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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Mon, Jun. 10th, 2002 02:22 pm
On Children

This is especially for fox1013.

I didn't know until I websearched just now that this is a poem by Kahlil Gibran. I know it as a song by Sweet Honey In The Rock and also as covered by The Flirtations.

[the part with a melody]
Your children are not your children
They are the sons and the daughters of life's longing for itself.
They come through you, but they are not from you
And though they are with you, they belong not to you.

You can give them your love but not your thoughts
No, they have their own thoughts.
You can house their bodies but not their souls
For their souls live in the house of tomorrow
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You can strive to be like them,
But seek not to make them just like you.
[the rest of Gibran's original]
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 also loves the bow that remains.

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fox1013
fox1013
when she smiles it's like a revelation
Mon, Jun. 10th, 2002 11:36 am (UTC)

Dude, that's awesome.

Thank you.


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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Mon, Jun. 10th, 2002 11:39 am (UTC)

You're welcome. (Fixed the typos--never blindly cut-and-paste lyrics from the web.)


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liralen
liralen
Liralen Li
Mon, Jun. 10th, 2002 11:41 am (UTC)

Wow... I really like it as well, and it's really relevant for me.


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clauclauclaudia
clauclauclaudia
Claudia
Mon, Jun. 10th, 2002 11:52 am (UTC)

Yeah, I think it's pretty close to universal.


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lothie
lothie
Ni Leannain
Mon, Jun. 10th, 2002 02:11 pm (UTC)

Thanks, sweetie. :)


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juliansinger
juliansinger
Kate
Mon, Jun. 10th, 2002 02:20 pm (UTC)

Wow, I'd totally forgotten that.

(Now I'll have to buy more Sweet Honey. The pain, the horror.)


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ananda999
ananda999
Ananda999
Mon, Jun. 10th, 2002 02:50 pm (UTC)

That's really nice. My family tends to read from Gibran at every wedding, funeral, etc; I used a nice portion as my yearbook quote. I find that his stuff never seems cliched or sugary. For the most part it's just very true and well said.


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browngirl
browngirl
Ayesha
Sat, Jun. 15th, 2002 10:44 pm (UTC)

This is beautiful. Thank you. :)

A.


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