Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Get Bent!

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.
-Kahlil Gibran, "On Children"

1 comment:

FreeThinke said...

Addressing others as "you" in the particular way Gibran usually does always gets my back up, because it reeks of condescension. He appears to leave himself out of it as though he felt he spoke from a Great Height. More a matter of style than substance I suppose. He often makes good points; I just don't care for the way he does it.