28Re: The Poet by Kahlil Gibran
- Aug 16, 2001What a wonderful way to start your venture in internet poetry, I have
always loved the poetry of Gibran and this is a favorite.
--- In VoicesOfThePhilosophersStone@y..., "Sharon Pacione"
> Hi Everyone:
> Welcome to the list. There was what I call a "holy cow"
> moment in choosing the first poem for this list. Just
> picked a book at random and on page 44 (my favorite
> number) was the following poem which I had never before
> read. Enjoy.
> I look forward to the sharing of everyone drawn to this list.
> Peace and love,
> Sharon 444
> (Sharon Pacione)
> THE POET
> He is a link between this and the coming world. He is
> A pure spring from which all thirsty souls may drink.
> He is a tree watered by the River of Beauty, bearing
> Fruit which the hungry heart craves;
> He is a nightingale, soothing the depressed
> Spirit with his beautiful melodies;
> He is a white cloud appearing over the horizon,
> Ascending and growing until it fills the face of the sky.
> Then it falls on the flowers in the Field of Life,
> Opening their petals to admit the light.
> He is an angel, sent by the goddess to
> Preach the Deity's gospel;
> He is a brilliant lamp, unconquered by darkness
> And inextinguishable by the wind. It is filled with
> Oil by Ishtar of Love, and lighted by Apollon of Music.
> He is a solitary figure, robed in simplicity and
> Kindness; He sits upon the lap of Nature to draw his
> Inspiration, and stays up in the silence of the night,
> Awaiting the descending of the spirit.
> He is a sower who sows the seeds of his heart in the
> Prairies of affection, and humanity reaps the
> Harvest for her nourishment.
> This is the poet - whom the people ignore in this life,
> And who is recognized only after he bids the earthly
> World farewell and returns to his arbor in heaven.
> This is the poet - who asks naught of
> Humanity but a smile.
> This is the poet - whose spirits ascends and
> Fills the firmament with beautiful sayings;
> Yet the people deny themselves his radiance.
> Until when shall the people remain asleep?
> Until when shall they continue to glorify those
> Who attained greatness by moments of advantage?
> How long shall they ignore those who enable
> Them to see the beauty of their spirit,
> Symbol of peace and love?
> Until when shall human beings honor the dead
> And forget the living, who spend their lives
> Encircled in misery, and who consume themselves
> Like burning candles to illuminate the way
> For the ignorant and lead them into the path of light.
> Poet, you are the life of this life, and you have
> Triumphed over the ages despite their severity.
> Poet, you will one day rule the hearts, and
> Therefore, your kingdom has no ending.
> Poet, examine your crown of thorns; you will
> Find concealed in it a budding wreath of laurel.
> ~~~~~~~~~Kahlil Gibran
> from the book: "Tears and Laughte
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