
    are they psychological/religious/spiritual?

    I don't really know but I do know
    that he has a grace with words.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful lines