I don’t remember how I stumbled across the book
but I remember being in a little pokey room
with tattered curtains,
peeling wallpaper and
the smell of yesterday’s lingering in the air.
His words gave me hope,
the world he spoke of seemed far far away
and in another place and time.
Like how a spiritual wonderland might be.
I still felt the possibility of another way of being.
His writing on “children” moved me:
“…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.”
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
I’ve seen too many parents think they own their children
and think that their children should do what they think is best.
They treat their children like chattels or assets
that are used to gain something or do something.
There’s much more child abuse from power over children than we realise.
Kahlil’s approach is inspiring and a way of living that is worth striving for.
“…. beauty is a light in the heart.”
— Kahlil Gibran
He has influenced my writing as a poet and person.
His words reach inside my soul
to make me want to be a better writer and person.
I am forever grateful and forever appreciative.
Oriana Walker xx