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Speak to Us of Children — Kahlil Gibran

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~ Kahlil Gibran ~

Your children are not your children.
They are 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.


21 thoughts on “Speak to Us of Children — Kahlil Gibran

  1. Thank you for this wonderful post. 🙂 This is one of my favourite parts of that amazing book. I too did a post on it. I love that you found and shared this gorgeous painting!
    Namaste. Gina

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  3. The thing people often forget is that WE are those children as well…and have a right to our own lives and thoughts. You don’t give up being that child/person because you grow up. We might be parents but we are the children of others and it goes on and on…our kids are not the only ones who deserve to live free…we deserve that as well.

  4. I speak for One who has enlightened me to the larger degree though I long for more. We allow life to perpetuate itself to the fullest when we love and support our children through good times and those that are not. We carry the bow with us and we are always prepared to thrust the arrow as far as we can when we believe in our children. Give them always the love, the support, and the benefit of all doubt.
    Gary Vaught

  5. This poem has meant so much to me through the later years of my life. I wish I had read it before I had my first child. So glad I found it on the internet. thanks

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