Friday, February 12, 2010

All these things shall love do unto you

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire,
that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather,
"I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love,
if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

~Kahlil Gibran~

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer
Claude Monet (1840-1926) public domain
with a thank you to a special friend for reminding me of this poem

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Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

A wonderful post for the Friday before valentine's day

Akelamalu said...

The perfect post for Valentine's weekend. :)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Wonderfully written.Happy Valentine's Day, Mimi.

Anonymous said...

"To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully."

Beautiful words from the master poet.

Durward Discussion said...

Kalil Gibran was a great favorite of mine. Most folks have read "The Prophet", but if you haven't read it, get a copy of "Sand and Foam"

I am forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam.
The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
And the wind will blow away the foam.
But the sea and the shore will remain forever.

bobbybegood1 said...

Spectacular! Stunning! Magnificent! Gibran -- one of the greatest poets EVER. Thanx Jamie for that tip. Breathtaking poem by the Master. And thank you Mimi, for your life lessons continue to guide me.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

I think there can be many ways to interpret this. Could it be that the best writing can mean different things to each individual reader?
Great presentation Mimi, the images fit perfectly.

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