Kahlil Gibran: On Children

As those who would plunder the world’s future accelerate the path of senseless destruction, let us shelter those children among us who are still safe; let us treasure them, for they are not our own, they are Life’s longing for itself.” Via Marta.

On Children

Kahlil Gibran

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.


Marianna, Kahlil’s Sister. Painting by Kahlil Gibran


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0 Responses to Kahlil Gibran: On Children

  1. wren says:

    hey ann, came across this today and, if you haven’t already seen it, i thought you’d appreciate it: http://www.vice.com/read/greenhouse-app-hannah-ewens-nick-rubin-201?utm_source=vicefbus

  2. Marybeth Seligmann says:

    Hello my precious Willie, I know you received this post also….. The most difficult reality of parenting. I am so grateful you are enjoying every tiny second of Rafael’s growing. We know how amazingly blessed you are having him and so He is also blessed (and really a smart choice) choosing you and Philippe. XXXXOOOO

  3. Paul Crawford says:

    Most endearing. And now, for those interested in Gibran’s prediction that he would return, please see the following: https://www.amazon.com/author/paulcrawford
    Bless you, Ann.

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