Tuesday, August 19, 2008

IF- Detach

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 our 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.

4 comments:

Eric Barclay said...

Beautiful work and such a nice sentiment. Truly excellent!

Nathalie St-Pierre Roths said...

Nice statement that comes with the beautiful illustration. Very touching and so true also.

kslaughter said...

What a lovely illustration and poem! I have one arrow already flown and two more to go---I'm so thankful for the archer!

Arman said...

gua abis ngeliat2 gambar2 lu...
gileeeee bagus2 bangetttttttttttt...

you are so very talented!!!